The Mac? Not much to customize beyond Menubar, Finder Toolbar, Dock, and Desktop Wallpaper. iPhone and iPad? Ditto. What about Watch? Customizing a Watch watch face is easy enough, so long as you use what Apple gives you (that will change with watchOS 2.0). This weekend I browsed the web trying to find apps to customize the Watch watch face. How about the Watchfaces app?
Close, No Cigar
You know what they say about close, right? Close is only good in horseshoes and hand grenades. So I came across this nifty utility for the Mac and Watch. It’s called Watchfaces. What does that imply?
One would think that you could use such an app to create custom watch faces which would be the background image on your Watch; instead of whatever Apple forces you to use. Well, Watchfaces doesn’t do that.
Instead, it’s a simple, elegant Mac app that takes photos and crops them to fit the Watch screen size so you can create an easy-to-view photo gallery that fits on the Watch screen.
Drag and drop a photo or image onto the Please Drop… area of the app, and you can crop, zoom, adjust it as needed so it can fit onto the Watch screen. Watchfaces comes with a bunch of image enhancement tools, too.
These include emboss, smooth, four, flip, sharpen, and many more; most of the standard image enhancement options that are already built-in to OS X. It’s a bit of a convoluted process to the get adjusted and edited photos onto Watch, but the step-by-step process is clearly laid out.
What you’re not getting with Watchfaces is, well, watch faces– the kind that are displayed behind the time and other complications provided in Watch. So, Watchfaces has some promise but for now Apple does not plan to add customized watch face background images with watchOS 2.0, which is due out soon. What watchOS 2.0 will bring are customized Watch complications for third party app developers.
MacRumors has a great writeup on watchOS 2, what it can and cannot do. For now, Watchfaces is merely a decent way to get photos into a gallery for viewing on your Watch.