ATG Quirkies: The click-clack is back with the Hanx Writer

typewriter morguefile public domainAccording to John Brownlee at FastCo, if you aspire to be the “twee hipster doofus who is using an app to turn your iPad into a typewriter at your local Starbucks” Tom Hanks has the answer for you.

An inveterate collector of typewriters (his collection numbers more than 2000 models) Mr. Hanks has developed an app that is “an analog typewriter emulator for the iPad.” He cleverly calls it Hanx Writer and “it’s complete with a typewriter’s irregular fonts, weird operational quirks, and a library of telltale sounds: the thwack-thwack of a type hammer smacking against the page, or the brrring of the carriage being slapped to the next line.”

Admittedly, the app sounds pretty cool unless you’re the one sitting next to the “twee hipster doofus” merrily hammering away as you try enjoying a quiet coffee and croissant.

 

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Needless to say, its sure to be a big hit in libraries too!

 

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books  for providing ATG’s daily quirkies.)

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