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Typist 2.2.0 review


Manufacturer: Takeshi Ogihara

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Typist 2.2.0 is a modern day 'learn to type' Mac app designed to get you out of those bad typing habits. Read our full review to find out more about the app.

My first typing class was in elementary school. It consisted of many hours of Mario Teaches Typing, and I eventually discovered that my teacher lied when she said that the game would know if I used the wrong fingers. Needless to say, the whole concept of touch-typing never really took, much to the chagrin of my well-intentioned computer teacher. See all Mac App reviews.

Fast-forward to today, and though I no longer use two fingers, my typing isn’t much better than it was when I was using a Power Macintosh in my school’s computer lab. It’s a bad habit that I am both painfully aware of and reluctant to take the time to correct after so many years. Visit Macbook Air reivew.

But Typist, by Takeshi Ogihara, is an easy solution for those who want to break bad typing habits once and for all, or for those who simply want some extra practice.

The free app is divided into eight series of lessons (depending on what typing skills you want to focus on) with 99 lessons in all. Most are focused on teaching and practicing the basics of touch-typing, but there are also speed drills and two courses that teach alternative keyboards, including the Dvorak Keyboardand calculator keyboard.

These courses are straight-forward and efficient; even the longer lessons don’t take more than 15 minutes to complete. Each lesson begins with a set of instructions and a reminder not to look down at your hands while you type. You are then prompted to type the text that appears on the screen as quickly and accurately as possible. Statistics such as WPM and error ratio are displayed at the bottom of the screen.

As you progress through the lessons, the sample text goes from strings of letters to words, and then from sentences to entire paragraphs, which is where my one nitpick with this app comes in: When practicing sentences, you are forced to put two spaces after the period, which I firmly believe no one should ever do. If you are not used to typing two spaces, this results in undeserved errors.

If you do make an error at any point in the lesson, then you must redo the entire page again from the beginning. While this can be frustrating, particularly for those of us with clumsy fingers, it is ultimately what makes Typist such an effective learning tool. I appreciated having to redo my mistakes as it forced me to focus on my weak spots. I found myself typing better already after only completing a few of lessons—not a small feat considering my longstanding lack of ability.

Typist 2.2.0 Expert Verdict »

OS compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later
Processor compatibility: Universal
Size: 1MB
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Typist 2.2.0 is a great app if you want to relearn how to type, but this time learn properly. The only draw-back with the app is that it makes you enter double spaces after a period, which is just wrong. Other than that its great and worth a go.

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