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I use the AE program as my primary diagnostic tool. It's not the most user friendly program I've ever dealt with. But it's relatively easy to use. You really can see just about every parameter that the PCM/TCM is seeing. It's great for watching ICP desired and actual pressures, checking boost, checking EGR valve operation, checking turbo actuation, cutting out injectors, doing injector buzz tests, and a whole lot of other things.
It will definitely not replace having a good gauge set, but if you wanted to go down the road and check your EOTvsECT's it will do that just fine. Not to mention being able to check ABS, airbag, and really any other electronic controller on the truck. It really was the best bang for your buck that you can find to do diagnostics. You will need to get the Ford enhanced coverage to do all the aforementioned testing though.
Like I said, you don't need to be a computer genius to use it but you will need to be somewhat computer literate, and having used some other sort of scan tool experience would help to. Compared to snap-on's MODIS, or the Mac mentor it's by far the most user unfriendly. Mostly if you ever want to do a software or firmware update. The company will work with you but I've had some issues with it.
Oh, and one other nice thing about it is being able to do graphing. You can overlay different parameters, such as EOT and ECT, or ICP actual and ICP desired and the see if they track together. But you do have to configure the sensor readings to make it overlay properly, which goes back to the user unfriendly comment.....