Tom Hanks brings a retro touch to iPad typing with Hanx Writer

Tom Hanks, actor and noted typewriter enthusiast, has released Hanx Writer, a typewriter app for the iPad, onto the App Store. Hanx Writer attempts to replicate the experience of writing on an old typewriter, but with the modern convenience afforded by the iPad.

The keys on Hanx Writer's keyboard are shaped like typewriter keys. The typing view presents the keyboard, the document, and all of the expected parts you would see on a typewriter. The app is free to download, and you'll get one typewriter look, the Hanx Prime Select.

Two more are available for purchase, the Hanx 707 and Hanx Golden Touch. Each of these are available for $2.99, and include the ability to create multiple documents, choose ribbon colors, as well as app background colors. You could also pay $4.99 for the Writer's Block Bundle, which includes the 707 and Golden Touch, along with the other features.

Anyone looking to replicate the typewriter experience on their iPad can give Hanx Writer a shot right now. It's available for free from the App Store.