LucidShape Enewsletter

March 2017

LucidShape Products Version 2017.03 Available Now

We are pleased to announce the availability of version 2017.03 of the LucidShape and LucidDrive software products. We are also pleased to announce the commercial availability of the LucidShape CAA V5 Based product.

New Features in LucidShape and LucidDrive Version 2017.03

LucidShape and LucidDrive

LucidShape: IIHS Headlight Test

The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) headlight test provides the following types of analysis:

  • Illuminance-based visibility range testing
  • Glare test for oncoming traffic
  • Overall headlight results, ranging from good to poor

LucidShape: MacroFocal Torus Optic Tool

The new MacroFocal Torus Optic tool creates pillow optics and cylinder flutes for decorative styling. It is particularly useful for designing signal lights and taillights, but can also be used to create and adjust any pillowed surface on a grid.

LucidShape: UV Data Properties Dialog Box Enhancements

The UV Data Properties dialog box has been rearranged into four sections to improve its organization and usability:

  • Ranges and presets
  • Data display
  • Overlay
  • Color tone mapping

In addition, the UV Data Properties dialog box now includes the ability to define presets for display properties and custom isolines.

UV Data Properties Dialog box

UV Data Properties Dialog box 

LucidShape and LucidDrive: Licensing Changes

Version 2017.03 of the LucidShape and LucidDrive software products use a new Synopsys licensing solution.

Please review the software and license file instructions for more details.

Software and License File Instructions

Beginning with version 2017.03, software and license keys for LucidShape and LucidDrive products are available on the Synopsys SolvNet website. Please review the following sections for instructions.

Direct-Sales Customers
Software and license keys for LucidShape and LucidDrive direct-sales customers are available on the Synopsys SolvNet website.

If you do not already have a SolvNet account, information on how to sign up for one can be found in the LucidShape Installation Guide.

  • License key: You will need version 2017.03 license keys for this LucidShape and LucidDrive release. You can download license keys from the SmartKeys page on SolvNet at

Distributor Customers
For customers working with distributors, you will continue to obtain your software and license keys from your local LucidShape software distributor. See the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page for contact information. If your country is not listed on the Distributors page referenced above, please contact us at for instructions.

Please see the LucidShape Installation Guide for details about how to install version 2017.03 software and obtain license keys.

Floating License Manager and GetHostID Updates

New OSG Floating License Manager

  • A new Floating License Manager installer will now be included with the releases on SolvNet as a separate download along with the product installers.

  • The new Floating License Manager is required for 2017.03 and future versions of LucidShape and LucidDrive.

  • The new Floating License Manager does not support the Wibu CodeMeter dongle. Contact LucidShape support or your local software distributor for details.

  • The Floating License Manager available on is not compatible with LucidShape and LucidDrive. It will only work with LightTools and CODE V.

New GetHostID Utility

  • A new GetHostID utility, version 11.0, is included with LucidShape and LucidDrive version 2017.03. For details about using the GetHostID utility, see the LucidShape Installation Guide.

For More Information

If you have any questions about LucidShape or LucidDrive version 2017.03, please contact In addition, see the LucidShape 2017.03 Release Notes on our Customer Support Portal.

New Product Announcement: LucidShape CAA V5 Based Now Commercially Available

LucidShape CAA V5 Based

We are pleased to announce the commercial availability of the LucidShape CAA V5 Based software product, which allows designers to perform optical simulations and analyses of automotive lighting products within the CATIA V5 environment. After a successful beta release in October 2016, Synopsys is shipping a commercial version of the product as of March 6, 2017. Enhancements since the beta version include new features for constructing and optimizing light pipes, analyzing near-field illuminance and generating luminance images. For more information, contact the Optical Solutions Group Sales Team at