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Tom Hanks' typewriter app rockets to top of charts

Rhiannon Williams

Published 20/08/2014 | 08:13

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He may be best known for his roles in Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan and Turner & Hooch, but it seems Tom Hanks is also a dab hand at creating apps.

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Hanx Writer, the Academy award-winning actor's first app, has shot to the top of the US App Store within four days of its release.

The app has been designed to realistically replicate the experience of writing on a typewriter, complete with clacking key sounds and a 'ping' upon reaching the end of a line.

Hanx Writer is currently ranked as the number one overall app for iPad in the US, as well as the most popular productivity application. It is ranked as the second most popular app in both categories within the UK, and is free to download.

In a Twitter Q&A with the Apple App Store, Hanks expressed his love for the typewriter medium.

"I wanted to have the sensation of an old manual typewriter - I wanted the sound of typing if nothing else," he said. "cause I find it's like music that spurs along the creative urge. Bang bang clack-clack-clack puckapuckapuckapucka..."

Hanx Writer users are able to select from three typewriter models; the Prime Select, 707 and Golden Touch, designed for standard desktop use, air travel and luxurious graduation present, Hanks explained.

The app is best used, he suggested, to write love letters and journal entries over term papers or legal briefs.

Hanks is a long time advocate of the typewriter, after being persuaded to take part in a 2012 Nerdist podcast after being sent a 1934 Smith Corona portable model, and having written an article detailing his extensive collection for the New York Times.

"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," he wrote.

Telegraph.co.uk

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