And Hanks argues that kind of personalization shines best through a typewriter. Even a digital one.

The Oscar-winning actor is actually a huge aficionado of typewriters. A year ago, he even wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about why he loves them so much.

Amazingly, Hanks says he uses a manual typewriter almost every day.

He wrote: "Everything you type on a typewriter sounds grand, the words forming in mini-explosions of SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK. A thank-you note resonates with the same heft as a literary masterpiece."


"Sarah, thanks so much for being my maid of honor on such a special day for me and Brad. I'm sorry you threw up in the hotel lobby so much."

Or, perhaps not.

Now, for what it's worth, this column was crafted (ha!) over the span of two days using two different computers. During that time, I paused to read more of Hanks' op-ed. And, despite my earlier cynicism, I admit that I now better understand the appeal.

Dammit, Tom Hanks. Why do you have to be so charming?

So, yeah, I'm sort of sold on the idea that an old typewriter might tap into your creativity in a different way. Which is why they put a lot of thought into making this app.

Pulling from Hanks' vast personal collection, the app's developer, Hitcents, created several totally original vintage-style typewriter choices. One of these comes standard with the app. The others are available for purchase. And each types with a completely different style.

With the help of Hanks, they literally studied the ink patterns of these old typewriters, and digitally recreated the typefaces within the app.

So, if you're not working on anything too serious as a final draft, and if you want to explore your creativity and communication in a different, maybe even more personal, way, the Hanx Writer might just be the app for you.

Or perhaps not.

"Sarah, we just got a bill from the hotel."

I guess it all depends.