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
Beta 18.5.0 includes the
Preliminary support for
model-year 2019 cars
... specifically the MQB-based Jetta that is now available
in North America.
Completely revised and
revamped ASAM/ODX Data
... and changes to the VCDS software needed to accommodate
Adds a search box to the
Auto-Scan's Chassis Selection function
... allowing the user to type a search phrase that will
limit the ever-growing list of chassis codes in the
Added support for new 16-bit
"5 baud" control module addresses.
... thankfully, they don't actually get sent at 5 baud.
Added automatic re-read of
channels in SRI
... allowing the post-SRI state to be saved for posterity.
Fixed certain internal data
... that previously affected very large measuring value
Improved session timeout
... and fixed delay when starting Auto-Scan after having
previously accessed a module.
Fixed startup delay when PC
is connected to a network without internet access.
Allow for an arbitrary number
of "zones" for flash counters in Advanced ID
... previously limited to 3 zones.
Fix for some late-model,
southern-hemisphere cars that still require ECU access via
... yes, seriously, 2017 model cars!
Warn when user attempts to
"Reset all Adaptations" in UDS basic settings and adaptation
... some of these channels will wipe out a module's
parameterization and it's a really bad idea to do that.
Improvements to 6R, 5N
Improved automation of
Transport Mode switching for UDS gateways
... for customers who seem to be incapable of searching for
"Transport" in the gateway's adaptation channels.
Added VCIConfig to the system
menu of main screen.
... also improved detection of "soft-bricked" HEX-NET and
HEX-V2 interfaces to auto-launch VCIConfig:
Added the ability for a
user to override automatic platform detection via
... intended primarily for people who
retrofit UDS modules into cars where they don't belong,
resulting in VCDS not finding a ROD file, but also also
useful in those cases where VCDS might misidentify a
platform due to unexpected VIN breaks.
OBD-II maps now include Mode
New version of Niels
Ezerman's VCDSScan toolbox
Beta 18.5.2 added:
Fix for non-working [Config]
button on Options screen.
Fix for changes to scripted
Adaptation values not being logged properly
Allows UDS Adaptation
Channels to be modified even when stored text index is
... along with a fix for such channels not being written to
Enhanced debug output for UDS
Fix for a chassis-search
related crash in Auto-Scan
... this only occurred when Windows had certain language
code pages active, e.g. Chinese.
Beta 18.5.3 added:
for some unusual 3C Passats
... that had a proper CAN Gateway but an ECU and TCU that
only respond on K-Line(!).
Made Advanced Measuring
Values available from within UDS Basic Settings and Output
... when using a current (HEX-NET or HEX-V2) interface.
Screen shots illustrating this don't fit well on this page
so if you're interested in seeing them,
here (imgur.com album).
Beta 18.5.4 added:
... We've always had minimum required firmware levels, and
these remain, but with our current interfaces that have to
be updated on-line, it can sometimes create difficulties for
customers when they've updated their software but have
forgotten or are unable to update their interface. So now
VCDS will nag you (but contrinue to function) if you're at
or above the required level but not yet at the recommended
... primarily intended for all the retrofitters out there
who install control modules in cars models that they were
not originally intended to be in, which could cause VCDS to
not load a ROD file because it can't determine which ROD
file to use. Now VCDS will let the user choose one:
Beta 18.5.5 added:
Fix for ROD selection dialog appearing without reason
... when opening a module by double-clicking on it in the Auto-Scan window.
Increased the maximum number of possible for RODs presented for manual selection
Fix for VCDS not always matching a user's ROD selection.
Beta 18.7.0 added:
Beta 18.7.1 added:
Beta 18.7.2 adds:
New UDS ROD data (DS295).
New/enhanced Label files (Data Version 20180808).
New version of NEtechs VCDSScan Toolbox.
Revised VIN persistence logic
... to prevent incorrect VINs from appearing in reports when moving from one car to another.
Detects state of Diagnostic Firewall
... and prompts user to open hood on vehicles where this is required.
A number optimizations and small bug-fixes.
Beta 18.5-18.7 works only with Ross-Tech's current
HEX-NET and HEX-V2 interfaces.
It will not work with any of our older, legacy
Support for legacy interfaces
will be included again in the next Release version.
HEX-NET and HEX-V2 interfaces
must be set to the Beta channel using VCIConfig.
CB v0.4422 or higher is required to use this version of
Updating your interface will not affect compatibility with
previous versions of VCDS.
Default installation location
If allowed to install to
its default location, it will not overwrite or interfere
with the use of Release 18.2.
Works on Windows 7 and newer,
including Windows 10.
Either 32 or 64 bit versions of
Windows are fully supported. It might still work on XP
as well, but we no longer consider any version of Windows
older than 7 to be "supported."
The Copyright Notice,
Disclaimer, and Instructions posted on our
main download page apply to this version as well.
Data Version 20180808 /
self-installing .EXE file ~42 MB