The innovative new software typing tutor from British educational software supplier Nikasoft (UK), which offers to teach touch typing in 10 hours or less, has won the JPC Training Initiative of the Year award.
Nikasoft (UK) Managing Director Keith Smith said after receiving the award for Touch Typing NoW!: "This is the first award we have received and we are delighted. Having been released only last month it is very satisfying for such a new product to already be an award winner."
He went on to add: "We estimate that whilst there are already alternatives to using a keyboard to input data into a computer, such as speech recognition software, the keyboard will be around for at least the next 10 years. This means that the skills taught by our software are now, and will continue to be for some time yet, of great importance to many people and their work."
Unlike some of its rivals, Keith Smith believes that the product genuinely delivers its promises, omitting "glitzy" unhelpful extras and instead concentrating all its efforts on providing structure which keeps users interested and provides the right amount of encouragement to complete the course. Touch Typing NoW! has been designed to be fun to use, whilst serving a serious purpose.
The software is the first to use an interactive video teacher to teach keyboard skills. This "teacher" guides, corrects and encourages students throughout the course, working in conjunction with the on-screen 3-D keyboard, with animated shadow hands emulating the actions of the student's hands on the real keyboard.
The course is covered in 19 lessons, with a choice of five different skill tests to examine speed, accuracy and dictation at the end of lessons to measure progress. Each lesson's results are recorded enabling the viewing of a complete analysis of the student's progress whenever required.
If the computer is connected to the Internet, users can also use Nikasoft's unique "Student Chat" forum, where its students from around the globe can meet and "chat" online, whilst practising their skills.
The UK English version is available from selected major computer stores, mail order catalogues and direct from Nikasoft's on-line store. Other language versions are also available.
For further information, contact: Nikasoft (UK) Ltd, The Lawn, 100 Lampton Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 4EB. T el: 020 8607 7703. Fax: 020 8607 7707. Web: www. Nikasoft.com
Leicester Business Journal
15th Jan 2000