FACES 4.0 TECHNOLOGY FAQ
my 3.0 codes and files work with FACES 4.0?
Yes. You can use 3.0 intercodes and files with FACES 4.0.
However, you can’t use FACES 4.0 codes and files in
earlier versions. With its larger database and other features,
FACES 4.0 files and codes contain much more information
about a composite image. Note: Intercode is called Biometric
Alphanumeric Code or BAC in FACES 4.0
FACES 4.0 have skin color options?
FACES 4.0 composites are only available in black and white.
In part this is because most forensic artists believe that
black and white composites are the easiest way to recognize
someone because they reduce and neutralize unnatural room
lightings and shadings. If you want to darken a composite,
the tutorial section of the FACES 4.0 manual explains how
to do modify images using graphic design tools such as Adobe
I export FACES 4.0 composites into other programs?
YES. FACES 4.0 allows you to export composites to the commonly-used
JPEG format. You can then use the JPEG in police bulletins
or websites, or use graphic design tools to enhance its
are the minimum requirements for FACES 4.0?
FACES 4.0 can be used on both PC and MAC systems, and can
be run from the original CD without installation. Please
read the full specifications to make sure that FACES 4.0
will run properly on your system. For PCs you’ll need
an Intel Pentium 400 MHZ processor or similar running Windows
98 or better with a minimum of 1.2 GB free disk space, 64
MB RAM available and a monitor running 16-bit colors at
800x600 resolution. For MACs you’ll need a Power PC
processor with MAC OS 8.6 with CarbonLib 1.3.1 or MAC OS
X installed with 1.2 GB free disk space, 64 MB RAM available:
a monitor running 16-bit colors at 800x600 resolution is
do 3.0 composites with headwear look different when they’re
loaded into FACES 4.0?
During the original development of the FACES database, a
small number of people were photographed with hats and other
headwear. But that meant that when building a composite,
headwear was only attached to limited number of hairstyles.
With FACES 4.0, we ensured that hairstyles and headwear
were photographed as separate components, to allow for greater
flexibility. As a result, when loading a 3.0 composite with
a hat etc. you’ll need to manually select matching
headwear from the FACES 4.0 database and add it to the composite.
are some hair elements in FACES 4.0 not available in three
Because of the complexity of some hair elements, the FACES
artists concluded that some styles would not look realistic
in three tones. We are working on ways to provide realistic,
three tone options for all hair styles.
has a skin tone category been included in FACES 4.0?
This category allows you to include in the BAC code an indication
of the skin tone for reference. The skin tone does not,
however, show up on the composite for the reasons above.
FACES 4.0 available as an upgrade?
FACES 4.0 is a fully new version of our software. You do
not need to have a previous version to load or install.
do I uninstall FACES 4.0?
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 IQ Biometrix and selecting the "Delete"
option. Note that the FACES install program does not copy
any files such as .dll to your system folder.
CarbonLib for Macintosh?
CarbonLib is a Macintosh update that improves the
performance and reliability for Carbon-based applications
on Mac OS 8.6 and all Mac OS 9 releases, including classic.
If you have a Mac OS inferior to version 10.x, you will
need to download and install CarbonLib in order to run FACES
4.0. CarbonLib can be downloaded free of charge from Apple's