Five popular identification keys updated with latest Lucid technology

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Five popular key products released over the past several years on DVD and USB now have a new update available.

This update upgrades the underlying identification technology to the very latest Lucid Player options available.

Users will now have three choices when it comes to using the identification keys.

  • The Lucid Browser Player – JavaScript based, no install, Java Runtime Environment or plug-ins required. Just a modern web browser!
  • The Lucid Applet Player – More features, no install but requires the Java Runtime Environment and Firefox.
  • The Lucid Application Player – More features, installed application, requires the Java Runtime Environment, but doesn’t need run within a web browser.

Visit www.lucidcentral.org for more information about this update.

Lucid v3.6 Released

Lucid v3.6Version: 3.6.0Lucid v3.6 now available
File size: 98MB
Date: 1st February 2017

Change Log

  • Added new JavaScript based Lucid Player (Browser Player).
  • Updated the key deployment options and various deployable setup packages.
  • Added a new media check reporting tool.
  • Added new and improved image viewing interface to the Desktop application Player.
  • Improved the media removal options within the Builder.
  • Improved the way drag and drop works within the Builder.
  • Updated underlying image handling components to improve thumbnailing, support of additional color palettes and transparency options.
  • Added Unique Identifier field option for items. This can be used for referencing elements within the key, via JavaScript, when customising the Browser Player.
  • Removed the Applet Player as a deployment option.
  • Removed the SDD import/export support.
  • Changed some underlying default preference setting values in the Builder to give a better visual experience.
  • Fixed several minor bugs and made underlying changes to default Java libraries to optimise the Builder and Desktop application Player under the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
  • Updated the Help files.

If you have current Lucid maintenance this update is free. Otherwise, if you own v3.5 you can purchase the v3.6 upgrade via our on-line store.

Those who have pre-purchased the v3.6 upgrade will receive a separate email notification once your Lucidcentral.org account has been granted access to the v3.6 downloads.

If you have any questions or require support please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us via the Lucidcentral.org help desk.

We hope you enjoy version 3.6.

Regards,

The Lucid Team

Fact Sheet Fusion v2.0.5.100 released

Fact Sheet Fusion Update

Version: 2.0.5.100

File Size: 142MB

Date: 18 January 2017

Change Log

  • Increased the speed of exports by 30-50% depending on the export options selected.
  • Added support for importing Lucid key data (entities) and associated fact sheets via the HTML import option.
  • Several bug fixes and improvements added to the import of MS Word generated HTML files.
  • Changed the default selected project option to ‘open project’ within the Projects dialog.
  • Added a new check for updates feature. Includes automatic download and install launch feature.
  • Upgraded the setup package process to allow updates to over install existing older versions, rather than having to uninstall prior to updating to the newer edition.

For more information about older changes please see the Fact Sheet Fusion Announcement Forum.

If you have any questions or require support please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us via the Lucidcentral.org Help Desk.

Spotlight on Lucid users – Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Introduction

Walter Reed Army Institute of ResearchMosquitoes have been important vectors of human pathogens for thousands of years, the recent outbreak of Zika virus being the latest evidence of the continuing risk they present. To address the problem of identifying different mosquito species, taxonomists at the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (WRBU – http://wrbu.si.edu/), within the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution, have been working since the early 1960s to provide taxonomic information on the various genera and species of mosquito that transmit malaria, dengue and other pathogens.

The WRBU has focussed on building up, curating, and publishing on a mosquito collection, which is now the largest in the world, comprising over 1.5 million specimens. A primary role of the WRBU is to provide support for military personnel and others at the front line who require help in mosquito identification as part of vector-borne disease prevention. To this end, the Unit has been involved for some time in developing online computer-based identification keys for various regions of the world.

While some of these interactive, diagnostic matrix keys are still in development, many keys (>150) can be accessed from a Lucid Server via the WRBU website at – http://wrbu.si.edu/aors/aors_keys.html.

As shown in the following image, users can click on the geographic command (COM) area of concern for a list of keys appropriate to that region.

Mosquito Key regions

Key to Central American Malaria VectorsA recent development is the creation of Lucid Mobile Apps to enable easier access to the keys in the field. The first app is for Central American Malaria Vectors.

iOS iOS App – Apple iTunes

Android Android – Google Play Store

Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria – Now available as an App!

Rainforest Plants of Australia - Rockhampton to Victoria AppsThis very popular and impressive key has now been released as an app.

Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria, is based on the popular interactive computer key (distributed as a USB) of the same name. The app includes the full identification key to 1140 species, fact sheets for all species and features used in the key, introductory and reference sections and over 8,000 images.

 

iOS Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria available at Apple iTunes.

Android Rainforest Plants of Australia – Rockhampton to Victoria available at Google Play.

NudiKey v1.0 released

NudiKey v1.0An illustrated, interactive key to the Australian heterobranch sea slug families.

The Australia heterobranch sea slugs not only have popular appeal among the public but they also hold scientific importance. NudiKey provides a simple, interactive tool to assist with their identification and an opportunity for users to become familiar with the external diagnostic characteristics found in this highly speciose group of gastropod molluscs. NudiKey summarises the essential characteristics of the epibenthic families and, using high quality photographs of living animals, comprises a comprehensively illustrated, user-friendly, interactive key.

URL: http://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/NudiKey/

Author: Matthew J. Nimbs

Funded by: Southern Cross University & National Marine Science Centre

Pacific Pests and Pathogens v4

Pacific Pests and Pathogens AppThe Pacific Pest and Pathogens App has been updated again to include an additional 30 taxa and fact sheets, many of these being pests and pathogens of vegetable crops found in the Papua New Guinea highlands. The App now covers 300 pests and diseases.

Authors: Grahame Jackson et al.

Funded by: ACIAR, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

Apple iOSPacific Pests and Pathogens @ iTunes App Store

AndroidPacific Pests and Pathogens @ Google Play Store

South African wildlife and plant keys – Traffic.org and SANBI Keys

IDentifIT AppsTraffic – the wildlife trade monitoring network and the South African National Biodiversity Institute SANBI have been working on two identification keys to help assist customs officials, law enforcement officers, border police and Environmental Management Inspectors (EMI’s) working against the illegal wildlife and plant trade. The following two “IDentifyIT – Species” keys help inspectors identify plant and wildlife parts. They are now preparing to make these keys available to the public – see below.

Cycad ID Tool – provides a practical, easy-to-use identification guide to South African Encephalartos species.

Species ID Tool – assists with the identification of South African TOPS and CITES-listed species, thereby enabling better regulation and monitoring of the local and international trade in these threatened and endangered species.

Authors: Tess Rayner et al.

Android & iOS: Coming Soon. Please check back later.

These key projects were a collaboration between the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and TRAFFIC, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network, a strategic alliance of WWF – World Wide Fund for Nature and IUCN – The World Conservation Union. The project was sponsored by NORAD, SANBI and the Mazda Wildlife Fund.