The Hat

Generate a random order from a list of any number of names
The Hat is a simple-to-use software application which generates a list of items placed in a random order. These can be either numbers or text.

The interface of the program is based on a standard window where you can add individual names or number to the list, paste names from the Clipboard, as well as import names from a text file.

So, you can draw names from 'the hat' and specify the number of names to draw at the same time. The results may be saved to a plain text document, printed, or copied to the Clipboard.

Plus, you can reset the list and start over, mute the sound effects, shuffle the items in the name list, edit existing names, reverse the selected first and last names, as well as remove an item from the list.

From the 'Preferences' screen, you can configure settings when it comes to the shuffling mode (e.g. shake window, Flash colors, play sound), drawing names (e.g. container, disable initial or extra animation), font size, and startup (e.g. automatically load the last list).

The straightforward application runs on a moderate-to-high amount of CPU and system memory, and is pretty responsive to commands. We have not come across any issues during our tests; The Hat did not cause the operating system to freeze, crash or pop up error dialogs. Thanks to its intuitive layout, first-time users may seamlessly figure out how to use this app.

Reviewed by , last updated on August 13th, 2014

file size:
913 KB
developed by:
Harmony Hollow Software
license type:
operating system(s):
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit
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The Hat - The Hat will help you quickly and easily generate a random order from a list of any number of namesThe Hat - The software will pick individual or pair of names and remove them from being eligible to be picked againThe Hat - Users will be able to access options such as Shuffling Decks or Picking Individual Names from the Options menu
What's New in This Release:
  • Fixed an issue that was causing duplicate names to be detected erroneously if one started with the other (i.e. Kyle and Kylee).
  • Changed default minimum size of drawing window so that all toolbar buttons are shown properly.
  • Added option to allow or disallow duplicate list entries.
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Application description

The Hat application was designed to help you determine a random order for a group of people or to choose individual ra...

Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:

  • Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
  • Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system
  • Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function

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