Australian software company Typequick was honoured with a prestigious Japanese award last week for its touch typing software tutor "Kewala", now selling under the name Typequick for Students.
Typequick for Students won the Software Information Centre Japanese Top Education Course of 1997 award, competing against computer based education products from both Japan and overseas.
The award is supported by the Japanese Government's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), two of Japan's leading newspapers and six computer associations. The product was nominated for the award by a professor of a Japanese university, one of 350 universities in Japan which use the program.
Typequick for Students was launched earlier this year with different packaging and the name Kewala's Typing Adventures.
The repackaging came after Typequick found sales of the product were not as good as expected. The company employed a design agency and undertook market research finding the original packaging looked "too gamey". The agency was given a directive to create a package which would appeal to parents, teachers and students.
Typequick launched a multi-user licence for schools with the rerelease of Typequick for Students. A single user pack retails at $99.
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