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The Hat 3.0

Publisher:Harmony Hollow Softw are
Requirements:.Net 4 Client Profile
Install:Install and Uninstall
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Publisher's Description:

The Hat - Just like drawing names from a hat to determine a random order for a group of people or to choose individual random names or groups of names. Just input a list of names in any of several different ways, then let the program randomly re-order the entire list automatically or pick any number of random names individually or any amount of names at a time. Cool animation actually shows the names coming out of a hat or, optionally, a colorful beach bucket. This is great for selecting winners of raffles or sweepstakes or for parents or teachers to decide a random, arbitrary order for kids to do things such as play video games or do other activities, assignments, or chores. You can also select to draw as many names at a time as you wish in case you need to choose random groups from a larger group. Name lists can be saved and loaded from within the program in case you have different classes or groups of people from which you need to select random names frequently.

List of Changes:

Version 3.0 from 2012-10-24

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Version 2.4 from 2010-11-04

Redesigned program icon. Redesigned installation package dialogs.

Version 2.3 from 2008-03-25

Fixed a bug that would cause a runtime error and not allow the program to start for some users. Added Clipboard functionality to copy and paste names from and to the program.


List randomizer and random name selector.

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Latest User Reviews:

Claudett Edie 2011-08-21 16:01:48 #
Version: 2.4

I love the hat. However, I teach high school and have several classes. How can I set up a file for each class? Thanks for your help!
Claudett Edie
Science Teacher
Rowan County Senior High School
Morehead, KY

Thokl003 2011-07-31 03:01:52 #
Version: 2.4

I think the concept of the hat is fantatic. I can't wait to try it out with my students tomorrow when we are choosing partners for reading time.

Steren 2011-06-07 09:09:09 #
Version: 2.4

It worked perfectly for picking teams for a tournament, fair and fun!

Sue Jkent 2011-05-30 13:29:44 #
Version: 2.4

I have used the resource before and have found it to be a very good way to pair children up fairly. Also the children love it. Thank you very much.

Pcinotti 2011-05-25 18:14:36 #
Version: 2.4

Love it! I teach middle schoolers and they can't get enough.

Thanks so much.


Jmartclark 2011-05-24 18:14:52 #
Version: 2.4

Love it! Works perfectly and was exactly what I was looking for. Our company has a number of raffle drawings and we can copy and paste our employee list into the software and pick a winner!

Garyandlynda 2011-05-24 11:00:01 #
Version: 2.4

Brilliant idea for sorting out talk partners. The children love it!

Pjcallanan24 2011-05-09 17:19:36 #
Version: 2.4

The programme failed to download on the occasion when I first tried to access it. Your e-mail two days later offered the opportunity to try again. This time the download was successful.
I have just run the programme a couple of times and it "did what it says on the tin".
It should be very useful in making draws for a competition we run in the club I am in.

Emily Stone 2011-04-28 10:03:35 #
Version: 2.4

Really neat way to choose names. Simple and straightforward instructions.

Connie 2011-04-24 07:03:54 #
Version: 2.4

Perfect little program!!! I wanted something i could use for a monthly raffle. I wanted to use it for employees, Each time they succeed during the month, there name will go into "the hat" , so the more they succeed the more their name goes into the hat, giving them more opportunities to win. I am so greatful i found this program! A definate need, for drawing - raffle type things.

Lcmcdaniels 2011-04-08 12:01:32 #
Version: 2.4

Great Product, good for business and home.

Carol Langston 2011-03-16 12:46:13 #
Version: 2.4

I used this little program yeats ago and was so happy to find out that I can still access it. I use it in my classroom. The students love it.


Ggcigs 2011-03-12 06:32:47 #
Version: 2.4

I download this free sogtware and I was amaxed of how easy and good looking is. I also saw that it works in a exellent way. I recomend it to everyone!

From Greece


Rtorrens 2011-02-23 22:59:42 #
Version: 2.4

When do you anticipate a Mac OS version?

Cshurelds 2011-01-30 20:01:15 #
Version: 2.4

This is a great site. My students love helping make selections with this selector! Thanks. Super,

Carmen 2010-12-24 15:19:32 #
Version: 2.4

The Hat made our charity draw so much easier this year! We printed online entries on paper to use as ballots before, now we were able to take a csv file and import it into the Hat.
We had over 20,000 ballots this year and the Hat supported that many names. Good job!

Brittanyp 2010-12-21 09:25:29 #
Version: 2.4

Would be better if you could pull files from excel

Joe 2010-11-30 10:24:03 #
Version: 2.4

good free tool to use!

Vals Studio 2010-11-18 01:44:36 #
Version: 2.4

After installing I immediatly Uninstalled as it came bundled with a toolbar and lots of spam, I had to do a system restore to clean my computer out.
I will not reccomend this product to anyone.

Don 2010-11-11 03:02:48 #
Version: 2.4

I've just introduced the hat to my class and have used it for selecting students randomly. They are very impressed. It is much more ful than drawing names physically.

Mauisurf71 2010-11-05 13:41:59 #
Version: 2.3

This is a fabulous and easy-to-use program. I have been using it in my middle school classroom to randomly pick students to read, answer questions, and be assigned to groups. It is also a helpful tool for mixing the students up for seating assignments. Highly recommended!

Aanders1 2010-11-03 14:33:44 #
Version: 2.3

This program has proven to be simple and easy to use. Just what I needed. Thanks.

Kimberlyl 2010-11-03 08:49:10 #
Version: 2.3

Used this to do a drawing for tickets for my newsletter readers. Worked great and saved me tons of time tearing and shuffling 30 pieces of paper!

Lil Mac50 2010-10-29 11:46:26 #
Version: 2.3

I absolutely love using the hat in class. The kids can't wait to see their names being drawn out. It is just total suspense.

Thomasnaylon 2010-10-28 20:42:14 #
Version: 2.3

I have used it before on my old computer and it was fantasic!

Cathcomm 2010-10-20 16:52:03 #
Version: 2.3

It works just like it says it does (not something you find everyday!).
Very helpful.

Amber Myers 2010-10-19 07:11:52 #
Version: 2.3

Exactly what the description says. This program makes it easy to upload a list already created, such as an Excel file, ang generates it into "The Hat". Makes random drawings soo simple! Much better than when I used to literally... cut up paper and draw names from a hat! Highly recommended.

Robh Wynne 2010-10-08 14:24:15 #
Version: 2.3

Fantastic piece of software, looking to using it at West Lakes Academy, Cumbria.

Brad 2010-10-01 13:08:03 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat works great. We used it for our giveaway:

Thank you!

Ckoo2 2010-09-30 11:06:57 #
Version: 2.3

Just what I was looking for! Thanks, Kyle!

Maccatwo 2010-09-24 02:30:14 #
Version: 2.3

Just what i was looking for
Thanks Scott

Boter98 2010-09-17 13:50:13 #
Version: 2.3

I love it. I used it today with my 4 different math classes.

An improvement, I think, would be to increase the choices of group size. For instance, I would enjoy grouping my students into groups of 3 or 4 or 5.

Spendleton 2010-09-14 23:20:34 #
Version: 2.3

This is fabulous!! I use it nearly every day and have sent many teachers to your site to download it :)) Luv! Luv! Luv!

Ahawk43 2010-09-06 05:02:26 #
Version: 2.3

Absolutely Fantastic! I love this product, as a teacher I use it to take away any blame from the students about my chosing then, takes away many arguments and is entertaining to watch. Cheers

Pig7 2010-09-03 15:14:12 #
Version: 2.3

This is a great program for choosing partners, especially if you have a projector that allows the children to see themselves as they are chosen. There's even a feature that allows you to choose two students at once for true partners.

Sharon Radley 2010-09-02 23:21:45 #
Version: 2.3

Fantastic resource, will be very useful in my classroom, will definitely explore your other resources. Thank you.

Bio 2010-09-02 00:56:38 #
Version: 2.3

I teach English at a grammar school in Prague. I've found The Hat useful in the classroom for selecting students for short speeches. Some are reluctant to speak, and this fun method takes away the pressure on them and me caused by pointing to someone. It is also useful when you have students who always chose the same partner in pair work. An improvement I'd like to see is the ability to change the font, because the font used doesn't allow me to use some of the accented letters we need in Czech. A great product.

Julieann Mayer 2010-08-31 21:35:38 #
Version: 2.3

A great classroom resource that is thoroughly loved by my class.

Debrakelly 2010-08-26 05:37:14 #
Version: 2.3

I\'ve used it before....a great way to randomly choose students AND, they love it! Is there a way to have 2 lists of students saved...and so far I haven't been able to cut and paste from Excel.

Mystiparker 2010-08-18 09:11:24 #
Version: 2.3

This little program is great! As a budding author, I think it will come in handy for my online book raffles. Thanks!

Pmoore 2010-08-11 22:10:38 #
Version: 2.3

Two of my colleagues and I were conducting a teacher/mentor training session. One of the presenters had used the program before, but couldn't remember the web site. After a Google search, we found it and shared it with the group. Not only does it serve the purpose of randomly selecting students, but does so in a very creative way that the students can relate to. All 32 teachers loved the program.

Shanakar 2010-08-08 07:39:36 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat is the perfect application for competitions and draws and randomly selecting names for any purpose. It works by allowing you to add names to a list, as many as you like, you can then shuffle the list and begin the process for the program to randomly bring up a name. I use this for website competitions and it is fantastic. Great work to the creator, really a program that should be more popular and showcased more. Great job!

Anna Bowden 2010-07-23 06:30:13 #
Version: 2.3

excellent programme!

LassieDogzRule 2010-07-17 21:56:41 #
Version: 2.3

It is amazing how much kids look forward to The Hat! I use it for my youth group, for selecting kids at random or for making teams. Lots of fun!

Richarddspinks 2010-07-09 14:33:38 #
Version: 2.3

This is a great little piece of software that is very effective in the classroom. Students enjoy the process and it is an excellent way to ensure all students can be assessed during a lesson to monitor progress. Hats off to the designers!

Bsbercun12000 2010-07-01 23:34:30 #
Version: 2.3

All in all, "THE HAT" well served my need for a random name generator. The program is very easy to install and use, however the repetitive dialogue box that appears when I click on the close button on the name-picker portion of the program without saving names to a file is very annoying. Perhaps, for those of us who use this program solely for "point of use" name generation, the author could include a checkbox that could say, "Don't ask again" (that is, "exit without confirmation"), or even add this to the settings menu.

Very good program as it is - just a suggestion for a future release update.

Jennifer Henderson 2010-05-13 08:02:25 #
Version: 2.3

I think this is AWESOME! It was demo'd at Day of Discovery sponsored by Discovery Education and I promptly shared it with my peers. It has great educational benefits, and it sure beats pulling sticks or rolling the dice.

Dasilvajacqui 2010-05-12 08:14:32 #
Version: 2.3

love the hat - wish it made a little 'magic' noise when the names are drawn!

Jemeli Halabe 2010-05-03 18:28:55 #
Version: 2.3

Great resource....a little bit of fun when choosing groups!

Jhalabe 2010-05-03 04:34:31 #
Version: 2.3

Great idea. Will use it with Year 6 students

Mrau 2010-04-19 22:29:32 #
Version: 2.3

Its good. Well created

Ksmith 2010-03-26 16:54:47 #
Version: 2.3

I am looking forward to using this product to make my life easier for our drawings at work. For my purposes I need to enter each individual's name more than once, which the program does not allow. However, I resolved that issue by adding a numerical digit after each entry.

Crystal Harvey 2010-03-26 08:54:23 #
Version: 2.3

My students and I love it!!!

Venkatakrishnan79 2010-02-13 00:44:04 #
Version: 2.3

cool..amazing stuff..iam going to use it in my trainining sessions..

Progr 2009-12-28 08:52:49 #
Version: 2.3

I have an old PC in which the program stopped responding after I tried to close it. Also, it would be nice if the list could be shuffled only once and then stop (option accessible from settings perhaps) instead of having to click "stop". Those aside, I managed to shuffle all my over 8000 CDs to random order with it, which was nice, as I'm currently started to play them with my newly acquired XTZ CD player, in the order that the shuffling provided.
Oh, I like to do other things randomly shuffling as well. Perhaps this program will help me with those too.

Mago55 2009-12-27 18:54:46 #
Version: 2.3

A great tool for the classroom.

Ajenyon 2009-11-17 05:25:01 #
Version: 2.3

I found a link on a forum on the TES website. I am a HLTA and a trainee teacher and I intend to use The hat in my work and on placement. I know that it is going to be really useful for me
Thanks A

Cmcnerney 2009-10-07 14:51:04 #
Version: 2.3

I have shown my staff the hat to use for talking partners and they thought it was great. got your website from recently attending a Shirley Clarke conference. Thank you

Bflood 2009-10-01 21:38:27 #
Version: 2.3

The kids love it and can hardly wait to see whose name will be next.

Kami 2009-09-30 00:17:10 #
Version: 2.3

it worked great!

Pampalond 2009-09-17 10:14:11 #
Version: 2.3

Very handy application.

Issa Mojica 2009-09-16 07:23:13 #
Version: 2.3

I love The Hat! It's perfect for drawing a winner for the book giveaway I'm having right now. :)

Room6 2009-09-04 02:15:05 #
Version: 2.3

Such a simple piece of software that has made such a difference to my class.
I use an interactive whiteboard and so all the children can see that 'jobs' are given and readers are chosen completely at random. This is particularly useful for the child who can sometimes feel that 'it's not fair'
10 out of 10

Nathan Manuel 2009-09-01 09:22:21 #
Version: 2.3

We love using the HAT software. It is very simple to use and has many useful applications.


Lellis 2009-08-18 17:46:37 #
Version: 2.3

I used "The Hat" to demonstrate a new way to randomly select participants using technology. The teacher's loved winning a gift certificate and plan to use it with their students.

Shay 2009-08-18 13:35:19 #
Version: 2.3

My students and I love this application. I link it to my powerpoint slides and RMEasiteach lessons that I project with our LCD projector. When the kids see "The Hat" picture on a slide, they are instantly motivated to pay attention and be ready to respond in case they get picked.

Mlutter 2009-08-11 17:42:40 #
Version: 2.3

Unfortunately I have a Mac and am unable to use the program.

Karen Laggan 2009-08-04 13:59:14 #
Version: 2.3

Haven't used yet, but intend to try in out with my class in September.

Lemcb 2009-08-04 05:03:42 #
Version: 2.3

just great! just great! what a great hat!

Jvanderende 2009-07-27 19:56:20 #
Version: 2.3

Just awesome, lots of fun and does the trick

Lindsay Smith 2009-07-17 08:36:36 #
Version: 2.3

Fun little utility! Works very well. It even allows you to import a list of names from a text file, which is very convenient!

Covgovkl 2009-07-02 15:59:10 #
Version: 2.3

We have enjoyed using The Hat! It has worked great for our needs!

Kammie 01 2009-05-26 20:43:27 #
Version: 2.3

Super and user friendly program! Love it!

Sheridanshop 2009-04-30 13:02:54 #
Version: 2.3

Great product, my class of 7 and 8 year olds love it.

M M Mooneyham 2009-04-29 09:09:28 #
Version: 2.3

Worked great...saved a lot of time, exactly what I was looking for.

Tami Facebook 2009-04-26 07:04:26 #
Version: 2.3

The tool works great. A+

Jenhsmomsp2 2009-04-15 10:52:06 #
Version: 2.3

It put a toolbar in that I didn't want and didn't ask for. I deleted the whole program.

Haddynuffuvytt 2009-04-07 07:12:39 #
Version: 2.3


I love it. There are no longer any arguments about the Secret Santa/Gift Swap events I organise on my dating site. Best of all, I can see this being useful in the lessons I teach too. It's a basic idea, but one that saves paper, time and mucking around.

Ntwilliams 2009-04-02 07:46:14 #
Version: 2.3

I really enjoy using the hat in my classroom. The students like the fact that they get to see their names come up. It ensures that I am impartial when choosing students to go to the board.

Gary Durham 2009-03-26 08:54:44 #
Version: 2.3

Thanks for a nifty program. I will be using this in class to help choose students for the following: answering questions, working on the SMART Board, selecting student helpers, selecting table groups, etc. This will make various tasks much easier in my classroom.


Mnjesusfreak 2009-03-15 08:55:55 #
Version: 2.3

Used Once So Far

This downloaded quickly. Super quick and easy to use. Will use it again and again! Thanks!!

Tammy 2009-03-13 17:13:16 #
Version: 2.3

The hat is good

Saves me time from cutting paper all the time.

Kfezzie 2009-03-09 19:51:00 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat is great

This is a great way to choose who is going next without leaving anyone out or inadvertently calling on one child more frequently than others.

Goreq 2009-03-09 15:29:29 #
Version: 2.3

sorting hat

cool! used in primary classroom to sort the kids into pairs- they do not argue with the hat- works really well!!

Cvanrys 2009-03-08 16:34:52 #
Version: 2.3

New to `Hat`

I have not had a chance to use the "Hat" yet, but have been encouraged to use it the next time I want to randomize my students for a partnered test situation. We have discussed using partners for some of our tests, but were having difficulty finding just the right combination of fairness when selecting the teams that would test together. One of our teachers used the "Hat" randomizer and suggested it for our use.

Wonderful idea!

Dmshave 2009-03-06 16:30:03 #
Version: 2.3

mac user

does anyone know of a mac version?
it looks like a great resource that i would like to use

Carrie 2009-03-05 15:05:29 #
Version: 2.3

Quality App

Great basic app that does exactly what it claims to - pulls a name out of a hat! Love it!

Gregor1 2009-03-02 16:30:04 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat

I could not use it, as I needed to randomize some files for my digital picture frame. Pics come always in the same order, I wanted them to appera mixed.

Therefore I scrapped your programme.


Calamjo 2009-02-17 06:57:59 #
Version: 2.3


Brilliant product, does all it claims.

hatman 2009-02-17 06:20:01 #
Version: 2.3

the hat

Program easy to use, the sfx and time it takes is a bit annoying. It seems like the program is trying to be used in some sort of presentation way, but it's tacky interface makes it not really suitable for that and some of its features make it slightl annoying for private use.

KathyL 2009-02-12 22:18:16 #
Version: 2.3

I love The Hat

Great for simple randomizing for research, etc. The Hat is simple & fun to use.

Digitaldits 2008-12-26 09:12:46 #
Version: 2.3

Great Program

Worked just as promised with be a little proggy that I will use often.

Fflord 2008-12-20 05:02:16 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat

A very useful little program I can see use for it for many things. Thanks for making it availible to everyone.

Amanda 2008-12-10 09:40:58 #
Version: 2.3

Fun and worked well.

I used it to do a free drawing for a couple of things I made. It was easy to use, and did the job! Thanks!

Lws 2008-12-02 09:16:36 #
Version: 2.3

The hat for use in the classroom

I think the hat is a great tool to use in the classroom. It would be great to have a function whereby the name was replaced back into the hat after being selected!!!

Amypento 2008-11-17 17:21:46 #
Version: 2.3

I use The Hat regularly in my classes

I use The Hat during class after we do a small group speaking activity. After they've completed their small group speaking (in Spanish), I choose two students randomly, using The Hat, who have to do it in front of the class. The kids love The Hat and hate The Hat all at the same time. Thank you for your product. I appreciate having it.

Ageekymom 2008-11-17 09:22:11 #
Version: 2.3

Simple program does what it says it will

I downloaded The Hat to use to draw names for a Christmas gift exchange. It doesn't do that. It would be great for giveaways or a lottery whe you just need to draw a "winner."
I will keep it in mind for the future.

Gayle.mooney 2008-11-09 17:47:59 #
Version: 2.3

It is fantastic.

My students love it! We use it with my promethean interactive white board. It is really fun and easy to use.

SLR2098 2008-11-06 18:54:13 #
Version: 2.3


Really easy to use and very random.

Richard.foleher 2008-11-05 03:33:14 #
Version: 2.3

Better than a real hat!

We run regular raffles on and wanted something to make it a little easier than physically cutting up bits of paper and popping them in to a hat.

A quick search on the Internet found The Hat - an amazing FREE program that takes all your names - shuffles them around and then picks one out!

Fantastic - I'll be recommending this to all partner sites

Richard Foleher
The Mummys Club

Migaelito 2008-11-03 04:39:23 #
Version: 2.3

Using THE HAT coooolll!

It's a great litte device, magic.

Cgobble 2008-10-30 18:21:20 #
Version: 2.3

Multiple Classes

I love the software although I have only used it one day. The only thing I would suggest for future versions is the ability to setup different class lists and being able to pull them up. I teach high school and I have 6 classes. It would be a wonderful feature not to have to import a new list every time I wish to use the software.


Kimm 2008-10-15 18:14:30 #
Version: 2.3

Executive Assistant

Our non-profit rewards staff with a monthly prize drawing. The Hat makes drawing winning names a lot of fun, keeps it legit., and takes away the ugh factor of having to do everything manually. It was painless to install and is very easy to update. I found it just in time! Thanks for sharing.

Grover5 2008-10-14 22:27:58 #
Version: 2.3

I enjoyed the Hat

I love the Hat. It works extremely well. I will use it on a regular basis.

Nellybob40 2008-10-12 02:48:11 #
Version: 2.3

Fab hat

The hat is a fantastic way to generate random pairs, the kids at school love it; I can't believe it was free! Would highly recommend it.

Lsoohoo 2008-10-10 13:39:11 #
Version: 2.3

Good, but could use more features

Very good program. It would be nice if the chosen names displayed bigger on the screen. Also being able to change the sound file would be nice.

Stephanie.henry 2008-10-03 06:14:06 #
Version: 2.3

One request

I would love if I could maximize the hat to full screen. Overall I love using it, I use it on my projector - projected on my smart screen but when I use it, it's hard to read the numbers, it's very small - if it could be maximized to full screen it would be much better.

Bronco165 2008-09-13 18:07:32 #
Version: 2.3

just what I needed

Your program was just what I was looking for , it works great.

Dpage 2008-09-03 17:08:49 #
Version: 2.3

cute, but could be better

I like the idea but the hat graphic is a bit small. Also, a bit more fan fare when a name is pulled from the hat would be nice. I actually like the shuffle function a bit better because of the visual action, and the name that ends up at the top of the list could be the "winner" as easily as the name pulled from the hat. I'm using it to pick a random winner based on homework completion for each chapter in Algebra 2; the students seem to like it.

Sean.renner 2008-09-02 19:29:40 #
Version: 2.3

Just what I was looking for

Thanks for such a great product. This is exactly what I was looking for drawing out a random item from a text file.

I'm not using it for names, rather ideas for my friends and family to experience together.

Again thanks.

A24307315 2008-08-29 17:23:55 #
Version: 2.3

Excellent program

I have only tested the program so far. Not put it to actual use, but that is coming.
My testes have been excellent and if it continues to perform like that it will be great.

Jakarinali 2008-08-29 03:29:27 #
Version: 2.3

Wow what a HAT!

Wow what a fab hat, I just love it! Can't wait to see what eles there is to download! Can't believe it's free! Thanks.

Krichter 2008-08-28 16:22:15 #
Version: 2.3

Love the Hat

I was looking for another way to use random selelction in my classroom. Someone emailed the link to me and I tried it out. I love how easy it is to use. I love the sound effect too. If you are really working on improving the Hat then my only suggestion is to make the name bolder and larger so that it can be seen more easily by the class. Maybe one more thing....having the option of adding the name back into the mix would be an additional benefit.

Donnads2 2008-08-07 15:03:43 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat - How About That

It will be so great to start using The Hat in my middle school computer lab. Do you know how long I have been looking for something like this? Too long... The design is great. My students can't argue when they are paired up by... That Wonderful Hat!!!! Donna

Rml 2008-08-03 14:01:10 #
Version: 2.3

Great tool!

Easy to use and organize. Options for singles and pairs - also good for Christmas gift draws.

Pkr_fn 2008-07-23 02:17:15 #
Version: 2.3

Wicked Program

This program is awesome despite the fact it lacks a few features, that or I overlooked the software completely. The only thing that I would change would be allowing more than one name in the shuffle. I found a way around it though, and if you type the person name in, then hit space and enter, it goes through. Adding more than one of the same names would be a great benefit. Keep up the great work guys! Love the software. :) Two thumbs up & 5/5

Smithersjd11 2008-07-22 14:57:50 #
Version: 2.3

Great program!

Just what I needed and easy to use!

Smackdo 2008-07-20 17:01:23 #
Version: 2.3

Pleased overall

This is a a rather simple program for forming random teams. I needed it to make teams out of people who wanted to play but didn't have a set team. I preformed exactly as I had hoped. My only complaint, and it is very nit picky, is that the "Pick a Person" function has a rather anoing sound everytime it works. That can easily be rectified by muting the sound. Not something that should deter someone from downloading this great bit of software.

JCR_FlyinJ7 2008-07-19 23:21:12 #
Version: 2.3

Very Good

The hat is a very very good program, and it has helped me a ton in my decision making. Dont change a thing.

de_sade_xxl 2008-06-18 14:17:00 #
Version: 2.3

Great piece of software.

Great piece of software. Exactly what I was looking for. Allows you to pick one or more random names from a list. Useful for giving out prizes in a lottery-type way. You can type in every entry in the list or load it from a text file. Also, you can save result in a text file. The interface is a little ugly, but hey, it's the functionality we're looking for, isn't it?

Zago 2008-06-04 12:38:16 #
Version: 2.3

Love it !!!!!!!!!!

It worked great, caused a lot of laughs, easy to install and use, we will be usung this program from now on to randomly choose names, Good job on this.
thank you.

Bradwick01 2008-05-18 17:54:44 #
Version: 2.3

Great little program

What a great little program. Just right for my random numbers and other issues. Easy to install and use.

club 2008-04-20 23:55:37 #
Version: 2.3

For my club

I'll be using this to draw names from a hat for a non-profit club. I like the simple UI to add names, but it would be nice to be able to import lists (ie from excel). Different UI's like hat, slot machine and playing cards would be a nice feature. I'll be showing and telling everyone. Thanks.


dboskee 2008-04-09 15:16:32 #
Version: 2.3

Great App

I'm very impressed. This application is just what I needed for my group to randomly assign a covered parking space each month to one person. Here in Tucson where it gets very hot in the summer this is a big perk.

Dave Boskee

Hamjet 2008-03-31 01:53:01 #
Version: 2.3

Great wee piece of software

excellent program, so easy to use.
The Hat is just what it is, I've used it for work, where we run meat raffles, put all the names in, shuffle the order of winners, and everyone sees it as a totally random selection of names, again, great wee program, thanks heaps guys.

Bueno 2008-03-12 04:04:20 #
Version: 2.3

Fun, easy and the coolest thing ever!!!!

I needed this for family reunion activities. This is just amazing and the interface is cute and fun. I had guests in my house and had top pick someone to do a task and then I pulled The Hat to pick the person. My daughter exclaimed full of surprise: You got The Hat??? She said her teacher uses it to choose kids to to stuff in class and they hate it but they love it at the same time... hehe. I LOVE IT!!!!!

nook eh? 2008-03-01 20:23:01 #
Version: 2.3

Not quite what I was looking for.

I was trying to set up a secret santa sort of thing that would send an email to each person telling them whom they were supposed to buy gifts. I wanted to participate as well but this program shows me all the people and who they would be purchasing for so it would ruin the secret for me. I still think the program is nice, but I won't use it often enough for it to take up space on my computer.

Author's Response:
hi. you might try my other program written especially for that next year: GiftWiz. More info at

Peppi 2007-12-28 20:20:42 #
Version: 2.3

New version no different.

I downloaded the new version (1. 6) and have found no differences to the previous version. I could not find the extra effects that were listed on the website.

Also, the program still does not provide the option of just selecting one name randomly rather than the list of names. This would be of greater benefit if it was an option to the already existing great product.

As a teacher, this randomly generated list allows the task of selecting students for oral presentations.

Turtle Shell 2007-12-09 12:18:31 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat

The Hat was useful at first. However, quickly I found I couldn't use it. There was an error that prevented me from running it after just a few minutes.

I'm sure it is a fine project, but I couldn't make it work for me.

Jensina 2007-11-16 20:48:55 #
Version: 2.3

It works as advertised

It works pretty much exactly as it says it does, could not ask for more!

1ms 2007-10-27 03:23:04 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat

As a classroom teacher the hat is an excellent resource. I was actually ploughing through the web to find a program that would give me just one random name from a list when I found the hat. I use the program for selecting a pupil to answer a question. Advances that I would like would be for the program to select a single random name then disgard this name for the next selection automatically. Ideally you could chose the number of pupils that you want to select, so upto six random pupils can be choosen at any one time. Another advancement would be perhaps a fancy skin or graphic to go with the program. This would make the Hat perfect as a pupil selection tool.
Many thanks, the program is fantastic as it is.

Nunya Buisness 2007-09-22 00:43:12 #
Version: 2.3

I like it

This program is great for randomizing. I'd use it whenever there was a need.

Peppi 2007-09-20 07:14:58 #
Version: 2.3

Other similar software?

Does anyone know of software that is similar to the hat, but only selects one name from the list rather than supply an ordered list?
Welcome all feedback.

Jessami 2007-09-20 05:26:08 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat

Successfully did the job I needed - to shuffle a Secret Santa list.

MLN2603 2007-09-18 09:52:29 #
Version: 2.3

Christmas Grab Bag

I downloaded this to use for our annual family Christmas grab bag. It works great. The only problem I encountered was that some of the matches where the same (same name picked same name) so I had to mix them up a couple of times to get it so everyone had someone different to buy a gift for. But, it works great!!

Peppi 2007-09-01 02:29:18 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat

I think the program is fantastic and extremely easy to use. The only thing I can think of that would make it better, is being able to randomly select just one name from the list (eg. to draw a winner of a raffle), rather than just simply having an ordered list.

cmelton 2007-08-29 08:23:29 #
Version: 2.3

the hat

Very nice

Jeff.L 2007-08-11 09:29:30 #
Version: 2.3

Using The Hat for training

The Hat helps me to randomly and fairly choose participants for Q&A, quizes and round-robin roleplays. Thanks!

Anto75 2007-07-28 15:00:18 #
Version: 2.3

Solution for run-time error 13 type mismatch

Uninstall the hat got here
download regcleaner, run it
erase the hat entry in software and then erase it from the backup
reinstall the hat and it works!

ddogg421 2007-07-12 15:09:50 #
Version: 2.3

It worked....for about 2 minutes

After I installed The Hat and started using it, I was excited. I often need to assign random people to various tasks around my office. Unfortunately I experienced a "run-time error 13". I'm not a programmer so I'm not sure what that meant. I wasn't able to run the program any longer. I un-installed it & then re-installed it, only to find the same problem. Any help would be appreciated.


Mr Chuck 2007-06-22 07:58:13 #
Version: 2.3

Nifty Tool

This is very nifty for any event that a drawing of names is needed. I used it to draw seeds for a pool tournament. And I can think of many other uses for it. Great job guys!!

Jane123 2007-04-20 07:59:12 #
Version: 2.3


Loved it...great for staff development "give aways" or "door prizes". Also can be used for selecting a student to complete a "special" task. Wonderful and engaging!

kflatt 2007-04-19 14:33:56 #
Version: 2.3


I will be able to use this in a variety of ways to organize activities in my classroom.

Joeres 2007-04-05 02:21:32 #
Version: 2.3

Only for a few

For someone with long lists of names to work with it can be a easy program. Also easy is the way it reads textfiles.

Kapiti Coast RL 2007-03-15 03:26:37 #
Version: 2.3


Excellent Value for price, but Limited features and "wow" effect. Would like to see something like Raffle Bag - where only one number comes up.

n2bluegrass 2007-03-10 09:26:18 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat Review

The Hat is a nice program. We had the need to do some drawing and this fit the bill nicely. The import/export and print features are what put this in the top for me. I tested the functionality on all the features and found they worked well.

i dont know 2007-02-23 10:39:14 #
Version: 2.3

The Hat

very good program, and text on seperate line can be jumbled up.

p@t 2007-02-01 15:08:32 #
Version: 2.3


I am using it to shuffle words for a monthly bingo game I host for some senior friends and it works great!

Art 2007-01-28 15:38:12 #
Version: 2.3

Wargaming utility

We are going to use it as a war-gaming utility for tabletop wargames. often the individual units have to roll initiative. This was formerly done with dice or cards. Now we can just list the units and generate the order in which we want to see them. This is a very simple app, but useful. I wish I could get the source so that I could use it to help learn to code in VB. I would be tweaking this a million different ways.

Screamline 2006-12-29 12:55:41 #
Version: 2.3

Simple and Easy

The Hat does just what you want. Very simple basic program that is easy to use. If you were a intermediate programmer, you could write this code yourself, but since someone else already did, why bother.

imterry 2006-12-15 01:38:38 #
Version: 2.3

Great little program for name randomization!

I was looking for a program that would randomize a set list of names I have for a raffle drawing that I was planning. I didn't want to go through the hassle of handing out tickets that could be lost, tracking who won what, etc. so I searched around for a name randomizer instead and discovered this gem. The Hat fits my need perfectly and is definitely the right price (free!). If you're looking for an alternative to paper raffle tickets or want to randomize your Secret Santa list (it's not too late!), this is the perfect program for you.

js 2006-12-13 11:25:08 #
Version: 2.3

easy to use

this is a great, easy to use product

JonnyK 2006-11-24 06:56:02 #
Version: 2.3

Magic Hat

The hat is truly a magnificent and magic piece of software for teaching!

Hopeless_Savage 2006-11-23 08:24:35 #
Version: 2.3

Review of The Hat

Its a good way to impartially choose an order.
The only thing I would add was an option (or mode) where a single name is chosen rather than an order.

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