Archive for May, 2011

AIA Recap – Bluebeam Goes PDFin’ in the Big Easy

May 31, 2011

The 2011 American Institute of Architects National Convention and Expo (AIA) was an exciting event for us Bluebeamers. Of course, we always love getting a chance to meet with our users. But since this was the first time we had an opportunity to show Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 and eXtreme to the architectural community, AIA was an extra special event.

After 3 days of demonstrating Revu 9, the response was great! I think the favorite new features that I saw architects rave about were our new 3D PDF viewing capabilities and our VisualSearch™ tool for locating symbols on PDFs and assigning them hyperlinks and actions.

Showing off Revu 9 to a group of architects.

Revu 9 was getting media attention at AIA, too. AECBytes included Revu in their recap on technology at the show, and even interviewed our Director of Worldwide Marketing about Revu 9 while we were at the show. Check out that interview here:

Watch this video interview about Revu 9 and AIA!

To top it all off, our booth won AIA’s Best in Show Award! A select, secret group of attendees judged booths for their design, sustainability and interaction with attendees and chose us as the winner – what an honor!

Accepting the Best in Show Award.

You can see more pictures of our booth on our Facebook page.

Of course, we couldn’t go to a city like New Orleans without enjoying the local flair – and at Bluebeam, that means food. The first night in, some of my coworkers enjoyed a Cajun delicacy – turtle soup.

My coworkers tell me it tasted just like chicken.

I stuck to something a little more mainstream and had King’s cake – which is quite possibly the most sugary treat I’ve ever enjoyed in my life!

Just look at those sugar crystals!

Finally, one of my coworkers had a birthday while at AIA. We helped her celebrate by checking out a jazz band at the Spotted Cat.

All in all, AIA was a great show for Bluebeam. Were you at AIA? Share your experience below. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Favorite Feature Friday – Custom Toolbars

May 27, 2011

It’s Friday which means it’s time to talk about another one of our favorite features in Blubeam PDF Revu. In case you’ve missed this series, about a month ago, Bluebeamers organized a “Favorite Feature” dress up contest, in which we came to work dressed as one of our favorite features (yes we really are that quirky). I’ve been blogging about one of these Bluebeamer-selected favorite features (almost) every Friday.

Today’s feature – custom toolbars which Peter illustrated by Velcroing Revu toolbar icons to his shirt:

Revu’s custom toolbar feature lets you edit existing toolbars or create your own special toolbar, containing just the icons you want and nothing more. Here’s how to get started. First, go to View/Toolbars/Customize.

Next you’ll see the Customize Toolbars dialog box. Select an existing toolbar to edit (1), or click the plus sign to create a new one (2). Use the categories drop down menu (3) to select a category of available toolbar icons to display (such as File, Font or Markup) then select your desired icons below (4). To the bottom right (5), Revu will display the icons and operations you have selected for your custom toolbar.

Click OK and your toolbar will be added to the Revu interface. Don’t like the location of the toolbar? Just select it and drag and drop it to a new home.

What kind of custom toolbars have you created? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam and McCarthy Webcast Now Available On-Demand

May 26, 2011

Earlier this month we hosted a webcast with McCarthy Building Companies, in which they shared how they use Bluebeam to manage their projects digitally. Did you miss it? Don’t worry! We recorded the session, and you can now watch it at your leisure on this page. On this same page, you can also sign up to get a copy of the corresponding white paper.

Feel free to share this link with your coworkers, and remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Translate PDF Markups in 3-2-1

May 23, 2011

When we said that we relied on user feedback to create Revu 9, we really meant it. In fact, our translate markups features is a direct result of customer feedback. As the story goes, one architect working on a project in China just so happened to be fluent in Mandarin. I’ll give you one guess as to who in the firm translated all drawing comments for the contractors on site.

Despite being extremely busy with her job and translation duties, this user contacted us and said “Any chance you can add a translation feature into Bluebeam?” Not only did Revu 9 deliver on this request, it has made translating markups as easy as 1-2-3.

Step 1)
Markup PDFs the same way you would normally.

Step 2)
While connected to the Internet, go to Document/Translate Markups.

Step 3)
Select the “From” and “To” languages, the page range to translate and click OK.

And now all your text markups are translated – not only on the PDF, but in the Markups list, too.

How will you use this feature? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Join Bluebeam and McCarthy This Thursday for a Special Webcast on Digital Workflows

May 2, 2011

What are you doing this Thursday? Well, at 1PM CDT Bluebeam is hosting a special webcast with McCarthy Building Companies titled “Managing Documents Digitally Through the Life of a Project using Bluebeam PDF Revu” – and we’d love for you to attend!

During this webcast McCarthy’s VP of Quality and Sustainability (and leader of their BIM team) Chad Dorgan will share how the firm is using Bluebeam from project start to finish to digitize communication. Whether you are an architect, engineer, GC, sub-contractor, Owner or government agency you’re certain to leave this session with new ideas on how to use Bluebeam to significantly improve project documentation and communication.

Click here to register today, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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