Most readers of this Newsletter will be aware that Lucid identification software has been around for some time. However, many will not realise that this year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Lucid.
Initial development of a key to Insect Orders within the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Pest Management at the University of Queensland kicked things off. This project quickly morphed into one to develop a generic, Windows-based, identification tool. Over the years Lucid was quickly adapted to changing technology. For example, upgraded to a multi-platform application, support for quickly emerging mobile technologies, through to the release of version 4 this year.
We are often asked what is the key to such longevity. In answer 25 years of longevity has been achieved by a combination of sourcing a range of funding such as grants, contracts and software sales. Frequent upgrades, high quality support to key authors, close collaboration with many key authors who's feedback and ideas have helped improve Lucid and finally a small dedicated team (Damian, Mike, Geoff and Matt) constantly working to fulfil our users needs.
While it's great to look back on past achievements, the future possibilities for identification tools is looking incredible. To meet this future we are working towards integrating innovative AI options within Lucid (more on this in a future newsletter), adding collaborative tools and merging Phoenix (dichotomous key builder) into Lucid to create a unified identification platform for all your identification needs.
We thank all our many project partners and clients for contributing to the development and many applications of Lucid tools worldwide and send you Seasons Greetings and wish you a safe and Happy New Year.
The Lucid Team
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