Lucid December 2015 Newsletter

Lucid Christmas Message

Lucid Christmas Decoration


Since this will be the last newsletter from Identic for 2015, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank our Lucid customers, clients and collaborators for their support during 2015.

We wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to continuing engagement with you in 2016.


Lucid JavaScript PlayerLucid JavaScript Player

As we mentioned in the previous November newsletter we’ve been developing a JavaScript based replacement for Java Applet based Lucid Player. This will remove the requirement of Java for your end users opening your keys.

We are now at a stage where we can show a working prototype. Remember this is not the finished version and still needs a lot more work, but we would welcome any feedback or ideas you may have to make this new, on-line Lucid Player even better.

Try out the prototype Lucid JavaScript Player


New Identification Tools now available

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Key to the genera of Australian ladybirds based on a taxonomic revision by Ślipiński, A. (2007).

New Zealand Orchid Mobile app

This free app covers a vast array of plant characters for identifying native orchids, including leaves, flowers, habitats, and distribution. There are 120–160 species of native orchids in New Zealand, including those that don’t yet have formal botanical names.

This Lucid Mobile app is part of a series of free interactive keys for identifying New Zealand native and naturalised plants. On-line versions are hosted by Landcare Research


Apple iOSApple iOS

As shown below, this Orchid key is the first to use the latest update of the Lucid Mobile platform which allows grouping of features – such as leaf characters; flower characters; etc. – which is an attribute available on other versions of the Lucid Player.

Lucid Mobile App Feature Grouping Lucid Mobile App Feature Grouping

Grasshoppers of the Western U.S. Mobile App

Lucid Mobile App: Grasshoppers of the Western U.S.

The Grasshoppers of the Western U.S. Lucid mobile app offers keys to identify both adult and pre-adult stages of many of the most commonly encountered grasshoppers in the western U.S. The adult key facilitates the identification of 76 species of adult grasshoppers.

Developed by the Identification Technology Program in APHIS/USDA, in collaboration with Chadron State College, University of Nebraska, Colorado State University, and Colorado State Plant Health Director’s Office.

To access this and other ITP Lucid Mobile apps, click on the following links.

Apple iOSUSDA APHIS @ iTunes App Store

AndroidITP @ Google Play Store


Lucid Workshops

Brisbane Lucid Workshop
A two-day training workshop for Lucid key developers will be held in Brisbane, Australia, in early February 2016, with the possibility of another workshop in Brisbane in June 2016.

The course will focus on Lucid v3.5 and identification and diagnostic key construction. It will also cover the preparation of key media and materials along with various deployment options, including online and Lucid Mobile apps. Lucid Phoenix and Fact Sheet Fusion will also be covered in the workshop.

Please register your interest at the site below as soon as possible since the number of places is strictly limited.

Yucatán, México workshop:
Discussions are underway to hold a Lucid workshop on the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico in November or December 2016.

To be organised jointly with the National University of Mexico, this workshop will be given in Spanish and English. The workshop will be open to participants from Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries in the region.

More information about this workshop will be circulated early in 2016.


Help desk Christmas period

As a reminder Help desk support services will be closed between 25th December 2015 and the 1st January 2016.