versions contain new features and functions that have not yet
been as fully tested as have Release versions. If you use a
Beta, you may find bugs or problems and you are expected to
report them to Ross-Tech so that we can fix them before making a
new Release. This Beta in
particular requires new firmware to be installed in HEX+CAN and
Micro-CAN interfaces that, due to architectural constraints in
these older interfaces means they will be incompatible
with older versions of VCDS, including all current "Release"
Beta 16.3.0 includes the
New Interface firmware
... for compatibility with MLB2 platform cars and to close a
security vulnerability that an Hungarian university research
team used to demonstrate a potential malware attack on cars.
Turbo Mode and various
optimizations for HEX-NET interfaces
... such as display of battery voltage at start and end of
an Auto-Scan, display of latency when using a WiFi
Increased size of Auto-Scan
Optimized low-level timing
routines and CPU core affinity
... for more reliable communications with older K-line
control modules on PCs with modern CPUs.
Added Warnings when
non-standard Options settings prevent communications with
Greatly expanded the amount
of DTC Freeze-Frame data
... shown and deciphered on control modules using the UDS
New UDS Addresses
... for systems such as LT3 Lane Departure, LT3 Roof, and
Rear Axle Steering 2
New ASAM (ROD file) dataset
... with support for control modules found in latest cars,
new more stable location identifier for measuring values,
and numerous other enhancements.
Improvements in Advanced
Measuring Value Selection Window
... to more sensibly allocate space when that window is
Screen shot of new Advanced
Measuring Value location identifiers:
Beta 16.3.1 includes the
Beta 16.5.0 includes the following improvements:
Fixes for previously missing control modules in MLB and some MQB cars
Support for Six-Digit security access codes.
Additional chassis splits
where VWAG uses the same chassis code in the VIN for cars that incompatible from a diagnostic standpoint
CodingLog and AdpLog
files are now CSV format
for easier importing into Excel and better readability.
Yet another all-new UDS data set (DS 251).
New Label files (Data Version 20160506).
Lots of other small fixes and enhancements.
Beta 16.5.1 includes the following improvements:
Fixes for occasional communication errors with new HUC/uC firmware.
HEX-NET Turbo mode for CAN and other speed
New Label files (Data Version 20160524).
Beta 16.6.0 includes the following improvements:
Beta 16.7.0 includes the following improvements:
Fixes for HEX+CAN communications with slaves, additional slaves and slave serial numbers.
Improved UDS mapping speed and reliability when subchannels are present; progress indicators.
UDS Measuring values maps now contain the new identifiers.
Fixed UDS measuring values when using subchannels and grouping requests.
Fixes missing ADP map subchannels when used with HEX+CAN
Fixes SRI reset in newer Crafter instruments
Fixes UDS Adaptation for text channels: can now enter shorter text and spaces
Ports HUC communication fixes to uCAN
Another all-new UDS data set (DS 254).
New Label files (Data Version 20160726).
Works only with Ross-Tech's
Default installation location
If allowed to install to
its default location, it will not overwrite or interfere
with the use of Release 15.7,
However, once you update the firmware in a HEX+CAN or
Micro-CAN interface, it will not longer be compatible
with older versions of VCDS!
HEX-NET interfaces are not affected and remain fully
backwards compatible with Release 15.7.
Works on Windows XP and
newer, including Windows 10.
Either 32 or 64 bit
versions of Windows are fully supported. It might
still work on Windows 2000 as well, but we no longer
consider any version of Windows older than XP
The Copyright Notice,
Disclaimer, and Instructions posted on our
main download page apply to this version as well.
Beta 16.X is no longer available for download.
All new features and improvements have been
into our Current Release.