Diagnostic Software for VW-Audi Group Cars

881 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale PA 19446, USA

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Current Beta

Important Notes: Beta 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.    

Beta 18.5.0 includes the following improvements:

  • 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 it.

  • 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 drop-down:

  • 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 size limitations
    ... that previously affected very large measuring value data.  

  • Improved session timeout detection
    ... 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 K-Line.
    ... 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 chassis detection

  • 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 MyAutoScan.txt
    ... 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 9 data.

  • New version of Niels Ezerman's VCDSScan toolbox

Release Notes:

  • Beta 18.5 works only with Ross-Tech's current HEX-NET and HEX-V2 interfaces.
    It will not work with any of our older, legacy interfaces.

    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 VCDS.
    Updating your interface will not affect compatibility with previous versions of VCDS.

  • Default installation location is C:\Ross-Tech\VCDS-Beta\
    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.


Beta 18.5.0
Data Version 20180518 / DS291.0

Digitally signed self-installing .EXE file ~42 MB

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