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Absolute majority of Ford, Mazda, Lincoln and Mercury models starting from 1996 model year are supported. Exception are quite rare: models unified with other manufacturers, for example Ford Galaxy Mk2.
Models manufactured before 1996 usually have diagnostic interfaces not supported by ELM327. However, there are exceptions too. For example, Ford Scorpio II (1994 MY).
No other brands are supported yet. Support for other brands is planned but not in the near future.
Here is the comparsion table: Comparsion of FORScan applications
Strongly speaking, in contrast to majority of other products, FORScan is not an OBDII application. OBDII applications use simple OBDII protocol that was originally developed just for an effective emission control. The protocol is quite limited. FORScan works on another level and uses the same principles as professional and dealership scanners. This is a conceptual difference that determines the project development strategy. OBDII developers are limited with OBDII protocol and spend majority of their efforts to make their products better looking, more user friendly and so on. We are not limited with protocol and spend majority of our efforts to extend core functionality. As a result, FORScan may be less convenient and nice-looking than other products, but gives more power to the users.
Functions may be very different for different models and especially different generations of models and different brands. For example, at this moment there are 50+ known versions of ABS bleed procedure for Ford models, only 10+ are implemented in FORScan.
We do not add functions just for fun, as number of functions is huge because of multiple versions. So we add functions by requests. More requests from users for a function - more chance for this function to be added in the near future.
Older cars have less electronics and modules, than newer ones. So older cars will always have less abilities than newer ones. The difference is functionality is directly proportional to the difference in model age.
FORScan for Windows is the main development branch. New funtions, fixes, improvements etc are appled to the Windows version first of all. This version is also base product for testers. FORScan for Windows is distributed under Standard License that has no configuration and programming functions, as well as some service functions. These functions become available after installing Extended License. More information about Standard and Extended Licenses can be read here:Standard and Extended licenses for Windows. Version for Windows is free.
FORScan Lite for iOS and Android are simplified versions of FORScan optimized for mobile platforms. It has no service functions, as well as configuration and programming functions. FORScan Lite are paid. In order to let users check for basic application abilities and avoid wrong purchase we have created free versions of the app: FORScan Demo for Android and FORScan Viewer for iOS. We recommend to try it before purchasing FORScan Lite to make sure the application satisfies your expectations.
Here is the comparsion table that shortly explains differencies between versions: Comparsion of FORScan applications
You can get Extended License for free from this link (you should have account on our forum): Link to Extended License key generator. Hardware ID can be obtained from About page of FORScan. Article: Standard and Extended licenses for Windows
At this moment only 2 months free Extended License is available. When it is expired, you will be able to issue another 2 months one, also for free. In the future there will be paid long time Extended License.
"Lite" means this version of application is simplified to be used on mobile devices as safe as possible. Service and Programming functions are not safe, and using them on mobile devices is quite not desirable because of the platforms nature: using wireless devices (that are less reliable than USB ones), possibility to get application killed or freezed by OS during a critical operation (e.g. because of incoming call or other reason) and so on. Nevertheless, we think on adding relatively safe service functions to FORScan Lite.
Mobile version of FORScan was not a priority for this project. But a lot of FORScan users asked to release a mobile version and promised to purchase it. So it was developed and is paid. So, whe you purchase FORScan Lite:
1. You pay for convenience to have a "pocket" version of FORScan for your trip. You don't need to keep a cumbersome laptop in your bag, you can use your compact smartphone instead. FORScan Lite has no serious service and programming abilities, but they are not really neccessary in a trip. In majority of cases if some trouble happens, a vehicle owner needs to understand what's wrong and may be reset error codes to leave "limited operating strategy" (LOS) mode in order to be able to reach a garage or a workshop. And this is what FORScan Lite can help to do.
2. You support the project and developers. At this moment FORScan Lite is the only revenue source for this project, so it is very important.
Yes we plan to create versions for Mac OS and Linux, but not in the nearest future. As for Windows Phone, this platforum is not developed by Microsoft anymore.
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