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Giveaway of the day — Digital Physiognomy

Learn about a person's character based on his facial features.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 628 104 comments

Digital Physiognomy was available as a giveaway on November 15, 2008!

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Digital Physiognomy is an entertaining psychological profiling software application that determines person's character and traits based on facial features. It uses a technique analogous to police sketches (sometimes called photo robot). Among the characteristics it evaluates are Temper, Intellect, Self-Esteem, Sense of Humor, Level of Optimism, Will Power, even Luck. The application comes with a set of more than 500 faces that belong to famous people.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista





File Size:

4.37 MB



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The program downloaded, installed and registered ok on Win7/64.

At the bottom of the screen, the software features a huge gallery of mostly famous faces that when you click on, you are shown a rough sketch of their facial features and what this indicates about their personality. In the same space, the interface allows you to chose from a number of facial features to do a composite picture which it also provides a reading on.

This is pretty interesting in itself, but what would be really interesting for me would be to import your own photos and get a character analysis on them. It is possible to import photos, but for some reason, when you transfer them over to the left hand side where the reading is done, the photo is placed beneath the current face already there. This provides a muddle of facial features which sometimes can't be read by the software. Also when you then click on one of the faces from the gallery, below, the result is a further muddled mess which the software can't recognise. It seems you have to turn off the program and open it again to clear the facial recognition part of the interface on the left. Unfortunately, the help file button wouldn't work for me. Only the tip of the day gives any help, but that seems mainly to focus on information about the science of physiognomy. It'd be a fun program if we could get a reading on imported photos and artwork by firstly removing the composite picture on the left hand side.

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry I missed this one. I sure would have liked to give it a try. It looks like a "fun" program.

Reply   |   Comment by Darlene  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Interesting isn't it - loads of negative comments yet a relatively high thumbs-up percentage for such a horrid piece of software (yes, I did download it) And many of the critical feedback has been rated as not useful, whilst the positive comments are predominantly rated as useful.

If I were being suspicious I'd almost believe that someone with a vested interest was trying to skew the real feedback results here....

Reply   |   Comment by Marcel Wave  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I like it! Installed & runs fine on xp sp 3. Works good! My memory kinda keeps me from entering faces right, from the parts, but it's fun to try, and is very like a police sketch maker.
I LOVE getting such different kinds of software! THANK YOU!

For those who always gripe about getting same old things on GOTD, THIS IS NOT the same old kinda thing! But u found something not to like, right? rofl@u! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Look people, let's use this comment section for what it's intended. Install the software & let everyone know your results, Did it install/uninstall properly? How is the interface? Easy or difficult to use? No one cares what your facial features tell us about you or how the program sucks because it doesn't interest you. Day after Day, I HATE sorting through all of the useless comments, It is a waste of my time. I want to know if it's worth downloading or did it cause system conflicts, have malware etc... Please do us a favor and not comment if you haven't installed and used it. Maybe someone can create a program to ban people who leave useless comments, that would be a great download for GAOTD to install on their computer!

Reply   |   Comment by Kat  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks! This is good for laughs :-)

Reply   |   Comment by dayan  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is why i put the "F" in ugly. damn it. i hate not being beautiful, now people think i am a bad guy. By the way, beauty is only skin deep, and when u get older, u get uglier..therefore you are more of a criminal cuz u age like a fine wine? In my opinion, this branch of science really sucks a big banana, cuz we evolved from monkeys.

Reply   |   Comment by slipperylobster  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i didnt like how i have to mess around and make the faces i was hoping i could upload a pic and have it do it for me but nope

interface could use work (hard to scroll through and rotating the image is a pain)

very few options
for example hair styles (could not find one that matched me)

Reply   |   Comment by lame  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For the curious, “Physiognomy” is an actual area of study. A lot of it is a mix of common sense & social norms: for example, people with sexy lips are more confident and outgoing that people with fat lips.

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For an interesting read, pick up Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. The guy was a plastic surgeon who noticed that sometimes surgery "worked" at changing the inner person and sometimes it didn't. He also noticed that some people could change their perception rather than their face and a personality change could take hold.

The comment about the lips reminded me of one part of the book where society's perception of a particular feature would cause one culture to shun a person with that feature, while a different culture might actually praise or reward a person having that same feature. Therefore, the feature itself wasn't the defining factor, but how that feature was viewed by the society and/or the person with that feature.

Fun software but wouldn't pay $20 for it. You might rack up some sales at the $5 price point...

Reply   |   Comment by man  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Those who jeer at facial profiling should know it is a proven technique used by law enforcement wordwide, and is surprisingly accurate. Maybe too accurate for the jeerers (learn more than you wanted to admit did you?) A quote from YOUNG GUNS II: "Take your medicine boy.", or girl as the case may be.) There are only two beings that exists who know who you are, and what you are capable of:
1)The lesser learned of the two who actually knows not all, but suspects strongly is YOU.
2)The greater, omnioptent, infinitely learned being is GOD ALMIGHTY. He knows you better than you know youself.
Incidentally, you don't even need a profiling program to discover and research these profile possobilities ony you own, with no one else.
Before I get off my soapbox, I say that anyone with newly discovered (admitted) special abilities that is not using them for the betterment of our peoples should start right away with their tasks. You may be surprised what a difference one person can make.
General George Washington.....1 Man. John Adams.......1 Man. Thomas Jefferson......1 man. Or we could choose the dark side: Adolph Hitler.......1 (censored) (censored) (censored), and yet still 1 Man. Think about it my friends, one man, under the right circumstances, with the correct abilities, can most certainly have a resounding change on the world that very well could last forever. THE ONE (mortal) is still out there, and he will make the world a better place. Might it be you?

Reply   |   Comment by Tarzanh  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Well this certainly will be a fun piece of psuedo-science to paly with - right up there with some of my favorite bad SF movies - The Core, The Day After, etc. It will help me decide if not trimming my increasing longer growing eyebrows will make me smarter in some way!

Reply   |   Comment by DanD  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


When I ran my picture thru the software,

it said, 97% match.

Then it auto-dialed "America's Most Want" hotline and turned me in!

Reply   |   Comment by Patsy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My favorite computer programs:
3) Photoshop
2) Itunes
1) Digital Physiognomy!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff aka Wolfdogg  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I thought this might be fun to play with, but I tried to load a couple of pictures into it, and it is not intuitive at all, I can't make it work.

Reply   |   Comment by Laura Lee  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is the most stupid thing I have ever heard! I would NOT spend $19.95 on this normally, and I wouldn't even download it for free! A person's face has nothing to do with their personality! I only have about 10 GB free on my hard drive, and I'm NOT wasting it on stupid applications like this. Why don't you do something useful for once? It would be really neat if you could give away Windows Vista! That would be neat. Or Photoshop. At the very least, how about Game Jackal Pro? http://www.slysoft.com/en/gamejackal.html

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This app is fun for a while. I'm hoping the kids get more entertainment than I did. Is there an application that will let you alter a photo to make the person look like a cartoon character or something similiar to that? Possibly freeware?

Thanks in advance and thank you GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Every little thing.Timeline is the key.

Reply   |   Comment by ken  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Have some fun nerdy grrl, life is to short to not enjoy each day!

What's that supposed to mean?

Reply   |   Comment by Arthur  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It is a fun program. For those who automatically slam it, I advise you to at least download it and spend a little more time getting used to it. Of course, I don't think there is much of a chance of actually profiling someone with it, but it is excellent for passing the time and keeping the kids busy. Thanks for the download and please keep up the good work!

Reply   |   Comment by ichabod  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Yes 48, I have heard of a number of Europeans who have felt it is a valid field. Hitler and the Nazi's made great use of it themselves..showing how all those weak facial features showed how evil the lesser races were...and 47 shows that that is how it is still used. I'm sure he or she has a whole list of facial characteristics that his common sense tells him to look out for. You don't need political correctness to call rubbish on this...it's a long discredited field...and making a party game out of prejudice and hatred may not be exactly what GOTD needs for continued support. It has been used as an excuse for harassment, arrest and murder ever since it was first postulated, and has never shown any useful purpose.

Reply   |   Comment by shin  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Whether physiognomy is laughable or not I'll leave to you to decide.

After reading the comments today I decided to also have some fun. So I downloaded. Installed without hitch on xp sp3.

Had a little run, and whatever people might say, I was far more impressed than I expected to be. I will not say that the ultimate character prognoses were accurate, but the flexibility and ability to create so many different faces is far greater than most people here make believe. Maybe it is just that they couldn't work out how to bring up all the options, but you can really create almost any face under the sun.

The idea is to import a picture of a face which will show up on the right, whilst you will see the outlines of that face in the background on the left. This will help you to create the face. You can adjust the position of the face by sliding the sliders to the right of and under the picture on the right.

Now choose the type of face from the dropdown list. You can make it taller or wider using the slides. Then go through all the parts of the face one by one. For each part you have different options in the dropdown list and for each option you can adjust the height and the width with the sliders. Each option also gives you different pictures on the left to choose from which then again can be fine-tuned be the options which appear in the second dropdown list.

Give it a try and you'll be surprised.


The generous philanthropist who is studious smart and altruist.

Reply   |   Comment by anonymous  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This looked like a fun program so I downloaded it, but it's very poorly done... While I thought you would have to input one of your photos and have it read it, you instead have to pick your features from a limited list. The graphics are so poorly done as well, they're almost scary.

Here's a screenshot of what they think Stalin looks like:

Yeah... I'm uninstalling this.

Reply   |   Comment by Janice  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Software made from coded DNA taken from Walrus's. Worth a try though.

DAMN! Thought this was going to be a you know who free day. Then his son shows up. WTF

Reply   |   Comment by Farhsa  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This program does what some mad Nazi scientists also tried: to derive characteristics from the shape/look of a head. Might sound ridiculous today, but was part of weird racism theories in the former days. Think of this when using this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This software is incredible. It will reveal truths about someone you could hardly believe.
Can you imagine seeing all , knowing all, being all.

Oh yeah that's what my DAD does.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf JR.  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Easy to download and install, looks interesting. Being a writer and working with character development--a lot, this could be a fun tool to play around with. Always looking for something new to buzz the brick wall. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Adrianna Dane  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It's pretty offensive to say one can be judged by their looks.

Reply   |   Comment by gentle_dissident  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sounds like a nifty, fun program BUT this one is contaminated with some virus so BEWARE.
I downloaded it, then began to unzip it - read the readme file then zap the A-V program comes forth stating this is an illegitimate file from some unknown source and contains a potentially hazardous virus.
I immediately quit and have removed the zipped file from my system - for this reason rather that voting yea for a cute sounding game program, I have voted nay due to this viral claim.

Reply   |   Comment by anne-ology  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed and ran fine, but SO not user friendly. I have a full on face shot that I tried to put in and couldn't figure out how to get it to do the "traits" thing.

Reply   |   Comment by Fritters  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This program turns the blue light on next to my webcam.

I don't see anywhere in the help file where it might say it can take your pic and do your profile for you..so why is it turning on my webcam?


Reply   |   Comment by brendag4  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This sucks. I thought it was a good idea, and although useless, it should be fun. But you have to tell the program everything about the face you use. So if you want to use a picture of yourself, you first import it, then spend a long time telling the program about the shape/size of your chin, nose, forehead, etcetera. It'd be fun if the program could figure that out by itself, but as it is, it's just a pain.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Bowser  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Quite funny and nice application, no way!!

Actually 60% Thumbs UP for such kind of SW is not bad indeed, is it?

Just wondering whether it's really possible in reality to get so many "data" and characteristics of people on the basis of their facial features only, as police allegedly do!!

By the way it's a pity that it's not possible to download our pics depicting our own face, otherwise we could have tested its reliability in person, couldn't we??

Cheers from Italy!!


Reply   |   Comment by giovi69  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

LOL the analysis consists of 3 words. Not much of an analysis at all. Limited everything. The program was fun to try, and toy around with, but the novelty wore off fast for me. I was expecting (after all the work of attaching the right facial features to a custom photo) that I'd get a more detailed character analysis, not Clever, Bashful, Reserved. lol.

Thanks for giving as a try at this GOTD. Maybe the company will work on producing better analysis in future versions.

Reply   |   Comment by freeme  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just one statement is enough this program; GARBAGE.

Reply   |   Comment by Alfred  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This theory was debunked over a century ago!

Come on guys - what about more video conversion software? That must be what people are asking for - why else would you keep posting them? ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Spill  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Geez, some of you guys have no sense of humour at all!

I think its amusing.

I recently saw an episode of "Beyond Tomorrow" (which is an Aussie show about upcoming technology) which showed some new robots. One of them (it may have been from MIT) is designed to look at certain facial features (position of lips, degree of eye opening & etc) and analyze vocal pitch patterns to determine the "mood" of the person speaking to it. It would then emulate the human by positioning its own lips, eyelids & brows, and altering its own pitch.

One of the applications of the research is to help children born with a certain syndrome (I forget its name) that causes them to not have the ability to look at or listen to the cues that allow normal people to empathize with others. The robots isolate and exaggerate the normal cues so these kids can be taught how to better interact with others.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug S.  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

this application hangs after using for 10 min or so..anyway uninstalled it, since it was of no use to me. i did not rate.

Reply   |   Comment by hum  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Wow...... Tell me you are not serious with this? I guess some may find this amusing as a party game. But please don't try to pass this off as a serious application. This serves no purpose. It has no use.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

"physiognomy: The art of reading character and fate from the features of the face. It was once widely believed that one's true qualities were mirrored in the configuration, size, and condition of the facial features. Criminologists of the nineteenth century seized upon this possibility and squandered a great amount of study and money on the shape of the criminal ear.
The Oscar Wilde story The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) was based on the premise that a highly realistic painting of a young man, rather than the man himself, took on all the physiognomical changes associated with an evil life."

From An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural.

Reply   |   Comment by Joel  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I love to try useless fun stuff, and while this was useless it was also no fun. I really wanted to create archaic pseudo-scientific bs analyses of friend's pictures, but the program is not exactly intuitive and the help file was not helpful. The program could not read any of the photos I imported so it seemed I had to create a sketch from each one, which was difficult since the background underlay was barely visible and I would have preferred a simple grid overlay. Mouse control was bad, you need to use hotkeys to fine-tune the sketch, and even then the program did not read the final sketch for analysis, it just gave the analysis for the last gallery photo viewed. It did uninstall with no problem, though.

Reply   |   Comment by gmon  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It's nice to see a totally worthless program that doesn't claim to be anything more than that. Other than a very limited party game, I don't see any useful application for this.

Reply   |   Comment by babbsela  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oh and just because someone has a PhD and two master's degrees doesn't mean that can't fall victim to a pseudo-science. They are still human and still fallible. It doesn't mean they are stupid just conned.

Reply   |   Comment by Brad  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ted Bundy had the sweetest face imaginable. All the girls were crazy for him. And Hitler, ever see his baby picture?

Reply   |   Comment by dog  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Unfortunately, Physiognomy is a discredited "science" with known links to bigotry and rascism. http://skepdic.com/physiogn.html I would be ashamed to offer a program that purports to be serious that's based on a pseudo-science with no higher standing than voodoo and which has such a scurrilous past.

Reply   |   Comment by Brad  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hmmm, weren't they taught (by the Germans in the 1930s) that the shape of a person's head was very significant? Perhaps this is a spinnoff of that. I do know that Sherlock Holmes always said the shape of the ear was a dead giveawy as to character. If a person has pointed ears, and perhaps horns as well, watch out!

Reply   |   Comment by dog  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This program is very well laid out and has a LOT of nice features.

I can see it being used by children and adults just for the amusement factor.

As far as it's accuracy, that remains to be determined, but it is definitely worth looking at and playing with.

You can import photo’s from anywhere. I wonder what traits Adolph Hitler would show?

I've always wanted a copy of the 'Faces' program that law inforcement uses, now thanks to GAOTD I've go one and it's FREE!

Reply   |   Comment by 2busy2  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have tried with different pictures, taken the same day. I have got wildly differing evaluations, though the pics were more or less the same. The evaluation is tied up to the black & white drawing on the left, not your own picture. Therefore, the program is totally useless. If you could remove their drawing and move your own pic to the left, that would make it more interesting, but you can only put your own pic above the other, which makes it a total mess.

Reply   |   Comment by Outlook  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@16: Yes, physiognomy was a genuine area of study ... in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. If you read Western literature from that time period you will often see descriptions of characters' facial structures used as a means of describing their personality. However, you will also note that most of the "good" characters have features typically found among white northern Europeans, such as straight noses, while "bad" characters often have features found among southern Europeans and other groups who were marginalized at the time.

One of my favorite books is The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould, which describes attempts to scientifically measure intelligence and "criminal tendency" by phrenology, the volume of the skull, and other methods used during that period. Gould reproduces many of these experiments and concludes that the only reason these scientists thought they had proven that mental factors could be shown from appearance was that their own biased presuppositions had led them to overlook experimental errors that favored their hypothesis.

Physiognomy is not a legitimate form of study; however, people still judge others' intelligence and morality by their looks every day. What's interesting is not whether they are right, but rather what this judging-by-appearance process says about the judges' own biases.

Reply   |   Comment by Susan  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I haven't got it installed yet, but I'm still laughing. I needed that, so I'll give it a thumbs up just for that. thanks.

I wanna do ted stevens of alaska. ok, and defazio from here in oregon.

this is no sillier than other things like biorhythms and horoscopes- some people get 'em to work, others don't

how about a voice stress analyzer soon?

Reply   |   Comment by goodgotd  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I keep running out of my evaluation times on this "free" software. I can get a trial anywhere. I just un-installed the atomic clock, this one says 15 day trial, I may have to just keep uninstalling these free software give aways I really think it is lame to say it is a give away, when it is not.

Reply   |   Comment by Cynthia  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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