Archive for July, 2011

Bluebeam Beach Day!

July 26, 2011

One of the perks of California summers is getting to spend time at the beach. And this past weekend we took advantage of just that by holding our 2nd annual Bluebeam Beach Day at Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA. The day was filled with fun, sun, food, competitive volleyball games and of course good company. 75 Bluebeamers turned out for the festivities and it proved to be yet another memorable day. We even had a Bluebeam user stop by to say “hi” after spotting our Bluebeam banner from a distance. Pretty cool!

Here are some pics from the day:

Our Beach Day set-up.

Greg with Bluebeam user, Terrell. Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoying some sun and relaxation.

Hej! Hej! Meet our Swedish Bluebeam family who was in town visiting.

Nice work, Heather!

Little Bluebeamers having fun in the sun.

Got sand? Will dig.

Time for a little volleyball competition.

Volleyball champions!

Hopefully you get a chance to spend some time at the beach this summer.  Don’t forget the SPF, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam Q – An even more Powerful PDFin’ Machine

July 19, 2011

This week we released an updated version to our server product Bluebeam Q.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this powerful PDFin’ Machine, Bluebeam Q is a server-based solution that creates PDFs from CAD and Office files and performs batch operations such as automatically rotating PDFs, adding text stamps and applying security.  With four options to choose from – Network PDF printer, Watched Folders, Script Engine and API – users can easily “Q up” files for PDF creation and processing.

So, what’s new in Bluebeam Q 4.5? PDF/A-1b support has now been added to the list of functionalities in Bluebeam Q. What does this mean? Well, for starters the Bluebeam Q Network PDF printer allows users to save as PDF/A-1b, and PDF/A-1b can now be selected as an output file type within Watched Folders. The Script Engine and API also allow users to write commands that will determine if a PDF is PDF/A-1b compliant or not by creating a report, or save a new PDF file in PDF/A-1b format to a specified location.

For more information about Q, including a 30-day trial, check out  Already in Q? Customers with a license of Q version 4 or an active maintenance agreement can receive a free upgrade to Bluebeam Q 4.5 by visiting our upgrade page here. And remember, keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam to lead Novedge Webinar on Electronic Workflow

July 11, 2011

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, July 20th, at 11am PDT Bluebeam is leading Novedge’s 24th webinar episode titled “Rethinking Electronic Workflow with Bluebeam PDF Revu.”

During the webinar James Chambers, Bluebeam’s Technical Specialist, will walk through the many features Bluebeam’s implemented to address real challenges faced by firms migrating towards electronic workflows. This webinar is a great way for designers, engineers, architects and construction professionals to learn how to use Bluebeam for everything from basic markup to real-time design collaboration, and beyond.  

 Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from one of Bluebeam’s best. Click here to register, and remember to keep on PDF’in!


A new PDF Insider blogger for the summer

July 7, 2011

Hello PDF Insider readers. Your regular blogger, Karen, is on maternity leave and taking a break from PDFin’. But don’t worry – we’re still going to update you with Bluebeam news, product tips and tricks and the fun happenings of Bluebeam Software. In fact, these posts will be coming from me, your new summer blogger.

Hi, I’m Jill!

If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to comment on any of my posts or email me at jill (at) And remember, to keep on PDFin’!




Bluebeam Software Turns Nine

July 2, 2011

Today Bluebeam Software is celebrating nine years of PDFin’ power! We were spun out of the aerospace engineering industry from Alliance Space Systems, who had developed a smart CAD to PDF plugin to quickly deliver high-quality PDFs of SolidWorks drawings to their client, NASA JPL. Nine years and a whole lot of software releases later, Bluebeam is proud to be bringing you desktop and platform solutions for digitizing workflows, share information and feedback electronically, reducing paper usage and saving time and money while you’re at it!

To celebrate, here’s a list of some of my favorite Bluebeam moments from the past nine years:

2002 – Bluebeam Comes to Market

In the summer of 2002 Bluebeam launched Pushbutton PDF, which converted AutoCAD drawings to PDF with just the push of a button. Hailed as “fax-killer” software, Pushbutton PDF set out to change the way the architecture and engineers distributed CAD files to clients and project team members.

2003 – Good times at AU

Bluebeam has always been a fun-loving company, as you can see from our debut appearance at Autodesk University 2003.

2004 – Bluebeam introduces more PDFin’ products

Bluebeam continued its push for PDF-based communication by releasing Pushbutton Plus for AutoCAD (the predecessor to Bluebeam PDF Revu CAD) and Bluebeam Lite (the predecessor to Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard).

2005 – Hello Revu!

Bluebeam moved beyond PDF creation in 2005 and released Revu for PDF markup. With this new product came a whole new world of opportunity as Bluebeam was quickly adopted by contractors, sub-contractors, estimators, specifiers consultants and others in the design and construction industry who don’t necessarily create PDFs from CAD applications, but need a powerful solution to review and comment on them.

2006 – Going Mobile

Not long after Revu launched, Bluebeam made a tablet PC compatible version of the software. The first tablet-compatible PDF solutions for the design and construction industry, Revu won the coveted TIPTA Award at the 2006 Construct Canada show for bringing its PDFin’ powers to the field.

2007 – The launch of Revu 5.5 is very popular…and maybe a little too popular

Although it appeared like a just a minor update, we knew our users would love Revu 5.5. After all, we were rolling in PDF text editing and 64-bit compatibility into Bluebeam – two features that had been highly requested in the months preceding the launch. What we didn’t anticipate, though, was that we’d have so much traffic on launch day that we’d crash our website!

2008 – Join the Bluebeam Revolution!

What better way to point all the benefits Bluebeam offers over Adobe than to start a revolution against them?! In 2008 we launched the Bluebeam Revolution campaign, encouraging users just like you to break free from the complexities and frustrations of Adobe by switching to Bluebeam.

2009 – Bluebeam Starts Going Global

In 2009 Bluebeam released its first international version – in Swedish! Today, Revu is now available in 7 languages: English, German, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian and Spanish.

2010 – It’s Collaboratin’ Time

In 2010, Bluebeam brought our PDF markup capabilities to the cloud with the launch of Bluebeam Studio. Included in Bluebeam PDF Revu, Studio is a document-based online collaboration tool that enables users to post markups to the same copy of a single PDF, either together in real time or separately on their own time. Studio debuted at AIA, and to celebrate we threw a party in our new, Mighty Bluebeam-themed booth.

2011 – Bluebeam goes eXtreme

This year we pushed PDFin’ to the limits by releasing Revu 9 with over 30 new features, including 3D PDF viewing and a slick VisualSearch tool for locating symbols on PDFs. We also debuted Revu eXtreme for PDF power users with PDF forms creation, OCR, scripting and redaction.

Did I list your favorite Bluebeam moment? If not, comment below to share it. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Favorite Feature Friday – Sheet Set Support

July 1, 2011

It’s Favorite Feature Friday! Today we’re celebrating Bluebeam’s new sheet set support when batch creating PDFs from AutoCAD, as demonstrated by my coworker Samantha’s costume:

Revu CAD 9 and Revu eXtreme 9 include several updates and enhancements to our AutoCAD plugin for batch PDF creation. Among them is the ability to import your AutoCAD sheet sets so you can batch convert all included drawing files at once. What a time saver!

Learn more about batch creating PDFs from AutoCAD here. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



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