Nature Apps

Wildlife Australia Magazine Spring 2017 cover

The Lucid team recently published an article in the Spring 2017 issue of Wildlife Australia Magazine that focuses on Citizen Science. The article describes the increasing use of the Lucid Mobile platform for producing “Nature apps” to help identify rainforest plants, fungi, reptiles and insects. You can purchase a hard copy of the Spring 2017 in which this article appears from the Wildlife Australia website ( or a digital version from

Wildlife Australia Magazine swipe right article

Lucid Mobile technology leveraged to help save koalas in the South-East Queensland region


The Lucid mobile platform has a range of additional features and functionality beyond identification, such as the reporting facility mentioned above. Working with The University of Queensland and the Gold Coast City Council a new mobile app will be developed. The koala population in South East Queensland is declining at an alarming rate due to various threats like diseases and trauma from car strikes or dog attacks.

The app will help monitor and save koalas by contributing valuable research data and conservation information through the KoalaSAFE project. The KoalaSAFE project will establish a centralised observations database for koalas in South East Queensland. The app will allow citizen scientists and wildlife monitoring staff to report and upload incidental and systematic sightings of koalas. Analysis of the sightings data will allow the identification of temporal and spatial trends of risks for disease, injuries and mortality and quantification of habitat use by koalas.

Canberra Lucid workshop

Lucid Canberra Workshop

A two-day Lucid training course was held in Canberra, on the 30th and 31st October 2017 for 19 participants. The course presenters were Matt Taylor and Kevin Thiele. They focused on Lucid v3.6, key construction, and the preparation of key media and materials, particularly involving the use of Fact Sheet Fusion. Deployment options were also covered, particularly the new Java Script (browser) player.

Future training workshops in Sydney and Melbourne for 2018 are being explored as well as a workshop for North America participants.

Canberra Lucid Workshop photo one
Canberra Lucid Workshop photo two

Lucid Updates

Lucid v3.6Lucid v3.6 Updated

A number of updates and bug fixes have been made of the last couple of months. Changes include:

Application Player and JavaScript Player

  • Fixed a bug in best feature where nested numerics were present.
  • Fixed a matching bug (related to above numeric best bug).

JavaScript Player Enhancements

  • Added feature/state selection by Builder assigned unique id or via a user assigned unique id.
  • Added filtering of entities by Builder assigned unique id or via a user assigned unique id.
  • Added selected features/states are shown expanded in selection windows.
  • Added state gallery thumbnail view option.
  • Improved image viewer with gallery thumbnail view option.
  • User interface updates and additional layout refinements.
  • Added ability to pass parameters via the URL in addition to the loading html page and local storage parameters.
  • Added Entity remaining and Entity discard tracking into the Local storage option.

Lucid Builder

  • Added additional export options for the Lucid Player.
  • Update thumbnails added, check media improved.
  • Updated installers to fix missing resources and updated platform support.
  • Several minor bug fixes (numeric input, score analyser, import media, etc).
  • Tutorial changed over to a PDF format.

Click here to download the latest update

Upcoming Lucid Keys and Apps

Wattle: Acacias of Australia is currently being upgraded and will be released as a Lucid mobile app early next year.

Snake Id mobile app. This new app is almost ready for release and is undergoing final testing.

Tomato, capsicum, chilli and eggplant: A field guide for the identification of insect pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in Australia and Cambodia by the NSW Department of Primary industries, will be released as a Lucid mobile app early next year.

Insect orders Lucid mobile app has undergone an upgrade, adding additional information and fact sheets.

New and updated Lucid Keys

Sugarcane white grubs Key to the white grub adults and larvae
Key to the Afrotropical Silky Lacewings Key to the Afrotropical Silky Lacewings (Insecta: Neuroptera: Psychopsidae)
Key to the weeds in imported bonsai plants in Europe Key to the weeds in imported bonsai plants in Europe
Key to the invasive terrestrial plants in Europe Key to the invasive terrestrial plants in Europe
Seeds of invasive plants Seeds of invasive plants
Seedlings of invasive plants Seedlings of invasive plants
An interactive key to the troglobitic invertebrates of Brazil An interactive key to the troglobitic invertebrates of Brazil
Pacific Pests and Pathogens v6 Pacific Pests and Pathogens Version 6
Another update to this popular app has been released. 50 more fact sheets have been added. Version 6 of the app now contains 350 fact sheets.


Apple iOS

Lucid Tip

Are you running Lucid on a Windows computer with a high DPI resolution screen? E.g. Microsoft Surface laptop etc. Does the Lucid Builder interface look small? Or the fonts very small?

Try setting the Lucid Builder and Player applications scaling settings to use ‘System’ or ‘System Enhanced’, by right clicking on the executable and adjusting the property shown in the screen shot below.

Lucid Builder executable propertiesClick to enlarge

Terrestrial invasive plants (3 languages) (Authors: H. Duistermaat, E. Boer, J. van Valkenburg, Hortus Botanicus Leiden.)

Terrestrial invasive plants Lucid KeyThis key helps to identify the major invasive terrestrial plants in NW Europe. Invasive are those species that pose a threat to the biodiversity of the ecoregion. Species included are both those that already are known to be invasive in this region, as well as species known to be invasive elsewhere in comparable climatic regions. Moreover, look-alikes are included to distinguish closely related taxa. A total of 140 species is included. All features are illustrated with botanical drawings so that no knowledge of botanical terms is needed, basic knowledge of plant morphology, however, is helpful. The keys link to complete species descriptions on the Q-bank – Plants website. All species are well illustrated by photographs showing distinguishing characteristics or invaded sites. The key is regularly updated with new species and new photographs. Species that are imported in Europe as weeds in potplants are treated in a separate key. This key is also available in French and Dutch. Click here for more information.