Archive for the ‘PDF markup’ Category

Two New Tool Sets Now Available for Bluebeam Revu

December 3, 2012

Customize, customize, customize! We like the sound of that word at Bluebeam, and are happy to announce that we have created two new customized tools sets for Revu featuring a variety of Fire & Life Safety and Security & CCTV markup symbols.

Fire & Life Safety


Both are packed full of markups that can easily be placed on drawings and customized by changing the color, fill, opacity or line type to fit your team’s communication style. Upload them to your Tool Chest™ (and many other tool sets) for free here.

For all those new to Revu, Bluebeam offers a variety of tool sets that include specialized markup symbols that can be saved in Revu’s exclusive Tool Chest and are fully customizable for each user. And, if there are other tool sets that you’ve created using Revu that haven’t already been pre-loaded in Revu or on our website, let me know at kyle (at) We’d love to help you share them with the rest of the world.

Oh, and as always, 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’!



Check out this new Revu tool set of electrical symbols

January 19, 2012

You asked for it, so we made it! We’ve just created a new, free tool set of electrical symbols.

This tool set can be yours!

This tool set is packed full of markups that you can easily place on your drawings, change the color and resize. You can get it (and many other tool sets) for free here.

For those of you that are not familiar with Revu’s toolsets, you’ll definitely want to know all about these time-saving treasures. Tool sets are groups of specialized markup symbols that are saved in Revu’s exclusive Tool Chest and are fully customizable for each user.  Learn more about tool sets here.

Are there other symbols that you need, that you just don’t see pre-loaded in Revu or on our website? Let me know! And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



Cool News Resources for Bluebeam Users

October 14, 2011

I’m back from maternity leave (it’s a boy!) and returning to my life of PDFin’. And upon my return I saw that Bluebeam had quite the busy summer – with a VIP rally day event, Vision Award Win and speaking sessions.

One of the coolest things to happen over the past few months, though, is the addition of some new technical documents to help you do more with Bluebeam PDF Revu! Check ‘em out:

Take advantage of these new tools to improve the way you work, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Favorite Feature Friday – The Lasso Tool

June 24, 2011

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to talk about another one of our favorite Bluebeam features! Today the focus is on the Lasso Tool, as demonstrated by Amy and Sasha.

Amy and Sasha giving their best “Lasso Tool” impressions!

The real Lasso Tool, as seen at the top of the Revu interface.

The Lasso tool was originally developed for our tablet PC users. It’s a helpful, and fun, way to multi-select PDF markups. Just grab the tool with your tablet pen or mouse, and draw around all the markups you want to select.

In this example, I used the lasso tool to multi-select all the markups except for the green callout that says “Verify dimension.”

Once you close the loop, your markups will be multi-selected. From here, you can change their properties, group the markups, lock the markups, move the markups in unison – the possibilities are (almost) endless!

The lassoed markups are now multi-selected and ready to go.

Check out more Favorite Feature Friday costumes on our Facebook page. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



Favorite Feature Friday – The Tool Chest

June 17, 2011

It’s Favorite Feature Friday, and today we have two Bluebeamers dressed up to demonstrate the wonderfulness that is the Bluebeam Tool Chest:

Brian and Chris dressed up as the Bluebeam Tool Chest!

An oldie but a goodie, the Tool Chest has been around since day 1 of Revu. You can access the Tool Chest by clicking the blue bar in the middle left of the Revu interface to open the left dock, going to View/Tabs/Tool Chest or using keyboard shortcut Alt+X.

This exclusive feature tracks all the markups you make in your session of Bluebeam and saves them in your Recent Tools (1). If you want to place that markup again, just select it and go. And if you know you’ll use that markup over and over again across sessions, just drag it up to My Tools (2). Bluebeam also provides a number additional tool sets for free, which you can download into your session of Revu either from the Tool Set section of the Start page, or from this page on our website (3). Finally, you can create your own Tool Sets (4) and share them with your friends and colleagues. To learn how, check out this video. 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’!


Some Curvy Bluebeam Tricks

February 4, 2011

Perhaps one of Bluebeam’s best-kept secrets is the ability to not only add arcs to PDFs using this annotation on the tool bar…

…but also to add curves to polylines and polygons. I received a few customer questions about curves this week, and support taught me two new tricks that I thought I’d share with you.

1)  The “Alt” key helps you draw a better arc.

When drawing an arc, hold down the “Alt” key to click the start point, the middle point and the end point. This trick will help you get just the right arc that you’re looking for.

2)  Polylines make great arcs, too.

Another great way to make an arc is to draw an angle with the polyline tool. Right click on the middle control point…but don’t choose “Convert to Arc.” Instead, go to Control Point/Convert. This will instantly convert the angle into an adjustable curve with fixed endpoints.

For more resources on drawing arcs and curves in Revu, check out this PDF tutorial and this video tutorial. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Save Pantone’s New Color of the Year (and other hues) in Bluebeam PDF Revu

January 25, 2011

Pantone has such a fun way of describing colors that I always look forward to their annual “Color of the Year” press release. In honor of their recent announcement that Honeysuckle is the color of 2011, here’s a Bluebeam tip for saving custom colors in Revu so you can easily apply them to any markup.

1) Open a PDF that contains a vibrant hue you want to save. If the file is not in PDF form, then use the Bluebeam PDF Printer to create a PDF. In this example, I’m making a PDF of Pantone’s website.

2) Now that you have your PDF opened in Revu, select any markup from the toolbar. Hover over the Fill Color button the toolbar and choose the eye-dropper.

3) Your cursor will now turn into the eye-dropper. Hover it over the color you want to save into Revu and click the left mouse button to capture it. Note – as you move your eye-dropper cursor, a box in the bottom right-hand corner of Revu will preview the hue.

4)  Now go back to the Fill Color icon and select “Custom” from the color selector palette, then “Define Custom Colors.”

5) Click “Add to Custom Colors” and it will always be available for you to use as a fill or line color in any markup.

Get colorful, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


Use Bluebeam to Link PDF Markups to Important Information

December 21, 2010

One of my favorite features in Revu is Action Markups. With the release of version 8 earlier this year, any markup can be assigned an action (Jump to Page, Jump to Snapshot View, Hyperlink to a Website or Open a File). It’s a great feature for linking markups to relevant information such as details on a drawing, a section of a building code to explain a violation, photos of products or product data sheets – the list goes on and on.  Below is a quick how-to on this great feature.

Start by making a markup, right-clicking on it and selecting “Edit Action.”

Next, choose what type of action you want this markup to perform. In this example, we’re going to jump to snapshot view (Tip – the selected snapshot view can be on the current PDF page, or a different PDF page. Nice!).

When you choose Snapshot View, you’ll need to press the Get Rectangle button to define the snapshot area. You have a variety of options to navigate to the desired area – use the scroll bars, hold down the middle mouse button to pan or scroll the middle mouse button to zoom. You can even switch between pages through the thumbnails panel.

Once you’re at the right spot, hold down the left mouse button as you drag out a rectangle of the snapshot area. You’ll see a blue flash to confirm your selection. Don’t worry, if you make a mistake, Bluebeam allows do-overs!

After you assign your action, a lightning bolt will display to the bottom right of the markup.

When clicked, the markup will perform the assigned action (in this case, jump to the snapshot view I selected).


To ensure that PDFs with Action Markups will work if you send the file to someone who uses a different PDF editor, right click on the markup and flatten it before you send.

The lightning bolt will disappear, and now the entire markup will perform the action when clicked.

So there you have it – Action Markups. Let me know what helpful uses you find for this nifty feature, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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