You know Tom Hanks, the move star? Yeah him. He famously travelled the world with a typewriter, and is obsessed with them. He knows many many typewriters and doesn’t much like to write on anything else. He’s be the sort of fellow who’d not be into the iPad. But wait, he is. Being an Apple dude, and using iOS, he’s on the iPad and yet with an itch that needs a scratch. Good time to be rich and able to hire a developer team to build you an app that allows you all the sonic pleasures of a typewriter on the portability of an iPad. enter; Hanxwriter – Download from the App Store here The app is fun and clever, and free. You get a solid typewriter, and can buy two more, as well as some ‘extra’ features, via in-app purchase. This is “Free – with in-app purchase to unlock all features” done right. You can use the app and test it, and decide if you want to drop the 4.99 for all the features, or buy them as you want them. best part is, that you can even test out the other typewriters to see how they “feel.” This app, which I quite enjoyed, brings up an odd thing about the iPad. sitting with it on your lap and typing in the two-finger, or slow-finger fashion that most type on a screen with, really feels similar to the style to typing that one does on a typewriter. you get those gratifying noises of slamming each key in, with a beautiful typeface. Very satisfying. I wrote a poem and some thoughts down right away that I wouldn’t done on a typical app. A very good reason to own an writing app of any kind is because it lets you work, or opens up ideas, in ways that that other apps don’t. So, its odd to say, but Tom Hanks’ app is worth it’s free download. And if you’re a writer-junky like me, and own an old Underwood typewriter like me, then this app might be what you’re waiting for. Yes I wrote this on hanxwriter and it felt like I was an old journalist on a park bench trying to meet a deadline, complete with passerby ogling me.
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