Top 6 car diagnostic software for Windows and Mac

Archer's Blog - Top 6 Car Diagnostic Software for Windows and Mac
An OBD auto scanner is used to receive data codes and other information about the car's general conditions. We've gathered 6 best automotive diagnostic software solutions that provide a simple and acceptable way to monitor your car's health.

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A smart vehicle is able to adjust its productivity to lower fuel consumption, show the best direction taking into account traffic and weather conditions, detect errors in the engine and collect data to arrange lower insurance rates. Most vehicles are equipped with on-board diagnostics or an OBD2 port that provides access to data from the engine control unit (ECU). To get the information you need to plug in an external device.

An OBD auto scanner is used to receive data codes and other information about the car's general conditions. One can buy diagnostic software that will let connect laptop to the OBD system in the vehicle, but automotive repair knowledge is usually also needed.

The need for the development of various vehicle apps has been rapidly increasing and we in Archer Software have delivered a number of scanning solutions for different purposes of the automotive industry.

As usually car application has two components:

  • a device - hardware configuration interface that connects to the onboard computer of the car
  • and the application itself on the computer.

The car diagnostic app analyzes the records and works as a smart assistant when the car owner drives the vehicle. It analyzes many sides of the trip and provides the user with helpful tips: how to drive more cautiously, how to reduce fuel consumption and how to extend the life of the car. The main goal of applications is to give the driver more insight into their car. Vehicle maintenance apps usually help to track the car's service and gas fill-ups.

With a vehicle monitoring application that can be customized based on the needs of your organizations and customers, you can be sure your drivers are following the best practices.

Archer Software is a recognized provider of custom automotive diagnostic software development for connected cars as well as mobile apps for car owners. Our process is SPICE 4 compliant and we have a vast experience providing mobile, web, desktop, embedded development, design and delivery (introducing Continuous Integration, moving products to the cloud, integrating Automated QA, etc.).

We've gathered 6 best automotive diagnostic software solutions that provide a simple and acceptable way to monitor your car's health.

Automotive diagnostic software for Windows

AutoEnginuity's ScanTool

AutoEnginuity's ScanTool is a great automotive diagnostic software for your Windows-based computer or laptop. Owners of AutoEnginuity’s ScanTool claim that coverage is the main feature of the application. The application supports coverage options for 48 carmakers.

And it's also about the depth of this comprehension. The app allows access to ABS, airbag, enhanced powertrain, instrument cluster, transmission, and dozens of other body and chassis controllers and consists of online data, bi-directional controls, adaptive resets and learns, system tests, and trouble code retrieval and clearing.

AutoEnginuity has great user-friendly interfaces without sacrificing its ease-of-use and can pan, allows zooming, and displays several plots on one graph.

Other features include Print DTC and IM/Mode 6 data in an individual report format. These reports help customers to customize necessary repairs and optional repairs.

The application allows displaying data in a comfortable form instead of raw data. Data is logged in two formats: XML to use in browsers, and CSV for spreadsheets with the capability to change the format and view logs offline.

Customizable sensor data. One can change the way it displays the data about the sensor's sampling rate, ranges, set audio trigger points, units, and scaling value. Using AutoEnginuity’s ScanTool one can be sure to receive a full-featured scan tool and professional-grade coverage.

ProScan

ProScan is considered to be one of the most user-friendly PC-based OBD scanners. ProScan is often sold as a mix with hardware and software and contains all of the necessary cables, equipment, and software to turn any PC into an OBD2 code reader.

This software has some important benefits, and here are they:

  • Fuel Economy tool. This car diagnostic tool helps to adapt driving behavior to lower the fuel consumption of a vehicle. This tool could be launched during a test drive while buying a car. The analysis will be available after a quick drive and one can see the real fuel consumption data for the car based upon each driver's habits. This feature can help to make the best choice when buying a car and prevent large expenses.
  • Vehicle Connection Manager. The Vehicle Connection Manager is an interface you see when launching the program. To make PC - vehicle connection user should select the vehicle profile and connect via the program. It will show the connection status and view the report if the failure happens.
  • Freeze Frame Data. This tool allows monitoring any data at any period by saving all the previous information. It also shows all detected problems and helps to resolve them.
  • Oxygen Sensor Tests. This tool allows displaying all tests your car had for all individual oxygen sensors. If the car has a problem, this tool will help to determine if the oxygen sensors have failed and detect exactly which sensor.
  • Diagnostic Report Generator. ProScan allows generating diagnostics report for a car with one button. Check engine light detector. When a car's check engine light appears, a vehicle will save a code that recognizes the problem detected(DTC). And the tool will provide a list of such DTC saved with its description so the user can detect the problem.

PCMScan

This tool is a generic automotive diagnostic scanner and a diagnostics tool that maintain a broad multiplicity of OBD2 hardware interfaces. It allows viewing, creating charts, logging, and playback of diagnostics data in the present time with the car's OBD2 diagnostic data slot. It also allows to see DTC's, Freeze Frame data, and other car info. It supports all US, Asian and European cars built after 1996.

Key benefits are:

  • Customized dashboards,
  • Drag Strip and Dyno feature,
  • Data logging,
  • DTCs,
  • Test results, and other useful features like full support of printing reports, customizable alerts and other.

Automotive diagnostic software for Mac

EOBD Facile

Users can make a diagnostics of a vehicle using Mac OS and find out the reason for engine indicators without the manufacturer's pack. The connection is simple, and after that user can diagnose and see the results in real-time.

Main functions of EOBD Facile OBD Software Programming are:

  • View engine faults of codes and find out their meaning
  • Clear the check engine light
  • Monitor special manufacturer error codes
  • Make recordings of trips and save via iPhone/iPad, recover them later using EOBD Facile application
  • Create and view records of GPS data

OBD Auto Doctor

OBD2 Auto Doctor is an advanced OBD2 car diagnostics tool. It is one of the best OBD software for the OS X platform. The Auto Doctor allows the user to examine and reset the alert codes. Using this OBD2 diagnostic software a user can interact with a car's OBD2 system readily, and make a computer or a laptop with OS X a very clever automotive scanner.

OBD2 Auto Doctor is an excellent tool for people who are interested in understanding more their cars. If one wants to monitor vehicle data in the present period of time or turn off the check engine indicator, this can be very gear.

Key benefits of this OBD2 software:

  • User can see if the vehicle is ready for emission tests and the transcript of DTCs, Freeze Frame, MIL
  • View fuel consumption and fuel emission
  • View OBD2 indicators in real-time to detect breakings
  • User can turn between numerical or graphical view of all OBD2 data, imperial and metric units
  • Possibility to sen this data via email
  • The tool helps to read VIN, Calibration Identifications and Calibration Verification Numbers of ECU
  • This car diagnostic software supports a built-in DTC database including 14000+ alarm codes.

Movi and Movi Pro

Every failure (DTC) of a vehicle is saved in the engine control module (ECM). Reading this information can help professionals to identify the problem and fix a car. Movi™ car diagnostic software helps to see this trouble codes, extract the car's freeze-frame information, and clear it, so that can turn your check engine light off.

Movi tool has these features in comparison with other software:

  • User can view real-time data to help in the diagnostics of numerous engine malfunctions
  • Read or clear DTCs
  • Define if emission tests are finished after a repair to provide a pass at an emission testing
  • View and clear freeze frame data
  • User can monitor passing and average fuel consumption and fuel economy
  • The driver can see battery voltage for battery and charging system condition
  • Monitor a virtual horsepower
  • Monitoring of virtual torque
  • Monitor and make a graph to 4 engine indicators at the same time
  • The tool saves a driver's sessions to view it after
  • Audio tips

For more information on how we can develop connected car software solutions that are right for you, contact our experts at info@archer-soft.com.

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