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

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.

Australian Freshwater Molluscs key released

Australian Freshwater MolluscsWe have been working with Dr Anders Hallan and Dr Winston Ponder from the Australian Museum over the past few months to ready this key for release.

The Australian Freshwater Molluscs key is one of the first to use the new Lucid JavaScript Player. It shows off a number of new features that are now available. For example, this key demonstrates how users, via JavaScript, can control the selection of feature states and subsets selection, along with various interface elements such as windows, thumbnails and other key settings prior to opening the key.

The content for this key was developed in Fact Sheet Fusion, which used a customised template based on the responsive Html Bootstrap framework, enabling the content to be viewed across various screen sizes and devices.

A Lucid Mobile App is also a possibility for this key in the near future.

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

Authors: W.F. Ponder, A. Hallan, M. Shea and S.A. Clark

Lucid Mobile Update

The Lucid Mobile platform continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Recently several new exciting features have been added, which will be available in the future for those wishing to deploy their keys as mobile Apps.

  • Users now have the ability to save their identification sessions and reload them at a future time.
  • The Lucid App can now open other Lucid based Apps, allowing keys (Apps) to be daisy chained (e.g. as sub keys).
  • This allows users to install keys that they are interested in. The first example of this is the SANBI Keys – See the Keys listing on www.lucidcentral.org for more information on this.
  • The Lucid Mobile App image viewer has been updated to include more features.
    User registration can now be added to your key, along with licence requirements, if required.