Android Tablet Users – We Want Your Input!

July 22, 2014 by

If you’re an Android tablet user with a few minutes to spare, here’s your chance to be heard! As Bluebeam explores development in the Android space, we’d love to learn more about which devices you are using and how you’re using them. Simply take our Android Tablet Survey to share your thoughts, experiences and preferences with us. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will go a long way in making sure we understand and address your needs.

Until next time,


Favorite Feature Friday – How do I Make Bluebeam Revu my Default PDF Viewer?

July 18, 2014 by

Did you know you can change your settings to make Bluebeam Revu the default program for opening your PDF files? You didn’t? Well then read on, my friend! Here’s a handy tip on how to quickly set that up using the Bluebeam Administrator.

  • To open the Bluebeam Administrator, go to Start, then point to All Programs.
  • Select the Bluebeam Software folder, and then click Bluebeam Administrator.
  • When it opens, click the Revu tab.
  • Check the Use as Default PDF Viewer box, then click Apply and OK

BB Admin

The icons for PDF files will change and PDF files will now open in Revu when you double-click them. How cool is that, huh? And, now that you don’t have to worry about that anymore, you can focus your attention on more important things, like watching this very important video on how you can save a fluffy kitten.

Until next time,

Episode V: The Pranksters Strike Back

July 16, 2014 by

It’s been quite a while since we last heard from our office pranksters at Bluebeam. They’d been pretty quiet since we moved into our new office space earlier this year, giving us “a new hope” that perhaps they had changed their ways. But the makers of mischief struck back with a vengeance recently, hitting not one, but two desks!

When Software Engineer, Ryan, professed his love of all things Chipotle, little did he realize the pranksters here were listening! They decided to make some enhancements to his desk so it would resemble one of his favorite tinfoil-wrapped burritos. Yum!

photo 2

More tinfoil than you could possibly imagine.


Most recently, Direct Marketing Manager, Jill, returned from her honeymoon in Turkey to find a giant “B” (for bride, hehe) covered in hand turkeys had taken up residence at her desk.


May the force “B” with you.


Now that we know our pranksters have given in to the dark side, you never know when they’ll strike next. Stay tuned for more updates!

Until next time,



Favorite Feature Friday – How Can I Move My Bluebeam License to Another Computer?

July 11, 2014 by

If you’ve been thinking about getting a new computer but want to be sure you can transfer your existing copy of Revu over to it, here’s a tip on how to easily make that happen.

You can move your license to your shiny new machine using Revu’s Unregister and Register buttons. But first, be sure you have your serial number and product key handy. If you’re like me and have no idea whatsoever where you keep your product key (or your car keys*), don’t worry. Just contact us at and ask to have your original License Certificate sent to you. Be sure to include the serial number, version number, your name, company name, favorite food, email address and a phone number where you can be reached. Just kidding about the favorite food, although feel free to share that if you like!

Before moving the license, you may want to back up and move your Revu settings and stamps. Once that’s sorted, just follow these simple steps:

1. On your new computer, open Bluebeam Revu and go to the
   Help menu.

2. Click the Unregister button in the Command bar.

 Unregister button


1. On your new computer, open Bluebeam Revu and go to the
   Help menu.

2. Click the Register button in the Command bar.

Register button

3. Enter in your serial number and product key and then click OK.


And Bob’s your uncle! Note that Bluebeam Revu 9.5 and earlier requires using Bluebeam Administrator to unregister your software. Check out this article for a more detailed description of this process.

*We can’t actually guarantee we’ll find your car keys for you, but we’ll do our best. :)

Revu/Vu iPad 2.7 Now Available

July 10, 2014 by

Revu iPad 2.7 and Vu 2.7 are now available in the App Store. Both apps include some bug fixes and overall improvements to stability in Studio. Read the full release notes here.

12 Years of Bluebeam Fun

July 2, 2014 by

BB 12th Birthday

Today we are celebrating our 12th anniversary! Over the years, we’ve driven a lot of results, but the ones below just may be my favorite! ;-) Take a few minutes to enjoy some little-known facts about Bluebeam.

In the past 12 years, Bluebeam has:


Created at least 237 YouTube videos (because in between the time I wrote this and posted it, there’s probably been a few more)


YouTube videos


Released Revu in 11 languages (next task: convince my boss I need to travel to all of these countries)


Revu languages


Pulled off countless office pranks (and sometimes two at a time)


Countless Office Pranks


Created 1 superhero (where did the Mighty Bluebeam go, anyway?)


1 Superhero


On second thought, make that 2 superheroes (and if you haven’t seen the video, you should check it out here)


eXtreme Conference trailer


Exhibited at 100+ trade shows (and earned a whole lot of frequent flier miles in the process)


100+ Trade Shows


Won 6 rallycross races (and counting)


rallycross wins


Been represented in 6 triathlons (and there are a couple of Iron Mans coming up, too)


6 Triathalons


Lost power on 2 separate Revu launch days (no, I’m not kidding)


power outtage


Partnered with 185 resellers worldwide (proof that we’re taking over the world)


resellers Page 008


Birthed a lot of Bluebeam babies (or future Revu software developers, as we like to call them)


20+ Bluebeam Babies


Designed 21 t-shirts (extra points if you know what this one spells in binary)


20 Bluebeam T-Shirt Designs


Won 36 awards (that trophy shelf is getting heavy)


36 Awards Received


Been featured in 173 articles (many of them featuring your success stories)




Published 55 case studies (which are fun because we love hanging out on jobsites)


55 Case Studies


Held the Olympic Torch once (and no, we didn’t steal it)


1 Time We Got to Hold the Olympic Torch


Had a user spot “Ask Greg” at the beach once (how did he recognize him?!)


1 Time Ask Greg Found a Bluebeam User at the Beach


Blogged 463+ times (or given you nearly 500 opportunities to wonder, why is there a PDF in a fish bowl?)


PDF Insider



Occupied 8 office spaces (in Pasadena, San Diego, Chicago and Manchester)


8 Office Spaces


Had 1 print ad banned (anyone want to guess what was in it?)




Filmed 3 commercials (bringing Revu to televisions near you)


3 Commercials


Dressed up like hippies once


1 Time We Dressed Up Like Hippies


But with everything that we do, there is only one reason that we do it…



To all of our users, resellers, technology partners and employees, thank you for an amazing 12 years. We are looking forward to many, many more!


AIA: A Fashion Show for Eyewear

June 30, 2014 by

I once saw someone tweet that the AIA Convention is like a fashion show for eyewear. It’s so true! This year at AIA Chicago, my co-worker Kristine and I decided to document our favorite eyewear looks. From the AIA kickoff party to the Expo Hall floor to the cab line, these designs caught our eyes. One of the first great pairs we saw, but this photo simply doesn’t do them justice:


A trifecta of awesome glasses:


Nice angles and curves:


Another pair of frames with a great shape:


These glasses have nice details:


After AIA, I think I may have to upgrade my own glasses to a circular frame – they’re just so cool!


Fun glasses, fun people:


A very smart look:


Green frames and a unique lens shape – this pair wins my vote!


Do you have your own pair of awesome glasses? Share them with us!


Favorite Feature Friday – How Can I Magically Remove All Hidden Viewports That Distort Calibration?

June 27, 2014 by

Have you ever tried to take measurements in Revu and noticed that they didn’t match your calibrated scale, or resulted in the wrong calibration? If so, the file you are working with may have Viewports within it that are calibrated to a different scale or contains “untitled” Viewports that can corrupt the measurement calibration. These errant Viewports may have been by-products of the original drawing that were transferred over during creation of the PDF.


We created a “Clear All” button in Revu that magically removes all of these Viewports so you can start fresh. Click on the Measurement tab in Revu and look for the Viewports section. If you see any in the list that are unnamed, unknown or labeled “untitled,” click the Clear All button just below the Viewports list. Then, just like Tangina in Poltergeist, you can declare, “This list is clean.”


Until next time,

Favorite Feature Friday – How Do I Get My Markups to Snap to Vector Lines?

June 20, 2014 by

Have you ever wanted to more accurately place markups and measurements on a vector-based PDF, but didn’t know how? Use Revu’s Snap options! The buttons to enable and disable Snap options are in the Status bar at the very bottom of the Revu window. Each button is highlighted when it is active. (Press the F8 key to display the Status bar if it isn’t currently displayed.)

Snap Screenshot

To make your cursor snap to the nearest grid point, even when the grid is not displayed, simply choose the Snap button.  You can also temporarily disable the Snap feature by holding down the Ctrl key when creating a markup.

For more information on the all the Snap options available in Revu, check out this article.


Until next time,

Favorite Feature Friday – Where is My Bluebeam Toolbar?

June 13, 2014 by

We love hearing from our customers, especially when it gives us the chance to share tips and tricks that enhance their Revu experience. And why not share those insights with all of our users? For instance, the Bluebeam toolbar can give you quick access to Revu in Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Revit or Navisworks. But do you know how to enable it? Or did you have yours enabled at one point but found it has suddenly disappeared? If you are running one or more of these applications and the Bluebeam toolbar isn’t showing up, use the Bluebeam Administrator to configure it. Here are a few simple steps to enable your Bluebeam plug-ins:

  1. Exit the program.
  2. Go to Start > All Programs > Bluebeam Software and then click Bluebeam Administrator.
  3. Click the Plug-ins tab.
  4. Check the box next to the name of your program.
  5. Click Apply and OK.
  6. Restart the program. Your Bluebeam toolbar should now be enabled!

Have a question or need some help? Our support team is here for you! Simply email support(at) or send us a message in the comments. If you have a favorite feature you want to share, email jenn(at) And be sure to keep an eye out for more Favorite Features!

Until next time,



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