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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!


AIA: A Fashion Show for Eyewear

June 30, 2014

I once saw someone tweet that the AIA Convention is like a fashion show for eyewear. It’s so true! This year at AIA Chicago, my co-worker Kristine and I decided to document our favorite eyewear looks. From the AIA kickoff party to the Expo Hall floor to the cab line, these designs caught our eyes. One of the first great pairs we saw, but this photo simply doesn’t do them justice:


A trifecta of awesome glasses:


Nice angles and curves:


Another pair of frames with a great shape:


These glasses have nice details:


After AIA, I think I may have to upgrade my own glasses to a circular frame – they’re just so cool!


Fun glasses, fun people:


A very smart look:


Green frames and a unique lens shape – this pair wins my vote!


Do you have your own pair of awesome glasses? Share them with us!


Event Recap: The 2013 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference

August 5, 2013

Wow, what a day! Last Friday, Bluebeam held the 2013 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference at the Regal Cinemas at LA LIVE. I arrived bright and early for set up, and I must say it was pretty cool to see the Bluebeam name light up the theatre marquee.


Soon after the finishing details were complete, Bluebeam users from as far away as New Zealand, Denmark and Hawaii began showing up to enjoy the day’s festivities. 


After breakfast, attendees made their way to the main theatre for a customer presentation from Ryan Companies, which detailed how the firm has deployed Revu for several workflows in just one year. Along the way, attendees were treated to a few Easter eggs – “movie posters” promoting some of the day’s Bluebeam-led sessions.


Throughout the morning, users attended various sessions on hot Bluebeam topics including mobility, creating dynamic document sets, advanced automation, takeoffs and best practices for digital signatures. After these sessions, attendees flooded the main theatre for a keynote presentation by Bluebeam President and CEO Richard Lee, which focused on Bluebeam’s recent success and plans to continue developing solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of its users. In fact, the keynote announced new features now available in Revu 11.5, and gave a sneak peek at technology that will soon be available on Revu iPad – including measurement tools for field verification!


But before things got too serious, the keynote kicked off with a movie trailer spoof featuring some quirky Bluebeam employees.


Bluebeam’s Chris and Anthony hold a riveting conversation in the “rain” during the keynote movie trailer spoof.

After the keynote, it was time for the Bluebeam eXtreme Awards luncheon, during which we honored top users for the incredible ways they have deployed Revu. Our Award of Excellence Winners were:

  • Beck Group, for using Revu to digitally manage contract drawings during construction of the Southern Methodist University Residential Dorm Complex in Dallas, Texas.
  • Kiewit, for using Bluebeam to create a virtual plan room table for the Central Mesa Light Rail Expansion Project in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • McCarthy, for using Revu to create an electronic plan room for the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center.

The coveted Bluebeam eXtreme Awards were bestowed in three categories:

  • JE Dunn won the Collaboration Award for the OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland Oregon. By communicating faster and more efficiently with Revu and Studio, the project team achieved a time savings worth an estimated $8.5 million!
  • Barton Malow won the Paperless Award for the Emory University Cox Hall Kitchen Renovation. By mandating that everyone use Revu and providing access to digital documents via Studio Projects, Barton Malow achieved a completely paperless jobsite.
  • C.W. Driver won the Mobility award for the Glendale Galleria Bloomindale’s renovation project. According to the project Superintendent, using Revu on tablets and iPads for Punch has saved them about 40 hours in the past month alone. 

After lunch, attendees were treated to another round of Bluebeam-led sessions, a customer presentation from Enermodal about using Revu for LEED projects, and a Revu Power User Panel featuring Gensler, Balfour Beatty Construction, Stiles Corporation and Herman Miller.


Enermodal shares tips and tricks for managing LEED projects with Revu.


The Power User Panel talks about digital collaboration – Bluebeam style.

The day wrapped up with a cocktail reception atop LA Live’s Target Terrace, which gave a spectacular view of downtown LA and X Games Los Angeles. Bluebeam’s rallycross driver and the 2013 Global Rallycross leader, Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen, even stopped by to sign autographs, take photos and pick raffle winners to attend the X Games Los Angeles rallycross event.


All in all, the 2013 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference was an incredible day of eXtreme learning and eXtreme fun. If you missed the event but want to join in on future festivities, check out registration details for our upcoming Bluebeam International Rally Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. You can also sign up for the Bluebeam Insider email list to stay up-to-date on future Bluebeam events.


Bluebeam Takes on the Mile High City for AIA 2013

June 25, 2013

We’ve just returned from one of Bluebeam’s biggest trade shows of the year – AIA! This year, the festivities took place in Denver – a fitting city given its eclectic mix of architecture. Team Bluebeam was out in full force. Revu 11 was a big hit on the expo floor. Many attendees were wowed by Revu 11’s new AutoMark technology, 3D PDF enhancements, Revu iPad and Bluebeam Studio’s real-time collaboration functionality. Attendees even had a chance to see a prototype of Panasonic’s 4K tablet in our booth!

In addition to showing off Revu during the show, Bluebeam also mingled at various events throughout the city, and we even picked up a few awards, too. Here are some photos to recap our nearly weeklong adventure in the Mile High City:


Wednesday evening before the Expo Hall opened, we headed to Hanley Wood’s AIA Kickoff Party to celebrate.


Not long after the show floor opened, attendees starting coming by to see what’s new in Revu.


Our friends from Panasonic joined us to share a prototype of their 4K tablet. The resolution is amazing!


It wasn’t long before the Bluebeam booth was the place to be.


Our video wall is always a huge hit! It plays short tutorials showing how Revu digitizes common workflows.


Bluebeam t-shirts are always a trade show favorite! Can you guess what this shirt spells in binary?


Celebrating a great show with our friends from BD+C Magazine


In addition to a great AIA, Bluebeam won two Excellence in Advertising Awards from Architectural Record Magazine. Our print and digital ads were selected by a panel of esteemed architects.

What was your favorite part of AIA? Let us know!



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’!


The Bluebeam eXtreme Conference is this Friday!

June 25, 2012

It’s almost here! This Friday, Bluebeam is hosting the Bluebeam eXtreme Conference in downtown Los Angeles. This action-packed day will include educational sessions from Bluebeam experts, including presenters from Mortenson Construction and Turner Construction Company who will share how they are currently using Revu on their projects. The Bluebeam eXtreme Conference will also include a special keynote presentation from Richard Lee, our President and CEO, who will be making an exciting announcement that I know many Bluebeamers will be very pleased to hear.

We wish that everyone single one of our users could make the conference, but we know that isn’t possible. We will be tweeting news throughout the day, so be sure to follow us on Twitter or search for the hashtag #BBeXtreme. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam Revu – Going Global

June 8, 2012

Last month, we announced that Revu 10 was available in five international languages – Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and German. Well, that was just the beginning. Today, I’m happy to share that Revu 10 is now available in Spanish and, for the first time ever, in Dutch, French and Italian. That’s right – there are now 10 ways for you to Revu (and Vu, too).

How are you using Revu with international project partners? Share below! And remember, to keep on PDFin’.



AIA 2012 Event Report: Bluebeam shows architects that ‘anything is possible’

May 31, 2012

A few weeks ago, team Bluebeam took on Washington, D.C. for the 2012 AIA National Convention and Expo. Armed with three new products – Revu 10, Bluebeam Vu iPad, and Bluebeam Vu Windows – we knew that AIA would be a great opportunity to show attending architects that anything is possible when you digitize your workflows with Bluebeam.

To help spread the word, we took over all the ad space at the DC Metro’s Mt. Vernon station – located conveniently at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where AIA was being held.

A Bluebeam ad overlooking the DC Metro station platform.

A high-level view of Bluebeam’s “station domination.”

Charged by the buzz these ads generated, team Bluebeam had a fantastic time demonstrating our latest products to AIA attendees in our newly updated trade show booth.

There was lots of energy in the Bluebeam booth.

AIA was a great opportunity to share how anything is possible when you digitize design reviews, RFIs responses, punchlists and more with Bluebeam’s PDF-based solutions.

A lot of attendees were really interested in learning more about digitizing their workflows with Revu and Vu.

Attendees were especially interested in Revu 10’s new 3D PDF capabilities. Revu users can now markup 3D views, and Revu CAD and Revu eXtreme users can create 3D PDFs from Revit, Navisworks Manage and Navisworks Simulate.

Of course, AIA wasn’t all work and no play. At Bluebeam, we love to eat tasty food, especially local delicacies. So, we ate mussels. Every day.

A slice of mussel pizza at Pizzeria Paridiso. Mmmmmm.

All in all, AIA was a great show. Thank you to everyone who visited us at our booth. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam’s new rally car driver shows off his hard-hitting moves at the Global RallyCross season opener

May 30, 2012

The Global RallyCross racing season is in full gear, and Bluebeam’s new rally car driver – Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen – is already making a name for himself on the track.

Topi showing off his Bluebeam rally car earlier this month in Pasadena, CA.

Topi, a young, up and coming rally racer from Finland, showed off his fierce driving skills at the RallyCross season opener at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26th in Charlotte, NC. He was the third to cross the finish line – an impressive feat for his GRC debut. However, Topi’s gritty moves and aggressive driving earned him a black flag, resulting in a 10th place overall finish. While Topi didn’t make the podium, he definitely earned a name for himself, letting his RallyCross competitors know that he is a force to be reckoned with.

Topi is in it to win it.

If you missed the race, check out this highlight video on, or read this race overview. Topi’s next shot at the podium will be June 9th at the Texas Motor Speedway. Until then, follow Topi on Facebook to stay up to date with his quest for a first place finish. And remember, to keep on PDFin’.



Bluebeam and Reed Construction Data team up

May 22, 2012

We have some news to share! We are now partnered with Reed Construction Data, a leading North American provider of construction information, to help give you a complete solution for digital bidding.

Click here to learn more about Bluebeam’s latest partner.

Reed Construction Data provides project lead services that enable customers to find new, local projects requesting bids. Many projects also provide direct links to plans and specs, which can be saved in TIF format.

To provide users with a complete solution for quickly identifying local projects and responding to bids electronically, Reed Construction Data is now offering Bluebeam Revu Standard as its plan viewer. Now, users can import project TIFs for automatic conversion to PDF and use Revu’s industry-standard PDF markup tools, including measurements, textboxes, callouts, clouds, leaders and CAD symbols to digitally redline bid documents and perform advanced functions.

Read more about the partnership in this press release. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



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