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#1115 - 13560 Maycrest Way
Richmond, British Columbia V6V 2W9
Phone: 604-278-6717
Fax: 604-278-9161
Web site:

Board of Directors

  • Ron Aspe -- Founder and Chief Executive Officer


  • Ron Aspe -- Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • Calvin Mah -- Chief Financial Officer
  • Neil Corris -- Chief Technology Officer
  • David Golan -- Chief Sales Officer

Company Ownership

Privately owned by Ron Aspe

Library automation systems

Lucidea offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • SydneyPLUS (3 libraries, 4 facilities in
    Public libraries: 0
    Academic libraries: 0
    School libraries: 0
    26 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • SydneyEnterprise (0 libraries, 0 facilities in
    Public libraries: 0
    Academic libraries: 0
    School libraries: 0
    0 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Inmagic Presto (0 libraries, 0 facilities in
    Public libraries: 0
    Academic libraries: 0
    School libraries: 0
    0 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • DB/TextWorks (23 libraries, 32 facilities in
    Public libraries: 0
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 2
    66 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Genie (5 libraries, 5 facilities in
    Public libraries: 0
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 0
    6 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • CuadraSTAR (0 libraries, 0 facilities in
    Public libraries: 0
    Academic libraries: 0
    School libraries: 0
    0 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 41 library facilities included in use an ILS provided by Lucidea.

Corporate Chronology

Jul 1, 2013   Lucidea formed through the consolidation of the SydneyPLUS family of companies.
Jan 20, 2012   SydneyPLUS Inmagic division acquires Presto product.
Oct 24, 2011   SydneyPLUS acquires Inmagic's special library business.
Jul 28, 2011   Inmagic Introduces IdeaNet.
May 21, 2010   SydneyPLUS acquires LookUp Precision from Advanced Productivity Software.
Mar 2010   SydneyPLUS acquires Questor Systems.
Jul 2009   Edison Venture Fund makes follow-on investment in Inmagic, Inc.
May 21, 2009   Ron Matros appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Inmagic.
Jan 21, 2009   Inmagic Presto for Social Libraries launched.
Jul 1, 2008   SydneyPLUS acquires Cuadra Associates.
Dec 13, 2007   Inmagic receives $5 million from Edison Venture Fund.
Aug 30, 2007   SydneyPLUS acquires SV Technology, developer of LawPort.
Sep 12, 2006   Paul J. Puzzanghera named President and Chief Executive Officer of Inmagic.
Aug 24, 2004   Inmagic Presto launched.
May 5, 2004   Inmagic Genie launched.
Sep 2, 2000   InfoNet Software Solutions, Inc. becomes Incite Software Solutions.
Jan 2000   International Library Systems becomes SydneyPLUS International.
Aug 1, 1999   Inmagic acquires BiblioTech Pro from Comstow Information Services, Inc..
1999   SV Technology, Inc. creates initial release of LawPort.
1998   Karen Brothers becomes Chairman of the board of Inmagic.
Jun 30, 1994   InfoNet / Computer Sciences Canada becomes InfoNet Software Solutions, Inc..
Nov 1993   Inmagic moves into new corporate headquarters.
Nov 30, 1992   InfoNet / Computer Sciences Canada founded.
1990   Phillip Green joins Inmagic as President.
Jul 1989   Sydney Development Corporation files for bankruptcy.
Mar 1989   International Library Systems acquires rights for the Sydney Library System.
Mar 1989   International Library Systems founded.
1986   Questor Systems founded.
Jan 1984   Sydney Development Corporation assumes responsibility for Easy Data Library System.
1983   Inmagic founded by Elizabeth Bole Eddison and Karen Brothers.
Dec 1982   Keewhit Investments Limited makes investment in Sydney Development Corporation.
1982   Cuadra Associates shifts to full time development and support for STAR products.
1982   Easy Data sold to Sydney Development Corporation.
1978   Cuadra Associates founded by Carlos A. Cuadra as a consulting firm.
1978   Inmagic product developed by Warner-Eddison Associates.
1977   SydneyPLUS International founded.
1975   Easy Data Inc. founded by Merv Richter.

Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides

The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of Lucidea, or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.

(June 10, 2013). SydneyPLUS, Inmagic, Cuadra, Questor and affiliate companies now Lucidea Corporation

SydneyPLUS, the leading global developer of knowledge management solutions, today announced that SydneyPLUS and all of its affiliated companies – Inmagic Canada Software, Cuadra Associates, Questor Systems, LookUp Precision, LawPort, and Incite Software Solutions – will now operate as one company under the new name Lucidea Corporation. All products will retain their brand names, and will continue to be enhanced and supported by Lucidea.

(February 7, 2012). First West Capital provides funding for U.S. business acquisition

SydneyPLUS, a Richmond-based global provider of knowledge management software, acquired Massachusetts-based Inmagic’s special library automation business through funding from First West Capital. The acquisition, which was completed in late 2011, gives SydneyPLUS great growth opportunities and enables the company to continue delivering world-class products to their customers around the globe.

(January 20, 2012). SydneyPLUS Inmagic division acquires Presto product

SydneyPLUS KM, provider of Library KM software and solutions to Fortune 1000 companies, law firms and government agencies has just announced that its Inmagic division has reacquired Presto, bringing it back into Inmagic's portfolio of library and KM solutions. Presto is a social knowledge management platform integrating knowledge-based content with the "wisdom of the community" to create an Enterprise 2.0 environment that supports your organization’s research and business objectives. Inmagic also acquired the applications built using the Presto platform: Presto Social Library, Presto KnowledgeNet, Presto AssociatioNet, and Presto IdeaNet. In late 2011 SydneyPLUS KM acquired Inmagic's Library Suite of products and trademark. Simultaneously, it announced the intent to form a strategic partnership to co-market and support the Presto product line.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (December 2011). SydneyPLUS acquires Inmagic Assets: Continued Consolidation in the Special Library and Knowledge Management Solutions Arena

In a move that continues the trend toward consolidation in the broader library automation industry and significantly alters the landscape in the special library sector, SydneyPLUS has acquired key assets from Inmagic. This transaction does not involve a complete acquisition of the company, but brings the library-oriented core of Inmagic under the ownership of Sydney- PLUS. It involves a division of the assets across two organizations: the Inmagic Division of SydneyPLUS International and the former Inmagic, Inc., which will assume a new identity. In general terms, the Inmagic Division of SydneyPLUS will continue with a focus on its traditional customer base in special libraries while the remaining entity will take the Presto technology into other market sectors and industries.

(October 25, 2011). SydneyPLUS Acquires Inmagic’s Special Library Products And Inmagic Brand

SydneyPLUS and Inmagic, Inc. announced the acquisition of Inmagic’s special library business by SydneyPLUS. The Inmagic special library business includes Inmagic’s DB/Text Library Suite of products: DB/TextWorks, DB/Text WebPublisher Pro, and Inmagic Genie. Additionally, the companies are announcing a strategic partnership to co-market and support Inmagic’s Presto for Social Libraries.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (June 2010). SydneyPlus acquires Questor Systems

SydneyPLUS has now announced the acquisition of Questor Systems, a company that offers its Argus platform for the management of collections that include artifacts and other types of physical objects. Typical organizations using Argus would include museums, historical societies, archives, as well as universities and corporations with specialized collections of objects and artifacts.

(July 28, 2008). Cuadra Associates joins The SydneyPLUS Group of Companies

On July 1, 2008, Cuadra Associates joined the SydneyPLUS group of companies. For more than 25 years, Cuadra has set the standard for powerful and versatile information management and retrieval software. Now, as before, Cuadra's products continue to earn the highest ratings from their users, while the name Cuadra has become synonymous with quality and integrity. The Cuadra management team, led by Dr. Carlos A. Cuadra and Ms. Judy Wanger, will remain with the company, as will Cuadra’s renowned technical support and development staff.

(February 29, 2008). SydneyPLUS launches new Medical Library Management system

SydneyPLUS International, leader in information management solutions announced the new Medical Library Management system. Working with industry experts SydneyPLUS designed a specialized hosted intranet portal exclusively for the medical field.

Lucidea News

Saturday Apr 4, 2020

All 136 Press Releases from Lucidea

10 most recent items:

March 2, 2020. Lucidea to Release Latest Client-Driven KM and ILS Software Updates. Lucidea, parent company to a full portfolio of market-leading knowledge management and library automation solutions, will soon announce a new release and enhancements to its powerful collaborative KM platform, Inmagic Presto, and a new alerts feature in the latest release of SydneyEnterprise and GeniePlus—library automation for special libraries of all sizes and budgets. <<more>>

December 19, 2019. Lucidea’s Year in Review: Product Enhancements, Artificial Intelligence, & New Books from Lucidea Press. Lucidea is the parent company to a full portfolio of market-leading knowledge management, library automation, and museums and archives collections management solutions. They announced another very strong year in 2019 with exciting upgrades to their ILS, CMS, and KM applications, an artificial intelligence (AI) prototype, the Argus Mobile app, and two new books from their publishing arm, Lucidea Press. <<more>>

October 28, 2019. KMWorld 2019 Welcomes Lucidea’s Portfolio of Intelligent KM Solutions. Lucidea, developer of a full portfolio of powerful knowledge management solutions, will bring its Trend-Setting Product, Inmagic Presto, to the 2019 KMWorld conference in Washington, DC on November 4th-7th, along with its other powerful knowledge management applications used worldwide by leading corporations, professional services firms, heritage institutions, and nonprofits. <<more>>

October 2, 2019. Lucidea Releasing Rapid Data Entry Feature Across ILS, KM, and CMS Software Portfolio. Lucidea, provider of SydneyEnterprise, Inmagic Presto, GeniePlus, ArchivEra, and Argus will soon enable rapid data entry across its portfolio of library automation, knowledge management, and museum and archives collections management software. <<more>>

August 23, 2019. Lucidea’s Archival Collections Management Apps with Artificial Intelligence at ARA 2019. Lucidea, provider of ArchivEra, CuadraSTAR SKCA and Eloquent Archives, will participate in the Archives & Records Association (ARA) annual conference on 28th and 30th August in Leeds. <<more>>

August 21, 2019. Lucidea at AASLH - Attendees to see AI Enhanced Collections Management. Lucidea, leader in innovative collections management software solutions for museums and archives, and provider of CuadraSTAR SKCA, Eloquent Archives, Argus, and ArchivEra, will attend the American Association for State and Local History Conference. <<more>>

August 9, 2019. Lucidea at ILTACON 2019; Experience Unrivaled, Intelligent KM for the Legal Sector. Lucidea, provider of powerful knowledge management solutions for the legal sector, will participate in ILTACON 2019, in Orlando, FL. ILTACON sessions and exhibitors focus on sharing what works and showcasing the technology necessary to support the rapidly changing law firm landscape. <<more>>

July 31, 2019. Lucidea Press announces new book: Demystifying Archival Projects. Lucidea has announced that archives expert Margot Note’s new book, Demystifying Archival Projects: Five Essentials for Success, is now available. The latest publication from Lucidea Press offers pragmatic advice from Ms. Note, a seasoned archives expert and consultant specializing in project management, with significant experience as both a practitioner and advisor. <<more>>

July 30, 2019. Lucidea adding Artificial Intelligence to Its ILS, KM and Collections Management Portfolio. Vancouver-based software developer Lucidea is significantly enhancing the automatic classification capabilities of its leading ILS, KM and museum and archival collections management software—bringing AI to library, knowledge center, museum and archives clients. <<more>>

July 24, 2019. Lucidea’s Archival Collections Management Apps with Artificial Intelligence at SAA 2019. Lucidea, provider of ArchivEra, CuadraSTAR SKCA and Eloquent Archives, will participate in the Society of American Archivists (SAA) annual conference on August 4th and 5th. Lucidea’s archives specialists will demonstrate the powerful and versatile capabilities of ArchivEra, CuadraSTAR SKCA, and Eloquent Archives that make them a valued technology partner in the archives community. <<more>>