Review: Hanx Writer for iPad

 

 

Hanx Writer for iPad may seem like a quaint idea to most, but for those e who grew up with a manual typewriter long before Microsoft Word became a household name, Hanx Writer brings back memories and then some. The app, incidentally, was commissioned and endorsed by no less than award-winning actor Tom Hanks who is a typewriter fanatic.

 

Back then, typing was a challenging and frustrating experience. You needed to be extra careful when typing things – how soft or how hard you bang the keys means the difference between a smooth looking typewritten page and a page with out of place keys or smudged letters.

I can go on all day about the perils and terrors of typewriter ribbons gone threadbare and paper incorrectly inserted, but I'm not here to wax poetic about a bygone era, I'm here to talk about how Hanx Writer fares as a throwback app and as a notetaking/mini word processor.

The fun part about having a 'pretend' typewriter like Hanx Writer is that you get to enjoy the perks of typing manually without the corresponding headaches. The fun part of typing then was hearing the clickety clack of keys and watching words being hammered out on the page with a couple of quick strokes – the less than fun part was dealing with jammed keys, smudged letters and uneven typing. Nowadays, typing with a keyboard is a muted experience while a touchscreen computer is almost silent.

For a free app, you get to enjoy the experience of typing on a 'pretend' typewriter, complete with the clicking sound of the individual keys as you type and the ringing sound when you've reached the end of the line and have to move to the next. For the full-blown typing experience, you can even turn off the 'modern' way of correcting mistakes (read: backspace). However, it would also be nice to see keys a bit out of place just like what I was used to when I typed too hard. For select upgrades, you can try out new typewriter themes or styles or just get the entire pack for $5, which includes more ribbon colors, justify alignment, a title page with the option to put a picture, etc.

Hanx Writer makes typing on the touchscreen keyboard fun, but I've tried pairing the app with my trusty bluetooth keyboard and the experience has been seamless.

My only gripe with the app is that sharing options are limited. For now, you can only “share” or export your work in PDF, which you can of course open in other apps such as Goodreader and other PDF readers. It would be nice, however, to have other file saving options such as .txt or .rtf formats.

For a free app that you can straightaway enjoy without shelling out real money for in app purchases (IAP), Hanx Writer is a fun and engaging typing experience that is more than just a trip down memory lane. I can envision it to be my default writing app just to get those creative juices flowing. Check out the report below:

appSIZED rating: 5 out of 5

App: Hanx Writer for iPad

Link: Hanx Writer for iPad

Compatibility: iPad only

Price: FREE

Ver.: 1.0

Developer/Publisher: HitCents, Inc.

 

 

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App Review: Goodreader 4 for iPhone and iPad

If there is one app out there that is the best toolbox that you'll find for your iPad/iPhone, then Goodreader for iPad (Goodreader, for short) would be it. As a long time user (since 2010), I have come to rely on Goodreader for the tasks needed for my iPad that are usually only possible using a computer.

Goodreader 4 is said to be an even better version of an already great app. It's currently available as a standalone app or as in-app purchase from one's existing Goodreader app.

Need a toolbox of an app for your needs? Read on to find out!

 

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Heads Up! Penultimate for iPad is FREE for a limited time!

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I’m happy to announce that Penultimate for iPad is FREE for a limited time!
If you don’t have it yet, go and download it now while it’s free!
Penultimate is one of my favorite note taking apps, and I’ve gone through a LOT already. (Second favorite would be Noteshelf) It has an excellent handwriting engine and wrist protection that minimizes stray marks on the iPad screen. Unlike most apps, you don’t need to select a certain area to write on, or conversely, keep stray marks out – Penultimate bases its wrist protection on the angle or position of your wrist. So far this is the best set up I’ve experienced.
What makes it hugely popular and the go to note taking app by default is its simplicity and elegance. Plenty of writing apps offer a lot more features but Penultimate is the one that really lets you focus on the writing. It has introduced a couple of new features since I first purchased it in 2010, such as the ability to add photos, select and move something you’ve written, and a store to offer free and paid kinds of paper. You may prefer a different, more feature packed writing app, but at the end of the day, it’s Penultimate that you come back to.
H(app)y shopping! 🙂
Device: iPad only
Price: FREE (was $0.99)
Publisher/Developer: Evernote

Massive Sale Alert! PhatPad, Hector series, Aralon and Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor

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It’s a massive sale weekend in celebration of the launch of iOS 5 and iPhone 4S.

Gameloft’s games are on sale for only $0.99 this weekend, so make sure you check them out as well.

1) PhatPad for iPad (iPad) – What makes PhatPad stand out is its sophisticated handwriting to text digital conversion technology which is pretty awesome. This notes app is only $0.99 until October 18 and comes with a massive update. Don’t forget to grab it if you’re in search of the perfect note taking app for school or work.

2) Hector Ep1: We Negotiate With Terrorists (iPad) – Alll the episodes are down to $2.99. Hector is lewd, crude and loads of fun. Coming from Telltale Games, expect nothing less than the best.

3) Aralon: Sword and Shadow (Universal) – This epic of an action adventure RPG game is on sale for only $0.99 – so show your iPhone/iPod and iPad some love.

4) Spider: Bryce Manor HD (iPad) – This critically acclaimed and award winning game is beloved by gamers, and was declared by Touch Arcade as iPhone Game of the Year in 2009. The gorgeous iPad version is finally on sale for just $1.99.

It was hard to pick just four games and apps, so if you have suggestions, please leave a message.

Happy (app) shopping!

Sale Alert! Ace Player, MegaApp, Save Our Sheep and Accordeon, All Free!

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Today’s crop of apps are all awesome freebies –

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