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Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum V20

by Encore
Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
4 customer reviews

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  • Learn essential keyboarding skills or improve overall typing efficiency
  • 430 Personalized lessons, exercises and tests
  • Detailed progress reports assist in identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • 16 arcade-style typing games
  • Bilingual instruction (English & Spanish)
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  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 19.3 x 13.5 cm
  • ASIN: B0012VI1ES
  • Release Date: Feb. 14 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #670 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Maximize productivity with the #1 typing authority - Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing®. Improve keyboarding speed and accuracy with detailed assessments, customized lessons and games in 2 weeks guaranteed!


Maximize your productivity with Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum 20! The most comprehensive typing instruction system now includes updated learning tools, an improved user interface and even more features to guarantee typing improvements in just 2 weeks.

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

16 Arcade-style typing games, including multi-level games.

430 Personalized lessons, exercises and tests.

Offers typists of all skill levels and ages a brand new learning experience with greater benefits and increased efficiency.

Whether you want to learn essential keyboarding skills or improve overall typing efficiency, Mavis Beacon will guide you step-by step on your road to success! Improve speed and accuracy with detailed assessments, customized lessons and skill-building games.

In addition to Mavis Beacon's personal typing instruction, detailed reports illustrate overall progress and assist in identifying specific strengths and weaknesses. Powerful learning tools, along with this detailed reporting will help typists 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 Platinum 20 offers typists of all skill levels and ages a brand new learning experience with greater benefits and increased efficiency.

  • 430 Personalized lessons, exercises and tests

  • 16 Arcade-style games, including multi-level games

  • Detailed tracking and progress reporting

  • New content--type jokes, riddles, recipes, song lyrics and more

  • Type in English, Spanish & French

  • 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

Platinum Exclusives

  • Unique Custom Lesson Designer

  • Learn to type in English, Spanish & French

  • New multi-level arcade-style games

  • Import your own text as Word.doc formats--be productive while practicing your typing skills

  • Choose to type from hundreds of interesting articles, stories and emoticons

Learn with Mavis Beacon and achieve noticeable results quicker than any other typing program--guaranteed.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annaangel on Sept. 18 2009
This product has a program "glitch" that won't allow you past the beginner "E/I" letter training stage. The manufacturer knows about it and they are planning a "patch" to get around it in the distant future. Their only solution is to "retest" as a new user and perhaps qualify for the next level...but I have not been successful. DON"T BUY THIS PROGRAM!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By scarlett on Aug. 13 2010
This program, like previous editions of Mavis Beacon, would be an awesome tool to learn typing. Unfortunately, it has a bunch of bugs that are well-known to the company and have been documented by many users online, including the video not working, and the statistics on the typist's progress, such as their word-per-minute score, suddenly becoming reversed! For example, I was typing along at 65 WPM with a 97% accuracy, and suddenly it said I had -150 WPM and -200% accuracy! (or something like that). I really hope Encore puts out a better version of this product soon because I loved past versions and they no longer work on my new computer.
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Four members of our family have used the typing teacher for several weeks and all of us have improved dramatically. It is easy to get started and pick up any time. It's fairly painless learning.
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By Terri Rouault on Nov. 17 2014
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Excellent teaching program.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Much Improved, this is the best program now days March 27 2008
By WDB - Published on
This program is MUCH IMPROVED! If you'll see my review of Mavis Beacon 17 I believe it was, you can see where I pointed out this programs flaws. However, these have all been resolved and this program has become satisfactory in every way in my opinion.
Mavis Beacon 20 (I have only tried the platinum edition) also has a new practice feature which I haven't found anywhere else, where you can choose from a huge selection of articles where you just type right along with the text while the text you type appears in the lines in between the text to type (no looking halfway down the screen to see mistakes), errors appear in red and make a little noise to let you know that they have occurred. This is a great practicing tool for after you learn all the keys and want to stay sharp. I should also add that these articles are legitimate or legitimate style articles that are actually interesting and fun to type (such as outtakes from Ben Franklin's biography, to scientific articles, many topics) unlike those boring, fake ones that usually are in place on typing programs (which make you feel like you're back in elementary school) and you can even import your own text.
This has really been turned into a very fine program and out of all the programs out there (I've tried alot of them) this one without question gets the highest recommendation. All features have become very practical and user friendly. There's also a ten key learning portion of the program (as with the older versions as well) The interface also has been spiffed up very nicely with pleasing graphics a whole array of new and actually fun games. Bravo to Broderbund for setting the bar to new heights in this program.


I've got to admit, I learned all of the keys typing on mavis beacon 17, but I doubt that it's any harder on MB 20. The main thing that was really lacking on MB 17 (besides being a junky program) was that you couldn't repeat lessons, which you can now do on MB 20. If you're looking for a program with no small glitches but is much more boring and with less features, then you should look into TypingMaster Pro which you can demo, which is a fine program by the way and If MB is too difficult for you then TypingMaster teaches two keys at a time, however I can't remember how many MB would jump up at a time, however you could always just repeat lessons until you get it. Overall if I was having to spend money on something that I was planning to use for a long time, I would pick Mavis Beacon any day simply because of the practice feature, which I use EVERYDAY. On any other program, after you've learned all the keys, the only thing you can do to practice is to take the final tests over and over again. Unless you go right into a daily regimine of heavy typing, then you will get rusty real fast and this feature makes for an easy and interesting way to stay sharp. You can try a flash demo of MB 20 from their web site. Also, There's an annoying feature on mavis beacon where a hand is displayed on the screen typing the keys as you type, this can be turned off in the options. If you look, there's actually not a whole lot out there to choose from when it comes to typing programs, but I've tried about every one I could find, and this would easily be my choice. If people who don't like it find a more useful program, then they should list it in the comments for this review. I'll finish by saying that TypingMaster might be a little easier to learn on, but I own both of them and still use MB everyday and deleted TypingMaster off of my computer a long time ago. It may all depend on how you want to use it.


The lessons plan showing how many new keys per lesson can be viewed in the screenshots shown above on this page.
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing... May 12 2008
By Bill - Published on
I purchased this about two weeks ago, planning to finally learn to touchtype. Perhaps this is the best package out there, but I am quite disappointed with it. The lessons start off comfortably, with a introdution to the resting position keys, followed by drills using those keys. But on my copy of the program, after introducing the first two keys that are not directly under the resting position (the "e" and "i"), the lessons and drills jump to a much more advanced level - requiring the use of many letters not introduced yet. Perhaps my package is uniquely buggy, but since there's no customer service at Broderbund's website, I'll never know.

For a package that's at version 20, I'm very disappointed.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Avoid This If Don't Already Touch Type May 14 2008
By Gary B. Gordon - Published on
As a previous review stated, the product stops teaching one keys after E and I. Apparently it was never tested by anyone at the beginner level.

There is no easy way to report this to the publisher as well.

Very disappointing.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HUGELY buggy software Oct. 13 2009
By Sarah Weinberger - Published on
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How could Broderbund, a company that has been in business for quite some time, release a hugely buggy software without testing? I am not talking about some hard to find bug. I am talking that if you start learning the lesson as a beginning user, you can only go as far as learning the 'e' and 'i' keys. What is that? After that, the sequence of lessons gets totally messed up. Broderbund's support website acknowledges the problem but offered no patch. Their workaround fails too. There is also another bug. It says that the next lesson will be so and so, but the next lesson winds up being something else.

I contacted Broderbund yesterday (2009.10.11) and so far no response. True, their support email does state to allow 48 business hours for a response. Let us translate that into human speak. 48 business hours means well over a week, 6 business days. I would expect even better response time from a single person software company just starting off, not a well known software company, whose software sells in real stores.


2009.10.21 Update: I finally received a response after about nine days to my original complaint. Here is the reposne that I received from Broderbund Software:

"Thank you for contacting Broderbund Software, brought to you by Encore.

We apologize for the delay in responding to your email. We are experiencing a higher than usual number of emails. Because your email exceeds 2 business days, we are closing your email case. If you have not received a suffient response and still require our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us."

Nice people. He? What does 'Because your email exceeds 2 business days' mean anyways? Are they saying that because they did not respond to my original email in over nine days, that they will close my email ticket.

What a cool concept. They get money, have a non-working product, provide no support of any kind, and collect money. Furthermore, they ship buggy software to stores for other people to buy.

Score: Pathetic, truly pathetic.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
touch type made enjoyable May 29 2008
By Sean Johansen - Published on
This version of Ms. Beacon's software makes typing even more enjoyable to learn. It is really adaptive to how well you can type - it picked up that I was an intermediate typist after a few lessons - you can't con Ms. Beacon it seems.
A few points are
1)It would be preferable if you could customize this software to eliminate some types of lessons - for example I want to touch type letters and numbers but not the minor punctuation keys like brackets -
2)The import facility is great up to a point but when you add the text from internet sources it tends to add weird hypertext characters which are annoying as you want just to type text.
3)The games are basic and not very challenging - I enjoyed a game called typing of the dead which pushes my touch typing to the limit - I wish Ms. Beacon would incorporate something like this or typer shark deluxe.

Overall however apart from these few minor points the software does what it says on the box teach you to type which is what it is intended to do. There are not many typing programs of this quality on the market and she is still the standard bearer.

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