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Puckapuckapucka? Tom Hanks has just launched a typewriter App

The man who brought us Forrest Gump takes hi-tech low-tech. Whatever next?

by Adam Gale
Last Updated: 25 Feb 2015

‘Behold,’ the iTunes App Store commands, ‘Hanx Writer, created by Tom Hanks.’

Yes, in case you missed it, legendary screen actor Tom Hanks has launched a typewriter app, and it’s gone to number one on the App Store. Hanx Writer (it’s a play on his name, see?) allows you to recreate the sounds and sensations of an old-fashioned typewriter from the hi-tech comfort of your iPad.

The software (not developed by Hanks himself of course) is free, although it does allow you to purchase different virtual typewriters in-app, such as the Hanks Golden Touch or even the sleek Hanx 707.

The two-time Best Actor Oscar winner appears primarily to love the resonant sounds of the typewriter. ‘With Hanx Writer, you’ll hear the rhythm of your work with SHOOK SHOOK or FITT-FITT,’ Hanks said on the app’s page.

‘Bang bang clack-clack-clack puckapuckapuckapucka,’ he added in an interview with Apple’s @AppStore. Indeed.

Hanx Writer is absolutely perfect for people who just love old-fashioned typewriters, hate modern technology and everything it stands for, and for some reason own an iOS7 device and not the real thing. It currently has rave reviews and a 4.5 out of 5 rating on the App Store.

The app in 'action'.  Credit: @AppStore


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