Archive for July, 2009

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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More About Greg from Bluebeam Tech Support

July 30, 2009

Here’s a fun fact for all you Bluebeam Insider newsletter fans!

25 years ago this week, Greg from the “Ask Greg” column and Tech Support Team sang with the choir at the 1984 Olympic Opening Ceremonies! Check out this photo of him at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum:

Greg at 1984 Olympics

Greg at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the 1984 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Photo from Wikipedia.

And here’s a close up:

Greg_Close up

Greg told me he still has his Olympic shirt!

Greg told me his favorite part of the Olympics was being so close to the Olympic torch and watching the lighting of the Olympic flame.  If you want to see more of the1984 games, here’s a YouTube video of the Opening Ceremonies. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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More about Bluebeam’s Takeoff Tools

July 29, 2009

If you liked what you read in the new takeoff case study, you’re going to love this.

Bluebeam University has created a very cool, comprehensive video on using Bluebeam’s measurement tool.  Watch it to learn how to calculate takeoffs, create custom measurement tools and transfer information into Excel for further calculations.

Watch the Bluebeam University Takeoff Video to become a Takeoff Pro!

Watch the Bluebeam University Takeoff Video to become a Takeoff Pro!

View the video by clicking here or by going directly to the Bluebeam Training Materials page.  The video is called “Custom Measurement Tools”.

In case you didn’t know, Bluebeam’s  Training Materials page is a virtual classroom where you can watch free training videos.  All content is “on demand”, so you can learn wherever and whenever you want.  So check it out, and remember to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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Yo Ho,Yo Ho! A Pirate’s Desk for Me!

July 28, 2009

Michelle from Account Services recently returned from her Caribbean honeymoon. Check out this slide show (complete with a soundtrack) to see what we did to her desk while she was gone:

For those keeping track, this is the third Bluebeam prank (see cotton and quarantine) in one month.  What should we do to the next victim? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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Putting Bluebeam’s Takeoff Tools to the Test

July 27, 2009

Ever wonder how Bluebeam’s takeoff tools measure up?  Then check out our cool new case study from a Quantity Surveyor who uses Bluebeam for onscreen quantity takeoffs.

Angus Cockburn had just started using Bluebeam when he was offered a job with a quick deadline.  He had three days to measure 10 different flooring coverings for a 4-story, 1,500 room London hospital!

Angus used Bluebeam to make over 600 takeoff annotations on this drawing.

Angus used Bluebeam to make over 600 takeoff annotations on this drawing.

So what did Angus do?  He took the job and put Bluebeam’s takeoff tools to the test! You can read all about it here.  And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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New Bluebeam Tool Sets for Punch and Backcheck

July 22, 2009

Calling all architects and construction professionals using Bluebeam for punch!  We’ve just added seven new punch tool sets, available for immediate download into Bluebeam PDF Revu. You can find them on Bluebeam’s Resources page.

Go to Bluebeam’s Resources page to download new punch symbols into Revu.

Go to Bluebeam’s Resources page to download new punch symbols into Revu.

These tool sets include symbols for seven punch categories: carpentry, cleaning, electrical, flooring, paint and plumbing.  If they look familiar, that’s because they were recently featured in our latest video tutorial about using Bluebeam for the punch process.

Watch the latest punch video to check out the punch tool sets in action.

Watch the latest punch video to check out the punch tool sets in action.

Go ahead and add as many Bluebeam tool sets into Revu as you’d like – they’re free! And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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Bluebeam Meets with users in Washington DC

July 21, 2009

Last week Team Bluebeam (aka Sasha and James from Account Services) descended on our nation’s Capitol.  They met with Bluebeam users and Sasha even spoke at the AIA DesignDC conference.

Unfortunately, this is yet another cool trip I didn’t get to take.  But Sasha and James did share some great photos with me. So it’s almost like I got to go to DC. Almost.

Bluebeam in action on a SMART Board! Sasha and James sat down with Bluebeam users to get their feedback on Revu.

Bluebeam in action on a SMART Board! Sasha and James sat down with Bluebeam users to get their feedback on Revu.

One Bluebeam user took Sasha and James on a tour of a stadium his company recently completed.

One Bluebeam user took Sasha and James on a tour of a stadium his company recently completed.

Sasha presented an educational session on using PDF for paperless workflows at the DesignDC conference.

Sasha presented an educational session on using PDF for paperless workflows at the DesignDC conference.

James at the White House.

James at the White House.

Sasha at the Lincoln Memorial.

Sasha at the Lincoln Memorial.

James and Sasha saw country music singer Brad Paisley filming a music video at the Lincoln Memorial!

James and Sasha saw country music singer Brad Paisley filming a music video at the Lincoln Memorial!

It looks like it was a great trip, and I can’t wait to hear more about their future Bluebeam adventures.  How about you? And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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The Bluebeam Cubicle Pranksters Strike Again

July 20, 2009
Bluebeam is at it again.

Bluebeam is at it again.

Apparently it’s the summer of cubicle redecoration!

As of last week, my coworker Beth has been part of the Bluebeam family for two years.  To celebrate her cubicle was decorated with cotton balls and quilt batting.  It makes perfect sense to me.  After all, cotton is the appropriate gift for a two year anniversary.

The Bluebeam logo – in cotton!

The Bluebeam logo – in cotton!

The list says leather is the appropriate gift for a third anniversary. Do you have any gift ideas for Beth’s next anniversary? And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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Make Your PDF Snapshots Stand Out

July 17, 2009

I like the snapshot tool because it’s an easy way to copy and paste from a PDF. Unfortunately, snapshot annotations are limited in that you can’t assign them a fill or line color, style or adjust their opacity. Sometimes, this can make it difficult to see a snapshot on a PDF.

Can you find my snapshot?

Can you find my snapshot?

Luckily, there’s a very easy workaround to make snapshots stand out.

Now I can see the snapshot.

Now I can see the snapshot.

In the example above, I was able to call attention to the snapshot simply by placing a colored rectangle over it and reducing the rectangle’s opacity. If you don’t want to use a rectangle, you can use any other shape that allows for a fill color (ellipse, polygon or cloud).

I can also use other annotations, like arrows and text, to give further instructions.

An easy-to-see snapshot with additional instructions. I love it!

An easy-to-see snapshot with additional instructions. I love it!

And that’s it – a very simple workaround that “gives” additional properties to a snapshot. Try this trick out the next time you’re working with the snapshot tool. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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View PDFs and websites, too!

July 16, 2009

WebTabs is a nifty feature in Bluebeam.

To open a WebTab, right click in the grey space next to your file tabs.

To open a WebTab, right click in the grey space next to your file tabs.

Since version 6, WebTabs have provided Bluebeam users with a web browser for surfing the Internet from directly within Revu.

A screenshot of the Bluebeam Software website, as viewed in a Bluebeam PDF Revu WebTab.

A screenshot of the Bluebeam Software website, as viewed in a Bluebeam PDF Revu WebTab.

WebTabs is a useful feature for a few reasons. First, if you need to refer to a website while reviewing a PDF, you can use Revu’s tabbed navigation to switch back and forth between the PDF and website. You can even split the view to display both the website and PDF side by side.  Also, when you click a hyperlink in a PDF, Revu will automatically open that website in a WebTab.

What do you use WebTabs for? Let me know. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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