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Stamina Pro


The most effective touch-typing tutor/trainer for beginners and advanced users! In addition to the classical version of fingers placement on the keyboard, a new alternative variant is shown! Typing lessons are divided into groups: basic lessons, fastening, digits & symbols, additional lessons. There's a lessons editor. Working with sentences is suggested for those who want to increase their typing speed. Besides lessons and text, there're some additional modes to work in. Results are saved and chart of your progress is shown. New sounds, keyboard skins, backgrounds are possible to be added! Supports multiple users... Do you want to type your e-mail letters very quickly and have no problems with talking to many people at once in chats? Pay less get the best!

Editor review: Daily Reviews Team, 2002-02-20 01:10:10

     Do you spend more than five minutes typing a four-line email? Does it take you longer than anybody else to reply in ICQ or a chat? If you look on he keyboard when typing, use just two fingers to type instead of all ten and would like to change the situation, than you should try Stamina Pro.
     Stamina Pro is a program that teaches you to touch-type in a series of lessons of increased difficulty. There are five modes in the program: Lessons (the introductory part, skip it if you're familiar with the keyboard and just want to increase your confidence and typing speed), Phrases (typing whole phrases, main mode), Alphabetic ant-hill (considered more difficult than Phrases mode), ALL keys (checks how well you know the keyboard) and External file, where you can choose your own text file, say, a Dickens novel, and practice typing it.
     There is an extensive statistics and progress page and you can get progress reports for every day of your learning. You can also customize the look of the program to your taste: everything, from fonts to size and color of virtual keyboard, can be changed. You can choose your own background image and download more keyboard skins from the developer's website. Thy this tool today and increase your typing speed dramatically!


Main idea

The point of blind-typing is in having your hands dangle in the middle of the keyboard while your fingers rest on certain keys (home keys). To enter a letter you need to reach the appropriate key with the closest finger. The thumbs take care of the space bar. Now, let me spell this out r e a l - s l o w - f o r  t h o s e  w h o  h a v e n ' t  g r a s p e d  i t. Your eight fingers (thumbs don't count) rest in the center of the keyboard (on the predefined home keys), from which they move only to satisfy a serious (or less so) need i.e. to peck some other key. While doing this only one finger moves - the nearest. After having completed the action the finger returns to its home key.

Finger layout options

There are two finger layout variations in existence - regular and alternative. These variations differ somewhat in their choice of the eight home keys. Your first task is to select the more comfortable option. That is the question!

The choice of one or the other may be dictated by each concrete individual (fingers, hands, body, tail), as well as the work area - desk, stool (btw this can be a personal feature as well), keyboard positioning, etc. If you are well versed in the regular method than readjusting to the alternative way probably doesn't make sense, especially since it may seem strange and awkward.

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