Archive for February, 2010

New Bluebeam features for getting takeoffs from PDFs

February 24, 2010

Bluebeam has always been a great tool for getting takeoffs from PDFs. But with the release of Revu 8, great got even better! Take a look at these enhanced features for measuring and counting from PDFs:

Estimation Profile
This is the new, must-have profile for anyone using Bluebeam’s measurement tools. It displays all the measurement options on a Revu toolbar, adds special length and area columns in the markups list (that show values in decimal format) and adds special Curves and Sequenced Markups tool sets in the Tool Chest. It’s everything and the kitchen sink!

Radius Measurement
Calculate a radius by clicking two points along a curve. So simple!

Sequence Markups
It’s a new way to count from Bluebeam. Group any markup with a text box, save it to your Tool Chest then right-click to sequence the markup. Every time it’s placed, the text field will update sequentially. Cool!

Markups List Columns and Formulas
If you’re preparing estimates, you can now get takeoffs from your PDFs and let the Markups List take care of all the cost calculations. Add custom columns with formulas and calculations, so data such as material cost, square footage and more is automatically calculated as you measure off your PDF. Learn more about this feature in the Columns & Formulas Video on this page.

What’s your favorite new feature for getting takeoffs from PDF? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Bluebeam Rally Team Wins 1st Place at Torparskogsrundan!

February 22, 2010

Remember a few weeks ago, when I told you about Bluebeam’s new Swedish Rally Car Team?

Well, this past weekend Bluebeam’s CEO, Richard Lee, joined the Bluebeam Rally Team at Torparskogsrundan, Sweden. With Peter Hermansson, a 35-year veteran rally racer, behind the wheel and Richard riding shotgun as co-driver the pair tore up the ice at high speeds.


Riding shotgun with the Bluebeam Rally Team!

And, guess what? The Bluebeam Rally Team won First Place in their division!

The Bluebeam Rally Team after the First Place finish.

I just spoke with Richard, and he gave me a quick recap of the race. He said they were averaging 60 MPH and hitting anywhere between 80 to 90 MPH on straights. Sounds like a good time to me!

When I asked him what it was like to win, he said, “Nothing like a turbo-charged Mitsubishi Evo 8 to get you to the finish line REALLY fast!”

You can find out more about the victory and future races at and And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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New Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 video featuring Mighty Bluebeam!

February 18, 2010

It’s the next chapter in our battle against paper! Today on our paperless hero, Mighty Bluebeam, revealed his latest video.

Click screen #3 to watch the latest Mighty Bluebeam video…

In this motion comic, watch the World’s Greatest Paper Eliminator blast paper to PDF with newly released Bluebeam PDF Revu 8. Arriving just in time, Mighty Bluebeam rescues project architect Veronica from mountains of paper and certain doom.

Go to Station 32 now to see the action, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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My 3 Favorite Customization Features in Revu 8

February 16, 2010

When I think of Bluebeam PDF Revu 8, I can’t help but be reminded of my favorite 80s rock band, Journey. After all, with all new, customizable options in Bluebeam, you really can have it “any way you want it.”

But, enough about hair bands. When it comes to giving users control over how software works and looks, Revu 8 really hits the mark, especially with these three customization features, which also happen to be my favorites.

Favorite Customization Feature #1 – Customizable Toolbars

I know I’m not the only one excited about this feature. Many users, including our faithful tablet pc followers, have requested the ability to create custom toolbars. And with Revu 8, that’s now possible. Just go to View/Toolbars/Customize to Add, Modify and Delete toolbars.

Favorite Customization Feature #2 – New Profiles, Including Multiple Monitors

Revu’s Profiles are a quick way to change the configuration of the Interface. You can make a Profile by relocating toolbars and tabs, then going to View/Profiles/Save Profile. This isn’t new. However, Revu 8 revamps the profiles shipped with Bluebeam, and even provides one for those of you who work with multiple monitors. Pretty sweet!

Favorite Customization Feature #3 – Custom Columns

I’ve saved the best for last! New in Revu is the ability to add custom columns in the Markups list, and configure them with formulas, check boxes and more. This is so much more than just a way to customize Bluebeam – it really does turn the Markups list into a worksheet for a variety of functions, including performing cost calculations from PDF takeoffs. Learn how to use Custom Columns in this video.

So go ahead, use these new features to have Revu any way you want it. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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It’s finally here – One Button PDFs from Revit!

February 11, 2010

Let’s cue the music from 2001: A Space Odyssey!

Perhaps I’m being a little too dramatic. But, I just can’t help it. I know how much Bluebeam users have wanted Bluebeam to provide one button PDFs from Revit. And I’m really excited to say this functionality is finally available in Revu 8!

Say “Hello!” to one button PDFs from Revit.

This plug-in is pretty robust. You can get a great output from the default settings, but can also configure it to your heart’s desire by adjusting several file conversion options to select sheets, add bookmarks, hyperlinks, PDF security, text stamps and so much more.

You can try out Bluebeam PDF Revu CAD Edition 8 here. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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The wait is over. Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 is here!

February 9, 2010

No more teasers, Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 is alive and ready to download!

This new version takes Bluebeam beyond just PDF creation, markup and editing. It’s a complete solution for banishing paper from your workflows. And, with incredible new features that make it super easy to manage files and customize the way you interact with PDFs, Revu 8 is most definitely Bluebeam’s best release ever.

Among my favorite new features are:

  • A brilliant File Access tab for managing files without ever having to leave Revu.
  • Smooth integration into SharePoint and ProjectWise through a Revu toolbar.
  • Flexible custom columns in the Markups List for performing calculations.
  • Quick and easy one button PDFs from Revit. Yes!!

Trust me, there’s a whole lot more to Bluebeam PDF Revu 8.  You can read about it here or listen to this podcast with lead Bluebeam PDF Revu developers, Ben and Peter:

So how do you get your hands on Revu 8? Here’s the deal:

Undecided? Get a 30-day trial here.
Current customer?
Try Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 here.
Ready to buy?
Thank you! Order from our online store, or through a Bluebeam reseller.

If you’re a current customer with maintenance, or you bought Revu on or since 1/1/10, drop us a line at Include your company name and serial number and we’ll send you a free upgrade license to Revu 8. For anything else, email us at or call 866-496-2140.

What are you waiting for? Download Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 now! Comment below to let me know what your favorite new feature is, and keep on PDFin’!


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A final sneak peak at Bluebeam PDF Revu 8

February 5, 2010

Last Tuesday, we announced that Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 will be available next week. So, in celebration of the upcoming release, I thought I’d give you one final sneak peak at the upcoming version. Take a look at these screenshots of new features. Can you guess what they are?

1 PDF, 2 PDF, Green PDF, Blue PDF…

1 PDF, 2 PDF, Green PDF, Blue PDF…

Customize what, exactly?

This strangely resembles the Conversion Settings menu for Bluebeam’s AutoCAD plugin. What could it be?

In case you missed them, check out the previously posted sneak peak screenshots of Revu 8 and the “What’s in Bluebeam PDF Revu 8” podcast of the Revu development team. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Introducing the Bluebeam Rally Team!

February 3, 2010

It’s quite possibly the coolest thing that Bluebeam has ever done. Well, besides making our awesome PDF editor, Bluebeam PDF Revu, of course.

Last fall we officially launched the Swedish version of Bluebeam PDF Revu, which is exclusively distributed through FutureCAD. During that launch, we discovered that our friends at FutureCAD, Björn Wulff and Christian Gren, are Swedish rally car drivers. The wheels in our heads started turning and we came to, what seems to us – an obvious conclusion. We NEED a Bluebeam rally car.

So ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, the Bluebeam Rally Team!

How cool is this?!

That’s right, we have not one, but two rally cars. You can follow their progress on and of course, right here on this blog. We’ll be updating a lot of fun content about the racing circuit. You might even see some familiar Bluebeam faces taking the cars for a spin. And remember, to keep on PDFin’ – and rallyin’, too.


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Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 is coming out next week!

February 2, 2010

The wait is almost over. No, I’m not talking about tonight’s season premiere of LOST, I’m talking about the debut of Bluebeam PDF Revu 8!

Today in our Bluebeam Insider newsletter, we announced that Revu 8, with its mysterious “access” and “customization” features, is hitting the streets next week. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this launch. I know it’s going to make a lot of Bluebeamers happy, and give me plenty to write about right here in this blog.

So stay connected, through this blog, our Twitter feed and our Facebook page to make sure you’re the first to know when Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 goes live. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Revu 8 Will Improve Bluebeam’s Customization Options – But How?

February 2, 2010

One of the leaks in the “What to Expect in Revu 8” podcast is that Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 will be more customizable than ever before. That’s sure saying a lot, because the fact is, Revu already has a ton of customization options right now. For example, you can configure the interface with a simple Profile change, save special markups in the Tool Chest and create and save PDF templates.

But when it comes to customization, there’s another very cool feature already in Revu, that really doesn’t get the credit it deserves. So today, I’m going to show you just how easy it is to move tabs like the Tool Chest and the Thumbnails tab, from one panel to another.

  1. Let’s move the Thumbnails panel from the left dock, to the bottom dock. You know, the dock next to the Markups list. To do this, select the Thumbnails icon at the top of the Thumbnails tab.
  2. Keep holding down that left mouse button as you drag your mouse from the Thumbnails tab, down to the bottom of the interface. As you do this, you’ll notice that both the bottom and right panels will automatically open.
  3. Once you’re over the bottom panel, this blue and orange Tab Positioning Wheel will display. Hover directly over the wheel to choose whether the tab should be placed to the top, bottom, right or left of the existing tab, in this case the Markups list. In the screenshot above, I moved the Thumbnails tab below the markups list, which is why the down bottom section of this wheel is orange

And now, for the results:

And just like magic, the bottom panel of Revu is displaying both the Markups List and the Thumbnails tab simultaneously. But that’s not all. I can further customize the panel by grabbing the Thumbnails tab icon, and moving it directly next to the Markups List icon so that only one tab is displayed at a time.

How do you think Revu 8 will improve on Bluebeam’s customization options? Well, the good news is that the release is just days away, so you won’t have to keep guessing for long. Check back to this blog for more Revu 8 news, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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