Favorite Feature Friday – How Can I Copy a Part of My PDF?

November 21, 2014 by

Have you ever looked at a PDF and wished you could copy just a little piece of it, say a toilet symbol, so you can use it elsewhere? Then, I have good news for you, because the Snapshot tool does exactly that!

With Revu’s Snapshot tool, you can copy any portion of a PDF, such as a logo, symbol, text or image, and paste it back into the PDF or another Windows application that supports an image, such as Microsoft Office.

To use it, select Edit > Snapshot.

Edit Toolbar

 

Then click and drag a rectangle around the area you wish to copy. Releasing the mouse button will take the snapshot.

Snapshot in action

The selected content is saved to the clipboard, maintaining the vector data and image quality of the original. You can paste the saved image by right-clicking where you want to place it and choosing Paste.

Simple, eh? Wait, it gets better. Since pasting that snapshot automatically adds the image to your Recent Tools, just drag it into My Tools to add it to your Tool Chest arsenal. Now you can use it over and over again.

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Toilets everywhere, yay!

 

To learn more about the Snapshot tool, check out this support article. Happy snapping!

Until next time,

Jenn

 

Bluebeam Goes Hollywood for the 2014 PRism Awards

November 20, 2014 by

Last night, we attended the Public Relations Society of America, Los Angeles Chapter’s 50th Annual PRism Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA.

Cocktail Reception

Team Bluebeam representin’!

 

The evening was hosted by actor John O’Hurley, who you may remember from Seinfeld and Dancing with the Stars fame, and he did a fabulous job!

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Host John O’Hurley was wonderful.

 

Dessert

The dessert wasn’t bad, either!

 

Bluebeam was nominated in the Ongoing Product or Service Program – Business-to-Business category for the Revu 12 launch campaign, and guess what? We won! This makes the second year in row –woo hoo!

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We’re thrilled to be among the night’s big winners, which included Disney, Children’s Hospital LA, and SpaceX. Not bad company to keep, eh? Here’s hoping we make it three in a row next year!

Until next time,

Jenn

 

Bluebeam Named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for the Third Year in a Row!

November 13, 2014 by

We’re thrilled that Bluebeam has been recognized by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ for the third year in row! The list ranks the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.

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The official announcement was made last night at a special event in Los Angeles, and we were excited to be there and accept the honor.

You can learn more about Bluebeam’s ranking and the Technology Fast 500 here.

Until next time,

Jenn

Joni Wins Big in Vegas!

November 7, 2014 by

Congratulations to Bluebeam driver, Joni Wiman, who became the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross champion last night at the season finale in Las Vegas!

Rallycross photos © QNIGAN.COM 2014

Rallycross photos © QNIGAN.COM 2014

Joni crossed the finish line in 2nd place behind Ken Block, but a second place finish gave him enough points to maintain his title lead. This is now our second in a row, as Topi took the championship last year. A big “thank you” to everyone who’s been showing their support for Bluebeam Rally! More details and photos to come.

Until next time,

Jenn

Revu 12.6 Released

October 16, 2014 by

Revu 12.6 is now available and includes several fixes to Revu and Studio, plus improvements to SharePoint integration, Batch Link, Custom Columns and Markup Alerts. Read the release notes for a full list of updates.

Advance Your Workflow Technology With Bluebeam’s Professional Services Team

October 2, 2014 by

Have you ever wished you could hire someone from Bluebeam to come to your office and help with your advanced workflow needs? I guess you didn’t know about Bluebeam’s Professional Services Team? Well, then get ready for some super exciting news!

The Bluebeam Professional Services (“BPS”) team is a group within Bluebeam dedicated to providing customized solutions tailored to your company’s digital needs. These guys have some serious skills. Wer’e talking the perfect balance of industry expertise and technical knowhow here. They’re like Revu superheroes, but without the cape! Whether you need custom Revu eXtensions, process consultation or advanced technology integration into your existing systems, they are here to help.

Visit our website to learn more.

Until next time,

Jenn

Revu/Vu iPad 2.9 Now Available

September 24, 2014 by

Revu and Vu iPad 2.9 are now available in the App Store. In this release, you can opt in to receive push notifications for Markup Alerts. Alerts will navigate directly to the markup of interest in the associated Session. Read the full release notes to learn more.

Still have Revu/Vu iPad 2.7?
Many of our users rely on automatic updates to keep their applications up to date. However, with the 2.7 Revu/Vu iPad release, the automatic update path was broken. This means you may still have an old version on your iPad. Although the issue has since been fixed for all future versions, users will still need to manually upgrade to the latest version.

You can check to see which version of Revu/Vu iPad you have by tapping the blue gear in the top right to open Preferences. Your most current version will be listed at the bottom, under About.

To manually upgrade:

  1. Open the App Store.
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  2. At the bottom of the App Store, select Purchased.

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  3. Find Revu/Vu in your list of apps and tap the Update button or the cloud icon.Update cloudORUpdate

If Revu doesn’t show up under the Purchased section, search for Revu in the App Store and select the same icon as shown above.

For any further questions, please contact us at support@bluebeam.com.

Until next time,

Jenn

Bluebeam’s Phantoms Menace the Pasadena Office Again

September 16, 2014 by

Like the Sand People of Star Wars, the Bluebeam pranksters are back, and in greater numbers. The force has been strong with them lately, and our Pasadena office has seen a rise in the number of desks that have been “decorated” over the past couple of months.

Some were cute…

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I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of items were suddenly covered in gift wrap.

 

Some, not so cute…

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This isn’t the desk you’re looking for. You can go about your business.

 

And, some were downright frightening!

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It’s a trap!

 

 

Desks weren’t the only things haunted by our phantoms. Even the signage left over from our recent Bluebeam eXtreme Conference wasn’t safe.

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They may, however, have left a clue as to who to point the finger at.

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Until next time,

Jenn

Favorite Feature Friday: How Can I Collaborate in Bluebeam Studio With Team Members That Don’t Have Revu Yet?

September 12, 2014 by

We’ve all been there. You want to invite a team member or colleague into a Bluebeam Studio Session or Project so you can collaborate or share files, but they don’t have Revu yet. What to do? Well, they can use Vu!

Vu is Bluebeam’s free PDF viewer which lets users view and print PDF documents, fill out and save PDF forms, and best of all, collaborate with others on documents in real time using our cloud-based collaboration solution, Bluebeam Studio! BTW, did we mention it’s free?

There are two sides to Studio: Studio Projects and Studio Sessions. This article will help you figure out which of these is best for the collaboration needs of your team, and how you can participate in both as a Vu user.

 

 Studio Sessions iconStudio SessionsStudio Panel 1

Studio Sessions are for PDF-based online collaboration. While in a Studio Session, Vu unlocks many of the markup and tool set features normally reserved for licensed users of Revu. You can take measurements to verify dimensions and add comments, callouts, symbols and many other markups to a PDF to communicate your thoughts, ideas or concerns to others participating in the Studio Session with you.

 

How Does a Studio Session Work?

While in a Studio Session, there is no need to check files in and out. All you need to do is click on a PDF to open it even if other users have the same PDF opened. That is the beauty of Studio Sessions. This is real-time collaboration, baby! All users in the Session can markup and collaborate on the PDF and everyone can see what others are adding or have added. There’s also a Record that captures user activity, including the user name and what they added, modified or removed from the PDF.

 

Can Other Attendees Modify My Markups?

A user’s markups are fully protected by his unique Studio login, so only the user who added a markup can edit or remove their own markup. You don’t need to worry whether someone is altering your markups – they can’t.

 

What If I Lose Internet Connectivity?

All markups are added in real-time and uploaded to the cloud as you add them to the PDF, so there’s no need to worry if your Internet connection drops and you lose connectivity to the Session. Your markups are safely stored in the cloud in the Session. Vu will even remember what PDF(s) you had opened and will restore them for you automatically, so you can pick right back up where you left off once Internet connectivity is restored – how cool is that?

 

Studio Projects icon Studio Projects

Studio Projects is Bluebeam’s simple document management system that lets you store many different file types— including PDFs, Microsoft Office files and images— in the cloud. Keep in mind, while using Vu to access a Studio Project, the PDF files in the Project can only be viewed – markup is restricted. However, if there is a PDF document in the Project that you need to add markups to, you can ask the Studio Project owner (the person who sent you an invite to the Project) to add the PDF document to a Studio Session.

 

How Does the Studio Project Owner Add a PDF to a Session?

This is a simple task for the Project owner. They just right-click on the PDF document and add it to a new Session. Once the PDF is added to a Session, the Vu user can access that Session as before, using either an invitation link or the Session ID number. Just like we talked about earlier, the markup capabilities of Vu are unlocked while working on PDF documents in a Studio Session.

 

Can I Work With Other Project Files Stored in Studio Projects?

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Other file types in the Project, like Excel spread sheets and Word documents, can be checked out and edited locally, such as in Microsoft Office, and then checked back in to the Project.

 

To work with non-PDF file types:

  • Right click on the file and select Check Out. The file will now be listed in the Pending Changes section of the Project with a red check mark next to it.
  • Right click on the file again and select Open. This will open the file in the native Microsoft Office application.
  • Edit the document in the Office application and save your changes as you normally would in Office.
  • Now go back to the Studio Project and right click on the file listed in the Pending Changes Select Check In from the menu. During the check-in process, you will be prompted to add any comments. These comments will be added to the documents Revision History. To view the Revision History, right click on the document and select Revision History.

That’s it! Your changes are now uploaded to the Project.

Please remember these tasks are only for non PDF documents because PDF markup and editing in a Project is restricted when using Vu. Use a Studio Session instead to markup PDF documents.

 

But wait! What if you lost Internet connectivity while you had an Office document checked out? Good news – Studio has you covered. As long as the document was checked out and listed in the Pending Changes section, you can finish your changes and simply check the file back in when your connection is restored. Just because you’re using the free viewer, doesn’t mean we don’t have your back!

 

For more information about using Bluebeam Vu to access Studio, check out the full tutorial.

Favorite Feature Friday: How Do I Apply a Markup to a Selected Group of Pages?

August 29, 2014 by

The other day, one of our customers asked Joe of our Account Services team if there was a way to apply a markup or markups to specific pages within a document. He already knew that it was possible to do that to every page using the Apply to All Pages feature, but he didn’t need it on all of them. Luckily, the Apply to Selected Pages feature was just what he was looking for.

The trick to using Apply to Selected Pages is to make your selections in the right order. You can’t leave the current page you’re on, or you’ll drop the selection. And you can’t select the markup after selecting the pages, or the page selection will be dropped. I know, it’s a little tricky. But if you follow these steps, you should be golden:

  1. Open the Thumbnails
  2. Select, or create and select, the markup or markups you want to apply.
  3. Hold Ctrl+ or Shift+ and click the desired pages in the Thumbnails
  4. Right-click on the markup and choose Apply to Selected Pages.

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Nice, huh? This is one of those hidden gems that not everyone knows about, which is why I wanted to share it with you. I know…you’re welcome. :)

Until next time,

Jenn


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