If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to touch-type then you’re in luck; TIPP10 is a free typing tutor software for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It offers a complete set of lessons that can transform you from a beginner to an expert touch typist.
TIPP10 supports the English and German languages (as of this writing), and offers an “intelligent” feature whereby characters that are misspelled are repeated more frequently.
This software monitors and saves your progress and can provide all sorts of information about your touch-typing performance. It can track your progress in all manner of charts and statistics, such as strokes per minutes, duration, and even error rates per individual finger.
First off let me admit that I do not know much about typing tutors and have not used one before. Nonetheless here’s what I like about this software, what I feel neutral about, and what I do not like very much:
Things I like about this program:
- Provides a complete instructional program: designed to convert a complete beginner into a touch typing expert. Simply go through the training lessons in sequence.
- Can “intelligently” address your problem areas: i.e. repeating your frequent misspells more frequently, etc, without you having to be aware of it (note: this is optional and can be switched on and off).
- Charts your progress: will measure exactly how well you are doing and present it to you in various ways (including a line chart over time).
- Clean, economical interface: simple and to the point.
- Portable version: available for download.
Things I don’t particularly like
- Lacking keyboard layout support: supports Qwerty only as of this writing. Hoping that they will extend support to other keyboard layouts, such as Azerty, in future releases.
- TBU: a lot of information that this program tracks seems to fall under the “True But Useless” category. Will it really make me a better touch typist if I knew the error rates of my individual fingers, the error rate of each particular character, or to see all my mistyped characters marked in red? I really don’t think so. I may be mistaken, but a lot of it seems like mere clutter to me.
- Some lessons are not available in English: but rather in German only. This should not matter a lot though, as a lot of the training is done through gibberish words anyway.
The verdict: if you’re looking for a typing tutor program you should definitely give this program a go. Totally free typing tutors do not come around very often, and TIPP10 seems an excellent contender to lead the way. Five minutes with this program is all you need to get the sense that this is a serious program that aims to get the job done.
Version Tested: 2.1.0
Compatibility: Windows (32 bit and 64 bit), Mac, Linux.
Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 4.4 megs).