Viewing PDFs on Terminal Server (RDP)
Posted on 2007-11-23
We have recently deployed TS for our branch offices that are spread all over the world. They have 1-3Mbit lines and working with Terminal Server has improved user experience drastically. However, there is one bugging problem with PDFs.
Viewing PDFs over RDP is unbelievably slow and working with it is a huge annoyance! Refresh happens with massive delay, text is scrambled and sometimes renders it completely useless. We have lowered color depth, have set a small screen resolution and all that sorts of things but without any positive effect at all. it seems the way pdf screen data is being refreshed when scrolling the document is not appreciated by TS. All other applications and services run perfectly fine over RDP...
There must be a solution to this as many corporations use TS and have to view PDFs over TS. I just cant find any dedicated terminal capable PDF software nor is there any kind of helpful kb or tutorial on how to improve pdf usability on TS.
So is there any such software around and i just can't find it?
Is there a way to tinker with the screen refresh settings on acrobat or TS?
Is PDF over RDP a recommended solution at all? if not, what other options do we have?
If anyone could shed some light on this would be much much appreciated! Any expertish suggestions welcome!