Cougar Display is a 64-bit Windows OpenGL 4.5 application. There are no plans for any other platform (archive may contain 32-bit versions).
On Windows 11/10 64-bit, you may need to install Microsoft Access database engine 2010 (included in the full zip package).
There are no other dependancies upon any 3rd party software (not even .NET). There's no need to use Thrustmaster's T.A.R.G.E.T software to bind key mappings - it's handled by the application.
Simply unzip the package, and extract to a folder of your choice.
Install Microsoft Access 64-bit redistributable, if you haven't previosuly done so.
Launch the executeable (it does take 15 seconds or so to start so please be patient).
It's recommend to read the quick start section of the user manual as it explains everything.
An autoupdate.exe is included in the package. This tool correctly handles changes to the in-built database by first exporting cmdr related data, then importing the data back again. This is the preferred method to upgrade Cougar Display and won't cause data loss (preserves missions, fleet carrier stats, bookmark notes, EDSM cache). The autoupdate is optionally executed when Cougar Display starts up and detects that an update package is available.
View this page for steps on how to upgrade Cougar Display
This project has taken over a year of my life and inccured significant research costs.
I would dearly like to get compensated for all the love, time, effort and cost put in; primarily so I can justify continuing to provide updates!
See what others are saying about Cougar Display on the Testimonials page
What? You would like to subscribe and help fund the next release? I thank you so very much.
Click this handy Patreon link! License keys will be messaged via Patreon or emailed to you (usually withn 48 hours).
I know everyone wants something for free, me included!
But I have to be realistic. As someone who was unpaid last year, I would like to ask for a very small amount from each user. You probably woun't even notice it's that small; I'm hoping there's enough enthusiasm from the loyal fan base to make this project worth while.
Please visit the Patreon site and subscribe. I can assure you the level of effort behind this app and the sheer volume of features is worth it!
No License / First Time Download
The application will work without a license, but will periodically display a count-down timer (journal reading/recording will still continue in the background however, so your exploration discoveries will still be up-to-date).
This will allow you to evaluate and try out Cougar Display for as long as you need.