Hanx Writer: The Tom Hanks Typewriting App

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Hanx Writer: The Tom Hanks Typewriting App

Tom Hanks has joined the hallowed ranks of Kim Kardashian, Tyra Banks, and countless other celebrities who have created and promoted their own apps.

As celeb apps go, Hanx Writer is pretty straightforward.  It asks the question, What if your iPad were a typewriter?

That seems to be the original question, anyway. The question they answered with this app is "What if your iPad made a bunch of typewriter noises?"

Even Hanks himself admits that the noise is only part of a typewriter's charm:

The sound of typing is one reason to own a vintage manual typewriter — alas, there are only three reasons, and none of them are ease or speed. In addition to sound, there is the sheer physical pleasure of typing; it feels just as good as it sounds, the muscles in your hands control the volume and cadence of the aural assault so that the room echoes with the staccato beat of your synapses.

A typewriter app isn't so hot when it comes to the physical nature of typing. "Tickling the 'ol letter-ma-jigs" as no one used to say.

Hanx Writer is free, so it's worth a go, and it's reportedly not an awful word processor. If you download it, let us know how it goes for you. 

As tactile pleasure goes, you can always go with LitReactor's own Christine J. Schmidt and take the longhand route.

Image of Mechanical Typewriters: Their History, Value, and Legacy
Author: Thomas A Russo
Price: $59.03
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd (2002)
Binding: Hardcover, 256 pages
Image of Antique Typewriters: From Creed to Qwerty
Author: Professor Michael Adler
Price: $35.96
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (1997)
Binding: Hardcover, 208 pages

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L.W. Flouisa's picture
L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami August 15, 2014 - 5:11pm

Sorry, but the appeal for the typewriter to me isn't the noises. It's that fact that you can't you can't browse the internet with it. My focus writer can make typewriter noises.

Of course I prefer the long hand route. (For all kinds of reasons.)

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cshultz81 from Oklahoma is reading Best Horror of the Year Volume 8 August 15, 2014 - 10:49pm

I downloaded it. Spent a brief amount of time with it, and I'm pretty floored. Can't wait to delve into more of its features, as it looks like there's plenty.

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James Storie from Alabama is reading The Fireman August 16, 2014 - 8:03am

Downloaded it last night and it is something fun to play with. I have not really used it for anything, but I just like playing with typewriters. I agree with Sarar Weaver, the long hand route and a fountain pen are magic. 

L.W. Flouisa's picture
L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami August 16, 2014 - 10:23am

Seems I can't benefit anyway, it's for Itunes.