AIA Recap – Bluebeam Goes PDFin’ in the Big Easy

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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 AECCafe.com 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’!

-Karen

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