Archive for August, 2011

Watch our new Bluebeam Studio interview video

August 30, 2011

Since the release of Revu 8.5, users have been using Bluebeam Studio  to connect, create and collaborate with anyone, anywhere at any time. Then, a few months back we introduced the highly requested Studio Server, which gives users more control over their Studio settings and allows them to host all of their online collaboration sessions locally behind their firewalls. So exactly how different are Studio and Studio Server you ask? Well, to explain the differences between the two, why each was created, and the incredible benefits they provide, we interviewed none other than our President & CEO, Director of Account Services and Product Manager.

To watch the video, click here.

Do you use Studio for real-time collaboration? If so, leave a comment below to let me know how it’s improved your workflow. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam PDF Revu and PDF/A

August 22, 2011

Since the release of version 9.2, Revu supports PDF/A. What is PDF/A? Simply put, PDF/A is an internationally-standardized file format that insures a document can be opened in the future, making it ideal for electronic archiving. For a file to be PDF/A compliant it needs to be stripped of its temporary components (e.g. editing capabilities, non-embedded fonts, and hyperlinks) for it to best mimic a piece of paper.

Some advantages that a PDF/A archive has over a TIFF or paper-based archive are:

  • File Size: PDF/A files only require a fraction of the memory (or physical) space without compromising quality.
  • Full-Text Search: PDF/A stores text and graphics allowing you to efficiently search an entire archive.
  • Optimization: Preferences for the PDF/A document can be set, including processing options for unsupported annotations, transparency, and embedded files.
  • Metadata: Metadata like title, author, creation and modification date, subject, keywords, etc. can be stored in a PDF/A file.
  • Better Business: PDF/A enables better document workflows, reduces waste and carbon emissions and improves overall efficiency.

PDF/A opens up new possibilities for many industry sectors and users, but has been widely adopted by many standards organizations as of recent. For example:

  • Banks and Insurances use PDF/A to embed invoicing data and for long-term archiving
  • Archives and Libraries use PDF/A to archive textual documents to increase traceability and show a document’s history.
  • Public Sector and Government use PDF/A to guarantee document integrity and for archiving documents with static, inalterable content.

PDF/A is supported in all editions of Bluebeam PDF Revu 9.2 and higher, and also Bluebeam Q 4.5. Read this PDF tutorial to learn more about how to use PDF/A in Revu, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Don’t forget to vote “Blue” in the ED+C Reader’s Choice Awards

August 17, 2011

Have you had a chance to vote for your favorite PDF software in this year’s ED+C Reader’s Choice Awards? No? Well the good news is you still have time. The polls are open until Wednesday, September 24th, so get voting (please).

To vote, all you need to do is click here, enter your contact information, click on the “Software and Web-based Programs” category, then check the box next to our name. Pretty easy, huh?

Every vote counts and is much appreciated so thanks in advance for all of your support. Oh, and remember you can vote once a day every day (until the 24th that is).

Keep the votes coming, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Favorite Feature Friday – 3D Viewing

August 12, 2011

It’s Favorite Feature Friday, and today we’re celebrating Bluebeam’s new 3D viewing capabilities included in all editions of Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 – Standard, CAD and eXtreme. Don’t Leah and Helen look great?!

Bluebeam's 3D models.

In Revu, once you open a PDF file with 3D content, a floating toolbar called the 3D Hover Bar will appear in the upper left-hand corner of the workspace. This toolbar lets you customize your interaction with the 3D model.

From the toolbar you can select different viewing modes such as rotate, spin, pan, zoom and camera.  You can also change perspectives, views, lighting, background colors and render modes. Cutting-edge animation features even allow you to cycle through all 3D views contained in a PDF… no glasses required.

Learn more about Revu’s 3D viewing capabilities here, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Vote for Bluebeam in ED+C Magaine’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards

August 4, 2011

The polls are open, and it’s time to cast your vote(s)!

Bluebeam PDF Revu, your favorite PDF software for going paperless, is a nominee in this year’s ED+C Reader’s Choice Awards. This contest recognizes the top sustainable building products on the market, and we need your help to win!

It’s easy to vote, in fact you can vote once a day until the contest closes at  To vote, simply enter your contact information, click on the “Software and Web-based Programs” category, then check the box next to our name. Obviously, the more votes we get the better, so feel free to vote, vote and vote some more.

Thanks so much for all of your support, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam Provides eXtreme Learning and Fun at VIP Rally Day Event

August 2, 2011

This past weekend Bluebeam held its first regional event – Bluebeam VIP Rally Day – for Southern California users at LA Live’s Target Terrace in downtown Los Angeles. The event, held in conjunction with the 17th Annual X Games, proved to be an action-packed day full of eXtreme learning and fun. Bluebeam’s VIP users attended sessions given by Bluebeam’s lead engineers and product experts, including “Revu: Insider Tips & Tricks”, “Bluebeam Studio: Where collaboration and control meet” and “Introducing Bluebeam Q”.

Welcome to Bluebeam VIP Rally Day!

Target Terrace set-up.

Bluebeam and VIP Rally Day attendees mingling at breakfast.

Enjoying some breakfast before sessions start.

Attendees learning Bluebeam tips and tricks.

One of our lead engineers demos Bluebeam's advanced technologies.

Following the sessions, attendees and Bluebeamers headed down to the X Games rally track to have lunch and meet with the OMSE Rally Team from Sweden. The OMSE team included drivers Marcus Gronholm, Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan.  After lunch, everyone took their spots on the private viewing deck to watch the X Games’ first-ever, head-to-head rally race through the streets of downtown LA.

Attendees and Bluebeamers meet the OMSE Rally Team before the competition begins.

Enjoying lunch on the private viewing deck.

View of the rally track and dirt jump from the deck.

The OMSE Rally Team cars in the pit - Gronholm, Deegan and Foust.

Jill and Stephani with Tanner Foust in the rally pit.

Marcus Gronholm's rally car. Check out our Bluebeam eXtreme PDF logo. Lookin' good!

Gronholm in his car getting ready to race!

Gronholm crossing the finish line for the silver!

The Bluebeam crowd cheered on its sponsored car, number 3 Marcus Gronholm, who reached the finals on Saturday.  Marcus won the silver medal in his X Games debut.

Once everyone’s need for speed was fulfilled, they headed back up to the Target Terrace for an evening cocktail reception where they mingled with Bluebeam executives, peers and the OMSE team including Marcus Gronholm.

Bluebeamers and attendees back at Target Terrace for the evening cocktail reception.

Everyone enjoying good food, drinks and company during the cocktail reception.

Bjorn, Sasha and Christian with Jan-Erik and Thed from OMSE.

Bluebeam strikes a pose with Gronholm who stopped by the cocktail reception.

Gronholm and one of our Bluebeam VIP users smile for the camera.

Gronholm autographs posters for attendees.

All in all, the event was a great success. Thanks to everyone who attended, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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