A few days ago, my colleague Maura reported the launch of a new typewriting app for iPad owners that has been supervised by Tom Hanks itself. Now we're following up on that with fresh news. The Hanx Writer app was launched on Aug. 14 and it simulates the experience of a manual typewriter.
It comes with the “ding” at the end of a line but also with modern conveniences like a “delete” key. The app connects via Bluetooth to external keyboards that work with the Apple iPad. Tom Hanks previously said in an essay in the New York Times last summer that he loves typewriters and he believes the look and feel of an old-fashioned writing instrument is essential to the writing process.
When asked on Twitter by representatives of Apple's App Store - 'what inspired you to create #HanxWriter', the famous actor said the following:
"cause I find it's like music that spurs along the creative urge. Bang bang clack-clack-clack puckapuckapuckapucka..."
And now it seems that his app has climbed to the first position on the App Store in the productivity category. The Hanx Writer app is free but comes with three paid upgrade options: the Hanx 707 add-on ($2.99) supports multiple documents, blue and red ribbon colors, and background colors; Hanx Golden Touch ($2.99), comes with multiple documents along with text alignment and the ability to create title pages with pictures; and the $4.99 Writer’s Block Bundle includes the features in Hanx 707 and Hanx Golden Touch.
Hanx Writer is compatible with iPads running iOS 7.0 or later, has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on the App Store. Go ahead and follow the link from below to get the free version on your iPad, if you want to recreate that classical sound of typewriting.