FACES 3.0 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
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 dont have 700 MB of free hard-disk space,
or for laptop users who dont want to install FACES
on their hard drive.
doesn't FACES give me the option of making composite pictures
There are several reasons for this. First, it is virtually
impossible to recreate the exact tone of a persons
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.
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
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 dont forget that once youve 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
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.
I use FACES on a PC 486 or non-PowerMac?
Although FACES will run on a PC 486 or Mac 68040, it wont
work nearly as fast or well as on more powerful machines,
and really needs 32 MB of RAM to function properly.
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.
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.
saved a FACES file, but I can't find it anywhere.
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
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.
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).
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
created my own Autorun Demo sequence using the Edit Autorun
Demo command. How can I save it?
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.
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.
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.
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.