19-Oct-2016 BusyFingers is now available from the App Store. This release of BusyFingers provides a single user version of the popular touch typing tutor but still with all the lessons, drills, practice and exam that is available in the single computer and site licence versions.

 
06-Mar-2015 BusyFingers v5.0 was released with more than 20 new features. Some of the new features are:
  • BusyFingers now allows users to take an exam to prove how good their touch typing really is. Users who pass the exam are awarded a certificate that they can print out and frame.
  • It is now possible to display pictures within BusyFingers to help younger users become familiar with the keyboard by associating images and words.
  • The main BusyFingers window now supports 5 sizes allowing BusyFingers to fit on even the largest of today's computer screens.
  • A new font has been introduced which shows the letters such as "a" as children understand it; i.e. as "a".
  • The enforcement of the standard that users must achieve before they can advance to the next lesson is now configurable on a lesson by lesson basis; previously all the lessons used the same criteria.
  • The statistics graph displayed at the end of a lesson and in the Teacher application, now shows the standard that must be achieved (as a dotted line) for the current lesson before the user can progress to the next lesson.
  • In the Teacher application, it is now possible to specify which characters are taught in each of the lessons and to move automatically, to the appropriate lesson, any phrases in a lesson that use the specified characters.
  • And lots, lots more...
Users of BusyFingers v4 or earlier should contact Grape County for information on how they can upgrade to this latest version.

 
25-Mar-2011 BusyFingers v4.2.1 was released. This release was necessary to fix a number of annoying issues caused by the introduction of Windows 7.

This release is a free upgrade to those users who have bought an earlier version of BusyFingers v4 site licence. Users of BusyFingers v3 or earlier should contact Grape County for information on how they can upgrade to this latest version.

 
14-Jan-2009 BusyFingers v4.2 was released at BETT 2009. This release of BusyFingers includes new features and bugs fixes.

Like the previous release of BusyFingers, this release is a free upgrade to those users who have bought an earlier version of BusyFingers v4 site licence. Users of BusyFingers v3 or earlier should contact Grape County for information on how they can upgrade to this latest version.
  • The Preferences dialog now includes an option to apply any changes that have been made to all the groups or all the users in the group. This means that administrators no longer need to go through each user's account individually to apply the same change to all the users.
  • BusyFingers now remembers correctly, when a returning user has completed a lesson and advances them to the next lesson.
  • In the Statistics window, within BusyFingers, the progress drop down menu now shows the current lesson.
  • The Teacher application now allows any character to be used in a lesson. This is to allow the phrases database to be customised to use foreign words that use accents.
  • Numerous other bug fixes.
 
09-Jan-2008 Controller Games and Grape County are pleased to annouce the release of BusyFingers v4.1 at BETT 2008. Like previous releases of BusyFingers, the features added to this release have been requested by teachers.

BusyFingers v4.1 is a free upgrade to those users who have bought v4.0 of the site licence. Users of BusyFingers v3 or earlier should contact Grape County for information on how they can upgrade to this latest version.
  • the popular "Letter Invader" game has been re-introduced back into BusyFingers. This practice area drops a letter from the top of the screen and points are scored by typing the letter before it reaches the bottom. The higher up the screen the letter is typed, the more points that are scored. The more letters that are typed, the faster the letters fall.
  • The Jungle game has been upgraded to include levels. The more words that a user types correctly the higher the level. Of course, the higher the level, the harder it becomes! That volcano is going to erupt!!
  • In the Teacher application, it is now possible to export the data that is being displayed for the selected group or user.
  • When using a single quote mark in users names or in the phrases used in the lessons, the single quote mark is now handled correctly and no longer produces an error.
  • BusyFingers has been built to be compatible with Intel Macintosh computers, Mac OS X v10.4 & v10.5 and Microsoft Vista.
 
10-Jan-2007 Controller Games and Grape County announce that BusyFingers v4.0 is released. All of the new features in this release of BusyFingers were requested by teachers and parents.
  • It is now possible to organise users into groups, for instance, by class, making it simple to organise hundreds of users.
  • When a user starts a new lesson, the first few times the user does that lesson, they are forced to practice the new characters that are being taught in that lesson.
  • Each time the user returns to BusyFingers, they are asked if they wish to automatically continue with the highest lesson they have completed.
  • There is now an option to enforce that the user must achieve a certain standard in their current lesson before they progress to the next lesson. The standard that needs to be reached can be set differently for each user and for each lesson.
  • There is now an option to only allow users to select their name by clicking on it.
  • There is now an option to require each user to enter a password before they can start using BusyFingers.
  • The format of the databases used with BusyFingers has been changed resulting in faster response times.
  • It is now possible to import users into the BusyFingers database from a text file and from an existing BusyFingers v3 database.
  • There is an option to export to a text file the names of all the users and all their data for each of the lessons that they have completed.
  • The Teacher application contains a number of tools for the creation, editing and removal of the groups to which users belong.
  • Complete control over the default settings that each new group will inherit when it is created and to modify those settings to customise them for each group.
  • Allows the modification of the settings the user inherited from the group on a user by user basis.
  • The database holding the phrases used in the lessons is now distinct from the database holding the users and their data making it easier to create custom phrases databases that can then be applied on a user by user basis.
  • The single computer licence version of BusyFingers now has an absolute requirement for the users database to be in the folder Data in the same folder as the BusyFingers and Teacher applications.
 
02-Oct-2006 Controller Games and Grape County announce that BusyFingers v3.1 is released. This release of BusyFingers contains a number of new features, all of which were requested by teachers.
  • The Teacher application now allows the bar and line graphs, showing the users' progress, to be printed.
  • When there are lots of users in the database, they are presented in groups of 10.
  • Audio feedback when the wrong key is pressed has been changed from "No!" to a series of beep sounds.
  • The animation at the end of the Jungle game has been improved.
  • All the images used by the application are now integrated making BusyFingers even quicker to start up.
 
08-May-2006 Controller Games and Grape County announce that BusyFingers v3 is released. This release of BusyFingers contains more than 12 new features, most of them requested by teachers and parents. Some of the new features are:
  • Three window sizes (556x455, 700x540 & 800x600) with a cleaner and clearer look.
  • Two levels of vocabulary - Key Stage 1 & 2 and Key Stage 3.
  • The vocabulary used in the Key Stage 1 & 2 lessons are based around the words in the National Literacy Strategy
  • The option to include or exclude the Key Stage 3 vocabulary.
  • A new lesson dedicated to teaching verb endings.
  • A lesson that teaches the number keys.
  • A preferences dialog to select the available options.
  • New game based on a Jungle theme.
  • And many more...
 
04-Apr-2006 Controller Games grants Grape County world wide exclusive rights to distribute, resell and market the popular touch typing tutor BusyFingers.
 
24-Mar-2006 Adeptias, who design and manufacture classroom furniture with integrated computer equipement, agree to include the MyKids keyboard & mouse when supplying their products to primary schools.
 
19-Jan-2006 Following another very successful BETT show, Grape County is pleased to announce that CougarTech, CSE, Granada Learning and Research Machines have now agreed to add the MyKids keyboard & mouse to their product range.
 
15-Dec-2005 Grape County announces that they will be demonstrating the next version of the touch typing software, BusyFingers, at BETT 2006. This advanced release of the next version of BusyFingers has a lot of new features - many of them asked for by teachers and parents - including a simpler look and feel to the user interface, larger screen and font sizes, the inclusion of words from the National Literacy Strategy and a new game based on a jungle theme.
 
06-Oct-2005 AbilityNet and Inclusive Technology add the MyKids keyboard & mouse to their product range.
 
10-Jun-2005 Datapact, PARRS and Stone Computers have agreed to add the MyKids keyboard & mouse to their catalogues.
 
25-May-2005 Grape County adds the stylish Black & Silver version to the popular MyKids keyboard & mouse product range. The Black & Silver MyKids comes with a Stars and Planets motif in place of the ABC and sports figures used in the Green and Yellow MyKids keyboard and is more appealing to the older child. Otherwise, the Black & Silver version is identical in layout and size to the Green and Yellow versions of the MyKids keyboard.
 
01-Mar 2005 Grape County announces that the MyKids keyboard & mouse product range is now available from Enabling Computer Supplies, R-E-M and the TTS Group. In addition to these established UK resellers, Grape County is in discussion with a number of other UK resellers and is looking forward to announcing more resellers of the MyKids keyboard & mouse product in the near future.
 
30-Nov-2004 Grape County becomes a registered Retailer with Curriculum Online for the BusyFingers software, allowing schools to purchase BusyFingers using eLearning Credits.
 
12-Nov-2004 Grape County announce the products they will be introducing at BETT at the Olympia in London, 12th to 15th January 2005 (Stand M43).
 
22-Oct-2004 Grape County announce the products they will be introducing at The Education Show at the NEC between 17th to 19th March 2005 (Stand EY18).


  The press releases are in PDF format.