Klavaro – A very flexible touch typing tutor

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Klavaro is a simple tutor to teach correct typing, almost independently of language and very flexible regarding to new or unknown keyboard layouts.

Its key features are:

* Internationalization
* Ready to use keyboard layouts
* Keyboard layout editor
* Basic course
* Adaptability, velocity and fluidness exercises
* Progress charts.

  • Internationalization: Czech, Dutch, English, Esperanto, French, German (incomplete), Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. If you want to translate to another language, please read the instructions for translation.
  • Ready to use keyboard layouts:
    • "qwerty" (BR; BR_abnt0; BR_abnt2; CZ; EL; ES; HE; IT; PT; SE; TR; UK; US)
    • Dvorak (BR; FR; TR; US; US_BR; US_ES; US_SE)
    • "qwertz" (CZ; DE; HU)
    • "azerty" (FR; FR_ibook; BE)
    • "jtsuken" (RU)
    • AlphaGrip5 (US)
  • Keyboard layout editor: makes possible to configure the keys' positions and to save the result in a simple text file. If your keyboard isn't shown above, you can create it. If you need to do it, please let us know about.
  • Basic course: a basic type of course is available for memorizing the keys positions on the keyboard. It is supposed to be independent from keyboard layout, by the generation of random character sequences to be followed by the student.
  • Adaptability exercises: these exercises use all the keys ramdonly, so that you can practice using all the keyboard. It's named adaptability exercise because it develops the capacity to adapt your typing skills to any kind of strange words that may appear in some texts.
  • Velocity exercises: one achieves velocity on typing when the environment is well known, or, when the words come from one's own language. That's why these exercises focus on velocity. And even if your language isn't supported by the application, you still can indicate texts in any language to include the words contained there.
  • Fluidness exercises: with these exercises, one works typing complete paragraphs, with good sense sentences. Typing errors aren't accepted: the user must correct them with the backspace key before be allowed to go on. Especial attention is given to the typing rhythm, which must be as uniform as possible. Just like the velocity exercises, this one here makes possible to load any text files, independently of language.
  • Progress charts: at the accomplishment of each exercise, some characteristics of your performance are saved and can be graphically showed. Thus, you can easily observe your learning progress (or regress).
  • Including other texts: facilities to import extern text and use then with the advanced modules (velocity / fluidness). You can launch an usual dialog to select a local file of the system; you can paste text already copied to the clipboard; and more, you can select, drag and drop text at the entry box in the bottom of the tutor window. This two last facilities work, for example, with text selected in your browser, from any prefered page of yours.
  • Clean graphical interface: when learning to type correctly, one must not get the attention off the exercises. So, it isn't recommended neither to have dozens of gauges measuring velocity, errors, time, etc; nor a virtual keyboard floating in front of the student: he/she must memorize the key positions by the tact, not visually. Hence, Klavaro's interface started simple and will remain like that for all of its lifetime.

Install Klavaro in Ubuntu

Just run the following command from your terminal

sudo apt-get install klavaro

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8 thoughts on “Klavaro – A very flexible touch typing tutor

  1. Seemed to install okay but does not run…launched from app menu, appears to start then goes away. I am running Ubuntu 9.10 in Virtual Box. Any ideas??

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  2. I installed using Synaptic Package Manager, which automatically “suggested” libgtkdatabox-0.9.0-1 be installed.

    Installed & runs as expected on my Dell Mini 9, running 9.10. All updates installed prior to Installing Klavaro 1.2.1.

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  3. On Ubuntu 9.10
    Simply create a directory ~/.klavaro and a file: preferences.ini and it will work.

    So in a terminal type:
    mkdir ~/.klavaro
    touch ~/.klavaro/preferences.ini

    then just run the program

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  4. Thanks everyone for the help.
    Tux, thank you very much…your solution worked perfectly! I really appreciate it!

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  5. A friend informed me about Klavaro and I hope this can work well. My students is using a typing tutor now and they are learning fast because of this. I hope this Klavaro can be developed into a really good typing tutor

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  6. beep doesn’t work in my ubuntu system when using Klavaro. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks,

    Sujith

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