If you run
emacs on your machine (
emacs comes preinstalled on Ubuntu 18.04), you can virtually open and see a pdf on a remote server by hitting
Ctrl-x Ctrl-f (to
find-file) and then type in
/user@hostname:/path/to/my.pdf and hit Enter (note the very first
/). You will then be prompted to enter the server's password and there it is! You can see the pdf inside emacs.
Navigate through PDF inside
space to go one page down and
backspace to go one page up. You can also use arrow keys to scroll through a single page if it doesn't fit in the screen.
Zoom in by hitting
Ctrl-x Ctrl-+. Zoom in more by hitting
+ only. Or zoom out more by hitting
Yes, you can connect to a remote server from within
emacs using the built-in package
tramp that works as simple as I explained above. This method works, not only for pdf, but for any other type of file, such as images.