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Two New Tool Sets Now Available for Bluebeam Revu

December 3, 2012

Customize, customize, customize! We like the sound of that word at Bluebeam, and are happy to announce that we have created two new customized tools sets for Revu featuring a variety of Fire & Life Safety and Security & CCTV markup symbols.

Fire & Life Safety

Security

Both are packed full of markups that can easily be placed on drawings and customized by changing the color, fill, opacity or line type to fit your team’s communication style. Upload them to your Tool Chest™ (and many other tool sets) for free here.

For all those new to Revu, Bluebeam offers a variety of tool sets that include specialized markup symbols that can be saved in Revu’s exclusive Tool Chest and are fully customizable for each user. And, if there are other tool sets that you’ve created using Revu that haven’t already been pre-loaded in Revu or on our website, let me know at kyle (at) bluebeaminsider.com. We’d love to help you share them with the rest of the world.

Oh, and as always, remember to keep on PDFin’.

-Kyle

Check out this new Revu tool set of electrical symbols

January 19, 2012

You asked for it, so we made it! We’ve just created a new, free tool set of electrical symbols.

This tool set can be yours!

This tool set is packed full of markups that you can easily place on your drawings, change the color and resize. You can get it (and many other tool sets) for free here.

For those of you that are not familiar with Revu’s toolsets, you’ll definitely want to know all about these time-saving treasures. Tool sets are groups of specialized markup symbols that are saved in Revu’s exclusive Tool Chest and are fully customizable for each user.  Learn more about tool sets here.

Are there other symbols that you need, that you just don’t see pre-loaded in Revu or on our website? Let me know! And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

 

Favorite Feature Friday – The Tool Chest

June 17, 2011

It’s Favorite Feature Friday, and today we have two Bluebeamers dressed up to demonstrate the wonderfulness that is the Bluebeam Tool Chest:

Brian and Chris dressed up as the Bluebeam Tool Chest!

An oldie but a goodie, the Tool Chest has been around since day 1 of Revu. You can access the Tool Chest by clicking the blue bar in the middle left of the Revu interface to open the left dock, going to View/Tabs/Tool Chest or using keyboard shortcut Alt+X.

This exclusive feature tracks all the markups you make in your session of Bluebeam and saves them in your Recent Tools (1). If you want to place that markup again, just select it and go. And if you know you’ll use that markup over and over again across sessions, just drag it up to My Tools (2). Bluebeam also provides a number additional tool sets for free, which you can download into your session of Revu either from the Tool Set section of the Start page, or from this page on our website (3). Finally, you can create your own Tool Sets (4) and share them with your friends and colleagues. To learn how, check out this video. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

 

Celebrate National Punctuation Day with Bluebeam

September 23, 2010

Tomorrow is National Punctuation Day – a celebration of apostrophes, brackets, exclamation points and more. Join in the festivities by loading Bluebeam’s Proofreading Symbols tool set into Revu from our Resources page. Use these tools to redline PDFs that contain punctuation errors.

Make a PDF of this blog, then use these proofreading symbols to markup my punctuation errors. ;-)

Happy punctuating, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

PDF Markup Tools for Designing a Winter Wonderland

December 16, 2009

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Festive music is in the air, there’s a cold chill in the air and snow on the ground. Well, okay maybe there isn’t snow here in Pasadena. But trust me we’ve had a very cold December, by southern California standards, that is.

Anyways, to celebrate the changing season, I thought it was time to share some appropriate PDF markup symbols. After all, as you’re designing your gingerbread houses, snowmen and other wintery décor, you’ll want to keep those plans paperless and in PDF, right?

Go to Bluebeam’s Resources page to download these fun tools!

Go to Bluebeam’s Resources page to download these fun tools!

I made these fun symbols by using Bluebeam’s PDF markup tools, mainly by drawing out and then grouping polygons, ellipses, arcs and curves. For the markups with pairs, like the ice skates, I only drew the symbol once. Then I copied and pasted the symbol onto the PDF again, and used the Flip Horizontal icon on Bluebeam’s Alignment toolbar so I could have a left and right ice skate. Pretty nifty, huh?

You can download these Winter Wonderland Tools, which were made solely by using PDF markup tools in Bluebeam PDF Revu, or download them from our Resources page. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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Editing PDF Files: 3 Bluebeam Features I Can’t Live Without

December 1, 2009

Bluebeam is a great PDF editor with several tools that enable users to redline and edit PDF drawings. But if you had to pick just three PDF editing features in Bluebeam that you couldn’t live without, what would they be? Here’s my list:

PDF editing feature I can’t live without #1:
Right-Click to access all document assembly functions

I have a need for speed, but I’m really bad at remembering keyboard shortcuts. That’s why I love the right-click shortcut for assembling PDF documents in Revu. From the Thumbnails panel I can just right click and add, delete, insert, insert blank, rotate, copy and paste PDF pages. It truly is PDF editing made easy!

PDF editing feature I can’t live without #2:
The Typewriter tool

This is the easiest I’ve ever found to add text to PDFs. I use it all the time when reviewing and editing PDFs. I just grab it, click on the PDF and start typing. In fact, I have the Typewriter annotation (set with Century Gothic, my favorite font) saved in my Tool Chest. And that brings me to my final Bluebeam PDF editing feature I can’t live without…

PDF editing feature I can’t live without #3
The Tool Chest

I can’t talk about the Tool Chest enough! The ability to save commonly used markups across sessions of Revu, and quickly grab and use them, is great! Take a glimpse at my Tool Chest:

So there you have it, the three PDF editing features I can’t live without. How does your list compare to mine? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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A Trick or Treat Special for Bluebeam PDF Revu Users

October 30, 2009

In honor of Halloween, I thought I’d treat the Bluebeam faithfuls with this hauntingly cool Bluebeam Tool Set of Spooktacular Symbols!

Spooktacular Symbols

You can download this free Tool Set and import it into Bluebeam from our Resources page.

What trickery did I use to create these frightful PDF markups? First, I traced over some free vector symbols that I found online using Bluebeam’s markup tools, mainly the polygon and polyline. For the most part, I traced while Bluebeam’s Snap to Content button was turned on. It was a piece of cake!

And, because Bluebeam supports curved annotations, I was able to draw all these unique shapes with markup tools. To finish them off, I chose some unique colors by entering in RGB codes in the color menu, grouped the markups and then added them to my Tool Chest.

Download the Tool Set now and create some boo-tiful Halloween designs. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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How Bluebeam’s PDF Markup Tools Mimic Pen and Paper

October 6, 2009

When I talk about how Bluebeam helps design and construction firms go paperless, I always mention that Bluebeam’s PDF markup tools provide industry-standard tools for redlining drawings. So even though you’re marking up PDFs electronically and not using pen and paper, you’re still using the trusted tools of the trade.

For example, not too long ago, if you needed to redline a drawing with a circle, you probably would have used a compass. Now you can use Bluebeam’s ellipse tool.

Use Bluebeam to draw circles without a compass. Save paper, and eliminate the risk of accidentally poking your eye out.

Use Bluebeam to draw circles without a compass. Save paper, and eliminate the risk of accidentally poking your eye out.

Or, if you needed to add CAD symbols or other common shapes, you would have used templates like these to stencil them in:

Remember these?

Remember these?

Now you can find CAD symbols and other common shapes in Bluebeam Tool Sets:

No more stenciling, just drag and drop shapes from Bluebeam’s Tool Chest!

No more stenciling, just drag and drop shapes from Bluebeam’s Tool Chest!

Takeoffs used to be calculated with slide rules. Now you can do this electronically with Bluebeam’s measurement tools.

Calculating takeoffs is so much easier with Bluebeam!

Calculating takeoffs is so much easier with Bluebeam!

There are so many other “paper and pen” workflows that Bluebeam replaces. What’s your favorite thing to do digitally with Bluebeam? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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Turn your favorite pens, highlighters and more into a Bluebeam tool set

September 17, 2009

One of my favorite features in Revu is the ability to create custom markups and save them in the Tool Chest. I know I talk about this feature a lot. Today I thought it’d be cool to show you step by step how to create digital versions of the tools I have sitting on my desk.

Let’s start by looking at what’s on my desk:

This really is a photo of my desk.

This really is a photo of my desk.

Okay, so I might have a bit of a hard time creating a magic wand markup. But the highlighters and pens are easy to recreate. For example, here’s how to create and save a green highlighter:

  1. Select the highlighter tool.
  2. Change the highlighter color to green from the toolbar.
  3. Make a highlight mark.
  4. Right-click and select Add to My ToolChest/My Tools
Just follow these steps.

Just follow these steps.

Now I just need to repeat this process to create a pink highlighter, blue pen and black pen.

Here are my tools!

Here are my tools!

When you add a markup to the Tool Chest, it is initially saved in drawing mode, which means that you can select it to replicate that exact same markup – some color, opacity, shape and size. You can double click on a markup to put it into properties mode.

Here are my tools in properties mode!

Here are my tools in properties mode!

Once in properties mode, you can select a saved markup, for example, the green highlighter, and make a green highlight mark of any shape or size.

If only it were this easy to improve my penmanship.

If only it were this easy to improve my penmanship.

Now that you know how easy it is to create and save custom markups, go ahead and make digital versions of your favorite tools! And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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New Bluebeam Tool Sets for Reviewing PDF Drawings

July 31, 2009

I guess you could say it’s Christmas in July!

We just created seven new Bluebeam PDF Revu Tool Sets: Appliance Symbols, Doors, Home Furniture, Plumbing Fixtures, Landscape Fixtures, Trees and People.

Here’s a preview of the Landscape Fixtures and People Tool Sets.

Here’s a preview of the Landscape Fixtures and People Tool Sets.

In case you didn’t know, Tool Sets are free symbol libraries that you can use to redline drawings and other PDFs in Bluebeam PDF Revu.   Go to our Resources page to download Tool Sets, and remember to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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