Hanx Writer

Hitcents.com, Inc.

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Utilities 1.2.2 Aug 13, 2014 May 26, 2017 119.2 MB iOS 8.0 or later 4+
New in version 1.2.2

**Minor bug fixes


Hanx Writer expands recreating the permanence of a typewriter with the convenience of your iPad and iPhone.

As ever, the report of SHOOK SHOOK and KLOCK-KLOCK is mated with the luxuries of the DELETE key. Your typewriting will be true word-processing with the look, feel, and sound of a classic writing machine. Every Hanx Writer document can be emailed, printed – shared! – with a personality as unique as the person who creates it.

And, Hanx Writer is on the go! Enjoy the tactile thrill of typing up text messages, emails, notes and more in most third-party apps that use a keyboard.

Explore the complete Hanx Writer typewriter collection: The Hanx Prime Select is writers best friend (and it’s FREE); take the Hanx 707 on any journey and admire the elegance (and the fitt-fitt) of the Hanx Golden Touch. Each machine is unique.

And now, there’s more! The Hanx Matterhorn is born of Swiss Precision - sharp & imposing; The Hanx Del Sol glows bright & brilliant with promise; and the Hanx Electric will help you write your story, your way.

You already know how to work them – so get writing!

Tom Hanks

iPad Screenshots
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Cant export like some paid versions
GurglingScarab on 4/20/2018
What a let down it was to find out that I cant really export to facebook or google docs. Other apps which you have to pay for gives you those options. Just search for typewriter apps and you would be surprised.
I want something...
sickei on 4/18/2018
1. Full screen mode. -I don’t want menubar. Full screen mode hide all function menu. and touch screen, see it again. 2. No name issue. My files have same name, No name.. 3. Shut down, with sound. I’m not World fastest typer... But sometimes Shut down it.
Yani_Davidson on 4/18/2018
Absolutely adore this app. I expect bugs and improvements taking time. What is EXTREMELY disappointing is when you purchase in app and now the app doesn’t restore your purchase after apple has updated their software. I’ve tried reaching out via the app support per direction directly from apple support to no reply!! Marvelous idea, management and problem solving for the app issues that arise need CERTAIN and THOROUGH review to ensure the customers you have and support you are being taken care of!!
Kinda Klunky
Jerry7242 on 4/18/2018
This app is OK, not great, but OK. I have not. Found it useful as a main word processor. It takes quite a bit of getting used to, and the options they promised have not been available to me.
no refund and restore purchases still not working!
tafteh on 4/14/2018
I purchased signature collection package about a year ago. I reset my phone and I can no longer restore my purchases again! I have contacted the company who designed this app BUT they ignore my words, avoid responding to my emails and have not yet tried to fix the issue neither refund my purchases. This is very upsetting,
Keyboard lag
GeniusRabbit on 4/11/2018
Take out the fluff, I have a paper to get out! -this. Pepper
🍰Nope on 4/9/2018
The deleted text with signal but the type location is wrong. such as hellp- hell(p) then u input the ’o’ is “hello every one(p)” not “hell(p)o every one”
I would pay for in a heart beat with two things:
ShatteredxOblivion on 4/8/2018
It’s been a while since I wrote this review and nothing has changed. Guys?!?? The keyboard stretches beyond the screen. Making it hard to type with the q and p letters. Also (and I realize why it's like this inside the app) but it doesn't do auto correct. I realize with a type writer the whole point is that what you put on the paper is hard to correct and there is no autocorrect feature. BUT the whole point of using my phone as a writing space is that it does do that for me so my fingers can move as fast as my mind does. I don't have to go back and correct things. Just in writing this review it's corrected about three words in a sentence and it helps so much. Can we have that as an option? Focus on getting the screen to fix my phone properly and I'll buy every typewriter you have in a second. I just don't want to buy a flawed product. ✌️
Great for First Draft, Bad Export
adreanaline on 3/28/2018
As a visual person, I loved the simulated mechanical aspect of this app as it helped me focus on just getting the text out while keeping my senses engaged with the visual rhythm of typing. However, the app crashed a few times while writing on my iPad Pro, losing some text in the process. When I tried to export the text, I was limited to a PDF and single-page copy/paste actions. That is disappointing as I want to be able to move the text to a more comprehensive word processing program for in-depth editing and formatting. In sum, this app is great for initial writing but needs work. Hopefully the bugs will be fixed soon!
Won’t install on iPad
I<3thisBoy!!!! on 3/26/2018
The app installs fine on my iPhone, but fails to install on iPads. I’ve tried on my own iPad and friend’s iPads multiple times, but the install bombs out with an “unable to download” error. I’ve twice contacted the developer for support, but no response yet.
Kitsune003 on 3/25/2018
I really love the vintage look and feel of this app!
A. Nice experience but....
ReubenDunn1 on 3/25/2018
It is a nice app., and one that I enjoy using. The only problem is that I am not able to shift paragraphs, the cut and paste command closes the app down, I still have the file when I reopen, but am having more problems shifting paragraphs around. The typewriter sounds and the keyboard on my iPad are in sync, it’s easy to forget that I am on a computer. This will do until my typewriter arrives.
Update needed for iPhone X
olfester on 3/22/2018
On my iPhone X with iOS 11.2.6 the keyboard seems to not fit the screen correctly, like its slightly too big for the screen. The app also crashes when trying to paste text into a page. Other than that, the app has always worked great.
Great App Potential but buggy and zero support
Darkrob on 3/22/2018
Two years ago this was an award winning app. However its been forgotten by its Devs. It has a few bugs that crash the app. Support doesn’t respond. Frustrating cos with a little developer love it could remain a great tool. The lack of support is unacceptable. Do not give them your money until support reappears. Update March 23 2018 Pasting into the App will crashes it. Don’t waste your money building out on the platform. I will readily update this once the Devs fix. Sadly they don’t care or respond
Ghastor on 3/17/2018
I use this app a lot for my writing, or rather, I did... Sadly, ever since I updated my iOS a few days ago, the app crashes on me before I can really do anything... I’m not sure if it’s a problem with compatibility or something else... Hoping the issue can be fixed, because I’d really rather not delete it...
I love it!
Old Man PIP on 3/15/2018
The Hanx app wants you to give it a review-even on the first day you use it which is too soon I think.My wife thinks I'm crazy but I love the noise! I cannot give a good review because I have no idea how this app really works-I never did learn to type.But here I am.If you can type your going love this app is about all I can honestly say.Good luck!
The caps button/putting the indicator near a word
Wonkatonk907 on 3/14/2018
I got this app because of an article, and my love for typewriters (Polaroids and fountain pens, that kind of stuff.) But because I am a young age, I am not a usual writer on my typewriters, so writing quickly using a phone is more of what I use nowadays. The Caps Lock button is too slow. It only hits after I have nearly made half a word and honestly it would be cool if there was a type of autocorrect. I know it may take away from using a retro type app, it would definitely be more user friendly since it’s generally the sounds that drew people in (me in too haha). Also, it would be cool if it was at a birds eye view. Be able to see the whole page since you can see the whole typewriter. If people have trouble seeing the words you could add a font size + or -. But birds eye view would be great! Also, (I know, there is a lot of things) when I try to bring my indicator up to erase or add a word, the page bounces around on the screen and I can’t get it in the right place. Anyways, there’s my input on that, but overall I absolutely love this idea!! Sharon
I like this app..
DeTHMoNK on 3/14/2018
I have it on my iPhone 6...I did have it on my iPad 2..until I couldn’t update my old iPad 2 anymore and for some reason, this app mysteriously deleted itself off my iPad 2. Yes it’s an old iPad, but I liked this app on it..it’s useless on my iPhone, small screen. I was in the midst of writing a pretty good write up..picking up, putting down..and my writing piece vanished. My fault really for not backing up and sticking it on something else, but no warnings from this app, just poof...gone... I love this app..I loved its usability...it’s classic touch...but I can use it anymore on my iPad 2 and I can’t afford to get a new one.. Too bad really...Old typewriters, but have to have latest technology to use it. So much for antiquated.. By the way..typing on an iPad 2..it works, on an iPhone.. not so much..
How to type a vowel without nine options?
Tch2rd2 on 3/13/2018
This app seemed like a great idea at first. However, for many of the characters such as vowels and consonants such as s, l, c, etc., I am unable to type that character without choosing from many options. In the case of a lowercase O for example, I have nine variations of the lowercase O to choose from! I purchased all the typewriters for this app. Is there a way to simplify this so I can use this app? Otherwise, I just wasted over $10.00 for an app that cannot be used. Can something be changed in the settings?
Not downloading
Mjza2002 on 3/13/2018
Keeps on saying cannot download this time! 😡
FallafelMonster29 on 3/11/2018
I really love Hanx Writer, but when I try to select ANY section it show some other options, niether of which I want.So that is what makes hanx writer the not-so-good app for writing(in my opinion.)
Skaterkid81 on 3/10/2018
I thought this was such a cool idea for an App! I was so excited to use this, since I’m from the generation that had “typing class” in high school before there were computers. I love all the different typewriter options & sounds, however; I am disappointed that when using this while typing text correspondence, it doesn’t change the font or color of letters of my texting. That was one of the main reasons I wanted this app. Very disappointing!
Very buggy and lagging
L.C.Neverland on 3/8/2018
Even on the iPhone X this app is lagging and you can’t use the keyboard extension on the X as it doesn’t fit the screen. It is surprising that this app has been approved by Apple. On my iPad Pro 12.9” the app starts to ring the margin bell 16 characters before reaching the end of the line (!!) and each of these 16 characters the bell rings, making the use of this app very frustrating. No sound is not an option for me. You can’t set the margins. PDF export breaks the page and text is missing. I really regret having bought all the typewriters and seeing that this developer does nothing absolutely nothing to improve this app. It’s been a waste of money. Last update has been 9 months ago... Minor bug fixes... when is it time for Mayor bug fixes?!? This could be such a good app, it is beyond me why nothing is being done to it. Developer has not responded to my email yet, sent several weeks ago.
No undo or redo
QuenchedG on 3/6/2018
I get that this app is basically type writing and that on type writers there isn’t an undo or redo button. I spent a decent amount of time writing something and I went to copy and paste it and then it just deleted itself. I’m extremely frustrated and I feel like i just wasted my time just for it to get deleted. regardless of that issue, the app is fine and I’m very happy with it. please add an undo or redo button because I hate losing my work.
No Sounds
OneCornerstone on 3/5/2018
Lovely UI, but no typing sounds! I triple checked my phone’s and the app’s settings: sound is turned on. Please help, thanks!
Esqueez me?
:PxD:)•,• on 3/2/2018
Are you telling me, that I can’t get TWO SEPERATE DOCUMENTS for a payment of $2.99? Why? Just WHY???? I’d rather get an actual typewriter and paper!!!! I would. It’s just a freaking APP. And I’m sure you make PLENTY of money with all these people wanting the fancy typewriters. What about the people who LOVE the default typewriter? I’m deleting this... you people should know better. Also SERIOUSLY? You’re responding to some of these angry reviews and telling them ‘Thank you for your patience!’ I tried this app once before. I’d hoped you change. I am utterly disappointed and disgusted.
I wanted to like this app...
Post_Hip_Los on 3/1/2018
I really wanted to like this app because I like the idea of simple typing, and I also like Tom Hanks. However, like some of the other reviewers say- this app crashes, and you cannot change the font size. I also noticed that I can't change the names of my documents (always Untitled) and I have to delete the ’Welcome Back’ and introduction folders/documents repeatedly. Also, what's the deal with not being able to customize the stationary? Recommendation - this is a $2.99 app as it is right now (at best).
melissa_n_texas on 2/16/2018
Like using an old fashioned typewriter except with autocorrect! Best thing ever!!
DannyCoo on 2/16/2018
I bought the keyboard option for all apps to use without being in the hanx writer app, does NOT work. No refund, no answer from Developer. I do like the variety of the typewriters, but I am scared to buy some of these, because what guarantee I have for almost $10.00 that these to work? I was looking forward to dive back into my teenager years with a nostalgic modern option of a typewriter on my iPad Pro, but it was just a dream. I do love the sound of these typewriters. I hope the developer update this application, that would be great.
Nikster134 on 2/15/2018
For someone who would love to own a typewriter one day, this is a close second . Thank you so much Tom Hanks! Your brilliant mind has helped produced a fantastic app.
Nice, but...
pfargtlgeist on 2/14/2018
Add Greek and Russian and it’d be perfect!
Really disappointed by the in app purchases
datthepark on 2/12/2018
I’m really disappointed in the in app purchases and the app in general. Over priced and not worth it. There are better apps with more options that also have tabbing.
Keyboard shows partially
vstikhfs on 2/12/2018
When I downloaded the keyboard, it only shows up partially. So I cannot utilize the space bar. It seems to be too big for the bottom of my screen and I can’t use it functionally in my texts or other apps besides the actual Hanx app.
Please please update for iPhone X screen
ZijieY7 on 2/10/2018
I’ve been using this app for too many in-the-moment writing. It’s elegant yet incredibly practical. So I and millions of iPhone X users would appreciate an update for the screen size. Great app. Great idea. Don't let the ship sink. Also, I purchased the collection on my iPad but can’t seem to restore this purchase on my phone (same iCloud account) - this needs to be fixed ASAP.
I love this app
LeAnnDra D on 2/9/2018
I gave it a 3 because ,, I cant use it with my other applications. I want to be able to open word or notes and be able to hear my typing. Also I would like more options for cooler paper and formating of this can be updated... I believe MS would buy it and integrate it into there Office Suite. It would revolutionize Writing ....
Love it But...
Nadinbrzezinski on 2/8/2018
Could we get a way to sync between devices? However, that is a minor thing. It has forced me to slow down typing, and this is good as a writer. The noise reminds me of typing class, and forces the moves of a type writer. It feels good. It almost makes me turn to the actual Olivetti I used in High School to type papers. I wIsh I could export to the RTF editor, but copy and paste works.
Not optimized for iPhone X
andrew.rg on 2/5/2018
Keyboard flows off the screen :(
Needs work - Don’t waste your money
hummer450 on 2/4/2018
I like the idea of this, but like others have noted, when you go to send the document, it creates a pdf and 1/2 the letter is gone! Major improvements are needed if you want folks to use this. This is an update to my previous review. Contacted the vendor to ask why they are charging for an app that is not working and is not getting updated. No response.
Needs update
Metcalf106 on 2/3/2018
Keyboard doesn’t fit on iPhone X. They’ve written off this app... no pun intended. No updates in almost a year. Keyboards no longer work in other apps on iPad Pro. Still no action taken on iPhone X issue either. If you already have it, good luck. If you don’t have it yet, stay away. It’s a good concept but poorly managed.
WildCardPix on 2/2/2018
The app seemed like a fun idea at first, as I’m a huge Tom Hanks fan. He’s also the reason I even bought a manual typewriter recently, because of the documentary he was in called “California Typewriter”. However, after you download this app, and then try installing a custom keyboard, which you can do only after you’ve paid for it, the Hanx Writer then asks for full access to your system, which then generates a dialogue box telling you anything you type on the Hanx writer will automatically be sent back to the app developer’s servers. So all of your text messages, any passwords you type, financial information etc...all get sent back to this developer, which is a total invasion of privacy. Why does Tom Hanks have an app that needs such an invasive level of access just to work properly? I contacted the developer via their web portal back in Dec, asking for a response. They ignored me. I called Apple and they at least refunded my money. Perhaps a public 1 star review with “Spyware” as the title will get someone’s attention...? For an actor so adored and so respected, this app is genuinely shameful.
Not Very Useful
CDR, USN (Ret) on 2/1/2018
Have tried to use this app, but cannot figure out how to make it useful. Thought it would replace the keyboard installed on my iPad, but it just doesn’t work. No typewriter sound in any other apps that allow typing or in Word. In short not very useful.
EXTREMELY Disappointed (In-Depth Review)
CrStickel on 1/31/2018
I was so excited when I first found this app. I miss writing on an old-fashioned typewriter, so I loved the idea of being able to recreate that in my iPad. Plus, this is the only writing app that I've found where you can actually e-mail a copy of the document, instead of having to create an account with the software company in order to upload to their 'cloud.' I thought Hanx Writer was going to be the perfect way for me to type up my books whenever I didn't have access to my home PC. Unfortunately, I've run into so many problems that this app is almost completely unusable. 1. The program does NOT support fast typers. I don't know if it's because I'm using a blutooth keyboard instead of the touchscreen, but there's so much lag between typing a letter and it actually showing up that the moment I get even a slight typing rhythm going, the entire app crashes. Any decent words-per-minute speed is reduced to snail's paced hunt-and-peck to prevent crashing the program; that's how bad this issue is. 2. The program can't follow a sentence over the page change. I've had words get chopped up into two pieces with three letters at the bottom of one page with the other two at the top of the next, I've had words just plain get cut off, and I've had ENTIRE CHUNKS OF SENTENCES completely disappear. The only way to avoid this is to hit the enter key at the end of the page, but there's no indication that you've reached the end until the page change happens automatically. And just because a line may get carried over on the rare occasion, it doesn't necessarily mean that it'll still be there when you export the file (which I found out the hard way). 3. Keyboard shortcuts are NOT supported. Anything you want to do has to be accessed manually. TWICE. Once to turn it on, then again to turn it off. This is extremely time-consuming in a touchscreen device. Also, there's no Underline font option. It's not a huge inconvenience, but it WAS a disappointment. 4. There's no option for file format when you export the document. It's PDF, and PDF only. This renders the file useless for editing on a desktop PC unless you PAY ADOBE to convert the file to a workable document type (like Microsoft Word). I shouldn't have to pay a monthly subscription to another program in order to edit a document that I typed up in a free iPad app. Hanx Writer should have something in the settings where users can choose their preferred export format. Even just the generic text file format (.txt) would be more useful than PDF. 5. The exported document erases paragraph formatting. Granted, part of my problem may be that I have to copy and paste from Adobe into Microsoft Word because I refuse to pay a monthly fee to edit my own book, but it still doesn't erase the fact that the exported file has issues. Hyphens are randomly removed from words, two spaces after a period are automatically reduced to one, words and entire lines of text are missing (due to the page-change issue discussed above), and paragraphs need to be reformatted because they don't span the entire actual width of a standard-sized word document. My biggest problem is that all of my first line indents are removed, leaving me with one giant block of text. I got Hanx Writer, and paid for the additional features, because I thought it would be a fun way to help me speed up typing my novel when I'm not at home. But due to all the issues I keep having, when all is said and done, it's taking me five times longer to use this program and then fix all the mistakes on my PC than if I had just typed on my PC to begin with. This might be a great program for doing some outline work, or if you don't care about the overall quality, but for professional level novel writing, I just can't recommend this program. It's useless, and I'm disappointed I ever spent money on the additional features. If these issues are addressed in future updates, I wouldn't mind trying Hanx Writer again; but for now, I refuse to waste anymore time on it.
Fun to use, pdf export failure
Bobcly on 1/30/2018
I’ve had the app for over a year now and love to use it but would never use it for anything I intend to keep. The typewriter simulation is a lot of fun to use and for someone who grew up using typewriters it is a great way to re-create that experience without buying ribbons and white out. One huge problem is that pdf export cuts off huge chunks of text. It appears the font size on the export is larger than the on screen text in hanx writer and therefore you lose whatever is at the bottom of the page. To test it, I exported the ‘greetings’ document that it comes with. That document has about 2/3 of the page worth of text and then a footnote at the bottom. When exported, the text takes up the whole page and the footnotes are gone. Overall fun to use but not good for actual work.
I'll rate higher if customer service ever responds to my email.....
Binques on 1/28/2018
I'll rate higher if customer service ever responds to my emails. iPad crashing while typing, iPad mini not loading the premium pack i purchased. Check your email, customer support, please. Thanks. Edit: January 28, 2018. WASTE OF MY MONEY. No response from support.
Needs iPhone X update
Nickstg1 on 1/28/2018
I love this app but needs update
The birth of an author!
Nikki Mai on 1/25/2018
This app has inspired and motivated me to finally write my firsts book. It reminded me of a world that used to be fun before technology. Thank you...
Still waiting to hear back from app support, a month later.
poetry addict on 1/24/2018
I have this app on my IPad with the complete purchase. I got it on my iPhone about a month ago but when I did so, I couldn’t get the complete purchase that I had already made through the app on my iPad. I wrote to app support about it to figure out why I couldn’t get the complete version that I had already purchased, on my iPhone and a month later, no one has contacted me about the issue. Seriously? Went from a 4 star to a 1 star.
Super fun, looking for more features
eric324 on 1/24/2018
This is terrific fun. Sounds and fonts are impeccable. Graphics are magic. I’d like to have the ability to choose single or double spacing, and to insert own letterhead image, although I have found work-arounds for both.
Just wasted time and money
Julie from Kentucky on 1/24/2018
I does not work in email or texting! How can I get my money back!
I love this app but the sound effects are off for iPad Pro
Meester Steph X on 1/21/2018
(Update: I’ve been waiting for an update for the 12” iPad Pro for eight mother’s. I’ve reached out here and online multiple times and have been told that there are known issues but nothing’s been done. I’ve found most developers helpful but their customer support has been underwhelming. I love the a-p, but will give it one star until things are fixed.) I only like to write using the Hanx Writer. The app works wonderfully on my old iPad2, but I just bought an iPad Pro 12.9 and the sound effects are off. When I type a line and get the the 3/4 mark of the line, the typing sound is replaced with dings like you reached the end of the line. If you could fix this, the app would be five stars for me. Thank you so much for making such a great writing tool. :)
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