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In Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, Mavis Beacon's avatar is so realistic that you'll think she's inside your computer, cheering you on. And there's plenty to cheer about in this new edition. Try out the optional Dvorak keyboard, used by the world's fastest typists. Type the lyrics of your favorite songs for practice while listening to your iTunes® playlists. Get smarter while you practice typing up-to-the minute news feeds. Type an entire novel for practice, with the full text of dozens of classic novels, from Treasure Island to Les Miserables. Take a break with 17 gorgeous high-resolution action typing games, the most more...

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OS X 10.5.8 or later

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Poikkeus Member IconReview+281

You can that find free typing tutors, but Mavis Beacon has pushed to the front position with notable improvements. You can begin typing either as a neophyte or someone who just wants to brush up on basic skills. But Ultimate Edition contains several features that will surprise users.

Earlier versions (like v. 18) were silent tutors; recently, instructions and encouragements are provided verbally - giving the feeling you're interacting with a real person. Learning typing isn't fun, but this software at least gives variety to a thankless task.

You'll achieve improvement with any decent typing tutor, but it's easier to stick with learning with MB. I was surprised that there's an option for learning the Dvorak keyboard, and even tuneage to add variety. I can't think of any real competition to this software.

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Version 1.0.2
Bigdave56 Member IconComment+86

My experience with earlier versions was that the app seemed designed to help good typists get better, not help poor typists become good. It also eludes me why a typing app should cost $40 unless all the graphics eye candy feels helpful to you (I found it a distraction). If I want to play a videogame, I'll play one. Maybe a "Lite"version for minimalists?

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Version 1.0.1

I remember having to pay $120 for this program. That was way back in the eighties, of course. I bought it because my husband was complaining that he couldn't watch the keyboard and his fingers, the computer screen and the copy paper all at the same time. He taught himself touch typing in no time at all and then abandoned the program (which I wasn't sure was a good idea). He'll never be a good typist, but he's good enough.

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Version 2.0.2
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Downloads 2,254
Version Downloads 1,249
License Commercial
Date 19 Jan 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $39.99