Archive for April, 2012

See Bluebeam speak at next week’s ABC EdCon & Expo

April 19, 2012

The Associated Builders and Contractors’ EdCon & Expo is taking place next week in San Antonio, Texas and attendees will have not one, but two opportunities to hear Bluebeam share tips and tricks for taking project workflows digital.

Bluebeam Software’s Director of Account Services, Sasha Reed, will be presenting the educational session, “Taking Project Workflows Digital: Tips, Tricks and Tech for Going Paperless,” on Wednesday, April 25th from 2:00 – 3:30pm and Thursday, April 26th from 8:00am – 9:30pm. Join this session to discuss the benefits and real-world applications of leading technology, including software, document management systems, cloud solutions and hardware, that enable project teams to go paperless.  

To register for the event, click here. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



Visit Bluebeam next week at Dexter + Chaney’s Users’ Conference

April 17, 2012

Team Bluebeam is heading to the Pacific Northwest. Next week, Bluebeam will be in Seattle to participate in Dexter + Chaney’s 16th Annual Users’ Conference. During the two-day event, hundreds of contractors and industry professionals will mix and mingle at network events, and choose from over 40 unique educational courses about Dexter + Chaney project management and collaboration solutions and complementary products.

Among the course offerings will be a session titled “Digitizing Project Collaboration with Venture and Bluebeam Revu.” during this session, our very own East Coast Regional Manager, James Chambers, will share how General Contractors and invited constituents can combine the project management features of Venture with the industry-standard PDF markup and editing capabilities of Bluebeam Revu to digitize a variety of project workflows including design reviews, bids and estimates, RFIs, submittals and punch and backcheck. This session is scheduled for Thursday, April 26th from 11:15am – 12:05pm in the Inlet Room. Additionally, Bluebeam will be exhibiting throughout the conference, so stop by our booth to see Revu 10 in action and chat more about how Revu can help you digitize your workflows.

To register the event, click here. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



Swinerton shares how they use Revu in their digital plan rooms

April 16, 2012

Are you looking for ways to bring Revu to the jobsite, and digitize your plan rooms? If so, head over to the Swinerton Builds Tomorrow blog. Swinerton recently blogged about how they have incorporated Revu in the field, making their projects more collaborative and making “the most current master documents available to any project team member that has access to a computer, iPad, or other tablet PC via download.”

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How are you using Revu on the jobsite? Let us know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



A new way to summarize your markups in Revu 10

April 12, 2012

The ability to summarize annotations from the Markups list to an XML, CSV or PDF file has always been a popular feature in Revu. After all, it’s a fast and easy way to generate a report of all feedback, including who made the markup, when the markup was made and any other associated comment.

Many users choose to create PDF summaries from Revu because they can be appended to the existing PDF, and configured so that the entries hyperlink back to the original markup – giving greater context and clarity to the issue at hand. Prior to Revu 10, PDF summaries were generated in this “Flow” format:

Now, you can also create a table-like PDF summary, by selecting the Table option from the PDF Summary dialog box.

The result will be a PDF table, which (if you selected the “Append to Current PDF” and “Create Hyperlinks” options from the PDF Summary dialog box) will also link back to the original markups.

And, depending on the amount of information you are summarizing, the table summaries can be a much more concise way to summarize markup data.

What other enhancements are you discovering in Revu 10? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’.


Where’s My Stuff?

April 3, 2012

For all you long-time Bluebeam users, I hope you are finding Revu 10 to be the best release ever. But all of the awesomeness aside, I realize that since Revu 10 includes a whole new interface, some of you may be thinking “Um, where’s my stuff?!”

To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 inquiries regarding the new locations of your favorite tools and features:

First, let’s talk about pinning. Revu’s new interface makes it easier than ever to pin your most-accessed tools to toolbars. Simply hover over the tool in the Menu Bar drop-downs and click the  to pin it to an existing or new toolbar.

You can even pin a tool set to a toolbar by clicking  from the Tool Chest.

Another way to quickly access Revu features is to use Tab Access  , found on the left-hand side of the Command Bar.

Before we go any further, you should know that you can always revert back to Classic Mode by going to Settings   > Preferences > General and checking the “Classic Mode” box.

Now, let’s begin.

1. Getting Started, Quick Start Guide, Keyboard Shortcut documents

Help > Help 

2. Preferences

Settings > Preferences

3. Lasso tool 

Edit > Select

Tip: The lasso tool is handy for multi-selecting all markups on the PDF at once.

4. Reduce File Size and Repair Page Content

Document > Process

Tip: Repair Page Content fixes most display issues in a PDF.

5. Edit Text, Erase Content or Cut Content, Redaction (eXtreme edition only)

Edit > Content

6. Flatten

Document > Flatten 

7. Pan, Select, Zoom, Select Text

Located in the middle navigation toolbar  at the bottom of the interface.

8. Presentation and Full Screen Mode

Use the View Menu button to access all view options.

Tip: Full Screen Mode allows for more screen real estate, but the closed interface panels are displayed, as well as a hovering toolbar. Presentation Mode only spotlights the PDF, and page navigation is controlled by the up and down arrow keys on the keyboard.

9. Undo and Redo

Edit > History 

10. CAD profile (CAD and eXtreme editions) and Standard profile (Standard edition)

The new Design profile is very similar to the CAD profile from earlier versions of Revu, and the Office profile is very similar to the Standard profile from earlier versions of Revu.

Don’t see what you need? Create your own Profile and save it for later use.  Or, import profiles like Punch, Construction, or Power from our website.

Still looking for something that’s not on this list? Let me know and I’ll help you out! And remember to keep on PDFin’!

Cool Feedback about Revu 10

April 3, 2012

What a week! On March 27th we released Revu 10, Bluebeam Vu, our new free PDF viewer, and the first of two iPad apps – Vu iPad for viewing and syncing PDFs on the iPad. Woo hoo!


Three new products released in one week. Wow!

So far, word is that many in the industry are excited about what we’ve just released. Here are some of our favorite pieces of feedback from this week:

For more feedback on Revu 10, click here.

Thank you to all our users who have made this a great week for Bluebeam. Please keep it coming – feedback, suggestions and requests are always encouraged. Just drop us a line at suggestions (at) And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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