Klavaro 1.0.0 review

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Klavaro application is just another free touch typing tutor program

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 0K
Developer: Felipe Castro
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Klavaro application is just another free touch typing tutor program. We felt like to do it because we became frustrated with the other options, which relied mostly on some few specific keyboards.

Klavaro intends to be keyboard and language independent, saving memory and time (and money).

Here are some key features of "Klavaro":
Internationalization: English, Esperanto and Portuguese. If you want to translate to another language, please read the instructions for translation.
Ready to use keyboard layouts:
"qwerty" (BR; BR_abnt0; BR_abnt2; IT; PT; US)
dvorak (US)
"qwertz" (HU)
"azerty" (FR)
Keyboard layout editor: makes possible to configure the keys' positions and to save the result in a simple text file. If your keyboard isn't shown above, you can create it. If you need to do it, please let us know about.
Basic course: a basic type of course is available for memorizing the keys positions on the keyboard. It is supposed to be independent from keyboard layout, by the generation of random character sequences to be followed by the student.
Adaptability exercises: these exercises use all the keys ramdonly, so that you can practice using all the keyboard. It's named adaptability exercise because it develops the capacity to adapt your typing skills to any kind of strange words that may appear in some texts.
Velocity exercises: one achieves velocity on typing when the environment is well known, or, when the words come from one's own language. That's why these exercises focus on velocity. And even if your language isn't supported by the application, you still can indicate texts in any language to include the words contained there.
Fluidness exercises: with these exercises, one works typing complete paragraphs, with good sense sentences. Typing errors aren't accepted: the user must correct them with the backspace key before be allowed to go on. Especial attention is given to the typing rhythm, which must be as uniform as possible. Just like the velocity exercises, this one here makes possible to load any text files, independently of language.
Progress charts: at the accomplishment of each exercise, some characteristics of your performance are saved and can be graphically showed. Thus, you can easily observe your learning progress (or regress).
Clean graphical interface: when learning to type correctly, one must not get the attention off the exercises. So, it isn't recommended neither to have dozens of gauges measuring velocity, errors, time, etc; nor a virtual keyboard floating in front of the student: he/she must memorize the key positions by the tact, not visually. Hence, Klavaro's interface started simple and will remain like that for all of its lifetime.

What's New in This Release:
After 18 months of developing and testing, the first production version is release.
As a bonus, a Polish translation was added.

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