Dear Beta Testers,
Today VESC-Tool with FW support for 4.xx hardware will be ready for download.
So what can you expect? Beside a good start into the weekend you will be able to use FW3.26 with your 4.xx hardware. Your 4.xx will still be a 4.xx, but FOC is a lot better and all the new features, like the input wizards and throttle curves, are available. If you have 4.xx hardware without a bootloader you can upload the missing bootloader via VESC-Tool, so the update to FW 3.26 should work quite seamless. Note that this update won't make HW 4.x more robust against broken DRVs for certain motors, so if you had problems with a motor and HW 4.x before it is likely to remain.
There are several versions of VESC Tool availble, the difference between them is how much you financially contribute to the VESC project when downloading them (there also is a free version). Function-wise they are identical. The VESC Tool versions with donations also have different logos, and you will get a badge in your user profile that shows how you have financially supported the VESC Project. After a donation, the download for the VESC Tool version you chose as well as the badge you obtained will remain for 6 months. The download will always point to the latest version of VESC Tool, so when new versions are available you simply have to log in and download the latest version from your user profile.
What ever you pick - it is always a good choice to use the latest version of VESC Tool. VESC Tool and the new firmware are significant improvements over BLDC Tool and the old firmware. The performance and ease of use will simply become better.
Enjoy VESC Tool in combination with your 4.xx hardware. If you find any bugs, please report them ASAP so that they can be solved.
Please do not share the software with non beta users, since we want to see a smooth release and not a wild distribution of beta software. The software will go live very soon anyway.
NOTE: The first time you upload the new firmware you must select the correct hardware version in VESC Tool, as the old firmware does not tell VESC Tool which hardware version it is. After the first update the hardware will be selected automatically.