Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hax Writer - App review

Screen shot of what I wrote with the app.
The first thing I ever typed a story on was an old typewriter.  I loved playing with that thing.  Even if I wasn't really typing anything the sounds it made were the best. Then I 'upgraded' to an electric typewriter/word processor. It still made a cool sound when I had it the electric typewriter mode, but it wasn't the same.  Then my house made the switch to computers and I've kinda missed the sounds.

I've thought about getting a typewriter. I just don't have the space. I don't know if I would use it, but I would love to have one on display and around just to hit the keys.  While this app can't really compare to the joy of pressing down on a key and hearing the click of a typewriter, it does come close!

I first heard that Tom Hanks was a fan of typewriters last year in an Op Ed he wrote for the New York Times "I Am TOM. I Like to TYPE. Hear That?" He lists three reasons for owning a typewriter and one of them is the sound! He describes the different sounds that different models of typewriters make and how you can find the one that best suits your sound requirements.  I personal like a nice distinct click.  Think the sounds from the newsroom scenes from old movies and TV shows.

Needless to say, when the app came out earlier this month I downloaded it on the first day it was available.  I muted my TV, turned the sound up on my iPad and started to type.  I wrote a short story for a writing prompt and I don't know which caused me more enjoyment: the fun story I wrote, or writing to the sound of a typewriter.

The basic app is free and there are two upgrades you can purchase.  For right now I'm good with the basic app, I just want the sound.

Review is my own personal opinion I was not asked to review the app. 

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