Archive for March, 2009

Bluebeam PDF Revu v 7.0 Released

March 24, 2009

As we say here at Bluebeam, “It’s alive!”

Today Bluebeam Software released Bluebeam PDF Revu 7.0. This major upgrade is jam-packed with over 20 new features: spell check, scan to PDF, arcs and curves, hatch patterns, reduce file size, batch MS Office files and so much more.

Everyone can try Bluebeam PDF Revu v 7.0 for free for 30 days. Customers with a current maintenance contract, or who bought Revu since February 1, 2009, are eligible for a free upgrade. Just send an email to upgrade (at) bluebeam (dot) com with your company name and serial #  to receive a new license key. So go ahead, download version 7 and let me know what you think. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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How Your Feedback Affects Bluebeam

March 19, 2009

In the final podcast leading up to Bluebeam PDF Revu v 7.0, we sat down with Bluebeam’s Director of Marketing, Stephani Haynes. Listen to Stephani discuss how customer feedback shapes the way Bluebeam communicates to customers, and what type of new content you’ll see when we release v 7.0.

To listen, click the player:

As always, if you have feedback to share, send it my way. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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Bluebeam at the Green California Summit

March 18, 2009

Tuesday I had the opportunity to join some of my coworkers at the Green California Summit in Sacramento, CA. Bluebeam exhibited at this event, which showcased a wide range of green technology and services to state and local government agencies, as well as government contractors.

My coworkers and I had a great time exhibiting Bluebeam PDF Revu. We met a lot of attendees who immediately saw how using PDF to reduce paper usage is not only a green business practice, but a great way to save money, too.

Here are some photos from our booth, and other exhibitors on the show floor:

Sasha demonstrated Revu to this group of attendees.

Sasha demonstrated Revu to this group of attendees.

The PG&E Mascot Helmet stopped by our booth!

The PG&E Mascot Helmet stopped by our booth!

I loved the “No Gas” logo on doors of the Miles Electric Vehicles.

I loved the “No Gas” logo on doors of the Miles Electric Vehicles.

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Earth Friendly Products displayed their green cleaners.

Sustainable Power Systems showcased their wind turbines, including the HelixWind S594.

Sustainable Power Systems showcased their wind turbines, including the HelixWind S594.

Did you attend the Green California Summit, too? If so, share you thoughts and photos. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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An Inside Look at Bluebeam Software’s Tech Support

March 16, 2009

A few days ago we decided to sit down with a longtime member of the Bluebeam tech support team, Greg. In this podcast, you’ll hear about Greg’s background in CAD, how he comes up with topics for the “Ask Greg” articles in the Bluebeam Insider newsletter and how you can use Bluebeam’s many resources to quickly answer your questions. Click the player below to listen:

Do you have any suggestions for our support pages, or upcoming Bluebeam Insider articles? If so, let me know. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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Podcast with Bluebeam CEO about version 7.0

March 12, 2009

It’s podcast time!

In the second installment of the Bluebeam Podcast, we sat down with Bluebeam Software’s CEO, Richard Lee to talk about the upcoming release of version 7.0, a bit of Bluebeam history, and how he stays on top of customer feedback. Click the player below to hear our discussion with Richard:

If you have any feedback or suggestions for Richard, post them here. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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Bluebeam Saves Me from a “Bridezilla” Moment

March 9, 2009

I’m getting married in a few months, and I spent this past weekend getting our invitations together. I bought a do-it-yourself kit from a craft store. It includes blank invitations and a template so you can print and assemble on your own. Seems easy enough, right?

Well, I ran into a brick wall when I tried printing. The problem was that the Word template provided in the kit was an odd page size – 5.5” by 8.5”. And every time I tried to print, the file would default back to a Letter sized document. This caused the text to print off-center and run over the edge. Oh, the frustration.

I tried to adjust the page setup and printer settings for at least half an hour. After several failed attempts, Googling for workarounds and screaming at the printer. I had enough. The Bridezilla began to emerge.

But then, it struck me. “Why don’t I just use Bluebeam to convert the file to PDF?”

At first, I thought I would need to create a custom page size in the Bluebeam Administrator. But since Bluebeam ships with so many different page sizes, there was already a 5.5” x 8.5” page size (ANSI A) available. So I used the Bluebeam plug-in in Word to convert the doc to a 5.5” x 8.5” PDF. Then I printed the invites out from Revu. It was easy and it printed perfectly!

And so, the Bridezilla retreated. Thank you, Bluebeam!

This experience got me thinking…has Bluebeam ever “saved the day” for you? If so, what’s the story? And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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What’s in Bluebeam PDF Revu v 7.0 – A Podcast with Bluebeam Developers

March 4, 2009

I have exciting news! Today our Bluebeam Insider newsletter announced that Bluebeam PDF Revu v 7.0 will be released later this month. We’re also running a special promotion to ensure that anyone who buys version 6.5 now receives a free upgrade to version 7.0.

But wait – there’s more!

A few weeks ago we interviewed the lead developers on Bluebeam PDF Revu – Ben and Peter – in the first ever Bluebeam Podcast. And they leaked features!

Trust me, I wanted to post this on the blog weeks ago, but the bossman wouldn’t let me. Now, I’ve been given the green light to share this podcast with you, in which Ben and Peter talk about three of the many new features you’ll find in Bluebeam PDF Revu v 7.0.

So what are you waiting for? Turn up those speakers (or put in those ear buds) and click the player below to discover what version 7.0 has in store for you!

Let me know what you think of the podcast, and the features it discusses. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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