Hanx Writer brings typewriter rhythm to the iPad.
My first computer was a typewriter. My mom actually had an old electronic typewriter that I loved to play on. When I was a bit older, I found that a word processor became a necessity for school and was one of the first in my class to turn in a paper that was typed and not hand-written. It was a revolutionary development in how we all worked, lived and learned. Now, we work on tiny QWERTY keyboards that pop-up from our smartphones that are not much bigger than the palms of our hands. App stores grow at the speed of light and continually expand the way we write with our new technology. I just recently discovered a charming app by actor Tom Hanks and developer Hitcents called Hanx Writer that takes us back to the days of the typewriter.
Hanx Writer provides the look and feel of a typewriter right on your iPad. “With Hanx Writer, you’ll hear the rhythm of your work with SHOOK SHOOK or FITT FITT,” stated Tom Hanks about his app. The welcome screen of the app describes how Hanks got his first typewriter in the 70s and how he loved the pace and sounds of a manual typewriter. Even though Hanx Writer might seem like a ploy for profits, it’s actually a very nice writing tool. It can take the place of basic word processor apps on the iPad and it works beautifully with a Bluetooth keyboard.
Every document that is created within Hanx Writer can be shared via email or exported to another app. It can also be printed using AirPrint. The UI is very intuitive and easy to understand. Anyone who has used Pages on the iPad will noticed familiar file screen and options that are including within the writing screen. Hanx Writer also includes the option to turn off certain options like the animation, sound, modern delete or showing the cursor. These options would only enhance the typewriter feel of the app.
Another big feature of Hanx Writer is all of the in-app purchases. Usually, I would not bring up IAPs as a feature, but because Hanx Writer is fully functional without any IAPs, I think in this case they are valid as features. There are two bundles to choose from – the Hanx 707, which includes ribbon colors, app background colors, and multiple documents; or, Hanx Golden Touch, which includes multiple documents, text alignment and a title page and picture.
If you like the feel and sound of a manual typewriter, I would highly recommend giving Hanx Writer a try. It’s great for writers of any kind level and very fun to use. The app is free to download with the aforementioned in-app purchases available. For more information, visit hitcents.com/b2b/work/hanx.