How to Get Started with the TNP Mobile App and TNP PC Desktop

How to set up a mobile account, download the app, and a primer on Project Synchronization.

Introduction

Currently available for iPhone and Android devices, the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app allows you to view your position, collect waypoints, track and routes, record tracks, place markers, and take photos, videos, and sound bites with your mobile device.

Through Project Synchronization, markers, tracks, and geopins are automatically shared between projects that exist in the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software and the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app. This synchronization occurs through your mobile app account, which is a benefit of the annual subscription.

Step One: Create Your Web Login/Account

When you purchased (or installed/upgraded) your copy of Terrain Navigator Pro, you created a web account login. To verify this, open the File menu of Terrain Navigator Pro and choose Preferences, Subscription and User Account. Here, you will see the Username and Password for your account.


If the Username is blank, see this article.

Once your account has been established, the login will automatically transfer to each computer running the desktop Terrain Navigator Pro that is associated with your Registration account.

Step Two: Download the Mobile App to your Mobile Device

The Terrain Navigator Pro Mobile App is available at the App Store (for iPhone and iPad) and Google Play (for Android.) Once the app is downloaded, you will be prompted for an account name and password. These are the items that you set up during step one by opening the File menu and choosing Preferences, Subscription and User Account in the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software.

Special Note for customers with iPad Devices:
The TNP mobile app is listed as an iPhone app in the App Store. When searching for the app, be sure to search for it in the iPhone section, as opposed to the iPad section. To allow searching for iPhone apps using iTunes, click the "iPad Only" dropdown and select "iPhone Only".

Step Three: Create a Project

A Project is a collection of layers. By storing your layers (markers, range rings, tracks, etc.) in different projects, you can group and organize your layer data. If you choose not to use projects, all of your layers are stored in one big "Default" project. This is fine if you have a manageable amount of markers, tracks, etc. However, if you collection of layers becomes unwieldy, it is necessary to break it into different Projects. It is required that Projects be created, maintained, and synchronized due to constraints with mobile devices.  If you are not familiar with how to manage your layers with projects, please refer to this knowledge base article.

To synchronize layers between the mobile app and desktop software, a common project should be created. On the desktop, use Manage Projects in the Layers menu to create a new project. Placing a marker or recording a track will prompt you to create a new project in the TNP Mobile App.

Step Four: Synchronize the Desktop and Mobile Projects

Use Project Synchronization to set up communication between the desktop and mobile versions of the Project. Once configured, changes made on the desktop will be reflected on the mobile device. Likewise, changes made on the mobile app will be shared with the desktop software.


When you have a project on the desktop that you want to synchronize with the mobile device:

  • Open the Layers menu on the desktop software and choose Manage Projects and press Setup Synchronization.
  • Change "Synchronize with" to "Mobile Terrain Navigator Pro Project"
  • You will now see a list of Projects that have been created on the mobile device (if any.) Select an existing mobile project to synchronize (share markers and tracks) with its desktop companion. Or, press New to create a new project on your mobile device, and select it. Press OK.
  • For the available method, you are generally best off using "Full synchronization". Select it and press OK.
  • Press Close to exit the Project Synchronization window. Changes made on the desktop software in this project will now be reflected on the mobile device. Likewise, changes made on the mobile version of this project will be reflected on the desktop.

When you have a project on the mobile device that you want to synchronize with the desktop:
  • Open the Layers menu on the desktop software and choose Manage Projects.
  • Select the project that you would like to share with the mobile device. If you wish, you can create a new project.
  • In the Manage Projects window, press Setup Synchronization.
  • Change "Synchronize with" to "Mobile Terrain Navigator Pro Project"
  • You will now see a list of Projects that have been created on the mobile device. Select the existing mobile project to synchronize (share markers and tracks) with its desktop companion. Press OK.
  • For the available method, you are generally best off using "Full synchronization". Select it and press OK.
  • Press Close to exit the Project Synchronization window. Changes made on the desktop software in this project will now be reflected on the mobile device. Likewise, changes made on the mobile version of this project will be reflected on the desktop.
Currently, the layers supported by the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app are limited to Markers, Tracks, and GeoPins. Thus, only these types are synchronized between the desktop software and the mobile app. Moreover, GeoPins can only be received from the device, but not sent to it. Thus, you can take a picture in the field using the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app and send it to the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop PC, but you can not send a photo from the PC to the mobile app.

Synchronization is limited to the core elements of each layer: name and position. Additional elements (color, symbol used, etc.) are not shared.

For a detailed discussion on Projects and Project Synchronization, please see this knowledge base article.

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Training Videos

Check our YouTube Channel for training videos. Examples include Key Features of TNP Mobile, Cross Platform Integration (desktop, mobile and web) and basic Project Synchronization.

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Your Subscription

Note that an active subscription is required to access the cloud storage area employed by the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app. This same subscription includes access to the other web-based features of Terrain Navigator Pro, such as aerial photos, automatic software updates, alternate map/photo editions, etc. Should you wish to renew your subscription after the initial year, please log into your Registration account, or call us at 800-627-7236.

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Synchronization Methods

The Synchronization Method is determines how Terrain Navigator Pro should interpret changes made to the layers in a synchronized project. In it's most basic configuration, Full synchronization, any change (addition, modification, or deletion) made in the Terrain Navigator Pro will be reflected the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app. Likewise, with Full synchronization selected, all changes made in the mobile app will be received into the corresponding project.

In most cases, Full synchronization will yield the desired (or most understandable) results. Move a marker in the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software, and it will also move on the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app. Delete a track in the desktop version of Terrain Navigator Pro, and the track is deleted on the mobile app.

When you select a Synchronization Method, a description will appear that explains the conditions under which changes (additions, modifications and deletions) will occur. Some are "one way" (into the desktop copy of Terrain Navigator Pro only or sent out from it.) Others, such as Full synchronization, are bi-directional, and changes pass freely between the desktop and mobile app.

The methods available will differ, depending on whether or not layers already exist in this project, the remote project, or both. For example, if the active project in Terrain Navigator Pro already contains markers, it will not be possible to select a synchronization method that receives (but does not send out) markers from a mobile device. Otherwise, the markers that already exist will be immediately deleted - and replaced with only those markers that exist on the mobile device (if any.)

As you can see, these various synchronization methods can be very technical in nature. However, they are extremely flexible and allow for very interesting possibilities. A complete list of Synchronization Methods can be found in the Help document that accompanies Terrain Navigator Pro.

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Automatically Creating Projects

The desktop for Terrain Navigator Pro can be set to automatically create projects on the desktop whenever a new project is created on the mobile device. Likewise, it can be set such that whenever a new project is created on the desktop, a companion project will be created on the mobile device. These options, which are initially disabled, are available in the desktop software by opening the File menu and choosing Preferences, Project Synchronization.

Automatically Create New Projects When a New Mobile Project is Added
When this option is checked, a new project in the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software will be created automatically whenever a new project is created in the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app. For example, if you create a project titled "today's hike" on your iPhone running the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app, and the "automatically create new projects when a new mobile project is added" option is enabled, a new project titled "today's hike" will automatically appear in the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software in the list of My Projects. This project will be synchronized automatically, using the Full Synchronization method.

Create New Projects Now
Press this button to cause the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software to look on the cloud to see if any new projects have been created by the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app. If any new mobile projects have been created, a new project for each will be added to the list of My Projects in the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software. These new projects will be synchronized automatically, using the Full Synchronization method.

Automatically Add a New Mobile Project Whenever a Project is Created
When this option is checked, a new project will be added to the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app whenever a new project is created in the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software. For example, if you create a project titled "tomorrow's hike" in the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software, a new project titled "tomorrow's hike" will automatically appear in the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app in its list of My Projects. This project will be synchronized automatically, using the Full Synchronization method.

Note:
If you have a large collection of mobile projects that you do not normally want to synchronize with the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software, or if you have a large collection of projects in the desktop software, it may be best to keep the options for automatic project creation turned off.

Additional Tips and Tricks:
Changing Mobile Account Login and Password

The options for account management are accessed through the desktop software by opening the File menu and choosing Preferences, Subscription and User Account.

Username and Password
The login information for your Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app will be displayed here. Use this information to activate the iPhone or Android app on your mobile device.

If the Username is blank, see this article.

Each registration of Terrain Navigator Pro is entitled to a single, unique account. This account is linked to your Registration account. Note that once this mobile account is created, it can not be changed nor assigned to another Terrain Navigator Pro registration account. If you are deploying Terrain Navigator Pro in a multi-user environment, and a single Registration account were to be used, this single mobile account login name (and password) would be assigned to all users. If you would like to have Terrain Navigator Pro in a multi-user environment, please contact us regarding Terrain Navigator Pro Enterprise.

Changing the Password
Should you wish to change the password that accesses your already existing mobile account, please visit https://www.terrainnavigator.com/Customer/ForgotPassword. Note that changing the password will affect all other copies of the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software in use in your account as well as all copies of the Terrain Navigator Pro mobile app. For example, if your installation consists of two copies of the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop software (running on two different PCs) and an iPhone app, changing the password on the web site will disconnect the synchronization with the both PCs and the iPhone until the new password is entered on each PC and the iPhone.

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Polygons, Overlays, Range Rings, and other layers

Because the TNP Mobile app is not as advanced as the desktop software, there are several types of layers that can be displayed and used in the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop, but are not available in the TNP Mobile App. These include polygons, overlays (imported GIS data), range rings, and range bearing lines. At this time, these layer types are not able to take advantage of Project Synchronization for sharing with the TNP Mobile App.

However, each of those layer types can be used to create a route or track (or in the case of overlay point objects, markers.) In the Terrain Navigator Pro desktop, right click on the any of those layers, then select Create, Track (or Route/Marker.) This will create a track (or route/marker) that can be synchronized with the mobile app for display.

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Downloading Maps and Photos to TNP Mobile

The TNP mobile app can be used either with or without cell phone coverage. One way to be prepared in the event that you loose cellular coverage is to preload the aerial photos and USGS maps on to your smartphone. For more information on how to do this, please visit the following knowledge base article: http://tnp.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/167915

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Enterprise Deployment

Terrain Navigator Pro is now available as an Enterprise edition. Simply put, this allows flexible licensing of multi-user environments, and multiple accounts for mobile data collection and team tracking. For details, please click here or call us at 800-627-7236.

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iPad

At this time, an iPad-specific version of the Terrain Navigator Pro Mobile App is in development. However, the iPhone version of the app has been tested on iPads that feature a built-in or external (bluetooth or similar) GPS. iPads with a built in GPS (or connected to an external GPS) will run the iPhone TNP mobile app. iPads without any GPS are not able to run the iPhone TNP mobile app.

Click here if your are interested in "voting" for the iPad App.

Note: The TNP mobile app is listed as an iPhone app in the App Store. If you are looking to run the iPhone version of the TNP Mobile app on an iPad, be sure to search for it in the iPhone section of the App Store, as opposed to the iPad section.  To allow searching for iPhone apps using iTunes, click the "iPad Only" dropdown and select "iPhone Only".

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