PROS / The program has plenty of engaging activities.
CONS / The design feels dated.
VERDICT / All the Right Type can increase your typing speed and accuracy with progressive, entertaining lessons, despite its somewhat dated and quirky interface.
All the Right Type educational typing software is widely used in a variety of settings, including schools, corporations and military organizations. While it is not the most polished or modern typing software on the market, the application has sound teaching techniques developed by educators that can effectively teach anyone how to touch-type.
The fourth version of All the Right Type is web-based, so you can conveniently log in and practice typing using any web browser, though a downloadable version is still available if you prefer. The manufacturer offers both a home version for single users and a multi-user version designed especially for use in schools.
With its futuristic theme, you would expect the program to feel a little less dated than it does. The graphics and audio tracks are not exactly state-of-the-art. However, the layout makes it easy to use. You can easily navigate to different areas at any time using the bar at the top of your screen. While many typing applications allow you to create custom lessons and drills, the home version of this application does not. However, administrators using the school version have that capability.
The reporting tools in the home version of this typing software are not as versatile as those in the school version, which includes comprehensive administrative controls, but they are sufficient. Whenever you complete a typing exercise or test, All the Right Type tracks your words per minute (wpm), accuracy percentage and the time it takes you to complete an exercise. Your total number of errors and adjusted wpm for that particular session are tracked as well.
When you make a typing mistake, the software makes note of the error by highlighting the missed letter, number or symbol in red. The application does not allow you to move on to the next key until you strike the correct key. This forces you to be conscious of the mistakes you make, which in turn can help you focus on your typing accuracy.
The typing games, while serving their purpose of letting you practice your typing skills in a fun and interactive format, have some quirks that take some getting used to. For example, our score was docked during a dictation game because a sentence was preprogrammed with an exclamation point at the end and we typed a period. However, the company's programmers can fix such problems if you report them to customer service. Also, this is a Canada-based company, so some of the words have British spellings, which will seem strange to U.S. students.
If you run into any such quirks, you can click on a hint prompt, which shows you exactly how the sentence should read, including punctuation. You can click on the hint button as much as you want without getting docked in the error column, but your speed will be hindered somewhat.
You can download a free one-day trial from the software's main webpage or a 30-day free trial for classrooms, so you can get a better idea if this is the right program for you. You can access an array of tutorials from the homepage, which will give you an idea of how this web-based program works. You can also get an overview of how it will help you work toward your typing goals. Customer service is available via email or phone if you have questions before or after you buy.
All the Right Type is designed with kids in mind, but the typing application is an effective learning tool for typists of all ages – especially if you prefer game-based and interactive learning. The program feels a little dated, but it creates an environment that is fun and easy to use.