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Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe - 25th Anniversary Edition SB
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- 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!
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Platform: PC/Mac Disc | Edition: Deluxe
Top Customer Reviews
Mavis Beacon just keeps getting younger and younger. And thinner. :o
Installation was a breeze on my laptop.
Installation was a breeze on my desktop.
You don't need the CD in the drive to run it. (Big Plus)
No online activation. (Big plus)It appears that once you buy it you keep it. ie not a rental like Office.
Needs at least 1024x768 res. So some netbooks that still have 1024x600 may have difficulty.
If you have a widescreen monitor, set your graphics card to keep the aspect ratio and not to stretch it. (I have my Nvidia card set for Nvidia scaling with fixed aspect ratio. That setting seems to work best.) My monitor's native res in 1680x1050. You'll get better results since Mavis is not widescreen. Not a big deal to me. It will be to some.
I've ran this all day on my laptop and desktop with no problems at all. Registration isn't required to run the program. Just x out of it if it doesn't pop. The default music is similar to that in Simcity and Sims games. However, you can use whatever music you want. (Though you could do that in another program anyway.)
I ran with whatever Mavis threw at me. I played for 4 hours strait. With the variety of things she threw my way it didn't grow tedious at all. Very pleasant. I usually type at about 20-25 words a minute with looking at the keyboard.Read more ›
First let me share the System Requirements as provided on the product cover (and no where else to be found on the product listing!!!) :
PC users: Windows XP (Home & Pro) SP3, Vista SP1, Win 7, Pentium 4 (2.4 GHz or higher), 1 GB of RAM (2 GB RAM for Vista & Win 7 users), 300 MB free hard disk space, DirectX 9.0c graphics card w/128 MB or more video memory, 24-bit color monitor, 1024x768 resolution, CD/DVD-ROM drive, Windows compatible sound card, mouse, keyboard, speakers, Internet Explorer (7 and later) or Firefox (3 and later) browsers, Internet connection, Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Mac users: OS X 10.5 & later, PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo or newer, 1 GB RAM, 300 MB free hard disk space, 24-bit color monitor, 1024x768 resolution, CD/DVD-ROM drive, Mac compatible sound card, mouse, keyboard, speakers, Safari (3 and later), or Firefox (3 and later) browsers, Internet connection.
There you have the minimum requirements to dig into. But before we move on with tis review it maybe helpful to know that I'm using this software on a Lenovo Edge 14 laptop which runs on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit with Intel Core i3 (M350 @ 2.27 GHz), 4 GB RAM, & screen res. of 1366x768.
* Ease of Installation: Set up was a breeze. Just pop the CD into your drive, follow the on screen prompts & voila!
* No online activation is necessary. It asks you if you'd like to register your product but that's your call. You don't have to.
*Unlike older versions, you don't need the CD to start the program.Read more ›
The product is full of bugs & issues and should not have been released, yet.
Just a few of the problems:
- Currently, after 12 hours of typing, my typing speed is -25 wpm. Yes, folks, NEGATIVE 25 WORDS PER MINUTE. Not sure how that's possible??? (About 4 days ago, my speed was 30 WPM...)
- I can't access my test results, except for the tests I did on day 1 and day 2. (I've done about 35 tests since then)
- Once, when I was in the middle of "Intermediate Training", I was kicked right back into "Beginner Training" -- not to help me with my skills, but as a bug (there was no record of all the work that I'd done to that point). After restarting the program a number of times... and then completing a couple of beginner tests, suddenly all my info returned?!?!
I have no idea if the older versions of MBTT fare better, but be warned: IF YOU BUY THIS SOFTWARE FOR THE MAC YOU WILL FIND BUGS!!!
I contacted Technical Support about these issues (and more) and received no response. I'm returning the product for a refund.
I'd give it 0 stars if I could.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my second time purchasing this software. I lost my first one do to a computer malfunction. I love the variety of testing levels as well as the opportunity to learn about... Read morePublished 18 days ago by joe bob
l had a stroke an this my survival. stroke by storke key by key a long way to go.Published 1 month ago by Connie
I must admit I didn't spend too much time on this product, but the times I did it was OK, I didn't like how Mavis Beacon has you using the left side Shift kid when you're typing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ivette
I had to return it. The software doesn't work property on my wide monitor. It needs an upgrade. Do a "review" search before buying.Published 3 months ago by W. P. Lee
This DVD did not load properly on my iMac. It may be okay, but it needs updating for current software.Published 3 months ago by Phil Fitzpatrick