Archive for April, 2011

Favorite Feature Friday – Compare Documents

April 29, 2011

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to talk about yet another Bluebeamer-picked favorite feature. For those who missed last week’s post, every Friday I’m blogging about one of the features that my coworkers dressed up as a few weeks ago.

Today’s favorite feature – the Compare Documents tool – as illustrated by Kristine and Michelle’s creative costume:

See the similarities…I mean differences?

 Bluebeam’s Compare Documents (Document/Compare Documents) feature allows you to take two versions of the same PDF file and automatically compare the two. Revu makes a new copy of Revision B and places cloud annotations over all the differences so you can instantly see what has changed. What’s more, Revu opens this new “Difference” PDF side by side with the original PDF and syncs the views, not only giving you a side by side comparison of what used to be and what is now, but allowing both files to pan and zoom in unison.

If you think that’s cool – try Compare Documents in batch mode! Go to File/Batch Processing/Compare Documents to select PDF drawing sets to compare. It’s a great way to quickly ensure you are working with current information every time new drawings have been issued on a project. You can learn more about the Document Comparison tool on this page, which includes a PDF and video tutorial on the feature.

What do you think of Bluebeam’s Compare Documents tool? Let me know. And remember to keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam Speaks, Exhibits and Mingles at FIATECH

April 29, 2011

Every year, members of Bluebeam’s technical team head to FIATECH – one of their favorite events of the year. FIATECH is more than a technology showcase – it’s an opportunity for software companies and architecture, engineering and construction leaders to “geek out” if you will on cutting edge IT solutions to propel the industry forward. It’s the ultimate event for the diehard AEC techie!

This year, Fiatech was an extra special event for Bluebeam. Not only did we participate in the exhibition by demonstrating Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 and our advanced technologies – bFX for using Revu to redline PDFs stored on remote locations and Bluebeam Q for automating PDF publishing and processing – we spoke, too. Our VP of Engineering, Don Jacob, co-presented with Zachry Construction Unit Manager – Project Controls, Todd Sutton, the educational session titled “Real-Time Field Reporting with Smart Devices.” The session highlighted how Zachry Construction recently used Bluebeam in the field during closeout of the 16-story, 285-room Embassy Suites Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

Additionally, Team Bluebeam had the chance to meet and mingle with IT leaders from various AEC firms, many who were very intrigued by the recent white paper that McCarthy Building Companies wrote about “Managing Documents Through the Life of a Project Using Bluebeam PDF Revu,” and the upcoming webcast on the topic taking place May 5th.

All in all, it was a great event and we are looking forward to FIATECH 2012! Were you at the conference? Let me know what you thought. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Join Bluebeam in Sweden for our first user conference!

April 26, 2011

Are you ready to rev up your knowledge of Bluebeam Software and have a whole lot of fun in the process? Well, we’ve got just the event for you. Bluebeam is hosting its first ever user conference, the Bluebeam International Rally Conference (IRC), June 14 -17 in Rånäs, Sweden.

The Bluebeam IRC is a must attend event for anyone needing to further their knowledge of Bluebeam Software’s powerful PDF solutions including PDF editor Bluebeam PDF Revu, Bluebeam Studio for real-time collaboration, Bluebeam File Exchange (bFX) for using Revu to redline PDFs stored on remote locations and Bluebeam Q for automated PDF publishing and processing. Attend the IRC to learn best practices during nine educational sessions, meet Bluebeam’s top developers and experts, network with other industry leaders and have a little fun by experiencing the high speeds and thrills of rally racing!

Registration for this unique event is now open and can be accessed here. Reserve your spot today, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Crikey! Bluebeam has a great time at Australia’s designEX

April 26, 2011
Attending a trade show for the first time is always exciting, but the mates we met at Australia’s designEx made Bluebeam’s first event down under quite memorable. The trip started, of course, with a very long flight to Melbourne. Once our team landed, there was no time to spare. We immediately got to work setting up our booth for Bluebeam PDF Revu 9’s Australian debut!

Yellow safety vests were a must during designEX setup.

 In just a few short hours this blank slate was transformed into a Mighty Bluebeam-themed space and it was officially PDFin’ time!
The Mighty Bluebeam shows Australian architects how to digitize projects from design, to bid, to build.

Throughout the show, Bluebeamers demonstrated how Revu 9 helps architects digitize communication by sharing, redlining and editing PDF drawings and documents with industry-standard markups, measurements, drawing comparison tools and more. We were pleasantly surprised, and quite honored, when Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 received the event’s Sustainability Award for enabling design teams to go paperless.

Bluebeam’s Stephani proudly displays Revu’s latest award.

All in all, our first Australian trade show was quite the success! Were you at the show? Let us know what you thought. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



Favorite Feature Friday – Profiles

April 22, 2011
Last Friday many of my coworkers decided to dress up as their favorite Bluebeam feature. We even made a contest out of it (you can check out all the pictures here on our Facebook page). To honor these features (and my coworkers’ creative costuming skills) I’ve decided to highlight one of the “Favorite Features” at the end of each week. Today I’m going to write about Profiles, which was represented by my coworker Patrick’s award-winning costume below:

A Profile, the configuration of Revu’s interface including the toolbars and panels, is one of the many ways you can customize Bluebeam. Revu ships with several interface Profiles, which you can toggle between by clicking the arrow next to the Patrick icon, errr, I mean the icon of a man with a bow tie located at Revu’s bottom right-hand corner.

You can also import additional Profiles from the Profiles Section of the Revu Start Page.

One of the best aspects of the Profiles feature is that it’s really easy to create your own. Just drag and drop to move your toolbars and panels. Or go to View/Toolbars to turn additional markup and editing options on, and unwanted options off. Add custom tool sets to the Revu Tool Chest, set up custom columns and statuses in the Markups lists, and add scripts to the Revu toolbar because, you guessed it, these features are all tied to the selected Profile in Revu. Once you’ve made all the changes you want, click the Profile Icon (not the arrow next to it) to display the Manage Profiles dialog box.

From here, you can add your newly created Profile to Revu. You can even Export your custom Profile (complete with all those tool sets, custom columns, statuses and scripts you created) to share with other Bluebeam users in your firm or on your project. Pretty nifty, huh?

You can learn more about Profiles in this PDF tutorial.

What do you think of this customizable feature? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 Wins designEX 2011 Sustainability Award!

April 13, 2011

This week, Bluebeam is debuting Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 to Australian Architects at designEX 2011 – Australia’s premier architecture and design event.

I’m very excited to share that Revu 9 is receiving a tremendous reception from our friends down under! In fact, on Wednesday designEX awarded Revu 9 with the prestigious Sustainability Award for providing architects with a solution to digitize project workflows and go paperless.


Excited Bluebeamers after winning the desginEX Sustainability Award. Unfortunately the trophy is stuck in transit…but this certificate will do for now!

If you are at the show, visit Bluebeam in stand #1006 to see for yourself how Revu 9 helps architects, designers and entire project teams go paperless. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Good Times at ConExpo

April 1, 2011

A new version of Revu, good times with customers, temporary tattoos and jumping out of a building. What a week in fabulous Las Vegas!

Let me explain.

Two weeks ago Bluebeam exhibited at ConExpo/Conagg – a huge construction industry event that literally takes up the entire Las Vegas Convention Center with 2.4 million square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space. This was Bluebeam’s first appearance at ConExpo, and we showed up in a big way. First, we launched Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 and Revu eXtreme at the show, the latest, fully-loaded version of Revu.

To celebrate, we all inked up, temporarily – that is, with these tattoos:

Next, we debuted a white paper, written by McCarthy Building Companies, that describes how the firm uses Revu to manage documents throughout the life of a project. To launch this white paper, McCarthy representatives joined us in our booth for a special “Ask the Experts” session in which they talked about their digital workflows and answered questions from attendees:

Throughout the show we talked with several attendees about how Revu can be used to electronically share project information – from takeoffs, to bids, to RFIs, and submittals:

We had a great time introducing Bluebeam to new people, and meeting up with current users, some who even came to our booth displaying their Bluebeam pride:

To top it all off, some of the Bluebeam booth staff celebrated the launch of eXtreme in, well a very eXtreme way. Thursday afternoon immediately following the show, they jumped off the top of the Stratosphere! I kept my feet firmly on the ground so I could capture this photographic evidence:

All in all, it was a memorable week! Were you at ConExpo? Share your experience below. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


To PDF and Beyond at the AIIM Expo

April 1, 2011

One of the many events that Bluebeam attended in March was the AIIM Expo. AIIM is an annual conference in which “business and IT professionals gather to learn about the technologies that are changing the way enterprise information is used to drive business processes, collaboration, knowledge sharing and decision making.” Given that we released Revu 9 and Revu eXtreme the day that AIIM began, it was a great place for us to meet with current Bluebeam users and new contacts, too.

Our message at AIIM was “To PDF and Beyond.” In our booth we showed how our platform technologies, PDF editor Bluebeam PDF Revu, and our advanced technologies – Q for automated PDF publishing and processing, bFX for redlining PDFs stored on remote locations and Bluebeam Studio for real-time collaboration – help firms taking PDF beyond archiving and leverage the format as a document markup, communication and collaboration tool. Our VP of Engineering was in attendance, and he was even featured in this video interview by about the power of PDF-based workflows.

Overall it was a great place to launch Revu 9 and talk about the future of document-based collaboration for enterprises. Were you at AIIM? If so, share your experience below. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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