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Actor Tom Hanks has released his first iPad app which is an accurate recreation of three manual typewriters. It could have easily been a gimmicky app that is used once or twice, but this is something different. The attention to detail and the overall aesthetic of Hanx Writer makes this an app you’ll enjoy typing with for hours on end.



Tom Hanks worked with Stuart Westphal of Hitcents to create the app and the end result is remarkable. Tom Hanks has a self-disclosed obsession with traditional typewriters, telling USA Today that his collection once held 200 typewriters.


“I suppose some people who get the app may just be looking for a different sound, but really it’s for people searching for a more personalized experience when writing on an iPad,” he says. “There’s also the opportunity here to take your iPad to a coffee house and be really obnoxious with all the clickety-clacking.”


As you might imagine there is very little you can do to customize Hanx. Here is a list of included and extra features:



Hanx Prime Select (free typewriter)
Hanx 707 ($2.99)
Hanx Jolden Touch ($2.99)
Alternate background colors
Black Ribbon
Red Ribbon (included in Writer’s block bundle)
Blue Ribbon (included in Writer’s block bundle)
PDF export options

Here’s a video demonstrating all of the free and purchase options:



Developer Stuart Westphal tells USA Today:


“He mainly said don’t make it gimmicky, so it had to work with a Bluetooth keyboard, which is really where you get the full effect of seeing a blank white page slowly fill with black type,” says Westphal, noting that the partnership with Hanks was spearheaded through a connection with Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles. “Tom wanted people to want to sit down and write a poem or screenplay with it.”



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