Archive for January, 2011

Get Ready for Bluebeam PDF Revu eXtreme!

January 31, 2011

I have some exciting news to share!

Last month, I blogged that Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 is coming out in March. Well…that’s not all. With the Revu 9 launch comes a whole new, action-packed version of Revu called Bluebeam PDF Revu eXtreme. Why eXtreme? Just take a quick look at this video:

You see eXtreme is going to take Bluebeam to a whole new level. It’s going to make our current PDF power users very happy, and also make Revu a much more attractive PDF alternative, especially for some people out there who felt Revu was missing a thing or two in the past.

Want to know more? Check out the podcast I posted earlier today with our VP of Engineering, Don Jacob. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 Sneak Peek Podcast

January 31, 2011

It’s that time of year again!

The latest version of your favorite PDF editor, Bluebeam PDF Revu 9, is scheduled to be released next month. You know I want to give you as much inside info as possible, so we recently recorded a podcast with Bluebeam VP of Engineering, Don Jacob. While we couldn’t quite leak features (yet), Don did share some valuable insights on who is going to love Revu 9, and why we’re calling it the “fully-loaded” release. Also, listen to us chat for the first time about a brand new edition of Bluebeam PDF Revu called eXtreme.

So what do you think? Comment below. And remember to keep on PDFin’!

Karen

A Bluebeam announcement that will make your IT department very happy

January 25, 2011

If your firm has a lot (say 50 or more) seats of Bluebeam PDF Revu then read on! We have just announced a new licensing option for large organizations and enterprises…and it makes managing a license of Revu a whole lot easier for IT!

It’s called the Bluebeam License Management System (LMS), and it’s a huge time-saver for IT. Basically the LMS automatically tracks license usage and releases inactive seats of Bluebeam – no manual uninstall required. Those seats then become available to be installed on other computers. This option is available for firms with 50 or more seats of Bluebeam PDF Revu. For full details, call our Account Services team at 626-296-2140 or toll free at 866-496-2140.

If you think your IT department might like these benefits, then forward this blog to them. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

Save Pantone’s New Color of the Year (and other hues) in Bluebeam PDF Revu

January 25, 2011

Pantone has such a fun way of describing colors that I always look forward to their annual “Color of the Year” press release. In honor of their recent announcement that Honeysuckle is the color of 2011, here’s a Bluebeam tip for saving custom colors in Revu so you can easily apply them to any markup.

1) Open a PDF that contains a vibrant hue you want to save. If the file is not in PDF form, then use the Bluebeam PDF Printer to create a PDF. In this example, I’m making a PDF of Pantone’s website.

2) Now that you have your PDF opened in Revu, select any markup from the toolbar. Hover over the Fill Color button the toolbar and choose the eye-dropper.

3) Your cursor will now turn into the eye-dropper. Hover it over the color you want to save into Revu and click the left mouse button to capture it. Note – as you move your eye-dropper cursor, a box in the bottom right-hand corner of Revu will preview the hue.

4)  Now go back to the Fill Color icon and select “Custom” from the color selector palette, then “Define Custom Colors.”

5) Click “Add to Custom Colors” and it will always be available for you to use as a fill or line color in any markup.

Get colorful, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

A Toner-Saving Bluebeam Trick

January 19, 2011

Sometimes you’ve just got to print. I get that. Last week I went on a business trip and was reminded of this fact when printing my boarding pass. I can’t believe how much additional stuff some airlines add to boarding passes. Even when I choose the “No, I don’t want terminal and destination information” I always seem to get something extra printed out on the page.

Enter Bluebeam.

I realized that instead of printing directly to the printer, I can instead print to PDF. Then in Revu, I can use Bluebeam’s snapshot tool to copy just the boarding pass information. In case you don’t know, our snapshot feature copies raster and vector images from a PDF so that you can paste them elsewhere – in a different location on the same PDF, into a new PDF or into another Windows application like an Outlook message. For the purposes of printing just what you want, I think the best option is to paste a snapshot onto a blank PDF. That way when you hit print, you are just using toner to print the information you want – and not all those extras.

I know it’s a few extra steps, but for the toner-conscious, this trick could help save quite a bit of ink over time. After all, think about all the documents that you absolutely need to print. Do you really need the entire document…or just a portion of it? If your answer is the latter, then the snapshot tool just might help you save some toner…and money. 

Do you have any other nifty ink-saving tricks to share? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

Bluebeam Pride Runs in the Family

January 17, 2011

Here’s a fun story that just goes to show that Bluebeam pride runs in the family. The other day my coworker Renee called me over to her desk. She wanted to show me a huge stack of business cards of companies interested in Bluebeam…that her mother collected!

You see, Renee is from Illinois, and her father is a member of the local school board. About a month or so ago, her parents attended Lighting the Way, a joint annual conference between the Illinois Associations of School Boards, School Administrators and School Business Officials. The conference’s exhibit hall was full of building contractors who specialize in school building projects. Renee’s mom, being so proud of the company that her daughter works for, took it upon herself to say hello to every single one of these exhibitors. She talked to them about how Bluebeam can help them save big by reviewing and editing PDF drawings and other design documents digitally!

Renee with the big stash of business cards collected by her awesome mom!

What can we say – the love of Bluebeam is a family affair!

Have your parents ever gone above and beyond to promote your work? Share your story below! And remember, to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

Bluebeam PDF Revu 9.0 is Debuting This March

January 12, 2011

In case you didn’t see yesterday’s Bluebeam Insider newsletter, I wanted to let you know about an opportunity to save some cash on purchases of Bluebeam PDF Revu 9, which is expected this March. You see, for the first time in four years, the version 9 release will include a pricing increase. However, anyone who buys a license of Bluebeam PDF Revu now at the current, lower pricing will receive a free upgrade to version 9. Read the details about this great deal here.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…”What’s in version 9, Karen?”

I can’t give you definitive answers (yet). I can, however, tell you that we are calling version 9 the “fully-loaded version” and that despite having released all of these features over the past four years, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

We’re also heading to the podcast studio this week to bring you some sneak peeks and dare I say “tiny leaks” of information. I’ll post it soon…how does the first week of February sound? 😉 Until then, remember to keep on PDFin’!

-Karen

Bluebeam’s Amazing View of the 2011 Rose Parade

January 4, 2011
One of the many perks of working at Bluebeam is that we have an awesome view of Pasadena, California’s famous Tournament of Roses Parade. You see, our offices are located right along the parade’s route, and we conveniently have balconies. Smart design, eh?

Every year, a handful of Bluebeamers and their families welcome in the New Year by waking up at the crack of dawn, braving Pasadena’s crowded streets and trekking to Bluebeam to watch the parade. The theme for the 2011 parade was “Building dreams, friendships, and memories” and here are some pictures from the day:

Bluebeamers huddled on the balconies to get a great view of the Rose Parade.

Grand Marshall Paula Deen kicked off the festivities.

Soon the streets of Pasadena were filled with the sounds of marching bands.

A giant Spongebob on a float! How’s that for memorable?

 

The City of Sierra Madre’s “Suenos de California” float won the Governor’s Award.

Rotary International’s float featured bears from around the world.

It wouldn’t be a parade without horses…and if you look closely to the left, their “cleanup crew.”

The “cleanup crew strikes a pose!

After the parade the floats are parked so residents can get an up-close view. Here’s the City of La Canada Flintridge’s float titled “3-2-1 Dig.” The float design celebrates a new park being built in that community.

I couldn’t have said it better myself!

I hope you enjoyed our photos, and that you had a happy New Year. Cheers and keep on PDFin’!

-Karen


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