Archive for July, 2010

Bluebeam Podcast – Introducing our new PDFin Machine, Bluebeam Q

July 30, 2010

I was supposed to tell you about our latest product yesterday, when it launched. Unfortunately I was in a car accident and didn’t make it into Bluebeam. I’m back in business today though, so without further adieu…

Yesterday we launched Bluebeam QTM, a powerful PDFin’ machine for automated PDF publishing and processing. Formerly known as the Bluebeam Conversion Server, Q has a new name, new look and all new features.

Bluebeam Q

To celebrate, we recorded the following podcast with a Bluebeam Q developer, Brian, and product specialist, Joel. Click the player below to listen to the conversation and find out what Q can do for you.

For more information about Q, including a 30-day trial, an overview video and workflow samples, check out And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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One of my favorite Bluebeam features…Copy PDF Pages

July 23, 2010

Bluebeam PDF Revu offers a lot of PDF editing features for assembling PDF documents such as combining PDF pages, inserting new pages, and more. These options can be accessed by right-clicking in Revu’s thumbnails panel.

PDF editing galore!

My personal favorite, though, is the Copy Pages features. Simply select a PDF thumbnail (or multi-select two or more using the Ctrl key or the Shift key to select a range of PDF pages), and then right click and select Copy Pages.

I love Copy Pages!

Note – if you prefer, you can select Cut Pages, instead.

Once copied (or cut), right-click in the thumbnails panel in the location you want the pages to appear, then select Paste Pages. You can even paste the page into an entirely different PDF!

Paste into the same or a different PDF.

The end result – the RFI PDF page has been pasted in front of the PDF drawing.

What’s your favorite Bluebeam feature? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Finding new markups in Bluebeam Studio

July 15, 2010

Let’s say you’re using Bluebeam Studio to collaborate on PDFs with project partners at different times. You log in on Tuesday, redline the PDFs and leave. On Friday you log back in to see what comments your fellow collaborators have made since Tuesday.

What’s the easiest way to find these new markups? The Markups list!

Open up the Markups list and sort by date. For each PDF, click the entries that have been added since you were last in the session. Revu will automatically jump to the location of that markup on the PDF so you can review the newly created comment.

If you can’t remember when you were last in a session, but want to find new markups, go to the filter option in the Record. Deselect everything but attendee information. Start at the bottom, and then work your way up to see when you last left the session. Hover over the entry and the date and time you left will display.

Do you have any questions about using Bluebeam Studio? Comment below to let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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A New PDF Viewing Trick

July 7, 2010

Today a user asked me if he could view two PDFs side by side in full screen mode, so that both documents could be displayed without surrounding toolbars or buttons. I thought about it for a second and then realized, “Hmmmm…yes, you can do this in Revu 8.5!”

You see, last month in addition to debuting great real-time collaboration features, we added a Full Screen mode into Revu 8.5. Here, let me show you…

You can start by splitting the view using our MultiView technology (which enables you to display up to 16 views or PDFs side by side).

Then go to View/Full Screen (or use keyboard shortcut F11).

To customize the floating toolbar right-click on it and select “Customize.”

Alternatively, you can start by viewing a single PDF in Full Screen mode, then use keyboard shortcut Ctrl+2 to split the view vertically, or Ctrl+H to split the view horizontally.

To choose which PDFs to display in which view, hover over the top of the interface to display the PDF tabs.

You can even open PDFs or create new ones from within Full Screen mode. Just right-click in the gray space above the PDF.

To exit Full Screen mode, press the leave button on the floating toolbar, which you can customize by going to View/Toolbars/Customize.

Do you have a feature question?  Let me know and I just may answer it here on the blog. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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AIA 2010 Video Recap

July 2, 2010

Bluebeam Software had a Mighty good time at the 2010 AIA Expo in Miami. We launched Studio for real-time collaboration in PDF and unveiled our superhero-themed trade show booth. If you didn’t get to make it to the show, or were there and just want to reminisce, take a look at our AIA recap video:

Thanks for watching and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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