Use Typist to Sharpen Your Typing Fingers Till They Bleed [Daily Freebie]

Use Typist to Sharpen Your Typing Fingers Till They Bleed [Daily Freebie]

It’s rarer now, but once in a while I still come across a journalist or blogger agonizingly hunting-and-pecking a story to completion — in a world where a low WPM means starvation (or at least, a diet of Ramen noodles).

It makes me smile, because I used to be like that. I’m much faster now, thanks to an abundance of repetition. But I’m still no maestro — so I’ve employed a secret weapon to help fashion me into a typing cyborg: The free Typist Mac app. Although I suppose it isn’t much of a secret since I’ve blabbed this to practically the entire Internet.

Typist is no Mavis Beacon; there’s no fancy interface, imaginative typing games or virtual instructor; in fact, the interface is painfully plain. No, Typist simply gets down to the gritty business of teaching you to touch-type through muscle memory, with just enough feedback to give you the tools you need to improve. And though the interface is basic, Typist includes enough exercises — speed drills, long- and short-form courses and even Dvorak keyboard practice — to keep up with you as your skills improve. And it’s free — so there’s really nothing holding you back from burning up your keyboard.

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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