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FACES 3.0 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)



Do I have to install FACES on my system to be able to use it?
No. You can run FACES from your CD-ROM drive, although it might be slightly slower. This option is a real bonus for users who don’t have 700 MB of free hard-disk space, or for laptop users who don’t want to install FACES on their hard drive.

Why doesn't FACES give me the option of making composite pictures in color?
There are several reasons for this. First, it is virtually impossible to recreate the exact tone of a person’s skin. Second, adding a color option to FACES would make it more complicated to assign an InterCode to the portrait, and consequently to transmit perfect quality composites to other FACES users. Third, facial identification experts unanimously agree that it is much easier to recognize a monochrome image of a face than a color one.

Why does FACES take up so much room on my hard drive?
Because in addition to containing highly complex programming, the current version of FACES has a data bank of close to 4,000 features (noses, mouths, eyes, etc.). In comparison, the free DEMO version available on this site contains only 60 features.

Can I modify a FACES image using another type of software?
Certainly. FACES files can be saved in PIC (Macintosh) or BMP (PC) formats, which means you can open them in any standard graphics software like Photoshop (Adobe), PaintShop Pro (JASC), or CorelDraw (Corel), and edit them as you please. But don’t forget that once you’ve edited a composite picture in a software other than FACES, the InterCode will no longer work, because your picture will no longer be a FACES document. FACES can only read files with the .fac extension.

What kind of operating systems can I run FACES on?
FACES comes in both PC and Mac versions. The PC version must be run on Windows 95/98 or Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows Millennium, while the Mac version can be run on Mac OS 7.1. Faces does run on Windows XP but it is not supported by our technical support team. To verify whether you computer will run FACES, please download our demo and install it before purchasing FACES.

Can I use FACES on a PC 486 or non-PowerMac?
Although FACES will run on a PC 486 or Mac 68040, it won’t work nearly as fast or well as on more powerful machines, and really needs 32 MB of RAM to function properly.

Can FACES print in PostScript?
FACES has been designed not only to print in PostScript (Adobe), but also in all current PCL (Hewlett-Packard) versions on the market.

What kind of racial features can I include in my portrait?
With FACES, you can create portraits of any race imaginable. Since you cannot change the skin tone of your portrait, the race of the person you are depicting will be determined by the features you select (i.e. eyes, noses, lips, hair, etc.). Thus, with a few clicks of the mouse, you can transform an African American face into a Eurasian face, into a Scandinavian face, and so on.

I saved a FACES file, but I can't find it anywhere.
PC Users:
Each time you open FACES, the last folder you saved in automatically appears on your screen. If you would like to find a particular picture and are already working in FACES, you can browse through all of the FACES folders and files you have created on your hard disk by clicking on the Scan Folder icon located in the lower left portion of your screen, under the Folder Area. Alternatively, you can click on your Windows Start button and select the Find command, followed by Files or Folders. In the Named box which appears, type *.fac. Windows will list all of the FACES documents saved on your hard drive.

Mac Users:
If you are already working in FACES, you can browse through all of the FACES folders and files you have created on your hard disk by clicking on the Scan Folder icon located in the lower left portion of your screen, under the Folder Area. Alternatively, you can select Finder and click on File (or the Apple, depending on your system). Select Find, followed by File Type Is and Enter FACE in capital letters. To complete the search, click on Find. The Finder will list all of the FACES documents saved on your hard drive.

I can't get rid of the images in the Folder Area in the left portion of my FACES screen.
The Folder Area automatically shows the most recently saved files in the directory you select. If you do not select a specific directory, the Folder Area will show the last composite pictures saved in "My Documents". If you do not want any images to appear in your Folder Area, you have to select a directory that does not contain any FACES files (i.e. files with the .fac extension).

I keyed an InterCode into the Enter InterCode box, but it didn't generate the right composite picture.
You probably changed one or several characters in the InterCode. Check very carefully. InterCodes are case and character-sensitive, and must be copied exactly to generate the correct composite picture.

I've created my own Autorun Demo sequence using the Edit Autorun Demo command. How can I save it?

PC Users:
Once you have created your own Autorun Demo sequence, you should save it onto a diskette right away. Minimize your FACES window and open your c:/ drive from My Computer on your desktop. Open the Windows folder and look for a file called faces.prf. This is your personalized Autorun file. Right-click on this file. Select Send To and the drive on which you wish to save your Autorun file (in this case, your diskette). It is important to save your personalized Autorun immediately, because if you press on the Default button in your Edit Autorun Demo window, FACES will automatically restore the default Autorun sequence, deleting the personalized sequence you created. To run your own personalized Autorun sequence, make sure your FACES application is closed. Copy the faces.prf file you saved on diskette back onto the faces.prf file in the Windows folder on your c:/ drive. When you open FACES, your personalized sequence will be displayed instead of the default.

Mac Users:
Once you have created your own Autorun Demo sequence, you should save it onto a diskette right away. Click on your Finder. Select the System folder and look for the Preferences folder. Look for a file called faces.prf. This is your personalized Autorun file. Select this file and copy it onto a different drive (in this case, your diskette). It is important to save your personalized Autorun file immediately, because if you press on the Default button in your Edit Autorun Demo window, FACES will automatically restore the default Autorun sequence, deleting the personalized sequence you created. To run your own personalized Autorun sequence, make sure your FACES application is closed. Copy the faces.prf file you saved on diskette back onto the faces.prf file in your Preferences folder. When you open FACES, your personalized sequence will be displayed instead of the default.

I am getting the following error message: An error has occurred. You should save your file, quit and reload the software.
This error is due to improper access rights to your windows folder. When FACES is executed, a preferences file called faces.prf is created inside your windows folder. FACES will not run properly if your computer restricts access to this file. In order to fix this problem, you must login as an administrator (usually the owner has an administrator account) and allow full access to the windows folder.

How do I uninstall FACES 3.0?
Go to your favorite file explorer program and remove the folder in which FACES has been installed (this folder is usually called FACES). You will also have to remove the shortcuts created in your program folder by simply right clicking on the folder Interquest and selecting the "Delete" option. Note that the FACES install program does not copy any files such as .dll to your system folder.


 







 

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