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New Updates Available to Revu 11 and Bluebeam Q

April 8, 2014

Even though we recently released Revu 12, some of our customers may not have been able to upgrade yet, or need to remain on Revu 11 since it’s the last version compatible with Windows XP and Vista.

For those of you still using Revu 11, we have some great news to share! Revu 11.7 is now available and contains a number of fixes we think you’ll like. And, it’s still compatible with Windows XP and Vista. For more information on everything you’ll find in this latest update, check out the complete Revu release notes.

And for all you Bluebeam Q users, Q 4.5.3 is now available! This update fixes issues primarily related to PDF stamps, protected documents and DWG conversion. Read the complete Q release notes for a full listing of everything included in this update.

It’s Steel Day 2011!

September 23, 2011

In honor of Steel Day 2011, we wanted to highlight one of our newest cases studies from Rowecord Engineering, a major steel contractor in the UK that provides first-class design, engineering manufacture, treatment and erection services for steel structures.

Prior to finding Bluebeam, Rowecord had been using Adobe Distiller for high-volume PDF creation and Adobe Acrobat for end user PDF editing and markup. However, this solution was proving to be too costly to maintain, so Rowecord’s Project Leader decided to begin the search for a new PDF solution. His main search criteria included a solution that provided end users with easy-to-use PDF annotation and editing tools, the ability to covert high volumes of Windows files to PDF, and affordable pricing. Enter Bluebeam.

Rowecord now uses Bluebeam Q, Bluebeam’s server-based solution, to automatically create a high volume of PDFs from BIM applications, mainly Tekla Structures, and Bluebeam PDF Revu for marking up PDFs electronically with comments, highlights, shapes and symbols.

Click here to learn more about how Rowecord is using Bluebeam Q and Bluebeam PDF Revu, and remember to keep on PDFin’!

Happy Steel Day!


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’!


Bluebeam Q – An even more Powerful PDFin’ Machine

July 19, 2011

This week we released an updated version to our server product Bluebeam Q.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this powerful PDFin’ Machine, Bluebeam Q is a server-based solution that creates PDFs from CAD and Office files and performs batch operations such as automatically rotating PDFs, adding text stamps and applying security.  With four options to choose from – Network PDF printer, Watched Folders, Script Engine and API – users can easily “Q up” files for PDF creation and processing.

So, what’s new in Bluebeam Q 4.5? PDF/A-1b support has now been added to the list of functionalities in Bluebeam Q. What does this mean? Well, for starters the Bluebeam Q Network PDF printer allows users to save as PDF/A-1b, and PDF/A-1b can now be selected as an output file type within Watched Folders. The Script Engine and API also allow users to write commands that will determine if a PDF is PDF/A-1b compliant or not by creating a report, or save a new PDF file in PDF/A-1b format to a specified location.

For more information about Q, including a 30-day trial, check out  Already in Q? Customers with a license of Q version 4 or an active maintenance agreement can receive a free upgrade to Bluebeam Q 4.5 by visiting our upgrade page here. And remember, keep on PDFin’!


To PDF and Beyond at the AIIM Expo

April 1, 2011

One of the many events that Bluebeam attended in March was the AIIM Expo. AIIM is an annual conference in which “business and IT professionals gather to learn about the technologies that are changing the way enterprise information is used to drive business processes, collaboration, knowledge sharing and decision making.” Given that we released Revu 9 and Revu eXtreme the day that AIIM began, it was a great place for us to meet with current Bluebeam users and new contacts, too.

Our message at AIIM was “To PDF and Beyond.” In our booth we showed how our platform technologies, PDF editor Bluebeam PDF Revu, and our advanced technologies – Q for automated PDF publishing and processing, bFX for redlining PDFs stored on remote locations and Bluebeam Studio for real-time collaboration – help firms taking PDF beyond archiving and leverage the format as a document markup, communication and collaboration tool. Our VP of Engineering was in attendance, and he was even featured in this video interview by about the power of PDF-based workflows.

Overall it was a great place to launch Revu 9 and talk about the future of document-based collaboration for enterprises. Were you at AIIM? If so, share your experience below. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


New On-Demand Webinar – Get in Q with Bluebeam Q

December 3, 2010

Last month we hosted a complimentary webinar to help AEC pros and their IT departments save time and money by automating PDF-based workflows with our newest product, Bluebeam Q. This webinar shows the four ways to put your files in Q – a network printer, Watched Folders, a scripting engine and an API – as well as how to power up this PDFin’ machine for PDF publishing and processing. If you missed it, don’t worry. You can watch it here!

Have any questions? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Learn how to save big by automating PDF-based workflows

October 28, 2010

On November 9th, we’re hosting a complimentary webinar to help you and your IT department save big by Qing up your files.

Get in Q!

“Get in Q with Bluebeam Q” will show IT professionals, IT consultants and systems integrators how Bluebeam Q, our server-based PDF creation and processing solution for enterprises, can do some pretty impressive stuff such as…

By automating these types of workflows, your organization can reduce printing, shipping and storage fees, streamline communication and save time.

The webinar is taking place November 9th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Advanced registration is required, and space is limited. Sign up here. And remember, to keep on PDfin’!


Bluebeam Podcast – Introducing our new PDFin Machine, Bluebeam Q

July 30, 2010

I was supposed to tell you about our latest product yesterday, when it launched. Unfortunately I was in a car accident and didn’t make it into Bluebeam. I’m back in business today though, so without further adieu…

Yesterday we launched Bluebeam QTM, a powerful PDFin’ machine for automated PDF publishing and processing. Formerly known as the Bluebeam Conversion Server, Q has a new name, new look and all new features.

Bluebeam Q

To celebrate, we recorded the following podcast with a Bluebeam Q developer, Brian, and product specialist, Joel. Click the player below to listen to the conversation and find out what Q can do for you.

For more information about Q, including a 30-day trial, an overview video and workflow samples, check out And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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