The Hat

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.4
  • Total Downloads:
    222,797
  • Date Added:
    September 07, 2011
  • File Size:
    913.54KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    661
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

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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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 2.4
    Version 2.4 includes redesigned program icon and redesigned installation dialogs.
    General
    Publisher Harmony Hollow Software
    Publisher web site http://www.harmonyhollow.net/
    Release Date November 04, 2010
    Date Added September 07, 2011
    Version 2.4
    Category
    Category Home Software
    Subcategory Kids & Parenting Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows NT, Windows
    Additional Requirements Visual Basic 6 Runtime
    Download Information
    File Size 913.54KB
    File Name thehat.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 222,797
    Downloads Last Week 661
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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