Archive for July, 2012

Quick Fix: Balancing Your View in Revu

July 23, 2012

Revu is oftentimes thought of as a fully-stocked drafting table or toolbox. Everything you need is right in front of you.  It even comes with what we like to call MultiView technology, and it’s probably one of Revu’s most powerful viewing features.

When working in Revu you can use its MultiView technology to split your screen up to 16 times, enabling you to view multiple PDFs side by side at the same time, just as you could with printed drawings. But, did you know there is also a trick for equally balancing the size of all your views?  Some may choose to resize them manually, but there is another quick fix that can save you a lot of time.  Here’s how it works:

To split your screen, simply click one of the “MultiView” buttons located on the lower left hand side of your screen.

Now, let’s say you want to view three PDFs or views side by side. You have to choose one view to split, so now you should have one view taking up 50 percent of the screen with the other two views taking up 25 percent of the screen.

Or, perhaps you want to have an even number of views (like four), but instead of splitting the view that is taking up 50 percent of the screen, you split one of the 25 percent views. Regardless of how you got here, the point is you now have an unbalanced view.

Yes, it’s true that you can manually resize unbalanced views by selecting and dragging the side bar over, but there is also a shortcut – simply hit “Shift F12.”  This instantly balances all views equally within seconds.

Finally, if you really want to make your life easier, you can also equally balance your views by simply clicking on the “Balance” button located under the “Window” tab.

Let me know if you found this to be helpful or if you have any comments, and remember to keep on PDFin’.


Bluebeam Represents at Global RallyCross Championships in New Hampshire

July 20, 2012

The Global RallyCross season is in high gear! Last Saturday, Bluebeam held a special event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for the Sylvania SilverStar zXe Global RallyCross Championships. Bluebeamers, Bluebeam customers, and family mixed and mingled while enjoying the races that included a lot of excitement, contact and near misses among the racers. While our rally car driver, Topi Heikkeinen, was unable to compete as he is recovering from injuries, he was with us in spirit as we enjoyed a thrilling day of rally racing. Here are some of the sights from the event:

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The course for the race was nearly one mile long and featured a 70-foot gap jump and a table-top jump. Many of the racers commented that this was the best out of the three tracks provided by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. so far this season.  In the end, Travis Pastrana found some luck and walked away with the win.

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In addition to watching the races, the Bluebeam crew was also treated to a behind-the-scenes meet and great with the Ford/OMSE rally team.

Stay tuned for news about upcoming races. And remember, to keep on PDFin’


Bluebeam Software Issues Statement in Support of its Rally Car Driver, Toomas Heikkinen, Following X-Games Accident

July 16, 2012


As many Bluebeam customers know, Bluebeam is sponsoring Finnish Rally Car driver Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen this year as he makes his Global RallyCross debut. In June at the X-Games, Topi suffered a fractured ankle after crashing his Ford Fiesta rally car while attempting a 70-foot jump during practice runs. In response to his accident, Bluebeam President and CEO, Richard Lee, issued the following statement:

“Topi, his family and teammates are in our thoughts as he recovers from the injuries he sustained during the X-Games,” said Lee. “Throughout the Global RallyCross season, Topi has demonstrated that he is a fearless, no limits competitor. Topi is a part of the Bluebeam family and we know that his winning spirit and competitive edge will help him recover quickly from this accident. We are looking forward to his full recovery and seeing him back on the track.”

In addition to Topi’s accident last month, teammate Marcus Grönholm was injured during practice runs the following Saturday.

“We would also like to extend our thoughts and best wishes to Topi’s teammate, Marcus Grönholm and his family,” added Lee. “I had the honor of working with Marcus last year, and have admired his skill and love for rally ever since. We at Bluebeam are wishing him a healthy and speedy recovery.”

For further questions or comments, please contact Karen Tantzen at

Bluebeam to Participate in the Virtual Green Expo

July 13, 2012

Bluebeam will be exhibiting at Environmental Design + Construction Magazine’s Virtual Green Expo – and you don’t even have to leave your office or jobsite to come see us. The Virtual Green Expo is an online event highlighting the latest technologies for greening existing buildings. It has the look and feel of an in-person trade show except without the travel and constant walking.

Bluebeam will have a virtual booth where we will be on-hand to answer your questions via the live booth chat, and with the recent release of Revu 10 and the Bluebeam Revu iPad app hitting the Apple App Store earlier this week, we will have plenty to talk about.


The Virtual Green Expo will take place on August 2 from 9am – 4pm Eastern Standard Time. You can register today by visiting the show’s website. Hope to talk to you during the show, and remember to keep on PDFin’.


Show Us eXtreme PDFin’ and Win a Trip to Bluebeam’s International Rally Conference

July 11, 2012

To celebrate the release of our new Bluebeam Revu iPad app, available now in the Apple App Store, Bluebeam is seeking all those who dig eXtreme PDFin’! If you have ever Revu’d design plans while standing on the edge of an unfinished 15-story building, or logged into a Bluebeam Studio session while hiking along the Appalachian Trail, we not only want to hear about it, we want to see it.  That’s why we are announcing the “Most eXtreme Place You’ve Revu’d” contest.

Salish Lodge

This could be your next eXtreme location.
(site of the International Rally Conference)

Simply send us a photo showing how Revu iPad is enabling you to work without limits, and you could win a trip to Bluebeam’s International Rally Conference (IRC) just outside Seattle, Washington where your industry peers will demonstrate how they’ve used Bluebeam Software to the eXtreme.  All entries will be reviewed by our esteemed panel of Bluebeam judges, with the top three receiving:

  • All access to IRC events, including an exciting rally racing competition at the DirtFish Rally School
  • Two night accommodations at Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington
  • A complimentary meal package throughout the entire conference
  • Round-trip airfare to Seattle

So what are you waiting for? Enter here today. All entries must be received by 12:00am PDT on July 20.

And as always, remember to keep on PDFin’.


Come and get it! Revu iPad is officially available!

July 10, 2012

That’s right, it’s here my PDFin’ friends! Today, the first edition of Bluebeam’s Revu iPad app is available for download in the Apple App Store.

Announced during Bluebeam’s eXtreme Conference on June 29, Revu iPad brings some of your favorite PDF markup and collaboration features found in Revu Windows to your fingertips, empowering you to:

  • Access, edit and collaborate on the go, in remote locations, on or off the cloud.
  • Quickly navigate through multi-page PDFs using thumbnails and bookmarks.
  • Easily add customizable markups (texts, pen marks, highlights, etc.) on PDFs and save them for future use in Revu’s exclusive Tool Chest.
  • Insert images as an attachment or directly to the PDF using the built-in iPad camera and photo library.
  • Track all document feedback via the integrated Markups list, which records every annotation including the annotation author, date and time.
  • Sync and open entire files stored in the cloud simultaneously using iTunes, Dropbox, Box and WebDav.

Remove, sync or move files to custom Categories in the included File Access tab so they can be located and opened later with just a tap. Revu iPad is available in the App Store for $9.99, and in the coming months it will contain even more functionality. See the press release here. So what are you waiting for? Download it today! And remember to keep on PDFin’.


Bluebeam eXtreme Conference Recap

July 9, 2012

In June, Bluebeam held its annual eXtreme Conference at LA Live’s Target Terrace overlooking downtown Los Angeles where we celebrated 10 years of eXtreme Pdfin’.  The event, which experienced a great turnout with attendees coming from all over the U.S, featured an action-packed schedule that included case study presentations from Turner Construction Company and Mortenson Construction, a keynote presentation from Bluebeam President and CEO Richard Lee, the reveal of the Bluebeam Revu iPad app (available in the App Store July 10th), several educational workshops and lots of mingling and networking.

Here’s a glimpse of what went down at this year’s event:

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Welcome to the Bluebeam eXtreme Conference 2012!

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Bluebeam’s Sasha Reed welcomes attendees while they enjoy breakfast before sessions start.

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Bluebeam VP of Engineering Don Jacob (left) drives a product demo as Bluebeam’s President and CEO Richard Lee (right) discusses new features in Revu 10 during the conference’s keynote address.

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Members of Bluebeam’s development team reveal the Revu iPad app, available in the App Store July 10th

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Terriann Nohilly from Turner Construction Company demonstrates how Revu is used in conjunction with SharePoint for the San Diego Airport T2W Expansion project.

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Attendees attend a workshop on some of Revu’s advanced features.

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Attendees enjoy lunch in between conference sessions.

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Mortenson Construction demonstrates how it leverages Revu and Bluebeam Studio for real-time project tracking.

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Conference attendees test drive Bluebeam’s new Revu iPad app.

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Attendees learn some tips and tricks from Bluebeam’s lead developers.

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Our eXtreme Conference Sweepstakes winners: (left to right) Robert “Bluebeam Bob” Harmon from Neumann Bros, Sam Hatchell from Jaynes Corporation, and Ethan Graves from Universal Fence Company, Inc.

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Attendees mix and mingle after a great day of activities.

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Bluebeam celebrates 10 years of PDFin’.

Overall, the event was a great success. There was a lot of energy and great conversations taking place throughout, and the nearby X Games created some extra excitement as well.  Thank you to everyone who attended, and we hope to see you in September for our International Rally Conference (IRC).   And, remember to keep on PDFin’.


Please allow me to introduce myself…

July 6, 2012

Hello PDF Insider readers! This is Kyle, and I’m very excited to announce that I will be keeping you in the Bluebeam “loop” as your newest PDF Insider blogger.  Moving forward I’ll be keeping you updated on the latest and greatest Bluebeam news, product tips and tricks and the fun happenings of Bluebeam Software.

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


Revu iPad is on its way!

July 2, 2012

As if celebrating Bluebeam Software’s 10th anniversary isn’t enough excitement for one day, I’m also thrilled to share that the iPad app you’ve been waiting for is on its way. This month, Bluebeam is releasing Bluebeam Revu iPad, which will bring some of your favorite PDF markup and collaboration features found in Revu Windows to your fingertips. The first edition of this app, which was announced last week at our eXtreme conference, will be available later this month. You can read the press release about the app here. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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