Turn your favorite pens, highlighters and more into a Bluebeam tool set

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One of my favorite features in Revu is the ability to create custom markups and save them in the Tool Chest. I know I talk about this feature a lot. Today I thought it’d be cool to show you step by step how to create digital versions of the tools I have sitting on my desk.

Let’s start by looking at what’s on my desk:

This really is a photo of my desk.

This really is a photo of my desk.

Okay, so I might have a bit of a hard time creating a magic wand markup. But the highlighters and pens are easy to recreate. For example, here’s how to create and save a green highlighter:

  1. Select the highlighter tool.
  2. Change the highlighter color to green from the toolbar.
  3. Make a highlight mark.
  4. Right-click and select Add to My ToolChest/My Tools
Just follow these steps.

Just follow these steps.

Now I just need to repeat this process to create a pink highlighter, blue pen and black pen.

Here are my tools!

Here are my tools!

When you add a markup to the Tool Chest, it is initially saved in drawing mode, which means that you can select it to replicate that exact same markup – some color, opacity, shape and size. You can double click on a markup to put it into properties mode.

Here are my tools in properties mode!

Here are my tools in properties mode!

Once in properties mode, you can select a saved markup, for example, the green highlighter, and make a green highlight mark of any shape or size.

If only it were this easy to improve my penmanship.

If only it were this easy to improve my penmanship.

Now that you know how easy it is to create and save custom markups, go ahead and make digital versions of your favorite tools! And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen

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3 Responses to “Turn your favorite pens, highlighters and more into a Bluebeam tool set”

  1. Silence Dogood Says:

    Karen PDF

    Judging from your immaculate desk it appears that you have gone completely paperless. The only thing that is out of place is the funny little naked guy with the silly hat. That being the case I agree with little naked guy it’s time to let the stapler and the throwback pens go.

  2. Frank Says:

    Those toolsets are such a great feature. And I’m happy that Bluebeam knows this 🙂
    Because other companies, like MS with OneNote, don’t seem to understand what is useful and what not. So they just made the tool selection and creation really cumbersome in OneNote 2010.
    Other annotating or pen supporting progams don’t have such a plethora of customization options at all, e.g. Acrobat.
    So really, the developers know what they do in PDF Revu, great work. But Bluebeam can still improve the current GUI with features like a real Full Screen mode with floating toolbars/sets.

    And Karen, keep up the good news coverage, it’s nice to see something new from Bluebeam, even if it’s only a tutorial.

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