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Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe 20 - Old Version

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Windows Vista / XP
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Learn essential keyboarding skills or improve overall typing efficiency
  • 350 personalized lessons, exercises and tests
  • Detailed progress reports assist in identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • 12 Entertaining typing games
  • Bilingual instruction (English & Spanish)

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0012VKK8I
  • Item model number: 15050
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,002 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

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Maximize your productivity with Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe 20 . Whether you want to learn essential keyboarding skills or improve overall typing efficiency--success is at your fingertips! This comprehensive instructional system combines detailed assessments, dynamic personal instruction and skill-building games to guarantee typing improvements in just 2 weeks!

In addition to Mavis Beacon's personal typing instruction, detailed progress reports assist in identifying strengths and weaknesses.

Includes 12 entertaining typing games.

Arcade-style games like "Penguin Crossing" enrich the learning experience.

In addition to Mavis Beacon's personal typing instruction, detailed progress reports assist in identifying strengths and weaknesses. Powerful learning tools along with this detailed reporting will help typists learn and excel at their own pace. Hard work is rewarded with "recess time" and certificates of completion. Cool tools such as "import your own MP3 files" and fun arcade-style games enrich the learning experience.

Redesigned with advanced technology and updated with even more features--Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe 20 offers typists of all skill levels and ages a brand new typing experience with greater benefits and increased efficiency!

  • 330 Personalized lessons, exercises and tests

  • 12 Entertaining typing games

  • Detailed tracking and progress reporting

  • Learn to type with bilingual instruction (English & Spanish)

  • New content types: type jokes, riddles, recipes, song lyrics and more!

  • Choose from new music options or import your own MP3 files and type to your own tunes

  • New Certificates of Completion

  • Hybrid--Works with Microsoft Vista & Mac OSX Universal certified

Learn with Mavis Beacon and get results quicker than any other typing program--guaranteed!

Product Description

Mavis Beacon V20 Deluxe

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Customer Reviews

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Install on Windows XP ... January 6, 2009
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I'm a Sys Admin. I have XP w/more than the minimum requirements. My PC boots in < 45 seconds. It's clean. I tried EVERYTHING I could per Mavis Beacon's KB / Support site. THEY HAVE NO SOFTWARE SUPPORT to even write to, let along call!!! Per their support site, I tried various run-as modes (as Admin) on my PC; I tried various Compatibility Modes; I even DISABLED everything (except AV software) at start-up via 'MSConfig' utility, where the product installed but I kept getting an error w/either Data1.cab file or video. I searched for just 'data1' and 'data1.cab' errors and found nothing. Again, my PC is new (not X64.) The pkg says the software is for XP too. I'm never buying software from any company that doesn't have, at least, email support. Their position on customer support is rediculuous! Wanna see what I mean - Call 1-800-395-0277, then Press 2, and just listen how many times they tell you to use their website for support. Then, you're told to 'have a great day' and they disconnect you. Oh, yea, and try to write to them. Pathetic!!!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Mack
UPDATE (06/23/09): I returned this software. The "bug" eventually outsmarted me! 0 stars!
OLD REVIEW: I am a beginner adult typist desiring to learn keyboarding using a straight forward, step-by-step approach. This software does it for me. After reading the reviews regarding the "BUG", I was hesitant but decided to purchase the product based on the positive reviews and the fact that the Mavis Beacon method has been around a very, very long time. There really is no "BUG". Simply select TAKE A LESSON, then select LESSON HISTORY, next select any LESSON (drill, practice, quiz or game) for any letter or lesson you wish to review. Select START to review the lesson. After completing the review you must select BACK to return to LESSON HISTORY to select the same lesson again or a new one. This software does not have the best design and the presentaion is fairly outdated but the approach to learning is sound. Hope this helps.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unuseable and Unsupported March 14, 2009
By Strafe
As others have written this product has major bugs. You will learn up to the letters i and e and then the lessons jump way ahead. Broderbund will not even talk to you unless you have purchased the product directly from them. I have tried on Windows XP and Vista. I even tried the previous version (17) and it has the same bug but you get a level or two further before it shows up. The worst experience I have ever had with software/support. Now to search for an alternative.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buggy for me too! January 4, 2009
By Auction
I have to agree with "Silkie" on this. I was also looking forward to using the program and was very satisfied UNTIL after 3 lessons (and on my first day of using MB) it advanced me from one level to another far ahead, omitting many lessons in between that I needed. I could not get back to the missed lessons, and customer sevice seems nonexistent.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good product January 17, 2009
Very disapointed with this product. Just after using it for half hour, I discovered a bug in it. The lessons run fine and are quite fun right up to letters "e" and "i". It seems like the lessons are out of order, very advanced lessons mixed up with beginner ones. This is very frustrating, especially to beginners. There are no patches available, no downloadable fixes on the manufacturer's website; in fact, it seems like they don't acknowledge the problem at all. I exchanged this product for Mavis Beacon Version 18, but encountered the same problem.

I would not recomend any of Mavis Beacon typing products at all.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buggy! September 30, 2008
By silkie
I was disappointed in this product. I'd tried a free download of an earlier version and liked it...but this version seemed to have a bug that I couldn't avoid. At a certain point, it advanced me from one level to another far ahead, omitting many lessons that I needed. I tried many ways around this, but it always behaved the same way.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mavis Beacon is the standard April 29, 2008
I use Mavis with my adult keyboarding students. The step-by-step approach really works to give them confidence, and the rewards make them feel like they're getting somewhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Version_20_Platinum_Disappointing November 9, 2010
Version 20 (twenty!) of any small, simple program written over the course of at least a decade should be a highly refined and very effective piece of software.

My perspective is from having used version 10 or 11 at least 10 years ago. It was useful at the time at improving my nil typing skills. At this time I called tech support with some helpful suggestions for obvious bugs and someone actually answered (probably before Broderbund) as to the bugs I had experienced. I was told Mavis actually existed and was committed to providing opportunities for poor Southern children to further their limited opportunities, I was moved, certainly a noble aspiration.

A recent Google search reveals that there is no Mavis except for some LA weasel who clearly loves to deposit checks but knows zilch about software.
Version 20 (Platinum, qv)would bring an A+ to a community college student of C++ software writing for a term project. Some specific criticism for the real world are as follows:

Non Windows Compliant: Pseudo DOS program (you can't minimize it to do any other normal Windows task, eg, check email etc). UNFORGIVABLE for version 20 of any modern program.

Pseudo, phony Mavis complements you on your progress in spite of having made 4 or 5 mistakes in a given lesson. You have to turn her imaginary, annoying voice off in order to focus on typing.

Obviously, an executive decision was made to use limited software writing resources to create a visual, moving keyboard interface instead of fixing annoying bugs as noted by others. A complete waste of time and distracting once you have learned most of the key positions. A super stupid executive decision worthy of a good whupin.

If this is one of the best typing programs, as described in casual reviews, then this is a ripe opportunity for some sharp youngblood software type to write some decent software code and put Mavis to rest.

Nuff said.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mavis Beacon Program
Ilike the Mavis

I like the Mavis Beacon program. It is very helpful for me. By having this program .I can study at home
Published 23 days ago by Helen Young
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
very unique and advantageous in having,
thanks for the essential and precise manner in which business was conducted.
its been nice
Published 1 month ago by Charlton McIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting games
really does teach speed and accuracy through game play-if you don't have the internet for access to free online keyboarding this is great
Published 8 months ago by Connie Galvin
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent to use
I'm a decent typist but can always use more practice. I had a previous mavis beacon edition that kept freezing so I decided to purchase a new edition. Read more
Published 14 months ago by californiagirl
5.0 out of 5 stars learn to type
here is a program that teaches you to type with ease and accuracy. You will like the games they use to increase speed and ability to touch type
Published 22 months ago by Stephen J Paluck
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied
Great software to own. The kids enjoy the game s and it keep s my current skill shaper. I recommend this product for every family.
Published on March 12, 2012 by Sherry
1.0 out of 5 stars Disk doesn't match case
My software package says it's version 21 on the front, but the disk installed as version 20, still that's not what made this unusable. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by C. G. King
1.0 out of 5 stars No password, Not able to use the product
There was not a password included with the software and I can't get to use the program at all. I searched online and could not find any help except for some rude comments about "If... Read more
Published on January 29, 2012 by dbrewsky
5.0 out of 5 stars I needed this
I am a hunt and peck typist, so this is really good for me. Can't wait to see how I progress. Good value!
Published on December 24, 2011 by Gregory A. Rittenhouse
1.0 out of 5 stars Password issue
The product I received was Version 21 meant for schools and not what was advertised. When I installed it, the screen came up saying it was the Teacher's Version. Read more
Published on September 8, 2011 by E. Vestergaard
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