AIA Recap – Bluebeam Goes PDFin’ in the Big Easy


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’!


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