I received 26 responses to this question. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt think that I would get that many responses. Most people were/are very familiar with the situation that I was describing, and all of the suggestions were things that I listed, or things that we had tried or are currently doing. Since a lot of the suggestions were along the same theme, IÃ¢ÂÂve very quickly summarized them. If anyone would like me to put together an email with all the responses, drop me an email.
Probably about half of the respondents indicated that their company has a laptop that they use for this purpose. Sometimes itÃ¢ÂÂs a dedicated users machine and sometimes itÃ¢ÂÂs a loaner laptop thatÃ¢ÂÂs shared between the whole department. However, everyone did indicate that they were "engineering" laptops, and not just run-of-the-mill laptops that they were using. They were workstation laptops or capable of running Pro adequately.
A number of the respondents indicated the that they have a computer in conference room thatÃ¢ÂÂs capable of running Pro. Often times these are handed down CAD stations. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs currently what weÃ¢ÂÂre doing (to a point), but there are some other issues that weÃ¢ÂÂve had with that in the past. A lot of these issues for us are solved by using our own desktops, or would be solved if we had a laptop.
Use Productview. Publish everything to Productview, and then use from conference room.
Several said that they had used remote viewers. Products listed wereTimbuktu, R-Admin, DameWare MRC, and VNC. If using XP, several recommended using Remote Desktop Connection. This does work, but the graphics may become jumpy due to the latency. A side note on VNC. Only one person said that VNC works. All others indicated that it did not work with Pro. In our limited testing, we found that it didnÃ¢ÂÂt work here either. Another option was possibly running Pro via a Citrix server. We donÃ¢ÂÂt have a Citrix server.
A fair number of respondents are actually moving the users desktop to the conference room. The comment was made by almost everyone that does this, that it does work, but itÃ¢ÂÂs a pain. Some people couldnÃ¢ÂÂt actually believe that we were doing it this way, but itÃ¢ÂÂs true.