Archive for December, 2010

Celebrating Novembeard and Stachember

December 22, 2010

The past two months, a few of the guys in the office have been growing some wild facial hair. I finally figured it out – they’ve been celebrating Novembeard and Stachember! Some of them were camera shy, but I did snap these photos to share:

Nice creativity!

His moustache connects to his sideburns!

If you are celebrating these two months of facial hair growth, share your pictures with us. And remember to keep on PDFin’!


Use Bluebeam to Link PDF Markups to Important Information

December 21, 2010

One of my favorite features in Revu is Action Markups. With the release of version 8 earlier this year, any markup can be assigned an action (Jump to Page, Jump to Snapshot View, Hyperlink to a Website or Open a File). It’s a great feature for linking markups to relevant information such as details on a drawing, a section of a building code to explain a violation, photos of products or product data sheets – the list goes on and on.  Below is a quick how-to on this great feature.

Start by making a markup, right-clicking on it and selecting “Edit Action.”

Next, choose what type of action you want this markup to perform. In this example, we’re going to jump to snapshot view (Tip – the selected snapshot view can be on the current PDF page, or a different PDF page. Nice!).

When you choose Snapshot View, you’ll need to press the Get Rectangle button to define the snapshot area. You have a variety of options to navigate to the desired area – use the scroll bars, hold down the middle mouse button to pan or scroll the middle mouse button to zoom. You can even switch between pages through the thumbnails panel.

Once you’re at the right spot, hold down the left mouse button as you drag out a rectangle of the snapshot area. You’ll see a blue flash to confirm your selection. Don’t worry, if you make a mistake, Bluebeam allows do-overs!

After you assign your action, a lightning bolt will display to the bottom right of the markup.

When clicked, the markup will perform the assigned action (in this case, jump to the snapshot view I selected).


To ensure that PDFs with Action Markups will work if you send the file to someone who uses a different PDF editor, right click on the markup and flatten it before you send.

The lightning bolt will disappear, and now the entire markup will perform the action when clicked.

So there you have it – Action Markups. Let me know what helpful uses you find for this nifty feature, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Happy Holidays from Bluebeam Software

December 16, 2010

Cheers and keep on PDFin’!


Give the gift of Bluebeam

December 15, 2010

We’ve been getting some interesting calls and emails here at Bluebeam lately…not only from Bluebeam users, but from their friends and family members, too. It seems as though quite a few of you are wishing for Bluebeam PDF Revu this holiday season! As the mother of one Bluebeam user told my coworker, Michelle:

“My daughter uses Bluebeam at work and now wants to have it on her home computer; she has put it on her Christmas list.”

 Another Bluebeam user told my coworker Renee:

“I’m asking my family for a seat of Bluebeam for the holidays. This way, when I need to work late I can do so at home close to them, instead of in the office.”

It all makes sense to me! Even better, if you already have a license of Bluebeam at work, you just may qualify for a special, discounted “Professional Home Use” license to use on your personal computer. Contact our Account Services team at or 626-296-2140 ext. 1 for eligibility details. And remember, to keep on PDFin’.


Greenbuild 2010 Recap

December 6, 2010

This year at Greenbuild, Bluebeam Software was on a mission to banish paper from construction projects. Again, we called upon the powers of our superhero, the Mighty Bluebeam, to show green builders the benefits of using PDF versus paper, and to drive home the message that Paperless is Green with the launch of

The goal of this new microsite and campaign is to help green builders share and celebrate their successes in paperless construction projects. We got a head start at collecting great stories by recording these paperless story videos in our booth. (Tip – Go to to share your own paperless story for a chance to win a Motion Tablet PC with Bluebeam PDF Revu!)

We also had a great time demonstrating Bluebeam PDF Revu’s PDF creation, markup and editing features to Greenbuild attendees. It was so great to see attendees recognize Revu as an end to end solution for digital project communication, for everything from design reviews to RFIs to submittals and punch.

Take a look at our Greenbuild 2010 recap video, and check out some photos on our Facebook page.

Were you at Greenbuild? Tell us about your favorite part of the show. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


2010 in Revu

December 6, 2010

2010 was a wild year for us here at Bluebeam! We released some cool new products, including real-time collaboration for Revu with Bluebeam Studio, automated PDF publishing and processing with Bluebeam Q and bFX for integrating Bluebeam PDF Revu with websites and other remote locations. We also expanded our presence in Europe, put the pedal to the medal with the Bluebeam Rally Team and called upon superhero Mighty Bluebeam to fight the destructive forces of paper. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Check out our top 10 favorite moments of 2010 in this recap video:

What was your favorite Bluebeam moment of 2010? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


New On-Demand Webinar – Get in Q with Bluebeam Q

December 3, 2010

Last month we hosted a complimentary webinar to help AEC pros and their IT departments save time and money by automating PDF-based workflows with our newest product, Bluebeam Q. This webinar shows the four ways to put your files in Q – a network printer, Watched Folders, a scripting engine and an API – as well as how to power up this PDFin’ machine for PDF publishing and processing. If you missed it, don’t worry. You can watch it here!

Have any questions? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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