That’s right, my wife types faster and more accurately than I type. That’s always been the case, and it’s likely to be that way until there’s peace in the Middle East. If you’re a struggling typist, here are two apps to improve your skills (if not your respect).
aText And Type Fu
First on the list is the most difficult app to use because it’s educational. It’s called Type Fu and it helps to teach you to type, and learn to type faster and with more accuracy.
Type Fu comes with multiple levels so it’s really as good for aging adults with questionable typing skills as much as it is for those in school.
Exercises start with simple letters, numbers and words, then advance to quotes, proverbs, and sentences.
Lessons are generated on the fly so you never get exactly the same lesson twice.
Type Fu supports multiple keyboard layouts from the familiar QUERTY to the popular Dvorak and a bunch in-between. The app adjusts the level of complexity automatically as your skills improve, and it can chart your learning and skill progress over time.
Type Fu is a Mac App Store app so you can use it on multiple Macs.
Second on my list is the one I started using first (back in the day when Carol would rag on me for typing too slowly and make too many mistakes). It’s called aText and it’s different than Type Fu.
aText is a typing abbreviation app for the Mac. Instead of typing the same words, phrases, sentences, addresses, or document gobbledygook over and over, aText does the typing for you.
Basically, aText works this way. You create a bunch of text snippets and assign each one an abbreviation. Then, as you type, enter the abbreviation and aText types the rest of the snippet.
aText does more than just enter snippets of text. It can also insert images and pre-formatted text as you type, capitalize new sentences (when you forget), and even correct double capitals as you type.
It can insert the current date and time in any format you choose, and it works with whatever is stored on the Mac’s clipboard and can insert that, too. Even better, you can sync the abbreviation snippets between Mac by using iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive.
aText can make it seem as if you’re typing faster and more accurately without actually doing the skills training you’d get with Type Fu.