Archive for June, 2009
It’s a PDF Insider exclusive!
And remember to keep on PDF’ing!
Every month the Bluebeam Insider newsletter includes the Ask Greg column. In this section, Greg (yes, he is a real Bluebeam employee) picks a particular PDF creation, markup or editing feature in Revu and explains how to use it.
Greg’s articles are always very popular. And thanks to a new website redesign, they’re now easier than ever to find! In fact, you can access the articles from our Bluebeam Insider page, and also view the entire Ask Greg archive here. If you have a question you want Greg to answer in an upcoming newsletter, let me know. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!
If you’ve ever visited Bluebeam at a trade show, then you’ve probably seen one of the following trial CDs that we hand out to attendees. Check out how these materials have changed over the years:
By the way, right now Bluebeam is exhibiting at the CONSTRUCT Show at the Indianapolis Convention Center. If you’re there, make sure to visit us in booth # 4448. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!
Let’s say you have a multi-page PDF with bookmarks, and use that other PDF program. Right before you’re about to distribute the file, you realize one of the pages that contains a bookmark needs to be replaced.
Danger, Will Robinson!
In other PDF editors, replacing a page that contains a bookmark can cause imminent disaster. That’s because when you replace the page, you also replace (i.e. break) the page’s bookmark.
Thankfully, Revu is smarter than the average PDF editor. With the release of version 7, Bluebeam’s Replace Page feature (Document/Replace Pages) now includes an option to “Replace page content only”. Simply check that box, and you’ll just replace the underlying content, not the bookmark (i.e. your bookmark won’t be lost in space).
Pretty cool, huh? You can check out more new features in version 7 here. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing.
Yesterday we announced some pretty exciting news. Construction management firm William A. Berry & Son, project architect Perkins+Will and all their sub-contractors recently used Bluebeam project-wide for reviewing and redlining documents electronically. They went almost completely paperless, and eliminated 42,000 pages of paper from the construction project.
You can read the full story here. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!
We’re half way through the “How Cool Are Your Tools?” contest. Here are some of the submissions we’ve received so far:
Today I made a list of all the things you might have time to do, if only you were using Bluebeam’s search feature to review PDFs more quickly:
1. Actually have time to eat lunch (eating at your desk does not count)
2. Go home at a decent hour (without taking work with you)
3. Clean your desk (it’s okay, my desk is messy, too)
In all seriousness, Revu’s search tool is probably one of its most time-saving features. That’s because it lets you search for key words in three places – the current PDF, all open PDFs or all PDFs in a specified folder. What’s more, you can multi-select search results and then apply common markups to them, such as highlighting, text editing, redaction and more.
Here’s a great example. A while back we published a case study about a postgraduate student who used Revu’s search functionality to search and redline 600 PDFs for her thesis. You can read all about it here. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!
As you can probably imagine, our CEO is one busy guy. He’s constantly meeting with partners and industry leaders. In fact just last week he was in Oslo and Copenhagen, and he took some really great photos on his iPhone. Here are some of my favorites:
Unfortunately since I wasn’t there and I don’t know what he took pictures of, I don’t have captions for the photos. If you recognize any of these landmarks, let me know what they are. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!
Today I learned something new about Bluebeam’s MultiView feature, which lets you view up to 16 PDFs or 16 views of the same PDF simultaneously. Splitting the view, either by right clicking on the document tab or clicking the icons in the bottom left-hand corner of Revu, results in displaying two views of the same PDF.
But, if you want to view two different PDFs side by side, the easiest way to do so is to right click on a document tab and select Switch.
If you Split the View, you can still display a different PDF by selecting its document tab. Switch is just a faster way to get the intended result.
Do you use MutliView? If so – do you split or switch? Let me know. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!