As best I can tell the Encore Mavis Beacon OS X software is a derelict and abandoned product that's sold cheaply but worth nothing. Sadly, that's the only version Amazon ships directly. I think they're confused.
Apple sells the MacKiev version. This is a new version of an old product, as noted in the manual ...
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing was created more than twenty years ago, and was first published in 1987. Software MacKiev’s involvement goes back to 1998 when our company developed version 9 for the Macintosh — both the US and UK editions. Then, a decade later, we had the opportunity to get involved with Mavis Beacon again — this time as the developer and publisher of a new generation of Mavis Beacon software for Mac OS X. We are so pleased and proud to be bringing the kind of quality you’ve come to expect from the creative labs of Software MacKiev to this new edition.They really should change the name of the product. By the way, Mavis Beacon is an invented person, but her image is from a 1985 picture of Renee Le'Esperance.
It took me quite a while to sort out the Encore vs. MacKiev story, but now you know.
Once I had the package in hand, but before I bothered to use it, I could score this product using Gordon's Laws of software acquisition:
- Excellent web site and a current updater: +1
- Proprietary installer: 0
- Needs uninstaller, none provided, no uninstall directions: -1
- No DRM: +2
- Can use without CD installed: +1
- No trial version: 0
- Support site quality: +1
- No developer blog: 0
- Obvious pride in work: +2
- Beautiful full color paper manual (as well as well formatted PDF): +2
I'll update my review as we learn more, but it looks like a winner.