Archive for July, 2014

Help Shape Industry PDF Guidelines!

July 25, 2014


A year ago, the GC Coalition started an “All PDFs Created Equal” initiative to build PDF creation guidelines that will better streamline digital project communication among all stakeholders from designers and contractors to owners and facilities.

The new Guidelines for Construction PDF Documents have now been jointly created by the GC Coalition and Design Coalition. Though PDFs are the defacto format for digital construction documentation, national design standards haven’t yet been defined. The Coalitions aims to provide guidelines to aid in implementing standards at project onset.

Without standardization:

  • Professionals experience major inefficiencies as inconsistent construction plans require revisions, workarounds and recreation.
  • Valuable time is being lost despite advances in digital communication.

With standardization among digital plan sets and PDFs:

  • Team members downstream can use technologies to leverage information embedded within a PDF.
  • Crucial building and design information can be accessed with a click or tap, by any project member from anywhere.
  • Revised drawings can be updated and slip-sheeted in seconds instead of minutes.

The benefits of standardization quickly add up to savings in project time and budget. Consensus upfront will bring significant benefits downstream. Please take 15 minutes to review the Guidelines for Construction PDF Documents survey and provide your feedback. If you agree with this effort, please share this survey. Every opinion counts!

Until next time,


Android Tablet Users – We Want Your Input!

July 22, 2014

If you’re an Android tablet user with a few minutes to spare, here’s your chance to be heard! As Bluebeam explores development in the Android space, we’d love to learn more about which devices you are using and how you’re using them. Simply take our Android Tablet Survey to share your thoughts, experiences and preferences with us. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will go a long way in making sure we understand and address your needs.

Until next time,


Favorite Feature Friday – How do I Make Bluebeam Revu my Default PDF Viewer?

July 18, 2014

Did you know you can change your settings to make Bluebeam Revu the default program for opening your PDF files? You didn’t? Well then read on, my friend! Here’s a handy tip on how to quickly set that up using the Bluebeam Administrator.

  • To open the Bluebeam Administrator, go to Start, then point to All Programs.
  • Select the Bluebeam Software folder, and then click Bluebeam Administrator.
  • When it opens, click the Revu tab.
  • Check the Use as Default PDF Viewer box, then click Apply and OK

BB Admin

The icons for PDF files will change and PDF files will now open in Revu when you double-click them. How cool is that, huh? And, now that you don’t have to worry about that anymore, you can focus your attention on more important things, like watching this very important video on how you can save a fluffy kitten.

Until next time,

Episode V: The Pranksters Strike Back

July 16, 2014

It’s been quite a while since we last heard from our office pranksters at Bluebeam. They’d been pretty quiet since we moved into our new office space earlier this year, giving us “a new hope” that perhaps they had changed their ways. But the makers of mischief struck back with a vengeance recently, hitting not one, but two desks!

When Software Engineer, Ryan, professed his love of all things Chipotle, little did he realize the pranksters here were listening! They decided to make some enhancements to his desk so it would resemble one of his favorite tinfoil-wrapped burritos. Yum!

photo 2

More tinfoil than you could possibly imagine.


Most recently, Direct Marketing Manager, Jill, returned from her honeymoon in Turkey to find a giant “B” (for bride, hehe) covered in hand turkeys had taken up residence at her desk.


May the force “B” with you.


Now that we know our pranksters have given in to the dark side, you never know when they’ll strike next. Stay tuned for more updates!

Until next time,



Favorite Feature Friday – How Can I Move My Bluebeam License to Another Computer?

July 11, 2014

If you’ve been thinking about getting a new computer but want to be sure you can transfer your existing copy of Revu over to it, here’s a tip on how to easily make that happen.

You can move your license to your shiny new machine using Revu’s Unregister and Register buttons. But first, be sure you have your serial number and product key handy. If you’re like me and have no idea whatsoever where you keep your product key (or your car keys*), don’t worry. Just contact us at and ask to have your original License Certificate sent to you. Be sure to include the serial number, version number, your name, company name, favorite food, email address and a phone number where you can be reached. Just kidding about the favorite food, although feel free to share that if you like!

Before moving the license, you may want to back up and move your Revu settings and stamps. Once that’s sorted, just follow these simple steps:

1. On your new computer, open Bluebeam Revu and go to the
   Help menu.

2. Click the Unregister button in the Command bar.

 Unregister button


1. On your new computer, open Bluebeam Revu and go to the
   Help menu.

2. Click the Register button in the Command bar.

Register button

3. Enter in your serial number and product key and then click OK.


And Bob’s your uncle! Note that Bluebeam Revu 9.5 and earlier requires using Bluebeam Administrator to unregister your software. Check out this article for a more detailed description of this process.

*We can’t actually guarantee we’ll find your car keys for you, but we’ll do our best. 🙂

Revu/Vu iPad 2.7 Now Available

July 10, 2014

Revu iPad 2.7 and Vu 2.7 are now available in the App Store. Both apps include some bug fixes and overall improvements to stability in Studio. Read the full release notes here.

12 Years of Bluebeam Fun

July 2, 2014

BB 12th Birthday

Today we are celebrating our 12th anniversary! Over the years, we’ve driven a lot of results, but the ones below just may be my favorite! 😉 Take a few minutes to enjoy some little-known facts about Bluebeam.

In the past 12 years, Bluebeam has:


Created at least 237 YouTube videos (because in between the time I wrote this and posted it, there’s probably been a few more)


YouTube videos


Released Revu in 11 languages (next task: convince my boss I need to travel to all of these countries)


Revu languages


Pulled off countless office pranks (and sometimes two at a time)


Countless Office Pranks


Created 1 superhero (where did the Mighty Bluebeam go, anyway?)


1 Superhero


On second thought, make that 2 superheroes (and if you haven’t seen the video, you should check it out here)


eXtreme Conference trailer


Exhibited at 100+ trade shows (and earned a whole lot of frequent flier miles in the process)


100+ Trade Shows


Won 6 rallycross races (and counting)


rallycross wins


Been represented in 6 triathlons (and there are a couple of Iron Mans coming up, too)


6 Triathalons


Lost power on 2 separate Revu launch days (no, I’m not kidding)


power outtage


Partnered with 185 resellers worldwide (proof that we’re taking over the world)


resellers Page 008


Birthed a lot of Bluebeam babies (or future Revu software developers, as we like to call them)


20+ Bluebeam Babies


Designed 21 t-shirts (extra points if you know what this one spells in binary)


20 Bluebeam T-Shirt Designs


Won 36 awards (that trophy shelf is getting heavy)


36 Awards Received


Been featured in 173 articles (many of them featuring your success stories)




Published 55 case studies (which are fun because we love hanging out on jobsites)


55 Case Studies


Held the Olympic Torch once (and no, we didn’t steal it)


1 Time We Got to Hold the Olympic Torch


Had a user spot “Ask Greg” at the beach once (how did he recognize him?!)


1 Time Ask Greg Found a Bluebeam User at the Beach


Blogged 463+ times (or given you nearly 500 opportunities to wonder, why is there a PDF in a fish bowl?)


PDF Insider



Occupied 8 office spaces (in Pasadena, San Diego, Chicago and Manchester)


8 Office Spaces


Had 1 print ad banned (anyone want to guess what was in it?)




Filmed 3 commercials (bringing Revu to televisions near you)


3 Commercials


Dressed up like hippies once


1 Time We Dressed Up Like Hippies


But with everything that we do, there is only one reason that we do it…



To all of our users, resellers, technology partners and employees, thank you for an amazing 12 years. We are looking forward to many, many more!


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