Computer Based Keys

Greg Rutter G.Rutter at CTPM.UQ.EDU.AU
Mon Oct 7 11:29:16 CDT 1996


LUCID INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA KEY PROGRAM

A demo version of LucID (a Windows [3.1 and  95] based identification
program) has just been posted and is available at the following locations:

WEB:
        http://www.ctpm.uq.edu.au

FTP: as Anonymous

        FTP.CTPM.ORG
        /LucID/LucPack.exe

Any feedback or bugs found in this pre-release beta version would be
gratefully appreciated.

The zip size is  2.4 meg which includes a demo key to the insect orders.

Copy LUCPACK.EXE into a directory on your hard drive and run it. Once it
has extracted itself, run SETUP.EXE

Recommended Running:

486DX 33 or better
256 colours
8 meg memory
At least 640*480 monitor resolution (The higher the resolution the
better, as it allows you to see more of the information on the  screen at
once.)

If you need help running the package then select CONTENTS in the HELP menu
and look at GETTING STARTED and OVERVIEW OF LucID.

This program has mainly been developed for schools and universities, as an
easy to use interface was considered beneficial when teaching students. The
potential also exists however for anyone interested in developing keys for
computer based identification.

A builder is currently being developed to allow users to write their own
keys and the product should be available later in the year when the builder
has been completed.

The main features of the product at the moment are:
1. Drag and drop functionality

2. Probabilistic Ranking of taxa.
Rather then just saying a state is present or absent for each taxon you can
also say that it is rarely present, unknown, normally present but by
misinterpretation or rarely present by  misinterpretation.) This allows the
taxa to resort themselves into  the best order.

3. Information can be attached to each taxon, such as pictures, video, text
and sound.

4. States can be viewed as images or text.

5. Characters can be easily selected or de-selected in any order

6. Has a variety or sorting and automatic functions to help identification.

7. AND matching between characters, AND/OR within characters.

8. Logical Dependencies

9. Real Numerics (Coming soon to an FTP site near you)

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For more information please contact the Software Applications Officer:

Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Pest Management
Gehrmann Laboratories
The University of Queensland
Brisbane Qld 4072
Australia

Phone:  +61 7 3365 1574
Fax:    +61 7 3365 1855

Email gregr at ctpm.uq.edu.au
Include the word "LUCID" in the subject

CRCTPM Web Page
http://www.ctpm.uq.edu.au
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