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Winsby Group releases free software to view the AAIA Vehicle Configuration Database (VCdb)

ST. LOUIS, Missouri, August 30, 2005: Winsby Group, LLC today announced the release of a free Windows-based software tool to view the AAIA Vehicle Configuration Database (VCdb). The software is available for individual download from the company's Web site at for all AAIA Catalog Enhanced Standard (ACES) subscribers.

Until now, ACES subscribers have been required to either search a raw database of more than 60 tables or use the association's Internet-based tool to view configuration information. "That interface was designed primarily as a collaborative tool to manage requests for changes to the VCdb," said Doug Winsby, president of the Winsby Group and chief architect of the ACES delivery format. "We developed a specialized VCdb Viewer as part of our AceMapper product and found it was such a great way to look up vehicle information that we decided to offer a free version to the ACES community."

"This is a great tool for anyone mapping catalog data to ACES," Winsby added. "Not only does it show all the vehicle groupings with one query, but it also provides a unique look into the legacy migration tables buried in the VCdb."

In order to download the software, ACES subscribers simply need to complete registration information and a three-question survey on the Winsby Group Web site. Summary results of this survey will be shared with AAIA for general release to its members.

About Winsby Group

Established in 2001, Winsby Group, LLC is a premier supplier of application-specific data solutions for businesses in the Automotive Aftermarket. The company was founded by Doug Winsby, a respected consultant to aftermarket businesses, instructor for the University of the Aftermarket and an active member of the AAIA Technology Standards and Solutions Committee. For more information about the company, please visit