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Hanx Writer: Tom Hanks' typewriter iPad app a hit with users

Tom Hanks takes on technology project Photo: Reuters

Hollywood star Tom Hanks may be known as an on-screen legend, however, the veteran actor has worked alongside developers to start a new project.

An app for the iPad, the Hanx Writer app recreates the experience of a manual typewriter, allowing people to hear and see them while using the tablet.

Hanks, who is an avid collector of typewriters, said: “With Hanx Writer, you’ll hear the rhythm of your work with SHOOK SHOOK or FITT-FITT.”

The free app has an approximate 4.5-star rating on the App Store, and it has positive reviews.

According to the developers, the purpose of the app allows users to "enjoy the look, feel, and sound of good, old-fashioned word-processing".

Each document crafted in Hanx Writer can be emailed, printed, and shared and has its own unique statement-making personality, they said.

The Hanx Writer, a typewriter app from actor Tom Hanks, has proved to be a hit. Credit: iTunes Store

Writing in the New York Times, Hanks said:

I use a manual typewriter — and the United States Postal Service — almost every day. My snail-mail letters and thank-you notes, office memos and to-do lists, and rough — and I mean very rough — drafts of story pages are messy things, but the creating of them satisfies me like few other daily tasks.

The sound of typing is one reason to own a vintage manual typewriter — alas, there are only three reasons, and none of them are ease or speed. In addition to sound, there is the sheer physical pleasure of typing; it feels just as good as it sounds, the muscles in your hands control the volume and cadence of the aural assault so that the room echoes with the staccato beat of your synapses.

– Tom Hanks

The Oscar-winning actor even professed his love on Twitter: