Archive for April, 2010

How the £©‡™± do I add these symbols to my PDFs?

April 29, 2010

A few days ago a Bluebeam user Tweeted me and asked, “How do you type a ™ or © to a text markup in Bluebeam?” The answer is to show some love to your keyboard’s Alt key.

Alt: It’s not just for killing programs along with Ctrl and Delete.

In Windows, Alt can be used in conjunction with the numeric keypad to the right of your alphabet keys to add a variety of special symbols, letters with accents and so on. And, you guessed it; these magical codes work in all text markups (text box, typewriter, callout and leader line) in Revu. For example, to get the trademark logo, just hit Alt + 0153. Need the copyright symbol? Go press Alt + 0169. Nice!

You can find a directory of Windows Alt numeric codes here. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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A Bluebeamer sends us up-close photos of Iceland’s exploding volcano

April 20, 2010

Who knew Bluebeamers were such dare devils?

Today, my coworker Jenna sent me these photos of the exploding Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland. You know the one that is grounding air traffic and stranding would-be air travelers all over the globe. Well get this – a Bluebeamer from Reyjavík took these photos from the seat of a Cessna! That’s right; he flew right over the volcano as it was spewing out 750 tons of volcanic ash per second!

Incredible images, don’t you think?

If you have your own thrill-seeking story you’d like to tell your fellow Bluebeamers, comment below. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail…with Bluebeam PDF Revu

April 19, 2010

Things to pack for a hike:

  • Water
  • Food
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Tablet PC loaded with Bluebeam??

I never thought I’d be blogging about this! My coworker Beth just told me about a conversation she had with a user. She just helped him authorize his license of Bluebeam on his tablet PC – the computer he’s taking with him on his hike from Mexico to Canada.

Nope, that wasn’t a typo. This user is hiking the beautiful Pacific Crest Trail, a “2,650-mile scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.” I think most serious backpackers would agree hiking this trail in its entirety is the opportunity of a lifetime!

A map of this very long trail.

The user explained to Beth that he’s bringing his tablet PC along to store and read books and PDF copies of maps and even his campfire permit. He said he’ll be using Revu for most of his reading needs on the trip.

To our hiking Bluebeam friend – I hope you have an amazing adventure! And to everyone else, remember to keep on PDFin’!


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Your first glimpse at Mighty Bluebeam’s Station 32 booth for AIA!

April 13, 2010

Last week we told you that we have some big news for AIA Miami, including a really cool, Mighty Bluebeam themed booth. Today, we’re giving you a glimpse at Mighty Bluebeam’s Station 32 command center, where AIA attendees will discover the new technology we’re unveiling at the show. Get an expanded view at

Hmmmm….a rotating bluebeam “B”, a concrete beam, and sheet metal. What could it all mean? You’ll have to wait to find out! Keep checking this blog for more sneak peeks of our booth, and hints about the new technology we’ll be debuting at AIA. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Video Testimonial – Using Bluebeam PDF Revu on Multiple Monitors

April 8, 2010

It’s our latest Bluebeam user story!

Watch user Anthony DelNunzio digitally review plans using Bluebeam PDF Revu on multiple monitors. Then, see how he maximizes his display using Bluebeam’s MutliView technology to show multiple PDFs side by side. Nice!

If you want to share your Bluebeam story, let me know and I’ll send you information about recording and submitting videos. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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This just in – a new Mighty Bluebeam video appears!

April 7, 2010

There’s a brand new Mighty Bluebeam video on the re-designed, Station 32 website at Watch Bluebeam’s Channel 32 News and see how Mighty Bluebeam and Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 are battling paper usage around the globe. But be warned, the evil Paper Pusher isn’t too happy with Bluebeam’s success.

Check out the video now, and while you’re at it explore Mighty Bluebeam’s paperless command center. You may even find a special page with a new sneak peek at our huge AIA 2010 booth (where we’ll be unveiling our latest innovation this June). And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Using Bluebeam as a layout program

April 6, 2010

A few weeks ago I received this PDF from a Bluebeam user who wanted to show me what he is doing with Revu:

Now, I always love seeing how our customers use our software. But I was especially excited to see this PDF. Why? Well, because the user created this file by using Bluebeam as a layout application. Every single image, cloud and text box in this file is actually an annotation made in Revu!

See, the entire PDF is made out of Bluebeam markups. Cool!

You can use Bluebeam as a layout program for field reports and other document types, too. Start with a blank PDF, or a PDF template. Then, like this user, add snapshot annotations or use the insert image tool to add photos. Use the text box or typewriter tool to add notes, and even add shapes like clouds, rectangles and ellipses. To make it easier to place markups, use Revu’s alignment toolbar.

Align, distribute or flip markups using the Alignment Toolbar.

You can also select an annotation and adjust its X and Y coordinates, width, height or rotation in the Properties Panel.

Find lots of markup layout options in the Properties Panel.

What type of documents will you make using Bluebeam PDF Revu as a layout program? Share them with me! And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Bluebeam Software’s latest technology will marvel crowds at AIA Miami

April 6, 2010

Be one of the first to see Bluebeam Software’s latest innovation in action. This June at AIA Miami, Bluebeam is changing the future and unveiling new technology for digital project communication and collaboration. See it for yourself in our massive, 600 square foot, superhero-themed booth #2387 (six times the space we had last year)! We would call this news “revolutionary,” but we’re not fans of buzzwords. Instead, we’ve put together this fun comic to give you an idea of what we’re doing at AIA…

click to enlarge

For more information about Bluebeam Software and our AIA plans go to And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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