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Typing Instructor Platinum 21
Typing Software Review

 

Typing Instructor Platinum 21 has quickly gained popularity among people who have set a typing-related goal, as it is a unique program with many interesting features that can help you learn how to touch type. Touch typing is all about building a keystroke memory, so that you don’t have to look at the keyboard and search for every single key. This is a useful skill for both students and employed adults, so developing it is definitely in your favor. Of course learning, no matter how important the subject, should always be fun and engaging so as to aid memorization. Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is a tool that aims at building and improving upon the user’s typing skills, with an interesting approach and many interactive challenges.

Who is it for?

Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is a typing program, aimed at helping users either improve their typing skills or build them from the ground up. Because Typing Instructor Platinum 21 features an entry test, you can determine how well you are able to type before beginning with the lessons. The program will then offer to start you off where you can improve on the skills you have already built to develop your speed and accuracy. This means that Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is suitable both for people who don't know how to type at all and to those who have some typing skills but would like to excel.

Typing Software:
Typing Instructor Platinum 21 by Individual Software
Platform/Media:
PC Download - Mac Download - PC/Mac Disc

Typing Instructor Web - One Year Subscription by Individual Software
Platform: Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

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Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is available in both English and Spanish, so you can choose the language you would like to improve at, or you can work on your bilingual typing skills. The lessons, games, challenges and exercises are similar for the two languages but have been adapted to suit users from both groups.

Although a lot of typing software is intended specifically either for children or adults, Typing Instructor Platinum 21 can be used by all age groups. However, very young children might not find it that beneficial or engaging, as the themes and games have not been specifically tailored to that age group. Other than that, the manufacturer has aimed at creating typing software in a way that makes it appropriate for people of different ages who would like to use the program in various settings. Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is often used as an educational tool in offices and other work settings, classrooms and for personal home use.

What is the method?

What is perhaps most exceptional about Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is its unique approach – the program uses travel as the main theme and an anchor to both keep the user interested and demonstrate the usefulness of touch typing in different cultures and activities. There are a total of 36 travel destinations, all around the world, grouped in 3 themes. After you choose your favorite theme and route, Typing Instructor Platinum 21 will take you on an adventurous journey around the world, while teaching you how to touch type.

The idea behind Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is to help you improve your keystroke memory, which is done by learning different keyboard symbols and gradually grouping them together, through repetition and exercise. At the beginning of each lesson you are told which letters are going to be used. Then you complete a drill with those letters, so that you can get used to their positioning on the keyboard and start building your keystroke memory. The third step introduces you to your first repetition exercise, where you are given different sequences of the letters you have just learned, the idea is to practice typing the letters in various progressions. Next, you are offered a game to play that is in some way tied to a travel destination. While you play the game, you are typing words and letter sequences that correspond to your level and what you have learned so far. Lastly, you complete a word test for that lesson and get a stamp for your virtual passport.

Although Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is aimed at learning through fun and entertainment, there are many practice tests and exercises to help you stay on point and actually improve your typing skills, rather than just play computer games.
One of the best things about Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is that you can see your progress chart, gain a better understanding of how you have been moving along and pinpoint what you need to do next, in order to excel. Typing Instructor Platinum 21 has another interesting feature as well – you can see your progress per finger, with the accuracy and speed you have achieved with each individual finger.

What does the program contain?

Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is quite a versatile program, which you can adapt to your own preferences. There are over 20 lesson plans, designed for all kinds of typing levels and goals. More than 300 interesting practice articles will help you improve your typing skills while learning engaging facts about 36 destinations around the world. You can also choose between more than 60 options for music, games and entertainment, which make Typing Instructor Platinum 21 feel a little lighter and more interactive. The program’s music comes in 3 tempos but if you would prefer, you can load your own tunes to the software or switch off the music altogether. Being challenged is nearly always helpful when you are trying to learn something new, but if that challenge is in the form of a game, many people enjoy it more. This typing software has over 30 arcade style game challenges, as the manufacturer’s goal is to help you master typing while having some fun. As you progress, the games and challenges become more difficult, in order to match your new level of proficiency.

What do the users think?

Typing Instructor Platinum 21 is overall very well received by users. Many are impressed by the personalization options that the program offers – music, font size and color, charts, games, etc. Others have found the “How To Type” section useful - you can learn about posture, hand positioning and other useful tips. Some users who have tried other typing software programs before, but never actually learned to type, express their amazement with the program and share that it has helped them relieve the guilt over never having learned how to type before. Many report that they actually look forward to using this "great typing tool" and proudly talk about improving their words per minute while using the program for just an hour or two through the course of a few weeks. Overall, those users who have enjoyed Typing Instructor Platinum 21 agree that it is a bargain that has helped them improve their typing skills significantly, while having a lot of fun.

Of course there are also users who did not like Typing Instructor Platinum 21. What they found most disturbing was the lack of efficient customer support. Some users report that they could not connect to a support team member, despite calling and e-mailing numerous times. Others were not happy with the installation process, as it seemed difficult to do and resulted in a bug-ridden program.

System Requirements:

Below you can see the system requirements, as listed by the manufacturer:
Windows:
  • Pentium P4
  • Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2000
  • 580MB Hard Drive Space
  • CD-Rom Drive
  • 800x600 16-Bit or higher display
  • 16-Bit Sound Card
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Mouse
  • Internet connection recommended

Mac:

  • PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel Core Duo Processor; 800MHz Processor or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
  • CD-Rom Drive
  • 580MB hard drive space
  • Video card with 32MB of video RAM
  • 1024x768 resolution
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Mouse
Internet connection recommended

Typing Software:
Typing Instructor Platinum 21 by Individual Software
Platform/Media:
PC Download - Mac Download - PC/Mac Disc

Typing Instructor Web - One Year Subscription by Individual Software
Platform: Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

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