Lucid April 2016 Newsletter

Software Updates

Fact Sheet Fusion
Fact Sheet Fusion v2.0.4.930 released

A new update to Fact Sheet fusion has just been released. New features include global HTML clean functions for Topic text, Media captions and Glossary Terms.

For more information on Fact Sheet Fusion click here.
To purchase Fact Sheet Fusion click here.

Lucid Builder interfaceLucid v3.5 updated

Lucid v3.5 has been updated (build 3.5.30 04272016). This update includes minor bug fixes and enhancements to the deployment process to conform with Java Runtime changes. The Lucid v3.5 Player applet now conforms to the Java Web Start technology and will allow Chrome browser users to launch keys.

To obtain the latest Lucid v3.5 visit the downloads page.

To purchase Lucid v3.5 click here.

Note: The setup package for the trial edition of Lucid v3.5 has also been updated.

Lucid Key Server interfaceLucid Key Server

A number of updates and enhancements have been added to the Lucid Key Server. The ‘Prune Redundants’ feature has now been implemented, including the option for auto pruning.

Users can now also select their preferred window mode. Normally the Lucid Key Server Player shows four windows (Features Available, Features Chosen, Entities Remaining and Entities Discarded). You can now launch the Key Server Player with your preferred combination of windows. For example, just Features Available and Entities Remaining, or Features Available, Entities Available and Entities Discarded etc.

If your organisation already owns a licence for the Lucid Key Server, you can download this update from the downloads page.

Or you can purchase the Lucid Key Server here.

Euclid - Eucalypts of Australia - USB Edition
              updateEuclid – Eucalypts of Australia - USB Edition

This very popular key developed by the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian National Herbarium, Canberra has had its setup package updated to conform with the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) security changes. This update is available via CSIRO Publishing help desk.

Note: This update only applies to the Java based edition of Euclid, not the Windows only edition.


Upcoming Lucid Workshops

Brisbane July 21st-22nd 2016

Lucid Brisbane workshop February 2016
A two-day training course for Lucid will be held in Brisbane, Australia at the university of Queensland, July 21st-22nd 2016.

The course will focus on Lucid v3.5 and key construction. It will also cover preparing key media and materials along with deployment options such as the Lucid mobile platform. Fact Sheet Fusion will also be covered.

You can book and secure your place now for the Brisbane workshop. The cost of the workshop is $650.00 ex GST.

Mexico & Brazil Workshops November 2016

More details coming soon. Register your interest, if you haven’t already done so!

Note: Workshop participants are entitled to 50% discount on Lucid and Fact Sheet Fusion.


Spotlight on Lucid users – MyCrop Diagnostic keys


My Crop Wheat keyWhen Lucid was first developed almost 20 years ago, the main focus was on capturing the expertise of taxonomists to develop Lucid-based, interactive identification tools for a range of different organisms and users. More recently, the range of applications of Lucid has broadened. In particular, agronomists and plant protection experts have been using Lucid to develop diagnostic tools for use by advisors and farmers to help determine the cause of crop disorders and what to do about them.

The MyCrop ( team within the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food has developed a series of interactive tools to bring "crop diagnostics to the paddock".

Currently, with funds from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, online diagnostic tools and apps for Android and Apple smartphones and tablets have been developed for wheat, barley, canola, lupin, and field pea crops. A Lucid-based tool, MySoil, is also available to help growers identify the soil type on their farm and to access information about important soil issues.

Here a sequence of screen shots from the Wheat app shows the steps involved in a diagnostic session:

Selection of clues
Summary screen
Remaining constraints
MyCrop Wheat - Selection of
MyCrop Wheat App - Selection
                    of clues
MyCrop Wheat app - Summary
MyCrop Wheat app - Remaining
MyCrop Wheat App - Glyphosate
MyCrop Wheat App - Crop
                    Damage MyCrop Wheat App - Reporting
Glyphosate damage Damage image Reporting screen

MyCrop Wheat App - Home ScreenAs well as providing a diagnostic tool to identify production constraints, the MyCrop apps also provide detailed fact sheets about each constraint, including management options and where to access further information. The apps also include other tools. For instance, the Wheat app includes a Variety Selector that helps growers choose appropriate varieties for their Agzone and desired yield and disease risk trait. A Crop Check and Economic calculator tool are also available.

To help first-time users, the MyCrop team have recently developed a tutorial that demonstrates the main features of the Diagnostic key. They have done this by using the key to address a real-life problem. You can access the tutorial here (

Since being released a year or so ago, there have been a total of over 1,500 downloads of both Android and iOS versions of the wheat app.



New Lucid KeysNew Keys

It seems like it has been a busy period for key authors since our last newsletter. There have been a number of new keys and apps posted.

Several keys have been posted by Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele

Key to the Goodeniaceae of Western Australia
Key to the Goodeniaceae of Western Australia

Authors: Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele


Key to Lamiaceae of Western Australia
Key to Lamiaceae of Western Australia

Authors: Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele


With more coming soon…

Larval Fish and Egg Key

Larval Fish and Egg keys

Identification of freshwater fish based on characteristics of egg, yolk sac larvae, and/or larvae.


Biosecurity Queensland special edition of
              Environmental weeds of Australia
Environmental Weeds of Australia – Special Edition for Queensland Biosecurity

This key has been updated with over 40 new species and image coverage for an additional 114 species.



Lucid Mobile apps

Plants and Fungi of South West New South Wales
Plants and Fungi of South West New South Wales

The app includes around 1,100 species, accompanied by over 3,000 images.

Author: Betty Wood

Available for Android and iOS

Key Server edition

Scarab and Stag Beetles of Hawaii and the
              Pacific App
Scarab and Stag Beetles of Hawaii and the Pacific App – Now available!

This key will allow you to easily identify adult and immature scarab beetles including established pest species and potential new invasive scarab species. The scarab and stag beetle fauna of Hawaii is of global origin, with non-native species hailing from Australia, Africa, North America, Asia, and Europe. Only five stag beetles are native to Hawaii, and these are greatly in need of conservation and study.

ITP collaborator: Wichita State University

Joshua B. Dunlap, Mary Liz Jameson, Emmy L. Engasser, Paul E. Skelley, and Amanda J. Redford
Identification Technology Program - APHIS/USDA


Available on Android and iOS

Pacific Pest and Pathogens app splash
Pacific Pests and Pathogens v3

Now updated to include 270 fact sheets. This app now also sports the new Lucid Mobile features such as the content search engine and ability to share fact sheets.

Authors: Grahame Jackson et al.
Funded by: ACIAR, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Available on Android and iOS

Diagnosis of Oral Ulceration Diagnosis of Oral Ulceration

Diagnostic key developed by Laurie Walsh - UQ School of Dentistry & Alex Forrest - Griffith University.

As far as we are aware, this app is the first application of Lucid to help diagnose the possible causes of human medical symptoms. We would be interested to hear of any other current or planned projects using Lucid to develop human or veterinary diagnostic tools.

Available on Android and iOS

Grasshoppers of the Western US - Updated
Grasshoppers of the Western US - Updated

Available for Android and iOS has been recently updated.
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

MyCrop diagnostic apps - updated
MyCrop Diagnostic Apps

As outlined in our Spotlight story several of the MyCrop diagnostic apps on Wheat, Barley, Canola, and Pulses have been updated.

Oats coming soon!

These apps are available on Android and iOS.