Archive for August, 2009

Last Chance to Vote for Bluebeam

August 31, 2009

ConstructionComputing

Time is running out! The Call for Nominations for Construction Computing Magazine’s Hammer Awards closes on Thursday, and Bluebeam needs your vote!

As I posted in the blog last month, the UK’s Construction Computing Magazine hosts the Hammer Awards every year to recognize the best software vendors and products. First they announce an open call for nominations. Then the companies with the most nominations are named finalists. Award winners will be chosen in November by magazine readers.

The call for nominations closes on September 3rd, so if you feel that Bluebeam deserves an award, please take a few moments to nominate us! Here’s how:

  1. Click here to go to the awards website.
  2. Click the Nominate Now link on the website’s left menu bar.
  3. Select “Construction Computing Magazine – One to Watch – Product” from the Category drop down menu, enter in your contact information, type in “Bluebeam Software” in the Company 1 field, “Bluebeam PDF Revu” in Product 1 field and click Submit.

Thanks, and remember to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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Bluebeam Quick Clip – Using Revu’s Takeoff Tools

August 31, 2009

It’s video time!

Today we’re introducing a new feature to The PDF Insider – the Bluebeam Quick Clip video. Our first installment is a short video showing you how to use Bluebeam’s takeoff tools.

In this Bluebeam Quick Clip, I use the example of measuring the area on a PDF map of my hometown, the raisin capital of the world. Some of the features discussed include:

Keep checking the blog for more Bluebeam Quick Clip videos. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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Greenbuild 2009: My chance to meet Al Gore and Sheryl Crow?

August 25, 2009

Al Gore and Sheryl Crow

I’m so excited for Greenbuild!

A few weeks ago, the USGBC announced that Sheryl Crow will perform a kick-off concert. And just last week, the green building community found out that Al Gore will be the show’s keynote speaker!

I feel like this lineup is a chance at redemption for me. A few years ago, Al Gore spoke at AIA in San Antonio. But I didn’t get to go, because I was on an airplane heading back home. I know, poor planning on my part.

But not this time. At Greenbuild, I must see Al Gore and Sheryl Crow (without the aide of binoculars or a JumboTron). Now I just need to devise a plan…any ideas? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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Is the North Pole Going Green?

August 24, 2009

It looks like Santa might not make a “naughty or nice” list this year, but a Bluebeam PDF, instead.

Last week my coworkers James and Jenna went to a local technology trade show where they demonstrated Bluebeam PDF Revu. And believe it or not, a professional Santa stopped by the Bluebeam booth!

Santa gave James this card.

Santa gave James this card.

While they didn’t have a chance to take any photos, they did talk to Santa about how he could use Bluebeam to go paperless. Just imagine how much less his sleigh will weigh without that hefty list of children’s names and toys!

I for one hope that when Santa Claus is coming to town this year he’ll be “Making his PDF, and checking it twice!” And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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Did I really just say “No?”

August 21, 2009

Movies

I just turned down an opportunity to go to the set of one of my favorite television shows! Crazy, I know…but let me explain.

Last weekend my coworker Joel attended a meeting for Hollywood script supervisors, which was hosted by IATSE 871. He was there to talk about how Bluebeam can be used on tablet pcs for inking production notes.

One of the most interested attendees just so happens to be the script supervisor for a very popular ABC drama…which is also one of my favorite shows! She invited Joel to bring a colleague and visit the set so we can see how she uses Bluebeam on a tablet. And Joel asked me to come with him!

But here’s the problem. I get very star-struck. Once, I was at a restaurant and saw the entire cast of Heroes. I stared at them throughout the entire meal.  Also, I saw Matthew Perry at a Dodgers’ game, and (inadvertently) yelled out “It’s Chandler!!” to the entire field box. Oops.

So when Joel asked me, I knew I had two choices:

  1. Go, make a total fool out of myself and get in trouble with the Bossman.
  2. Decline, and maintain some sense of dignity.

Do you think I made the right choice? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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More Love for Bluebeam

August 20, 2009

After writing about our “Love Letters” a few weeks ago, the accolades keep pouring in! Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorites. It’s from a contractor who says Bluebeam has “transformed” his company:

“Bluebeam is by far one of the finest software products geared for the construction and engineering industry I have ever seen. It is so handy for blueprint viewing and markup, project design, and PDF viewing and converting. I cannot stress enough how user-friendly and well designed your product is. It has literally transformed our entire company.”
– Wes

Thanks to everyone who has been emailing us! It really, truly is appreciated. We’re always happy to hear from our users, and don’t forget – suggestions are welcome and encouraged, too. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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Nominate Bluebeam for a Construction Computing Award!

August 17, 2009

ConstructionComputing

If you’re a happy Bluebeam user who works in the architecture, engineering or construction industry, then I’d like to ask for your help.

The UK’s Construction Computing Magazine is currently holding its annual Construction Computing “Hammers” Awards. These awards recognize the best software applications and vendors for the construction industry. Winners will be chosen in November by magazine readers, but first, products must be nominated.

And here’s where I need your help.

Only the products with the most nominations will be considered for the award. So if you feel Bluebeam deserves to be recognized, please take a minute to nominate us. Here’s how:

  1. Click here to go to the awards website.
  2. Click the Nominate Now link on the website’s left menu bar.
  3. Select “Construction Computing Magazine – One to Watch – Product” from the Category drop down menu, enter in your contact information, type in “Bluebeam Software’ in the Company 1 field, “Bluebeam PDF Revu” in the Product 1 field and click Submit.

Also, please spread the word and ask fellow Bluebeam users at your firm to nominate Revu, too. Thanks for your support, and remember to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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Yes, Bluebeam is 64-bit Compatible

August 17, 2009

I’ll never forget July 17, 2007. It was the day we released Bluebeam PDF Revu v 5.5, with 64-bit compatibility. It was an instant hit. In fact, we had so much web traffic on release day that our website crashed!

Well, two years and an upgraded web server later, 64-bit compatibility is more popular than ever.  In fact, I’ve heard through the grapevine that a lot of Bluebeam users have been asking, “How do I get a 64-bit version of Revu?”  Well, keep reading to find out how.

My Disclaimer – Before you install a 64-bit version of Bluebeam, please make sure you have a 64-bit version of Windows. Why? Because the 64-bit Bluebeam won’t work on a regular, 32-bit operating system, and I don’t want you to waste any time! So, right click on your My Computer icon and select Properties. Your operating system information will display under the General tab, ergo, if you have a 64-bit version of Windows, it’ll say so there.

Once you’ve confirmed you have a 64-bit version of Windows, there are two places you can go to get a compatible version of Bluebeam.

If you need a 64-bit trial of Bluebeam, go to our regular download pages for either CAD Edition or Standard Edition. After you’ve filled in the download form, you’ll land on a new screen from which you choose your trial download file. Make sure to click the link for the 64-bit trial – which does not have an icon next to it.

There’s a special trial link just for 64-bit users!

There’s a special trial link just for 64-bit users!

If you’ve already purchased Bluebeam, you don’t need to fill in the trial download form. Just go to Bluebeam’s support page, where we have our Software Updates listed. Just like on the download page, there’s a separate link for 64-bit users, too.

Make sure you click the correct link!

Make sure you click the correct link!

After you’ve downloaded and installed, enter in your license keys as usually. You do not need a different license or set of codes for the 64-bit version – just the special installation file.

It’s that easy! So 64-bit users, go ahead and install Bluebeam. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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Bluebeam Usage Leads to Group Hugs?

August 11, 2009
I like my coworkers, but I’m not a “hugger.”

I like my coworkers, but I’m not a “hugger.”

Well, maybe not exactly. But we did receive a fun email the other day, describing how Bluebeam is bringing one company closer together:

“After using Bluebeam for less than a month, more like a week actually, our estimators were praising the software. With Bluebeam’s markup capabilities, they can clarify the job requirements and this removes a number of questions that arise over the course of a regular job. Bluebeam also became a great team building device. They were like little kids. One would discover a “hidden” feature and would be eager to teach the others how to do it.”

-Allen

It’s great to hear that Bluebeam is uniting coworkers – while still allowing them to maintain 18 inches of personal space. How has Bluebeam changed your office? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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Brainstorming Ways to Talk Green Building with Eva Longoria Parker

August 10, 2009

Today I saw this article which says that Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria Parker has teamed with green building professionals to form The Greenville Project. The firm will focus on designing green retail spaces.

Eva and her green building partners. Photo from www.thegreenvilleproject.com.

Eva and her green building partners. Photo from http://www.thegreenvilleproject.com.

As soon as I read it, I instantly started devising plans to meet Eva. After all, I’m sure she’d be interested in hearing how Bluebeam can help her go paperless and review design data electronically.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  1. Make a big poster that says “Eva, try Bluebeam for PDFs!” and hold it up in front of the Universal Studios entrance (where her TV show is filmed). This is totally plausible – Bluebeam is about 20 miles away from Universal.
  2. Send her tons of fan mail letters, each with a Bluebeam trial CD inside. She just might open one! Although on second thought, this wouldn’t be very green of me.
  3. Get season tickets for the San Antonio Spurs (her husband plays for them), and go to every game in hopes of running into her at the hot dog stand. There are only a few problems with this – A) Basketball is not in season. B) I don’t live in San Antonio. C) Season tickets are expensive! D) What if she doesn’t like hot dogs?

Do you have any better ideas for how to reach Eva? Share them with me! And remember, to keeping on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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