“Everything you type on a typewriter sounds grand, the words forming in mini-explosions of SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK.” These are the words in which Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks, expressed his love for typewriters in the article he wrote for The New York Times. He also happens to be a passionate collector of vintage typewriters.
In order to bring his obsession to digital world, Tom Hanks teamed up with Hitcents to develop an iPad application for typewriter – Hanx Writer. The app has recreated the typewriter experience with the ease and speed of an iPad.
The interface of the application is exactly similar to a typewriter; the keys give usual clank sound when pressed, the page moves from side to side and new sheet rolls in when you start on a new page. The app also provide modern updates such as ‘delete’ key but it can be changed to the usual X’s. The app makes a lot of noise and may irritate the people around you.
Hanx Writer does not recreate the usual physical experience that you can have with a manual typewriter. The keys on the typewriter requires a certain pressure in order to press them. On the other hand, a slight pressure on an iPad version of keys can launch a string of letters.
If you use a wireless keyboard with your iPad, the screen will be more spacious without the on-screen keyboard and you can have a real vintage typewriter experience. You can also manage and share documents from the app.
“Hanx Writer is just my little gift to the future Luddite hipsters of the world,” Hanks told USA Today in an interview.
The basic version is available for free download from the iTunes. It includes one typewriter style, text color and ribbon color. The paid version consists of two other keyboard styles for $3 and additional features for fonts and sounds can be unlocked for $5 only.
There have been other typewriters apps available on the app store but this is the only one which offers Tom Hanks taste in old manual typewriters.
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