KTouch 1.6.0 reviewDownload
KTouch is a program for learning how to touch-type
KTouch is a program for learning how to touch-type. KTouch is FREE software and offers you an easy way to learn to type on a keyboard quickly and correctly. Every finger has its place on the keyboard with associated keys to press.
Starting with only a few keys to remember you will advance through the levels of the training lecture while more and more keys are introduced. And finally you will be able to type very fast and accurate, because you no longer need to search for the keys on the keyboard (and because you will definitely use more then just two fingers).
KTouch shows the keys you need to press and the finger you need to use for that key on the screen. You needn't to look down on the keyboard to search the key. Therefore you will get used to looking at the screen only and thus you will learn touch typing much faster.
Here are some key features of "KTouch":
KTouch supports various keyboard layouts and you can easily add own keyboard layouts
A number of training lectures are included by default (english, german, french ... etc)
You can add and modify training lectures using the built-in lecture editor
Detailed training statistics help you to find possible typing problems (keys that you typed wrong very often)
The program calculates typing speed and your accuracy on-the-fly and displays them while you type
Many settings (including the colour scheme of the program) can be modified by the user
During training the level can be adjusted automatically according to your typing skill: if you type fast and correctly you will move a level up, otherwise stay in the level or even move down. So you will learn touch typing like playing a game.
What's New in This Release:
KTouch version 1.6 is now available for download. Since KDE 3.5 is in a feature freeze, this release is only available on SourceForge right now. If we get permission to add features to the KDE 3.5.4 bug fix release, the new features and fixes will be added there as well.
New in this version is the ability to use KTouch in 'family' mode. If you have only one user account for several users, you can now create 'users' under KTouch and store statistics data for each user. This is mainly useful for families and class rooms with a common login.
I won't have much time to work on KTouch (meaning adding new features) until summer, but I will monitor the bug reports and try to fix bugs that show up in the new release. Also, if time permits, I'll try to update the manual so that the recent feature additions will be documented.
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