Archive for March, 2010

Star Wars LEGOs invade our office…

March 25, 2010

I want to tell you a little something about one of our lead software developers, Peter. You may have heard him in our latest Bluebeam podcast. And, I bet when you were listening to him talk about designing the new features in Bluebeam PDF Revu 8, you had no idea that he has also built quite a massive LEGO collection.

Well, believe me, he has. He’s even brought some of his most treasured bricks, Star Wars LEGOs from A New Hope, into Bluebeam to show us! Take a look:

The ship that started it all, Princess Leia’s Tantive IV.

The Tatooine Sandcrawler.

These are not the LEGOs you’re looking for…

Time for Luke to hop into his X Wing and destroy the Death Star!

See, I wasn’t kidding when I said Peter has a lot of LEGOs.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that many of you architects, engineers and builders were (or still are) pretty big LEGO fans, too. How does your collection compare to Peter’s? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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A video testimonial from Ecobuild UK

March 22, 2010

Last week I blogged about how my coworkers and Mighty Bluebeam made new friends at Ecobuild UK, a huge green building conference that took place earlier this month. One of these new friends is Anthony George of P.C. Landscapes. Anthony first discovered Bluebeam at last year’s Ecobuild. This year, he stopped by to tell us how much easier it is to create PDFs from AutoCAD and add logos and other markups now that he has Bluebeam. Check it out:

Don’ forget, we want to hear from you, too! Email me if you want to be a part of the “Bluebeam User Story” video series. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Video Testimonial – Guess how great Bluebeam is for estimates!

March 18, 2010

Check out the latest “Bluebeam User Story” video testimonial:

In this video Tim Sorrentino, Construction Mananger and Principal of Wellspring Building & Development, shows us how he uses Bluebeam to get takeoffs for performing estimates. He’s only been using Bluebeam PDF Revu for two months, but he’s already maximizing his use with custom tools sets, custom markup list columns and more.

Let me know if you want to be a part of this fun series, and I’ll send you all the details about recording and submitting videos. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Mighty Bluebeam makes new friends at Ecobuild

March 17, 2010

What a lucky guy!

Our paper-fighting superhero Mighty Bluebeam is back from Ecobuild, and boy does he have some stories to tell. From March 2nd to 4th, he and a handful of my Bluebeam colleagues exhibited at this London conference, dubbed the world’s largest event for green building.

Team Bluebeam reports that Ecobuild was a huge success, with several current users stopping by to say “Hello.” Many more attendees were drawn to our comic book themed booth, and blown away by Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 and its custom PDF markup tools, Tool Chest, electronic takeoffs and more.

Stay tuned for a special video testimonial from a Bluebeam user, taken live on the Ecobuild trade show floor. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Nothing excites Bluebeamers like…

March 9, 2010

Girl Scout cookies!

We just got our fix today. So, if you call in this afternoon and we seem extra chipper, don’t worry. We’re just on a sugar high! Now please excuse me while I eat my box of Tagalongs. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Connect with Bluebeamers on the new Bluebeam Community Forums!

March 8, 2010

You asked, and we’re delivering. I’m very excited to give you a sneak peak at the Bluebeam Community Forums!

We’ll make the “official” announcement in our April Bluebeam Insider, but don’t let that stop you from posting now! Hop on over to and join the fun today. Connect with other Bluebeamers about using Bluebeam PDF Revu and Bluebeam Conversion Server. Or start your own thread to get suggestions and feedback on your Bluebeam workflow.

If you need help, Bluebeam’s Brian F. (yes, we have tons of Brians at Bluebeam) is your man.

Say hello to your Bluebeam Community Forum Moderator, Brian F.

So head on over to our message boards, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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Video Testimonial – Plan Room Estimator using Bluebeam PDF Revu for Takeoffs

March 5, 2010

Hello, Bluebeamers! Today we’re introducing a new feature for the PDF Insider and our social media sites – video testimonials! In our first “Bluebeam PDF Revu User Story,” watch plan room estimator Brad Wells tell you why he thinks Bluebeam PDF Revu is the best software for takeoffs:

To share your Bluebeam story with other Bluebeamers, email me and I’ll send you all the details about how to record and submit videos to us. Thanks for watching and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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A nifty way to use Bluebeam’s Action Markups

March 2, 2010

Action Markups (new in Revu 8) are a cool enhancement to Bluebeam. Now you can take any annotation and configure it to open a website, jump to a specific portion of the PDF or open an entirely different file when clicked.

In my opinion, one of the niftiest ways to use this new tool is to drag and drop related files over annotations, instantly linking them to the markup. It’s great for easily sharing images, RFIs, specifications and other files that help answer project questions.

Let me show you what I mean:

This PDF has a few comments that are referring to other documents and images. Rather than just describing where viewers can find additional information, you can now attach those files directly to the markups.

Just drag and drop a file from the File Explorer, your desktop or other Explorer window on top of the markup.

Now the cloud markup is configured to open up the staircase image when clicked. You can tell that a markup is configured to perform an action because it will display a little lightning bolt to the bottom right of the annotation (see the circled area below).

The lightning bolt tells the tale!

Now when clicked, this markup will open the associated image.

Don’t forget to use Action Markups the next time you need to reference or attach additional files, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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Where you can see Bluebeam this March

March 2, 2010

Talk about a crazy travel schedule. This month, Bluebeam Software is exhibiting at four conferences on two continents!

First up is Ecobuild, taking place this week at Earls Court in London. Bluebeam will be exhibiting March 2nd – 4th in Stand 1831.

After that, it’s off to Orlando, Florida for some fun in the sun at the AGC Annual Convention & Pavilion. This conference is taking place March 17th – 20th, and Bluebeam will be in booth B20.

Next up, we’re heading back to Europe. But this time, we’ll be in Stockholm, Sweden to show off the Swedish version of Bluebeam PDF Revu at Nordbygg. Come see us March 23rd to 26th in stand A24:29.

And finally, rounding off the month is the FIATECH 2010 Technology Conference & Showcase in Austin, Texas (mmm…BBQ!). Making this trip even more special, our very own VP of Engineering Don Jacob will be hosting an educational session about the roles that PDF and other 2D file formats play in Building Information Modeling (BIM). The conference is taking place March 29th – 31st, and Don’s educational session is on Wednesday, March 31st at 10:45am.

If you’re going to one of these shows, stop by and say hello to your favorite jet-setting construction software company and paperless superhero Mighty Bluebeam, too. And remember to keep on PDfin’!


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