Master Key Help
Master Key - Typing
The main objective is of course to teach typing or help typists improve
their speed. In so doing Master Key is written to do this for a broad
audience of home users, school users, children 7 and up and adults,
Macintosh and Windows users, networked computers with accounts or
individual computers, and to do any combination of these equally well
to the highest quality level without making any compromises.
drills for QWERTY, Dvorak, AZERTY, and QWERTZ keyboards
See Getting Started
to get started right away.
Scoring and History
gets a Pupil file which contains the detailed history of the Pupil’s
typing performance. In addition the log can be saved and the graph and
log can be printed. See History
Goal and Certificate Printout
of your Mastery and what is required for Mastery are presented in the
History window and a summary of the status of mastery for each drill
appears in the main window. Once you have achieved Mastery for a Drill,
you can print a Certificate of Mastery acknowledging that you have
mastered that Drill. See Lesson
your routine of drills with a challenging and truly fun typing game.
Put a book
you downloaded from Project
Gutenberg, or any other long plain text file, in the Drills folder.
Master Key will paginate the book so you can pick a page at a time to
do as a drill or use in ParaTyper.
Your Own Drills
Editor allows you to edit existing drills or create new ones. It
features key vocabulary filtering while typing or pasting text and the
ability to write your own typing tips. See Drill Editor
Class Support with Class Editor and Class Reports
be divided into classes and Drills may be divided into Units so that an
entire school may leave all the Pupil and Drill files in one file
structure. Pupils may choose their class at any time or be prompted
when Master Key is launched or when a Pupil logs-off. Teachers may
conveniently edit the settings of a Class of Pupil files at a time and
switch between classes easily. All of the settings for all of the
Pupils in a Class can be edited at once and selectively applied to
single or multiple Pupils. This is a fast way to assign a particular
Drill and Speed Goal to a whole classroom. Teachers can than see the
results of an entire class at a time and easily open each pupil history
in the Class Reports. See Classes & Units
for Centralized Files on the Network
can share a large centralized set of Pupil files and Drills with other
users on an file-sharing network, allowing any user to use any lab
computer whether Mac or Windows. In addition, a single set of
preferences can be used for all lab computers, ensuring consistency and
simplifying the changing of settings on multiple computers. It can also
be setup to work with individual network accounts. See Multiple-users/Network
Teacher can can turn several abilities on and off for Pupils. And users
can have their own subset of options for Display and Sound. See Preferences
for both Pupils and the Teacher can be turned on and off. The Teacher
password is a master key to all Pupil files. Teachers can change their
passwords and decide whether or not Pupils can change their passwords.
Older version notes
If you are not using Account Mode,
you first need to create a new pupil file or choose one that you've
previously created from the main window. Otherwise skip to Choosing a Drill.
For a new
Pupil click the I'm A New Pupil…
create a new Pupil you will be prompted to choose a Class and type your
name, and if Pupil passwords are required, you will be asked to provide
a password. Your name can even be your full name if your full name is
not more than 31 characters. Otherwise you can use initials.
existing pupils can be found by clicking the Choose
My Pupil… button.
left column, select your Class, from the right column select your name
(or Pupil file name) and then click “OK”.
your test by clicking the Choose Drill…
left column, choose the Unit, then choose the Drill from the right
column and then click “OK”. Beginner typists should choose the numbered
unit of the keyboard they want to learn.
Goal, Timed Drill and Introduction
units have speed goals built-in. Other drills allow you to set your own
Timed drills may help add structure to
the process of taking drills and aid in reaching your speed goal. If
the time exceeds the length of the drill, the drill content is repeated
until the time is expired. With Timed Drill off, the drill is a fixed
length instead of fixed time. For the most part you may want to avoid
timed drills for progressive units. Some drills may actually get easier
and your speed may increase during the drill making it easier to
choose the Introduction checkbox,
you will receive an overview of seating posture and finger positions
before starting the Drill.
Press the Start The Drill button.
The preferences are in the Master
Key menu on the Mac and in the Teacher menu in Windows.
Automatically check for updates
With this option on, Master Key will check for updates no more often
than once a day when launched. If a new version of Master Key is found,
an option to download is presented. You can also manually check for
updates from the Master Key menu. This option is always off when
Teacher passwords are on. Manually checking for updates from the Master
Key menu is password protected when the Teacher password is on.
Remember last logged-in pupil
This feature is most useful in multiple user environments. With this
option checked Master Key records the last logged-in Pupil in the
current user's preference folder. When the user opens Master Key from
then on, his pupil file is loaded. Master Key will not ask for a
password, even if Pupil Passwords is turned on since the user has
accessed this pupil file before. If the user logs-out the pupil, the
user will be asked for a password for any other pupil file if Pupil
Passwords is turned on.
Choose pupil at startup and logoff
With this option selected, when Master Key is launched or when a pupil
logs-off, the user is immediately asked to select his/her class and
name except if the Remember Last Logged-in Pupil option is on and there
was a pupil to remember.
With this option on, Master Key pupils are always associated with the
one user of the current computer Account. For more information,
Hide "Master Key Network" folder
Only available when Master Key is used in Network mode and only used on
the Mac, when this option is checked the Master Key Network folder is
made invisible. This is used to hamper casual deletion of Master Key
files on the server by users.
Require Master in order to advance to next
With this option on, the pupil must master one drill before proceeding
to the next. It is enforced on any progressive unit. More accurately,
it looks for a leading number in the Unit folder name and looks to make
sure "generator" is not in the name of the unit folder. You could
therefore make your own progressive units by using a leading number in
the unit folder name.
Use double-spaces between sentences
This option is provided for those who want the anachronistic rules of
the typewriter. Generally it's advisable to leave this off. Master Key
attempts to remove extra spaces from those files that have them with
this off and add them when they are not present when this option is on,
regardless of what the actual text file contains in spacing.
This option allows the delete key to be used to correct mistakes.
With it on, Accuracy is the final result of what you typed and 98%
accuracy is required for mastery while an error rate, which is what was
typed incorrectly regardless of corrections, must be 5% or less for
With it off, Accuracy and Error Rate become the same so that 98% must
be typed correctly in order to achieve mastery.
Most of the rest of these rules are intended for a teacher that wishes
to control the abilities for students. To enforce these rules, the
teacher would turn on passwords for teacher on the next pane.
Enable User-level options
This feature is particularly useful in multiple-user environments. With
this option on, pupils are granted access to a subset of preferences
that they would not be able to access if the Teacher password is
enabled. As the name implies, these user options are not global nor are
they assigned to the pupil but rather they are preferences stored in
the default preferences folder of the account for the respective OS. In
a multiple-user's environment, this would be the user's own preferences
folder. On Mac OS X, in ~/username/Library/Preferences/Master Key User
Options. On Windows in username\Documents and Settings\Application
Data\Master Key User Options
Users are granted all of the options on the display and sound panes.
The default user options are determined by the corresponding
preferences set in the preferences window so that new users inherit
The next pane is covered in Passwords
This pane is also available to users when access to
preferences is password protected and Enable User Options is on on the
Rules pane. Except for the Font Size, you can change any of these
during a drill.
The Key Layout changes the display layout in the animation. On the Mac,
it will also change the actual layout but you must have that key layout
checked so it's available to switch to. You can find key layouts in
System Preferences:International:Input Menu. In Windows you can set the
keyboard layout on a per-application basis and Master Key will also
adjust its display to most common layouts. You can find the key layouts
for Windows in Control Panel:Regional and Language
Options:Languages:Text Services and Input Languages:Details
The progressive drills are written primarily for U.S., Dvorak, Colemak,
French, and German. Dvorak is purported by many to be a more efficient
layout of keys for the English language. On the Mac, the nicer Dvorak
layout is the one that retains the command keys to the QWERTY
positions. Colemak purports to be even more efficient but must be
installed separately since it is not included with Mac or Windows.
12 and 24 point type. 24 might be more useful for younger typists or
larger screens. This is the only option that can't be changed during a
Show keyboard animation and show hand
The key animation shows which key is next to be typed in white and
which was last typed darkened. Hand outlines give a general idea for
hand position on the keyboard. Animation may be too demanding on slower
Power Macs and earlier Macs to type much faster than 20 words per
minute and should be turned off for faster speeds. On G3 Macs, the
animation will be fast enough for the fastest typist.
Show finger position chart
With this option on turns the color-coded key position chart on and off.
Show WPM heads-up display
This option will underlay your words per minute underneath the text
your are speaking much like a watermark on paper. This allows you to
read your speed without taking your eyes off the text you're typing.
Hide other applications
With the Hide Other Applications option checked, Master Key will draw a
solid color for the entire background outside of the Master Key
windows. The color can be selected using the Color... button
This pane is also available to users when access to
preferences is password protected and Enable User Options is on on the
For Key Sounds, you may choose Standard or Subtle for a pleasant
audible feedback or you may choose from one of the typewriters. The
typewriters sounds are sampled from actual typewriters and include many
more sounds such as the shift key and paper insertion. The typewriter
sounds are mostly for fun. The Typo Sound is the sound made when you
make an error and includes the sound of a small Burmese cat named Sasha.
There are also sound and volume settings for ParaTyper although the
relative music volume adjustment is only available on the Mac.
In the Main Window
You can set your own speed goals for those drills which do not
contain a speed goal, otherwise this cannot be changed.
You can set a timed-drill for 1 - 10 minutes. If the time exceeds the
time to finish the drill, the drill text will rotated until the time is
The Introduction checkbox allows you to see three screens on posture,
finger position and basics about how to use the drill window.
In the Drill Window
Here you can choose to show or hide the keyboard display and set a
metronome to help with rhythm. Although not a perfect metronome, it may
help to use this to establish a rhythm. The numbers represent the
approximate words per minute beat. You may find that putting this about
10 WPM above your speed goal may be well enough to make up for missed
beats and errors you make make while still allowing you to accomplish
your speed goal.
The preferences are in the Master
Key menu on the Mac and in the Teacher menu in Windows. Select the
To require either the Teacher password or Pupil passwords, select the
Requiring Pupil passwords will keep students out of other student’s
Pupil files. If a password has not been set or if it is a new Pupil,
the Pupil will be prompted to enter a new password.
Requiring the Teacher password will protect the Preferences dialog and
the The Class Editor. Master Key will ask for an initial password when
the requirement is set. The Teacher password is the master key to all
of the Pupil files.
There is a Logoff item in the Pupil menu so that a pupil can logoff and
re-protect other students from seeing his/her history.
Passwords are case insensitive.
The teacher can always change the teacher password in the Preferences.
If the Teacher allows Pupil Password Changing from the Rules pane in
the Preferences, Pupils may change their own passwords by selecting the
“Change Password…” item in the Pupil menu. The teacher can change the
pupil password from within the Class Editor or by using the Teacher
password as the old password.
Resetting Pupil Password
The Teacher can also reset any or all Pupil passwords so that the Pupil
is asked to provide the password when the Pupil logs in. To do this,
set the password for the Pupil to “password” from within the Class
The History window can be
viewed by selecting the History item in the Pupil menu or by clicking
the See My History… button in the main test window. The first tab,
Results, shows the results of the last drill you did and your status on
accomplishing mastery minutes for that one drill attempt.
The second tab, Status, shows the progress to mastering the last drill
Lesson Plan for more.
Lots of interesting facts are kept here. Just keep in mind that the
left column is only for the last Drill you took while the right column
is either accumulations or averages of all the Drills recorded in your
Log & Graph
The Drill Log displays the test, number of words, the score, date and
time. The Drill Log will hold up to 500 drill entries and then start
rotation of those entries if any more drills are done. The oldest of
the Drills recorded will be removed.
You may save the Drill log as a text file. The resultant text file will
be tab-delimited, meaning that the tabs will be set so that you may
arrange the columns in a word processor or you may import the text file
into a spreadsheet easily.
The Graph gives a visual indication of how well you are progressing.
You may remove some of the clutter of the lines by unchecking boxes for
Accuracy, Error Rate and WPM. If you would like to print the log
without the graph, uncheck all graph boxes before printing.
The Graph and Log are printable together using the button in the bottom
right of this window.
Key WPM and Key Error Rate
Both of these panes have graphs that provide information that you might
find helpful to evaluating what are you strong keys and which you need
to work on. These graphs only evaluate the last Drill you took.
You can create a new drill by
selecting new from the Drill menu. You can also edit any plain text
drills by selecting a drill and then selecting Edit from the Drill
menu. Encrypted drills, which are the progressive drills for QWERTY and
Dvorak from Drill 7 and up are not editable.
Two display sizes of 12 and 24 point give you and approximate idea of
how the drill will look. The Drill Editor opens using the size set in
You can set the speed goal for the drill. If you set a speed goal for a
drill, the pupil cannot set their own speed goal.
Use the Key Vocabulary tab to restrict what letters can be entered in
the the Drill Text field. If you have no key vocabulary or new keys,
the Drill Text field will not have any restrictions. The key vocabulary
will also show these keys darkened at the introduction of the drill.
You can add return to the vocabulary by typing the return key in this
field. It will show as a paragraph symbol.
New Keys are considered part of the key vocabulary and will display the
keys blinking at the introduction of the drill.
You can also copy text from another source and paste it into the Drill
Text field. With a normal paste, the key vocabulary will not be
enforced. If you select Paste Using Vocab from the Edit menu, it will
only paste words that contain all of the key vocabulary. It will also
filter curly quotes to straight, adjust returns and give double spaces
between sentences. It's best to have double-spaces in the drill even if
you've selected to not use double-spaces in the preferences. This way
Master Key will remove the double spaces but leave them in if you have
In the Tip field, enter any typing tip you like. You can use returns to
separate paragraphs. This tip will be presented in a window at the
introduction of the drill.
Once you are satisfied with your drill, you can save it to the Drills
folder or a Drills subfolder that you created. Then close the Drill
Editor and give it a try.
Pupils may be combined into groups called “Classes”. Each Class is a
folder within the “Pupils” folder which is located in the “Master Key”
folder or “Master Key Network” folder. To use this, create new folders
within the Pupils folder and name them the Class names. Then drag the
Pupils into their appropriate Class folders.
You may create the Class Folders in the Class Selection for the Class
Editor and create Pupils in the Class Editor.
Drills may be combined into groups called “Units” in the same way that
Pupils can be grouped into Classes. Just create new folders in “Drills”
folder and name them their Unit names. Then drag the appropriate Drills
into these folders.
You can also create Class and Unit folders and organize the Drill and
Pupil files in the Mac Finder or Windows file browser like you would
with any other files.
How do I remove Pupils or Drills I
Each Pupil or Drill is a file so you can remove anything you don't want
in the Mac Finder or in Windows file browser. If you have no use for
AZERTY drills for instance, you can remove the entire unit folder.
On the Mac:
/Library/Application Support/Master Key/Pupils/
On Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\[yourusername]\Application Data\Master
On Windows Vista:
C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Roaming\Master Key Data\Pupils
In Network Mode:
Inside wherever you've located your "Master Key Network" folder
Drill file locations:
On the Mac:
/Library/Application Support/Master Key/Drills
C:\Program Files\Master Key\Drills
In Network Mode:
Inside wherever you've located your "Master Key Network" folder
Open the Class Editor by selecting Edit Class… from the Teacher menu.
You are then asked to choose the class in much the same way you would
be asked when you choose a pupil. The difference here is you are
selecting the whole class and not an individual pupil.
The Class Editor will take a look at all of the pupils in that Class
folder and show this list on the right listbox.
Note: The Class Editor is
limited to editing five pupils for Standard Edition but virtually
unlimited for Classroom Edition.
Settings can be selectively applied to several Pupils at once by
clicking and dragging through the list of Pupils. To select multiple
noncontiguous Pupils, hold down the Command key (Control key in
Windows) and click each Pupil.
The Class Editor does not remove Pupils. Pupils can be removed like any
other file in the Mac Finder or Windows file browser. These files are
in the Pupils folder.
For a class of new Pupils, if you will be setting all of the Pupil
passwords, you may also turn off the requirement for Pupil passwords
(in the Preferences) while creating new pupils, set them all in the
Class Editor, then later turn the Pupil password requirement back on.
If you created pupils without giving them passwords and you don't give
them passwords in the Class Editor and you turn on the pupil password
requirement in the Preferences, then the pupil will be asked to provide
a password when he/she chooses his/her Pupil file.
Tip: To allow the pupils to set
their own passwords at login time, set the pupil's password to
"password" in the Class Editor.
Select Class Report from the Teacher menu.
Here you can read overall statistics for a class for all drill history
or you can restrict it to the last 5, 10, or 20 drills. You can then
export this as tab-delimited text file or print it. You can also open
the history window for each pupil by double-clicking the pupil or
selecting the pupil and then pressing the Details button.
On the Class Mastery tab, you can focus on a particular drill and how a
class of pupils is progressing on that drill.
On the Pupil Mastery tab you can choose to see the status of mastery
for any unit for any pupil, and if the drills do not contain a speed
goal, you can choose to apply the speed goal you want to the analysis
of the unit. From here you can choose to print a mastery status page
for any pupil.
Key is not a typewriter
It is not the aim or intention of this program to teach typing on a
typewriter. Therefore, returns are only used to mark the ends of
paragraphs as all computer automatically wrap type from line to line.
To use returns for every line on a computer is to constrain your
ability to easily format your text later. The delete key is allowed and
even encouraged to some extent. Although it is optional to disallow it
in the Preferences on the Rules pane.
Learning a new keyboard
Beginner typists should begin with the progressive unit for the
keyboard they wish to learn such as 1-Learning QWERTY or 2-Learning
Dvorak. Proceed through the drills to accumulate mastery minutes. You
are free to take diversions such as ParaTyper in between drills or try
a drill generator drill which has your vocabulary such as in 1.1-QWERTY
Drill Generator. At your option, Master Key can constrain to a linear
path through a progressive unit. You can find the option on the Rules
tab of the Preferences.
Practicing for 20-30 minutes a day will work well. You can keep working
longer but a lot of the time great strides are made the next day after
you give it a rest.
Achieving Mastery for a Drill
Mastery is the goal for which you must accomplish the words per minute
speed goal with a 98% accuracy (missed keys after corrections) and 5%
or less error rate (missed keys despite corrections) for 10 minutes. Or
meet the accuracy and error rate requirements and exceed the speed goal
by 10 WPM for one drill. If you disable backspace in on the Rules tab
of the Preferences, the accuracy requirement is reduced to 95%.
Progressive units such as 1-Learning QWERTY have predetermined speed
goals but other drills allow you to set your own speed goal. The 10
minutes are accumulated as mastery minutes and are totaled from the
In order to achieve Mastery for a particular Drill you must accumulate
10 Mastery Minutes. In order to receive Mastery Minutes, you must
fulfill four qualifiers for that number of minutes on the same drill.
1. You must match or exceed the
words per minute speed goal.
2. You must match or exceed 98% accuracy (95% with backspace off
in the Preferences). Accuracy in Master Key is defined as the final
resultant accuracy of your text after corrections.
3. You must stay under or meet a 5% error rate
4. You must accomplish the above three for 10 minutes on that
named drill OR you can shortcut that by exceeding the speed goal by 10
WPM or more in one drill.
There are different sounds for when you achieve Mastery Minutes or
Mastery of a drill. The blue text at the bottom of the History Window
will tell you in addition to the Mastery pane in the History window.
Once Mastery is achieved, the Print Certificate… button will become
active and a certificate can be printed. This button will always be
dimmed prior to Mastery of a Drill.
Drill generator drills are a nice diversion to practice with your own
speed goal with the key vocabulary you currently have learned. Typists
who already know the keyboard can choose Full Keyboard and keep
notching their speed goal up themselves. Or they can choose one of the
entertaining texts while typing.
Master Key also allows for any plain text file to be used as a Drill.
Just save the file as a plain text file from any word processor,
TextEdit or WordPad, and drop it in the Drills folder or one of the
Unit folders in the Drill folder. The file should have a .txt extension
on it for Master Key to see it. You may also create your own Unit
folders in the Drill folder to keep your own drills separate from those
that ship with Master Key. Larger text files will bring up a window for
you to choose a page of that document to use as a drill and there are
also filters to clean text to make a better drill in case you use a
downloadable books such as from Project Guttenberg.
There are quite a number of
options setting up Master Key for multiple-users either on or off a
network. To help keep the terminology clear and distinct, Pupils are
the users in Master Key and Users are the accounts. There are three
Single or Multiple Pupils on a single computer
One Pupil per User on or off network
Centralized Pupils on network shared folder
Online demonstration movie of how to setup network mode on the Mac
1. Single or Multiple Pupils on a single
This works well for an individual computer where there is only one
account used but there are multiple users. The Master Key folder must
have read/write permissions so that pupils can be read and written to
the Pupils folder in the Master Key folder.
Go in Preferences and turn off Account Mode.
Now you can create new Pupils using the "I'm a New Pupil" button.
2. One Pupil per User account on or off
This works well for both local and network accounts. The advantage is
the administrator does not need to create any Pupils or at least the
users would not have to create their pupil files. The disadvantage is
that the administrator does not have settings or reports for the pupils.
The Pupil will take on the name of the account. The pupil data is then
saved in the file "Master Key History" in the User's preference folder
on the Mac or the "Application Data" folder in Windows. It is not
possible to have more than one pupil per account nor is it possible to
change the name of the Pupil.
This is made active by the Enable Account Mode preference in Master Key
on the General tab.
You can include the preferences with the distribution to client
computers by taking the "Master Key Preferences", which will contain
all the options as you like and the registration, and place it in the
Master Key application folder. This will be used as a read-only
template file for creating preferences for all clients in their default
preferences folders and it will always register Master Key regardless
of the registration status of registration of existing account
Another method would be to centralize the Drills and preferences on a
network volume using the steps in option 3 below but by turning on
Account Mode instead of centralizing the Pupils on the network volume.
3. Centralized Pupils on network shared
It is possible to keep an entire organization's Pupil files on one file
server and have students use Master Key from any Mac or PC that is on
that network to access their Pupil files and all Drills. In addition,
all Macs and PCs on the same network may share the same preferences
file so that all clients have their settings changed by only changing
the settings on one client. By your choice you may allow users to
change a subset of these preferences called User Options. This
preference can be found on the Rules tab in the Preferences.
Regardless of Mac or Windows you need either inherit permissions on or
Access Control Lists on and set so that files are always read/write
regardless of who last saved for all who access Master Key. For OS X
Server, standard Unix privileges will not work for centralized Pupils.
A Graphical Example of the Network Setup
The server sharepoint (here named "Groups") can be one that you
already have and can be anything. The MacinMind folder is optional. You
just have to have the "Master Key Network" folder available as
read/write for your users with Access Control Lists set to allow access
or comparable read/write permissions on a Windows or other server. You
should not make the "Master Key Network" folder a sharepoint itself.
Have Master Key install the Master Key
Network Folder (Mac-only)
This network installation method works only using the publicly
available download of Master
Key for Mac.
Note: This method will not work
if the network folder is created on a different volume with the same
name. e.g. if your hard drive is "Macintosh HD" and your mounted server
volume is also "Macintosh HD". Use the manual method below in this case.
Login as a local admin on the client so that you'll have write
permission inside the Applications folder. Run the Master Key installer
to Install the Master Key folder in the Applications folder. Mount the
sharepoint you wish to use using a login of one of your users.
Launch Master Key. If prompted as below select Multiple users if you
would like to store the pupils on the
network. The other option would only be to centrally locate the Drills
Select the "Create Network…" menu item in the File menu.
Select the the location to place the "Master Key Network" folder on the
server sharepoint. Follow the onscreen directions that follow for this
If you get any messages that preferences will be read locally and
Network does not show in the title bar of Master Key. You may have
incorrect permissions for your Master Key folder and/or for the folder
on the server. Be sure to start again with a fresh copy of Master Key
that has the Pupils and Drills once the permissions are correct to read
and write in the Master Key folder as an admin.
Once done, logout of the client and log back in as your network user.
Now when Master Key is launched you will be using the network folder on
the network. You may skip to the final steps.
Create the Nework folder manuall
Login as a local admin on the client so that you'll have write
permission inside the Applications or program folder. Run the Master
Key installer to Install the Master Key folder in the Applications
folder. Mount the sharepoint you wish to use using a login of one of
If you haven't already, create a new folder on the server volume and
name it "Master Key Network".
Set the permissions so that the user can read and write to the folder.
Make an alias (Mac) or shortcut (Windows) of the "Master Key Network"
folder back to the local "Master Key" application folder.
Note: To make an alias on the
Mac you may begin dragging and then hold command-option before dropping
to create aliases without disturbing their names.
Make sure the name of the alias or shortcut is "Master Key Network" and
not "Master Key Network alias" or "Shortcut to Master Key Network".
Copy the "Pupils" and "Drills" folders into the "Master Key Network"
folder on the server. The "Master Key Preferences" file will be created
by Master Key when it is launched.
Launch Master Key and look in the title bar of the test window. If it
says "Network" after the title and version, it is working. Otherwise,
Master Key is using the preferences on the computer on which it was
launched and is not sharing the central preferences.
If the preferences file is newly created, you will need to enter your
registration code and name by launching Master Key on any client
computer, selecting "About Master Key…" from the Master Key menu in Mac
OS X or from the Help menu in Windows, clicking the "Enter Registration
Code…" button, and entering the registration information given to you.
If on Mac, you can now go into the Master Key Preferences and select to
hide the Master Key Network Folder for added security.
Once done, you will have an alias or shortcut "Master Key Network",
"Master Key" application and on Windows a few other files such as
"Master Key Help" and "polarize.mid". It is the Master Key folder that
contains these items that you will then want to distribute to all the
client computers. You can do this using Remote Desktop or NetInstall on
OS X or similar distribution tools on Windows.
On Mac OS X you can add Master Key to the Dock for managed clients. See
the Preferences Pane in Workgroup Manager.
You can import users from a text file from the Teacher menu or you can
use Passenger which will do more in creating specific names and
Notes About Use
If the server volume is not mounted, Master Key will ask to mount the
volume. If the volume cannot be mounted, either because the permissions
are not correct or the server cannot be found on the network, Master
Key will report the error and use files on the local computer instead.
Pupil files are not locked as in-use. This means that a user can load
the same Pupil file on more than one machine at once. The last one to
unload the Pupil file records the Pupil file data. The best solution
for this is to enforce the Pupil passwords or possibly something more
clever than I've explored using Access Control Lists.
Various versions are available
Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.4 or newer
600 MHz CPU
Windows XP, Vista, 7
96 MB of memory
Master Key LC for PowerPC Macs before
Any Power Macintosh
640x480 display with 256 colors
Mac OS 8 (Mac OS 8.5 or newer for faster graphics)
8 MB of available memory
Master Key LC for 68040 Macs
Any 68040-based Macintosh
640x480 display with 256 colors
Mac OS 7.6
7 MB of available memory
If you purchased Master Key
from the the Mac AppStore, your copy of Master Key is registered and
the following doesn't apply to your copy.
If you downloaded Master Key outside of the Mac AppStore, the
unregistered Master Key functions as the Standard Edition but with
shareware reminders and without the full set of typing drills
available. Registering the Standard Edition removes all of the
shareware reminders and allows opening of all the drills included.
Registering the Classroom Edition additionally removes the 5-pupil
limit in the Class Editor and Class Reports.
When you register, I will send you the registration name (your name or
organization name) and registration number to remove all shareware
reminders, allow use of all drills, and emblazon your name as a
registered user in the About box. The about box will also indicate
whether you have registered Standard Edition or Classroom Edition.
Registrations fees are:
$18.00 for an individual user or
computer -- Standard Edition (Your choice of Macintosh or Windows)
$24.00 for an individual user or computer -- Standard Edition
(Both Macintosh and Windows)
$12.00 per computer for 10-30 computers - Classroom Edition
$6.00 for each additional computer from 31-200 computers -
$3.00 for each additional computer from 200+ computers -
For orders over 500 computers, write (firstname.lastname@example.org)
How to Register
For all types of payment, visit http://www.macinmind.com/MasterKey/Purchase
Pay by credit card and receive your registration code within minutes.
Money orders or checks are accepted. Purchase orders are accepted for
Classroom Edition registrations. See the web site for an order form to
download and print.
The email you register with will be the name which appears in the About
box. For the Classroom Edition, the name of the company or organization
will appear in the About box.
Changes in version 5.6.2 - Mac only (January 19, 2012)
Changes in version 5.6 - Mac only (June 28, 2011)
- Added Sparkle for in-app updates for non-app store version
- # is now £ in QWERTY and drill generator drills with
- Fixed an issue with crashing in 10.7.2 when unregistered
and proceeding to the next drill
Changes in version 5.5.1 (November 13, 2010)
- Preferneces, Drill and Pupil files are now kept in
- Master Key now self-installs Drills to ~/Application
Support/Master Key/ for non-network use
- New 512px icon and new preference panes
Changes in version 5.5 (October 12, 2010)
- Fixed Hide Keyboard function on test window (broken in 5.5)
- Now uses 'Master Key Preferences' found in the same folder
as the application if the preferences found in the account preferences
folder is either nonexistent or if the preferences were created before
- Fixed an issue where saving pupils from the class editor
- Attempting to save a drill log to a read-only folder will
no longer result in a crash
- Show WPM heads-up display preference is no longer
overridden by Enable statistics during drill preference
- Mac: Changed encodings to allow a greater range of UTF8
- Mac: Checks for writable status of pupil file on load and
save and reports a problem if one is encountered
- Pause keyboard shortcut is now displayed on pause button
- In the history window after multipage drills, next drill
button now is next page button
- Multipage drills now display total pages such as p. 1 of 5
You can make copies of this
software and distribute them as long as the software is not modified in
any way, and as long as this document and drills that are packaged with
the unregistered Master Key accompany the software.
You may not sell copies of this software. You may not rent,
lease, or distribute this software as part of a shareware sampling
package without the permission of the author. You may not decompile,
disassemble, reverse engineer, copy, or create a derivative work from
If you register this software to use at home or school, you may
make a copy to use on a portable computer. If you use this software on
more than one computer at a time, or over a network, you should
purchase additional copies for each computer or user. You may make
archival copies of the software for each License obtained under this
Agreement. You may make copies of the written documentation which
accompanies the software in support of your authorized use of the
Limited Warranty/Limitation of
This software is licensed as is with the removal of shareware
reminders and additional drills for Standard Edition registrations.
This software is licensed with the removal of shareware reminders,
additional drills, and the ability to edit the settings of a number of
pupils without the otherwise limited 5 pupil limitation for Classroom
Edition registrations. Shareware allows you to "try before you buy" and
I operate on the understanding that you are satisfied with the software
before you register.
This warranty is in lieu of any other warranties, express or
implied, including the implied warranties of merchantability and
fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will the author be liable
to you for damages, including any loss of profits, lost savings, or
other incidental or consequential damages arising out of your use of or
inability to use the software.
I will attempt to answer technical support requests from
registered users, but this service is offered on a reasonable efforts
basis only, and I may not be able to resolve every support request. I
can support the software only if it is used under conditions and on
operating systems for which it is designed. See 11. Minimum
If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unlawful,
void, or unenforceable, then that provision shall be severed from this
Agreement and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any of
the remaining provisions. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws
of the State of Illinois.