The Hat

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 22 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1.0.7
  • Total Downloads:
    225,306
  • Date Added:
    September 25, 2014
  • File Size:
    913.54KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    666
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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Like many free applications, The Hat from Harmony Hollow Software uses software to do something usually done "the hard way." In this case, it's drawing names from a hat, the time-honored method for randomly selecting individual entries from a group. The app can randomize a list of names so no one can complain about who goes first and who goes last. It can also draw individual names or pairs of names for raffles, sweepstakes, and ongoing contests. It does this all without requiring you to actually write down names, cut up the list, and throw it all into a hat.

The Hat opens with a compact interface displaying a blank field with an icon-based toolbar above and a large Shuffle button below. The icons are simple; just buttons to select, add, remove, edit, print, and save lists, as well as Help, About, and Options menus. We clicked the large green plus sign and typed some names into The Hat's list view, though of course you can enter any text, not just names. We pressed Shuffle, and the interface came alive, shaking like a go-go dancer, flashing changing colors, and playing a "shuffling" sound that was a bit too close to digital jitter for our ears as it randomly reordered the list. The next thing we did was to click Options and uncheck the box for playing sounds, though we kept the flashing colors and shaking window. We also turned the sound effects off for the individual name picker feature, which has its own interface you access from the File menu by clicking either Pick Individual Names or Pick Pairs of Names. In this feature, The Hat selected names from the main list, removing them as they were selected and displaying them in a separate list of selected names, thus ensuring that names couldn't be selected again. As with the main view, we were able to save lists and results as text files and print them out. This is handy since you can create separate lists--your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd period students, for example--and call them up or edit them at need.

The Hat is basically a simple randomizer with a straightforward interface. That's what software is all about, at its core: using code to simplify work. We can see how The Hat would appeal to teachers, parents, contest holders, coaches, gamers, and others who need to pick individual names or randomly order groups.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"tons of malwares"

November 25, 2013  |  By Yu_He

 |  Version: The Hat 3.0.7

Pros

none as long as it's so contaminated

Cons

install 4 or 5 different malwares

Summary

stay away

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2 stars

"It's cute and functional. Especially if you like junk."

October 24, 2013  |  By Lynnkles

 |  Version: The Hat 3.0.7

Pros

Cute and functional.

Cons

Asks if you want to install a bunch of added programs in installation. That is fine except you don't get to "skip" one or two programs which will install themselves on all of your browsers and who knows where else.

Summary

I just wanted to pick a Christmas list! Instead I'm spending an hour sorting through spammed out programs. And now I get to uninstall everything :(

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1 stars

"Put Spyware on computer DO NOT INSTALL"

October 14, 2013  |  By gorillaguerilla

 |  Version: The Hat 3.0.7

Pros

Program works

Cons

I now have a second window open in my internet browser, and spyware repeatedly picked up in my scans.

Summary

I am a competent computer user who knows how to uncheck things when installing new programs, etc. But this program still managed to get spyware on my computer that uninstalling the program does not fix.

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5 stars

"Very Handy!"

July 22, 2012  |  By Threshie

 |  Version: The Hat 2.4

Pros

Does just what it says, imports lists from simple .txt files, nice interface, cute icon, easy to use, fun visual shuffling effect.

Cons

The bright green background of the "draw" screen is a bit garish. Nothing too terrible, though.

Summary

I love this little program, and have come back to download and re-install it each time I get a new computer. I'm an artist, and use The Hat to make lists of characters to draw and situations or words for ideas of what to draw them doing. This could be used for writing fiction, too; all-in-all, a very helpful creative tool.

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5 stars

"Does what it says"

November 10, 2011  |  By caterinacaterina

 |  Version: The Hat 2.4

Pros

Does what it says, very nice software for home and for school.

Cons

Does what it says

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5 stars

"Great program for home and school use"

April 10, 2011  |  By microbillgates

 |  Version: The Hat 2.4

Pros

Fast and easy to use
dosnt use up much memory.

Cons

Nothing at all

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5 stars

"VERY USEFULL"

January 21, 2011  |  By michelcharlebois

 |  Version: The Hat 2.4

Pros

can be used for so many things - very easy to use - luv it

Cons

nothing so far

Summary

thank you :-)

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4 stars

"simply easy program to select random names"

January 20, 2011  |  By jacques8

 |  Version: The Hat 2.4

Pros

very easy to install and use

Cons

no cons noted so far

Summary

easy program

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5 stars

"Great software to use for random picks"

January 15, 2011  |  By jcecil5

 |  Version: The Hat 2.4

Pros

The ability to use a any text file list that you create to use use with The Hat.

Cons

No Cons that I could find with The Hat.

Summary

If you want a quick and easy way to pick a random name, an item, or numbers from a list The Hat is the software to go with. I highly recommend The Hat here.

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1 stars

"Cnet are you failling us?"

January 11, 2011  |  By libausoleil

 |  Version: The Hat 2.4

Pros

I did not use it for the reason explained below.

Cons

At the end of the installation, I was automatically redirected to a site that brought up a warning screen from Google Chrome : I was advised that visiting that site "might harm my computer. I used to thrust Cnet download site. I am not sure anymore.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.1.0.7
Version 3.1.0.7 added ability to select background color for drawing window.
General
Publisher Harmony Hollow Software
Publisher web site http://www.harmonyhollow.net/
Release Date September 25, 2014
Date Added September 25, 2014
Version 3.1.0.7
Category
Category Home Software
Subcategory Miscellaneous Home Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET 4.0 Client Profile
Download Information
File Size 913.54KB
File Name thehat.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 225,306
Downloads Last Week 666
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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