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Group test: what's the best training software?

The best software for training

PC Advisor reviews the best training software programs.

5. DietPower

DietPower
  • Reviewed on: 5 January 09
  • RRP: $29 (around £19 ex VAT)
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

DietPower is easy to use from the get-go, but you'll save time overall - and get more out of this deep program - if you avail yourself of the tutorials sprinkled throughout. Education and discipline are the keys to weight loss and good nutrition, and DietPower helps in both categories.

4. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum 25th Anniversary Edition

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Reviewed on: 3 November 10
  • RRP: $24 (about £15)
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

At $24 (about £15) for a download, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum 25th Anniversary Edition is not a bargain-basement offering, but it's a fully featured program with a long track history and enough variation and options to keep you practising until your goal is reached.

3. All in One: Driving Test

All in One: Driving Test
  • Reviewed on: 24 September 08
  • RRP: £9.99 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Avanquest’s All in One: Driving Test software is great value for money, and offers some fun and unusual ways to learn the Highway code, as well as good driving practise. And with its unlimited mock tests you’re unlikely to get the same combination of questions no matter how many times you take the tests.

2. TechSmith Camtasia Studio 7

TechSmith Camtasia Studio 7
  • Reviewed on: 10 May 10
  • RRP: £220 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

An easy-to-use bargain to those who require its functionality, and an expensive burden to those who don't: TechSmith Camtasia Studio 7 is the best software of its type. Whether that makes it worth £220 to you and your business depends on your screencast-editing needs. If you regularly produce branded video software tutorials, Camtasia is a must.

1. Keyboard Pro

Keyboard Pro
  • Reviewed on: 16 February 10
  • RRP: £34.95 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

For anyone who wants an accessible and professional way to learn touch typing, this online training course will prove an invaluable investment at just £35 for the entire course. Businesses can also take advantage of 12-month multi-user licences to advance employees’ office skills and productivity.

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