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We’ve been nominated. Now we need your votes!

September 9, 2011

Bluebeam’s been nominated as a finalist for two, yep two (!), 2011 Construction Computing Hammer Awards. Our nomination categories include: One to Watch – Company and One to Watch – Product. (Insert round of applause here.)

Each year the Construction Computing Awards “showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes.” Each category has an average of 6 finalists, and boy do we want to win this year!

To vote, just follow these few simple steps:

You have until November 2nd to cast your vote, and as always, every vote helps. Thanks for all of your support, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Ready, set, Greenbuild.

September 6, 2011

Here at Bluebeam HQ we are busy getting ready for this year’s Greenbuild Expo, and I’m happy to report that we have some exciting things planned. Before I get to that, let’s go over the 5 “W’s” (and “How”) of this year’s show.

Who should attend? Greenbuild attracts professionals from ALL aspects of the building industry.

What is it? Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

Where is it? This year’s show is being held in Toronto, Ontario at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.

When is it? The Expo Hall will be open from October 4-6 during the following hours:
– Tuesday, Oct. 4:  5:30pm – 8pm
– Wednesday, Oct. 5:  9am – 5:30pm
– Thursday, Oct. 6:  9am – 5:30pm

Why should you visit? Bluebeam will be exhibiting in the South hall in booth #4142. Be sure to stop by for one of our special “Ask the Experts” presentations (more details below), a live demo of the new Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 and Revu eXtreme, and to pick up a free 30-day trial CD.

How do you get tickets? If you live in the Toronto area, or still need to purchase your Exhibit Hall passes you can do so at NO cost to you.  Just click here, enter blue-5024_289 into the box that says registration code, and then fill in all of your required contact information. Registering for this pass will allow you to enter the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday and Thursday only.

Now more on the special “Ask the Experts” events that I mentioned earlier….

Two of our top customers, DPR Construction and McCarthy Building Companies, will be joining us in our booth during Greenbuild. On Wednesday, October 5th, DPR Construction will be joining us to discuss how they use Bluebeam Studio to help keep their projects lean and green.  Then, on Thursday, October 6th, McCarthy Building Companies will share how they use Revu throughout the life of a project. Representatives from each company will be available for one-on-one conversations throughout the day, and will be giving various group presentations. Be sure to stop by our booth for more information on presentation times.

To find out more about Greenbuild, check out their official show website. We hope to see you there, and in the meantime, remember to keep on PDFin’!


Bluebeam PDF Revu and PDF/A

August 22, 2011

Since the release of version 9.2, Revu supports PDF/A. What is PDF/A? Simply put, PDF/A is an internationally-standardized file format that insures a document can be opened in the future, making it ideal for electronic archiving. For a file to be PDF/A compliant it needs to be stripped of its temporary components (e.g. editing capabilities, non-embedded fonts, and hyperlinks) for it to best mimic a piece of paper.

Some advantages that a PDF/A archive has over a TIFF or paper-based archive are:

  • File Size: PDF/A files only require a fraction of the memory (or physical) space without compromising quality.
  • Full-Text Search: PDF/A stores text and graphics allowing you to efficiently search an entire archive.
  • Optimization: Preferences for the PDF/A document can be set, including processing options for unsupported annotations, transparency, and embedded files.
  • Metadata: Metadata like title, author, creation and modification date, subject, keywords, etc. can be stored in a PDF/A file.
  • Better Business: PDF/A enables better document workflows, reduces waste and carbon emissions and improves overall efficiency.

PDF/A opens up new possibilities for many industry sectors and users, but has been widely adopted by many standards organizations as of recent. For example:

  • Banks and Insurances use PDF/A to embed invoicing data and for long-term archiving
  • Archives and Libraries use PDF/A to archive textual documents to increase traceability and show a document’s history.
  • Public Sector and Government use PDF/A to guarantee document integrity and for archiving documents with static, inalterable content.

PDF/A is supported in all editions of Bluebeam PDF Revu 9.2 and higher, and also Bluebeam Q 4.5. Read this PDF tutorial to learn more about how to use PDF/A in Revu, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Don’t forget to vote “Blue” in the ED+C Reader’s Choice Awards

August 17, 2011

Have you had a chance to vote for your favorite PDF software in this year’s ED+C Reader’s Choice Awards? No? Well the good news is you still have time. The polls are open until Wednesday, September 24th, so get voting (please).

To vote, all you need to do is click here, enter your contact information, click on the “Software and Web-based Programs” category, then check the box next to our name. Pretty easy, huh?

Every vote counts and is much appreciated so thanks in advance for all of your support. Oh, and remember you can vote once a day every day (until the 24th that is).

Keep the votes coming, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Favorite Feature Friday – Sheet Set Support

July 1, 2011

It’s Favorite Feature Friday! Today we’re celebrating Bluebeam’s new sheet set support when batch creating PDFs from AutoCAD, as demonstrated by my coworker Samantha’s costume:

Revu CAD 9 and Revu eXtreme 9 include several updates and enhancements to our AutoCAD plugin for batch PDF creation. Among them is the ability to import your AutoCAD sheet sets so you can batch convert all included drawing files at once. What a time saver!

Learn more about batch creating PDFs from AutoCAD here. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



Favorite Feature Friday – Revu eXtreme

June 10, 2011

It’s Favorite Feature Friday! Today, is a special edition of this series, because we’re highlighting my coworker Cristi. He came to work dressed up as not just a feature of Revu, but an entire edition of the software – Revu eXtreme!

Cristi dressed up as a thrill-seeking sportsman to represent Revu eXtreme!

eXtreme is the latest edition of Revu, and was just released in March. In addition to all the great features of Bluebeam, extreme includes:

  • PDF Forms creation for making any PDF a fillable form
  • OCR for transforming scanned PDFs into text searchable and selectable files
  • Scripting for automating repetitive PDF markup and editing processes, such as adding a text stamp, inserting a cover page and flattening a PDF.
  • Redaction for permanently removing confidential and sensitive text and images from PDFs.

Learn more about Revu eXtreme here, and remember, to keep on PDFin’!


The Many Languages of Bluebeam PDF Revu 9

June 8, 2011

Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 has gone international! Not only can you go PDFin’ in English, Revu is now available in six additional languages: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, and Spanish.

With the added benefit of a new markup translation feature, which enables any Revu 9 user to translate markups to more than 55 languages, Bluebeam truly is a great solution for digitizing global project communication and collaboration.

What language will you Bluebeam in? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Translate PDF Markups in 3-2-1

May 23, 2011

When we said that we relied on user feedback to create Revu 9, we really meant it. In fact, our translate markups features is a direct result of customer feedback. As the story goes, one architect working on a project in China just so happened to be fluent in Mandarin. I’ll give you one guess as to who in the firm translated all drawing comments for the contractors on site.

Despite being extremely busy with her job and translation duties, this user contacted us and said “Any chance you can add a translation feature into Bluebeam?” Not only did Revu 9 deliver on this request, it has made translating markups as easy as 1-2-3.

Step 1)
Markup PDFs the same way you would normally.

Step 2)
While connected to the Internet, go to Document/Translate Markups.

Step 3)
Select the “From” and “To” languages, the page range to translate and click OK.

And now all your text markups are translated – not only on the PDF, but in the Markups list, too.

How will you use this feature? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Crikey! Bluebeam has a great time at Australia’s designEX

April 26, 2011
Attending a trade show for the first time is always exciting, but the mates we met at Australia’s designEx made Bluebeam’s first event down under quite memorable. The trip started, of course, with a very long flight to Melbourne. Once our team landed, there was no time to spare. We immediately got to work setting up our booth for Bluebeam PDF Revu 9’s Australian debut!

Yellow safety vests were a must during designEX setup.

 In just a few short hours this blank slate was transformed into a Mighty Bluebeam-themed space and it was officially PDFin’ time!
The Mighty Bluebeam shows Australian architects how to digitize projects from design, to bid, to build.

Throughout the show, Bluebeamers demonstrated how Revu 9 helps architects digitize communication by sharing, redlining and editing PDF drawings and documents with industry-standard markups, measurements, drawing comparison tools and more. We were pleasantly surprised, and quite honored, when Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 received the event’s Sustainability Award for enabling design teams to go paperless.

Bluebeam’s Stephani proudly displays Revu’s latest award.

All in all, our first Australian trade show was quite the success! Were you at the show? Let us know what you thought. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 Wins designEX 2011 Sustainability Award!

April 13, 2011

This week, Bluebeam is debuting Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 to Australian Architects at designEX 2011 – Australia’s premier architecture and design event.

I’m very excited to share that Revu 9 is receiving a tremendous reception from our friends down under! In fact, on Wednesday designEX awarded Revu 9 with the prestigious Sustainability Award for providing architects with a solution to digitize project workflows and go paperless.


Excited Bluebeamers after winning the desginEX Sustainability Award. Unfortunately the trophy is stuck in transit…but this certificate will do for now!

If you are at the show, visit Bluebeam in stand #1006 to see for yourself how Revu 9 helps architects, designers and entire project teams go paperless. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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