At The Rumpus we were missing the typewriter. We felt we were more productive on a typewriter because we had to keep moving forward. If we made a mistake, we kept typing. If we wanted to rearrange the information, we had to start over. With the word processor we’ve lost some of that immediacy. It’s too easy to delete, to cut and paste. Sometimes that means we get bogged down when the key to finishing a piece of writing is so often to just keep going.
Why don’t we just make a typewriter for the iPad, we decided.
Typing Writer works just like your old typewriter. When you type over something, you still see the original letter underneath. When you reach the end of a line, if you don't manually go to the next line, the typewriter will go to the next line for you, even in the middle of a word! Press your finger on the page and a white-out brush appears. Brush over a letter or a word. There will still be a white splotch, of course. That’s how white-out works.
Typewriter sounds are included, but you can turn them off if you prefer. If you’re like us you’ll realize you like leaving them on, just to hear the bell letting you know you’re coming to the end of a line. After you’ve typed your draft it’s easy to export and open in any word-processing software.
Typing Writer shows that we don’t have to sacrifice the benefits and enjoyment of old systems every time we improve them.
Ratings and Reviews
Useless for practical use (printing)
There’s no reason that the app can’t export the image as a lossless PNG. Instead, all we get are lossy low resolution JPG files if we want to print what we’ve written.
The other features do realistically simulate the experience of typing on a typewriter, which I do enjoy. Sadly the lack of decent printing options completely cripples this app.
A good replacement for messy ribbons
This is a quality replacement for an old smith-corona sky writer typewriter, that doesn't require soaking used ribbons in India ink to get some more life out of them, and allows you the experience of hearing the bells at the end of a line or the strike of the keys. It's simple to use and does exactly what an old typewriter did. And while i wouldn't change the fact that the delete key doesn't delete, but acts as the backspace key does on an old typewriter, some people may have a hard time with that. You can type over letters just as you would have done, or you can backspace and use some white-out and retype over without inhaling noxious vapors or getting splotches. So for all you anachronistic folks out there that wax nostalgic for the typewriter experience without all those "issues", this may be the app for you. I recommend it. By the way, there is no spellcheck in this version and i don't know if there's going to be an update to change that, but i hope not. The way the app allows you to just continue typing, without all those other distractions is very helpful to people accustomed to working on the old technology. But i wanted to mention it for those that rely on that current technology. Thank you to the developers of this app!
Fun... and useful!
This app is incredibly fun. I'm a writer, and I love to change my writing medium to change my mood and tone and experiment with my approaches to writing. So I handwrite and keyboard type, and yes, I own a 1966 blue Royal manual non-electric "portable" typewriter which I pull out when I really want to change the mood. But that "portable" typewriter" is about 20 pounds and I rarely have it with me. This app is a new and different way of writing, somewhere between the iPad writing I'm used to and going down to my basement to pull out the real deal steel beast. It's fun, but I'm also writing real drafts on it. I like that it, just like the real deal, makes me slow down my typing, focus on each word, take greater care with marks I know I can't just delete -- the marks will be there forever, even with white out applied, or over-typed. If you're a writer and want to experiment with a new way of thinking while you write, this is a must have. For everyone else, it's just darn fun. :)
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.