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


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!


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13 Responses to “What’s in Bluebeam PDF Revu v 7.0 – A Podcast with Bluebeam Developers”

  1. Giacomo D. Fumagalli Says:

    Great news, congratulation!

    I’m anxiously waiting the version 7 (in particular its OCR functionality); I promise a full review for the Italian Tablet PC community when it arrives.

    (Just a suggestion: the audio interview is very nice, but you have to consider that there are a lot of non-English people interested to PDF Revu who do not have problems to read english language but have problems to listen. You should also create a text version, in future.)

  2. Bill Says:

    Hmm, any chance the eraser will be improved?

    • karenpdf Says:

      Hi Bill,

      I just asked my Magic 8 Ball. It said “Reply hazy. Try again.” In all seriousness, I’d love to be able to confirm all the new features in 7, but I can’t share anything else right now. Keep your eye out for a release email later this month.


  3. Giacomo D. Fumagalli Says:

    No OCR (sorry, my sources were not reliable)? Uhm, this is a HUGE lack for a paperless Tablet PC student, especially considering that Adobe Acrobat integrates this functionality since years.

    In any case, excluding the lack of OCR, PDF Revu is the best software to edit PDF ever created, I have “converted” several people to this wonderful software and I hope I can do it again with version 7.0!

  4. Margaret Says:

    could not get the podcast to work. keep getting an error after about a minute.

  5. Margaret Says:

    never mind. after about the 5th time it finally fully loaded and played the whole thing

  6. Frank Says:

    I liked your podcast, and all of you speaked well and clearly, so even I, as a German, understood everything without a problem. You just could have used a few more microphones (for each person one) and not only a single one. But all in all well done!
    I like the improvements, especially the file size reduction. As a tablet user I write a lot with the pen, and thus I get a lot of single paths which increases the file size, e.g ‘t’ consists of two paths if I write it with the pen, but an algorithm could combine those paths/strokes, which are in the same markup and touch each other, so that the ‘t’ consists, after I’ve run a file size reduction option, only of a single path, and maybe add a further option to combine a full markup to a single path. Such a feature would be phenomenal. It would not only reduce file size (I think and hope that this reduces file size in files with a lot of ink dramatically, at least PDF files created with OneNote seem to do this and they are much smaller), it would also solve a lot of issues with alternative PDF viewers which have issues with strokes which interfere with each other. Maybe you’ve already added such a feature, that would be perfect!
    The spell check feature seems to be interesting, too, especially if it is easy to add a second language and maybe if it’s even compatible to free Hunspell dictionary files from OOo, or at least uses an editable file format for the dictionaries.
    I never used a PDF portfolio before, but after hearing this and reading a bit about this feature it seems to be very useful 🙂
    So keep up the good work, and I really appreciate your fast imporvements, your skilled, fast and reliable support, and the way you include your users.

    I just hope that it’s possible and not too expensive to upgrade an education license, because you’ve dramatically increased the price for a new education license 😦

    PS: On this blog I miss a button/hyperlink (like on the header) which brings me back to pdfinsider.com and not only to the next or previous topic.

    • karenpdf Says:

      Hi Frank,

      Thank you for your comment! Here are the answers to your questions:

      Ink – There is no feature to merge paths the way you are referring to. However, 7.0 will do a better job of compressing ink. Also, currently with v6 you can save PDF files as 1.5 Compressed. This will create smaller inked files.

      Spell Check – Will be compatible with Hunspell Dictionary files from Open Office. In the Edit/Preferences menu there will be a Spelling section so you can import dictionaries.

      Pricing – The academic price chart is basically the upgrade price on our retail price chart. So for a student to “upgrade” Standard Edition, it will be US $75.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.


  7. Chris Wilcox Says:

    Hi Boys, this sounds great! I can’t wait to see the rest of the new features!

    Have a great day!

  8. Frank Says:

    Thank you for your prompt response.
    I use the “PDF Compressed 1.5” feature already, sadly they are still much larger than comparable OneNote printed PDF files. But thanks for clarification, I’ll just try version 7 then. The merge paths was just an idea.

    Spell check: Wonderful!

    Pricing: I just asked because I bought a new academic license for $30 last year. Now, because you’ve increased the academic price to $75, I thought that now you maybe offer an upgrade for academic licenses, for maybe those old $30. But it seems as if I have to buy a full new academic license for $75 again. So in the end I’ll have two licenses then, the old for v.6 and a new license for v.7. And for this price I first have to check if the new version is really worth the money for me.

  9. PDFUSER Says:

    Why all the secrecy surrounding the update? If features fail to make it to final, couldn’t that just be explained? It feels like I am in line for a video game launch for my kids wondering which new weapons are going to be available. That is fine for video games, but I am an IT professional trying to decide on a direction take my business for pdf markup. Please give us some dates and a list of features. Thank you!

    • karenpdf Says:

      Hi PDFUSER,

      7.0 is scheduled for next week. There are over 20 new features. We usually don’t leak any new features before a product is launched, but I got the okay this go around to put some in the podcast. In addition to those, here are a few more you’ll find in 7.0: curve/arc annotations, batch security, and eraser improvements (so you can select different-sized erasers). Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Karen, karen@bluebeaminsider.com

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