Archive for May, 2010

Blasting Paper Construction Submittals to PDF

May 28, 2010

In the past month we’ve shared two great case studies from construction firms using Bluebeam PDF Revu to digitize submittals. First up was Turner Construction, who is using Revu on the Cobb County Superior Courthouse Project in Marrietta, GA. They are halfway through the project and so far have saved 63% of printing and shipping fees. Nice!

The second great story came from Balfour Beatty Construction. Using Bluebeam on the Gateway Church Project, this team eliminated all costs associated with printing and shipping submittals with the exception of material samples. Wow!

If you haven’t already checked out these incredible stories then make sure to read them today. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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Sign up for a free AIA 2010 Expo Hall pass

May 25, 2010

Are you in the Miami area but not yet signed up for the AIA National Convention and Expo? If so, I just received a promo code for a free Expo Only pass that can help you out.

Go to the AIA Convention registration page. Click “Register online today.” Choose the “Expo Only” registration category and type in promo code EXPOPASS and submit. Additional details about the promo code and Expo Only pass can be read here.

Once you’re registered, make your way down to Miami Convention Center June 10th to 12th to meet with AIA exhibitors and see Bluebeam’s awesome new trade show booth #2387 in action. I hope to see as many of you as possible at AIA Miami, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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Video: The Paper Pusher Strikes Back!

May 21, 2010

Oh no! Mighty Bluebeam’s arch nemesis is plotting against him and the good people of Paperopolis! Watch Paper Pusher’s evil plan unfold in the latest Mighty Bluebeam motion comic on www.station32.com.

Watch video #5 today!

How will the World’s Greatest Paper Eliminator fight back? Visit Bluebeam at the AIA Expo this June in booth #2387, or stay tuned to this blog to find out. And remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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Bluebeam Sneak Peek Video: Making our AIA Expo Booth!

May 18, 2010

Question:
What happens when you tell a group of quirky, over-caffeinated, self-proclaimed sci-fi nerds to design a trade show booth?

Answer:
Something awesome!

After nearly a year of planning, we’re excited to share this sneak peek video documenting how we designed our 2010 AIA Expo booth and modeled it after Mighty Bluebeam’s Station 32 command center. Check it out:

Remember, in this space we will be releasing some very cool technology. So, make sure to visit us at AIA June 10-12 in booth #2387. And if you can’t make it to AIA, stay tuned to this blog. I’ll be updating as much as possible during the show. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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A very important question for Bluebeam users

May 14, 2010

Hello Bluebeamers! I have a request from our development team. They really appreciate all the feedback and suggestions you send them via suggestions@bluebeam.com, this blog and through phone and email conversations. But there’s one lingering user question out there that our engineers really want to answer:

I’m not kidding. They really want to identify the favorite Star Wars character of Bluebeam users. They also said you can write in answers below, but that prequel-only characters don’t count. 🙂 So please vote to help bring balance to the Force (aka, keep the engineers happy). And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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Your first glimpse at Bluebeam’s new technology

May 13, 2010

This isn’t a normal screenshot of Bluebeam PDF Revu, I promise.

Bluebeam Hint

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It’s your first look at cool new tools we’re launching this June at AIA Miami. I know, I know, it doesn’t look like much of a hint…yet. This image is just a teeny, tiny part of the puzzle. But if you look carefully, there are three clues in this image. Can you find them? Comment below to let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin!

-Karen

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Help us save Sammy the pigeon!

May 10, 2010

Look what we found in our office this morning:

It’s Sammy the pigeon. Somehow over the weekend this bird made Bluebeam his new home. We’ve been trying all morning long to relocate Sammy back to the great outdoors (aka Pasadena city streets). First we called animal control.

But Sammy was perched so high up, he couldn’t be caught. Then we tried to make a pigeon trap, complete with bread crumbs as bait.

But Sammy’s one smart pigeon, and didn’t fall for our ploy. We’ve even opened up our balcony doors and posted pictures of pigeons outside, hoping Sammy will want to meet up with his feathered friends.

No luck yet! Do you know how we can safely and humanely relocate Sammy? If so, let me know! And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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We’re up to something

May 6, 2010

We don’t just make software, we make videos, too.

This photo was taken in Bluebeam’s lobby yesterday afternoon. It has something to do with our huge booth at the upcoming AIA Expo taking place this June in Miami. And it is most definitely related to the incredible new technology we’ll be debuting at the show.

Hmmm…what could it be? Leave your guess below and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

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You know you’re working hard when…

May 6, 2010

…you break the PDF specification. Well, the book, anyways.

We broke the PDF specification book!

In our developers’ library, the PDF specification book is beat and abused. In fact, it’s ripped in half!

This is what the book used to look like…you know, before our developers got their hands on it.

Our developers rely on these 1,200+ pages of PDF goodness to create awesome Bluebeam PDF Revu features and ensure that every PDF created, redlined and edited in Bluebeam will display in any PDF viewer.

Our developers have read this book more times than they’ve read Lord of the Rings. Amazing!

Well they used to read this book. These photos are of an older version, kept as a keepsake. Since then, the PDF standard has gone digital. The entire document is available in, you guessed it – PDF!

-Karen

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Using Bluebeam to design our AIA booth

May 3, 2010

A few weeks ago we announced that we’re going to have a huge, 20 ft x 30 ft booth at AIA this June, and we posted some sneak peek images, too. Today, we’re giving you a glimpse at our design process, to show you how Bluebeam PDF Revu helped create Bluebeam’s largest trade show booth ever. Take a look:

During the design phase we used Revu to redline PDF drawings of our plans.

We also made PDF image boards to spec out booth components. Thank you Insert Image tool!

Sequenced markups are a nifty way to layout computer stations.

Revu’s markup tools even helped us plan out our computer and monitor connections.

Stay tuned for more hints about our booth and the amazing new technology we’ll be launching at AIA. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen


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