Lucid Newsletter - April 2015

Lucid Updated Fact Sheet Fusion Updated Lucid Key Server Updated Lucid Phoenix Updated
New Zealand Landcare Research Keys MyCrop Bringing broad-acre crop diagnostics to the paddock Pacific Pests and Pathogens Popular Keys Updated Federal Noxious Weed Disseminules of the U.S.

Lucid Builder v3.5Lucid Update

Lucid v3.5 has been recently updated. This new update should resolve a number of minor issues such as:

  • Windows based installer was failing to read the updated version number system in the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
  • Copy and pasted numeric scores were not being correctly unlinked from the original copied entity.


Fact Sheet Fusion v2Fact Sheet Fusion Update

A new update to Fact Sheet Fusion has also been released. This fixes two issues:

  1. A problem when attaching the same piece of media between a specific topic and the entity which incorrectly mirrored property data.
  2. Sensitivity of the drag 'n' drop has been reduced slightly for topics and entity reordering. It was too easy to initiate drag 'n' drop operation check when clicking on the mouse button. This in turn could cause a reordering bug during the cancellation of the drag operation that potentially could drop topic text.

Try Fact Sheet Fusion v2 for free. Or to purchase Fact Sheet Fusion click here.


Key ServerKey Server Updated

The Lucid key server has also been recently updated to better support Internet Explorer v11. It also now adds the much requested Prune Redundants feature.

These updates are included in both the regular edition and the two window simplified edition of the server application. The main Key Server application ( should be upgraded to this new version in the next few days.

Registered owners can login to access this update from the downloads section of


Lucid PhoenixLucid Phoenix Update

A new update to Lucid Phoenix setup package has also been released. This fixes a version numbering issue when installing under Java Runtime Environment (JRE) v1.8 or greater:

Registered owners can login to access this update from the downloads section of

The trial edition setup package has also been updated.


New Zealand Landcare Research KeysNew Zealand Landcare Research Keys

Dr Murray Dawson and his team in New Zealand Landcare Research have been busy producing five keys for the Lucid Mobile platform as a part of a series of free interactive keys for identifying New Zealand native and naturalised plants. The first released app was a key to Coprosma, which has already received a great deal of interest, including a national radio interview and other media attention. Other Lucid Mobile plant ID apps soon to be released will include native and naturalised grasses, native orchids, flowering plant genera and weeds of New Zealand.

For more information on this project please see:


MyCropMyCrop Bringing broad-acre crop diagnostics to the paddock

The Lucid based MyCrop mobile application is continuing to expand to now include broad-acre pulses such as lupins and field peas (May 2015 release). This is in addition to diagnostic tools for wheat, barley and canola. The application aims to help growers and advisors diagnose problems in their crops and determine an appropriate treatment plan. Diagnoses could vary from nutritional to disease, environmental and insect pests problems. In the coming months the MyCrop application will be split into separate apps according to crop type to allow for the inclusion of variety selectors, economic analysis and crop monitoring content. Feedback on this application has been extremely positive with users finding the interface friendly and easy to use.

This project is funded by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia and The Grains Research Development Corporation. For more information please visit the MyCrop website:


Pacific Pests and Pathogens UpdatedPacific Pests and Pathogens Updated

The Lucid Mobile based Information app has been updated with an additional 70 fact sheets. This app gives extension staff and lead farmers of the Pacific islands information about insects and diseases along with what they need to treat crops. It also includes steps that should help mitigate problems in the future. Although written with a view to assist Pacific islands, many of the fact sheets cover pests and pathogens found throughout the world.




Popular Key Product UpdatesPopular Key Product Updates

Several popular identification and diagnostic products (version 3 and 2 based) have been updated to run under the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE), the most recent being ThripsID Pest Thrips of the World. These updates are free to existing product owners.

Products updated include:

  • WATTLE Acacias of Australia
  • AusGrass
  • Euclid
  • Australian Orchid Genera
  • Families of Flowering Plants of Australia
  • Environmental Weeds of Australia
  • Suburban and Environmental Weeds of South East Queensland
  • Pest Thrips of North America
  • Pest Thrips of East Africa
  • Thrips of California
  • Sweetpotato DiagNotes
  • What Wasp Is That?
  • ThripsID - Pest Thrips of the World

Click here to view the forum article


Federal Noxious Weed Disseminules of the U.S.Federal Noxious Weed Disseminules of the U.S. has been updated

The Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Identification Technology Program (ITP) team has been hard at work and have completed an update to the Federal Noxious Weed Disseminules of the U.S. The upgrade included moving the keys to the Lucid Server application format, removing the need for Java.

The v2.2 update includes:

  • Updated design and navigation
  • New filterable image gallery
  • Fact sheets now searchable
  • Glossary of terms with rollover illustrations
  • Also available as an app for iPhone and Android