Archive for September, 2010

Happy National Coffee Day from Bluebeam!

September 29, 2010

Today is National Coffee Day, a celebration of that wonderful, tasty beverage that keeps the world caffeinated.


This day has extra special meaning for us here at Bluebeam. We love coffee so much that not only do we have an internal map of all coffee shops within a one-mile radius (I’m not kidding) we just got a new coffee machine this week!

We’ll never have a coffee emergency again!

So cheers to coffee, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Need an image from that PDF? Crop it up!

September 29, 2010

I’ve written before about how you can use Revu to convert PDFs to images. But what if you just want to convert a portion of a PDF to an image? Well, here’s a cool Bluebeam cropping trick to help you out. Start by opening the PDF that contains your desired photo, chart or other graphical element.

Go to Document/Crop Pages. The Crop and Page Setup dialog box will appear.

Select the Get Window Button. Use your cursor to draw out a rectangle around the area you want to crop.

This dashed blue line indicates the area that will be cropped.

When you release the left mouse button the Crop and Page Setup dialog will appear again and preview the area to be cropped. If everything looks good, click OK.

If you don’t like what you see, click Cancel to give it another shot.

Once cropped, go to File/Export As and select your desired image file type.

I like to save images as PNGs.

And there you go. Now you have an image of the desired portion of the PDF. No additional software needed!

Are you trying to figure out how to make Revu do something you want? Let me know and I’ll do my best to help you out. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Celebrate National Punctuation Day with Bluebeam

September 23, 2010

Tomorrow is National Punctuation Day – a celebration of apostrophes, brackets, exclamation points and more. Join in the festivities by loading Bluebeam’s Proofreading Symbols tool set into Revu from our Resources page. Use these tools to redline PDFs that contain punctuation errors.

Make a PDF of this blog, then use these proofreading symbols to markup my punctuation errors. 😉

Happy punctuating, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam Article on Paperless Workflows in Construction Canada Magazine’s Green Issue

September 22, 2010

How about this for your reading pleasure? This month’s Green issue of Construction Canada magazine features an article on paperless workflows written by Bluebeam’s very own Director of Account Services, Sasha Reed. Check out the piece and read Sasha’s tips for using PDF editor Bluebeam PDF Revu along with cutting edge technology like pen input monitors and tablet PCs to make green building processes paper-free. Read the article here, and remember to keep on PDF’in!


Bluebeam needs your votes to win!

September 15, 2010

Woo hoo! Earlier this month we asked for your help by nominating Bluebeam for the Construction Computing Awards. Well, you delivered! Bluebeam is a finalist in three categories: Construction Computing One to Watch – Product, One to Watch – Company, and Best Use of Social Media.

Winners of the Construction Computing “Hammers” Awards are determined by popular vote among industry professionals…and we need your help to win! Here’s how:

Thanks for the support and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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On-Demand Webinar Shares Real-World Example of Using Bluebeam for Punch

September 13, 2010

Did you miss the webinar we co-hosted with Motion Computing last month about using Bluebeam for punch to save big at closeout? If so, don’t worry. This complimentary webinar, detailing how an architect used Bluebeam on a Motion tablet PC to punch the $500-million, 582-room Terranea Resort, is now available on-demand. Just click the player below to learn all about the process.

If you’re thinking about implementing this process, you may also want to check out the Terranea Resort case study, as well as this video tutorial outlining all of Bluebeam’s great features for tablet PCs.

Thanks for watching, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


New Action Figure Brings the World’s Great Paper Eliminator to Life

September 8, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet Mighty Bluebeam, the action figure!

Mighty Bluebeam Action Figure

Mighty Bluebeam has come to life...well, you know what I mean.

This paper-fighting toy was created by a Bluebeam user, Viet, who makes some pretty cool-looking custom toys as a hobby. We were really excited when Viet asked if he could make a Mighty Bluebeam toy for us, and we think the end result is pretty awesome!

Mighty Bluebeam Action Figure

It’s PDFin’ time!

Thanks for this one-of-a-kind creation, and remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Nominate Bluebeam for a Construction Computing Award!

September 2, 2010

Hello Bluebeamers – we need your help!

Nominations for the UK’s Construction Computing “Hammers” Awards are underway and due September 7th. This annual awards program honors the industry’s top software and hardware vendors. If you’re a happy Bluebeam user, it only takes a minute to nominate us for this prestigious award. Here’s how:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Nominate Now link on the website’s left menu bar.
  3. Select “Construction Computing Magazine – One to Watch – Product” from the Category drop down menu, enter in your contact information, type in “Bluebeam Software’ in the Company 1 field, “Bluebeam PDF Revu” in the Product 1 field and click Submit.

 Thanks for your votes, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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A “Batty” Jobsite

September 1, 2010

Last week a few of my coworkers were visiting client jobsites. I asked them to take a Flip video camera with them and get some cool shots of Bluebeam in action. Monday they returned the camera back to me, and the first video I saw was this:

Apparently this little bat was “hitchhiking” on one of the contractor’s back while they were walking through the building, and flew off and onto the ground when they stepped outside. The little winged fella gave my coworker Sasha quite the scare!

What’s the weirdest thing that you’ve encountered on a jobsite? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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