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Revu 2015.5 Is Here!

August 18, 2015

That’s right, Revu 2015.5 is now available, adding new functionality along with several improvements and fixes. Some of the highlights of this latest release include:

Open Licensing
Our new cloud-based concurrent or “floating” license system enables organizations to authorize Revu use for employees on demand from a pool of shared seats.

Tablet Interface Optimization
When running on a supported tablet device, Revu automatically switches to “Tablet Mode” for an improved full screen experience and optimized touch screen and stylus input.

Revit 2016 and Navisworks 2016 Compatibility (CAD and eXtreme versions only)
Adds PDF Plugin compatibility into the Revit and Navisworks (Manage and Simulate) versions.

OCR Enhancements
Supports the recognition of Chinese and Japanese text and images in OCR.

Word and Excel PDF Plugins
Overall performance improvements to PDF creation in Microsoft Word and Excel such as hyperlink placement and graphic accuracy.

New JavaScript Functionality
Revu 2015.5 adds new JavaScript calls and now supports trusted functions and folder-level JavaScript.

These are just some of improvements you’ll find, so be sure to read the full release notes for complete details.

Until next time,


Bluebeam Holds Its First Annual Internal Skills Challenge!

June 9, 2015

In case you haven’t heard, this year the Bluebeam eXtreme Conference will be holding a Skills Challenge, where competitors will get the chance to show off their “eXtreme” speed, accuracy and creativity in executing key industry workflows in Bluebeam Revu.

To help prepare, we held a trial run at Bluebeam headquarters in Pasadena, where four teams comprised of some of our finest Beamsters went head to head to prove who knows Revu best. With representation from Account Services, Tech Support, Product Management, Development, QA and our Channel team, the evening was action-packed! Each team was given three problems and a Surface Pro 3 to solve them. Tensions were high as they raced against the clock to complete them.


Luke and Chris emceed the festivities, and tried out their best jokes. It was a tough crowd!



Team “Motley Blue” working feverishly and looking stylish in the fabulous Bluebeam socks.



There was some major intensity going on with the “Green Monkeys.”



And their supporters could feel it!



“The Dynamic Trio” was focused, cool and collected…



…While “Orange is the New Black” looked in it to win it.

In the end, the Dynamic Trio took home the prize, which included Starbucks gift cards and some fabulous trophies.


Think you got the skills to compete at eXtreme? There’s still time to sign up your team to compete in July, so visit the eXtreme Conference site to learn more! The winning team members will take home Microsoft Surface Pro 3s, so what are you waiting for?



Chris is looking forward to seeing you at eXtreme! 🙂

The Revu 2015 Countdown Begins!

December 3, 2014

vector-logo-revuRevu 2015 is coming soon, and we’re counting down the days on In early February, we’re taking Revu on the Road to spread the word about the new, game-changing features in Revu 2015. Join us for a feature-packed launch party in Seattle, Atlanta, Kansas City or Pasadena! Or catch a sneak preview of Revu 2015 in one of our three pre-release webinars in late January. Visit for details on our launch parties and webinars.

And starting today, we’ll be releasing some special feature-leak videos. The first is available now, and highlights the new Studio GO feature soon to be available in Revu iPad 3.0, so be sure to check it out!

More are coming soon so keep an eye out as they’re sure to be worth your laugh!

Until next time,


Favorite Feature Friday: How Do I Apply a Markup to a Selected Group of Pages?

August 29, 2014

The other day, one of our customers asked Joe of our Account Services team if there was a way to apply a markup or markups to specific pages within a document. He already knew that it was possible to do that to every page using the Apply to All Pages feature, but he didn’t need it on all of them. Luckily, the Apply to Selected Pages feature was just what he was looking for.

The trick to using Apply to Selected Pages is to make your selections in the right order. You can’t leave the current page you’re on, or you’ll drop the selection. And you can’t select the markup after selecting the pages, or the page selection will be dropped. I know, it’s a little tricky. But if you follow these steps, you should be golden:

  1. Open the Thumbnails
  2. Select, or create and select, the markup or markups you want to apply.
  3. Hold Ctrl+ or Shift+ and click the desired pages in the Thumbnails
  4. Right-click on the markup and choose Apply to Selected Pages.



Nice, huh? This is one of those hidden gems that not everyone knows about, which is why I wanted to share it with you. I know…you’re welcome. 🙂

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,

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. 🙂

Favorite Feature Friday – How Can I Magically Remove All Hidden Viewports That Distort Calibration?

June 27, 2014

Have you ever tried to take measurements in Revu and noticed that they didn’t match your calibrated scale, or resulted in the wrong calibration? If so, the file you are working with may have Viewports within it that are calibrated to a different scale or contains “untitled” Viewports that can corrupt the measurement calibration. These errant Viewports may have been by-products of the original drawing that were transferred over during creation of the PDF.


We created a “Clear All” button in Revu that magically removes all of these Viewports so you can start fresh. Click on the Measurement tab in Revu and look for the Viewports section. If you see any in the list that are unnamed, unknown or labeled “untitled,” click the Clear All button just below the Viewports list. Then, just like Tangina in Poltergeist, you can declare, “This list is clean.”


Until next time,

Favorite Feature Friday – How Do I Get My Markups to Snap to Vector Lines?

June 20, 2014

Have you ever wanted to more accurately place markups and measurements on a vector-based PDF, but didn’t know how? Use Revu’s Snap options! The buttons to enable and disable Snap options are in the Status bar at the very bottom of the Revu window. Each button is highlighted when it is active. (Press the F8 key to display the Status bar if it isn’t currently displayed.)

Snap Screenshot

To make your cursor snap to the nearest grid point, even when the grid is not displayed, simply choose the Snap button.  You can also temporarily disable the Snap feature by holding down the Ctrl key when creating a markup.

For more information on the all the Snap options available in Revu, check out this article.


Until next time,

Favorite Feature Friday – Where is My Bluebeam Toolbar?

June 13, 2014

We love hearing from our customers, especially when it gives us the chance to share tips and tricks that enhance their Revu experience. And why not share those insights with all of our users? For instance, the Bluebeam toolbar can give you quick access to Revu in Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Revit or Navisworks. But do you know how to enable it? Or did you have yours enabled at one point but found it has suddenly disappeared? If you are running one or more of these applications and the Bluebeam toolbar isn’t showing up, use the Bluebeam Administrator to configure it. Here are a few simple steps to enable your Bluebeam plug-ins:

  1. Exit the program.
  2. Go to Start > All Programs > Bluebeam Software and then click Bluebeam Administrator.
  3. Click the Plug-ins tab.
  4. Check the box next to the name of your program.
  5. Click Apply and OK.
  6. Restart the program. Your Bluebeam toolbar should now be enabled!

Have a question or need some help? Our support team is here for you! Simply email support(at) or send us a message in the comments. If you have a favorite feature you want to share, email jenn(at) And be sure to keep an eye out for more Favorite Features!

Until next time,


Clark Construction Goes Lean & Green with Revu

April 23, 2014

Check out our latest video case study featuring Clark Construction and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). This new $130 million center will become the gateway to transportation in Orange County, CA, serving a wide variety of transit services including local and regional buses and trains.

Learn how the team is using Revu to go paperless, speed up submittals, improve team communications and implement lean and green practices on this LEED Platinum project.



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