Facer 1.9.2 from PocketCraft (see
our updated review of Facer here)
Facer's claim to fame centers on its today
page. When Facer first comes up, you are presented with the
current day's appointments and To Do items on the main screen,
with the date and time in the top panel. The area assigned
to appointments and To Do items can be set to take up half
the area each or use the screen proportionally. Tapping on
an entry's date brings up its details. You can change the
preference to bring up the launcher on opening instead or
the last-used view.
The icons on the upper left swap between
the today screen and the launcher. Up to five favorite apps
can be set and executed from the bottom of the screen. It
defaults to three of Palm's hard button apps and Hotsync.
The recent app list lives at the bottom right and pops up
the last six apps run. A row of icons below the system ones
on the launcher screen activate beaming, deleting, and bring
up information screens.
On initial installation, Facer reads some
of the system category setup, but does so inconsistently.
While it seemed to pick up all the categories, it did not
populate most of them with system categorized apps in RAM.
Facer supports themes that set the Facer
interface elements and background. The screen shots show
the Egyptian theme. Facer also has a trash bin where you
can send apps you may want to undelete later. Of course,
they'll still be on your device while in the trash can until
you empty it. This feature proved common to all the launchers
in this review.
General operation is simple enough. In
fact, what you see is all you get. Facer supports the basic
launcher functions of copy, move, and beam, but that's about
it. It includes no file manager or memory management. It
does support dragging-and-dropping apps across categories
and categorizing apps on the card. Tapping and holding on
app icons brings up a dialog for beaming, deleting, info,
copying, and moving.
I noticed a few issues. Facer has a distinct
delay in loading tabs with more than about twenty apps. As
a point of comparison, the All tab took a couple of seconds
to load on a 400 MHz T3. Also, Facer wouldn't display one-
or two-bit black & white app icons, which seemed a bit
strange. You can see that exemplified in the screen shot.
The Facer itself takes up 311K of RAM with
the holiday theme taking up another 203K, for a total of
514K of RAM. The themes hang out on the card in the /Palm/Launcher/
directory to save space when not being used. Since the Launcher
folder quickly becomes crowded with other apps and databases,
it would be better if Facer used a dedicated directory under
/Palm/Programs/ for this purpose.
Overall, Facer seems like a simple Today
app with some basic launcher features included. It proved
the least powerful/versatile in this roundup. At $18.95 ($15
for a limited time), though, it wasn't the least expensive
as you might expect.
Nice Today implementation
Lacks any advanced capabilities like a file manager
No background image support
(see our updated
review of Facer here)