TNP System Requirements

Most modern Windows PCs will have sufficient features to meet the minimum system requirements of Terrain Navigator Pro. That said, here are some specifics:
  • Minimum Recommended Operating System: Windows 8.x, or 10 (32 or 64 Bit.)
    TNP is not compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows RT, or Windows Mobile. We are no longer actively developing/testing TNP on Windows 7. 

    For Mac compatibility, please see:

  • Minimum RAM: 4GB
    However, 8GB or more will increase the overall performance of your PC, which will in-turn increase the performance of TNP. 

  • Minimum Hard Drive Space: 12+GB
    With many data files, TNP can use up a bit of space on your hard drive. A full installation of a large state (such as Texas) could occupy an additional 10-12GB for the basic USGS topographic maps. Aerial/satellite photo images, street, and outdoor/contour map types require even more space if downloaded for offline use, but are typically read from the Internet as needed.

    TNP also maintains a local cache of map imagery that was recently viewed (or is likely to be viewed in the future.) A minimum 8GB cache is required; up to 64GB can be allocated.
  • Minimum Display Resolution: 1024x768
    While TNP will run on a lesser 800x600 display, certain interface elements will be cut off from view. We strongly recommend 1024x768 (and not using a larger font size) or higher.
  • Internet Access: REQUIRED (for Installation)
    In order to activate and validate your copy of Terrain Navigator Pro, the installation process must connect to our servers. This enables us to provide the latest fixes and enhancements available at the time of your installation. Plus many of the benefits of TNP come with the annual subscription, which consist of Internet-related features (such as aerial photo viewing/downloads, software upgrades, etc.)

    Starting with version 11, Terrain Navigator Pro is now primarily distributed via an Internet download. A reliable, high-speed Internet connection is required for this download process as it will entail many gigabytes of data, depending on the map area purchased. For those who lack high-speed Internet, DVDs are available for purchase (for a nominal fee.) However, an Internet connection is still required for registration validation.

    Once TNP is installed, you can use it off-line. Any maps and photos downloaded as "MapPacks" will remain available.
Is TNP compatible with the Windows Surface Pro or other tablet computers?
Yes. As long as the tablet is running the full version of Windows (and not Windows RT or Windows Mobile) the full PC software can be loaded on the tablet PC using a high-speed Internet connection or external DVD drive.

We also offer the TNP Mobile App for use on Android and iOS devices.

What can I do to improve the performance of TNP?
We recommend getting the best (highest performance) video display adapter that meets your budget. TNP is very graphic intensive - and a high-performance video display adapter can make a huge difference in the performance of the software. However, TNP will run just fine on any standard video device.

What GPS units do you recommend? Can I use the GPS built into my tablet?
For a list of GPSs compatible with TNP, please see:

TNP can also use any NMEA GPS (including those built into certain tablet computers) to record tracks/markers and display real-time position information on USGS topographic maps, aerial photos, etc. Some tablets running Windows 8 or later (and Windows location services) may need 3rd-party software to convert the internal GPS to the NMEA 0183 standard.

How many computers can I install Terrain Navigator Pro on?
Unless additional licenses are purchased, TNP can be installed by a single individual on one primary and one secondary computer. Typically, this is a desktop PC and a laptop PC used by the same person.

The complete license agreement for TNP (single user) can be found at:

General Questions (FAQs) and How-To Answers

  1. Getting Started with Terrain Navigator Pro
  2. Coordinates: Definitions and Overview
  3. What are Layers? What's the difference between markers, routes, tracks, etc.?
  4. Organizing Layers with Projects
  5. Managing Projects, Splitting the Default Project, Project Synchronization to TNP Mobile/Web, and Other Tips
  6. How do I obtain an area measurement?
  7. Street Layer. Can I turn it off? What about updates/inaccuracies? (And other common questions)
  8. What is a MapPack and how do I use it to show photos when TNP has no Internet Connection?
  9. Transferring Project Layers to a new PC
  10. Red Triangles on the maps. Can I toggle them off? (And other common questions)
  11. Apple Mac OS and Terrain Navigator Pro
  12. How to Disable Registration and Subscription Renewal Notices
  13. Adding Land Use, Boundaries, and other GIS Information to TNP
  14. Using Existing Markers to Create a Route in TNP
  15. Creating (or Projecting) Routes via Bearing/Distance (metes and bounds) - by Azimuth or Quadrant bearings.
  16. Adding Waypoints within a Route; Appending Routes Together
  17. My Markers, Routes, etc., are way too big (or too small.) What's going on?
  18. Attaching Maps to an Email
  19. How do I make TNP open my map every time it starts?
  20. Recording 3-D Video Clips
  21. Keyboard Shortcuts
  22. Error Loading Polygon or Error Loading GeoPin when TNP starts.
  23. TNP System Requirements
  24. What Are the Benefits Included in the Annual Subscription?
  25. Video and Printer Driver Updates: How to apply them to improve Terrain Navigator
  26. Repairing a Corrupt Map Engine (black maps, not responding, etc.)
  27. Google Earth doesn't interface properly with TNP

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