Archive for December, 2013

New Case Study – Sundt Manages a Complicated Punch Project Using Revu

December 31, 2013


Check out our newest case study on how the team at Sundt Construction is using Revu on the San Diego State University Aztec Student Union. This new $75 M building is targeting LEED Platinum and has several complicated technical systems and architectural details. With an 800-page plan set and 10 parties involved, the team was looking for a better way to manage their punch process. Learn how the team turned to Revu to help them work more efficiently, saving time and money in the process.

Bluebeam Holiday Snowflake Challenge

December 23, 2013

Last week at Bluebeam, as things were winding down for the holidays, the competition started heating up with The Great Holiday Snowflake Challenge of 2013. It all started when Meg and Kristine decided to give their desks some holiday cheer by hanging decorations, including a few handmade paper snowflakes.

BB Elves

It started as just a few decorations…

It soon blossomed into a full-on competition, with Bluebeamers from every department grabbing paper and scissors, eager to outdo each other. The results were as fun and unique as the people who work here. They included everything from intricately cut paper, 3D, and Bluebeam logos, to some made out of coffee filters, aluminum foil, and even one from wood using a laser cutter! It was a spectacular sight to see!


…and before you knew it, it became this!


And this.

There were so many cool, creative contributions that it seemed only right to pick one as the best. Ultimately the Bluebeam snowflake ornament made from wood was chosen as the winner, and I say I have to agree. It was pretty awesome. Congratulations to the winners!

winning flake

The winning entry!

What a great way to end the year…I can’t wait to see what happens in 2014!

Until next time,


Export Highlighted Text from the Markups List

December 4, 2013

The other day, I was looking at a PDF with a list of handrail requirements. I wanted to highlight some key items in the list so I could easily find them later. I also wanted to copy each one and save it in a spreadsheet. As I was searching for the best way to accomplish this task, one of my coworkers suggested that I use the powers of Revu to make my job easier. (At Bluebeam, we’re always looking for ways to help our customers do things faster by using as few clicks as possible.) An excellent example of this would be setting up my preferences so that the Highlight tool does double duty:  highlighting the text so it’s easier to see, while automatically saving in the Markups list, which I can then export to a CSV. No more copying and pasting each one at a time! Here’s how to do it:

First, you turn on this setting in the Preferences. To do this:

  • Go to Settings, and then Preferences
  • Under Markup, check Copy selected text into Text Markups


Now you’re ready to go! Just use the Highlight tool to select the text you want, and Revu automatically adds it to the Markups list.

Highlighted Text

As you can see, all the text I highlighted in the PDF has been included in the Markups list, under the Comments column.

Next, I can export those comments by selecting Summary and then choosing a format.


I chose the CSV summary option so I could open them in a spreadsheet, but you could also choose a PDF or XML Summary. Pretty cool, eh?

To learn more about this or other preference settings in Revu that help you do things faster, check out this Ask Greg article from the August 2013 issue of the Bluebeam Insider.

Until next time,


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