The 58-year-old winner of nearly every entertainment accolade recently decided to play his hand in the brutally competitive world of iPad apps. His digital creation? An app called the "Hanx Writer" that turns your iPad into an old-fashioned manual typewriter. The outcome? He now owns the coveted #1 spot on Apple's iTunes App Store.
"I wanted to have the sensation of an old manual typewriter – I wanted the sound of typing if nothing else," Hanks said in an interview with the @AppStore Twitter account
. "…cause I find it’s like music that spurs along the creative urge. Bang bang clack-clack-clack puckapuckapuckapucka… I wanted the ‘report’ of each letter, each line."
Hanks' idea to create a virtual typewriter stems from his love of the machine; a passion that includes a collection of more than 100 manual and portable typewriters. Back in 2012, he was even successful bribed
by the hosts of the Nerdist Podcast to appear on their show in return for a 1934 Smith Corona typewriter.
"You are out of your minds if you think...that I...wow, this thing has great action," Hanks typed, using the item sent as a bribe. "..and this deep crimson color...Wait! I'm not so shallow as to...and it types nearly silent..."
"Oh, OKAY!," he typed in defeat.
According to developer Hitcents, the Hanx Writer took about five months to create.
"He wanted an app that made him feel like he was using a typewriter; he wanted that nostalgic feeling, but to still have the app function as a word processor to send emails, write letters, that sort of thing," developer Jonathan Peppers said in an interview
. "So, we built an app that feels, looks, and sounds like a real typewriter for iOS."
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