Archive for the ‘takeoffs’ Category

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’!



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’!


Video Testimonial – Guess how great Bluebeam is for estimates!

March 18, 2010

Check out the latest “Bluebeam User Story” video testimonial:

In this video Tim Sorrentino, Construction Mananger and Principal of Wellspring Building & Development, shows us how he uses Bluebeam to get takeoffs for performing estimates. He’s only been using Bluebeam PDF Revu for two months, but he’s already maximizing his use with custom tools sets, custom markup list columns and more.

Let me know if you want to be a part of this fun series, and I’ll send you all the details about recording and submitting videos. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Video Testimonial – Plan Room Estimator using Bluebeam PDF Revu for Takeoffs

March 5, 2010

Hello, Bluebeamers! Today we’re introducing a new feature for the PDF Insider and our social media sites – video testimonials! In our first “Bluebeam PDF Revu User Story,” watch plan room estimator Brad Wells tell you why he thinks Bluebeam PDF Revu is the best software for takeoffs:

To share your Bluebeam story with other Bluebeamers, email me and I’ll send you all the details about how to record and submit videos to us. Thanks for watching and remember to keep on PDFin’!


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New Bluebeam features for getting takeoffs from PDFs

February 24, 2010

Bluebeam has always been a great tool for getting takeoffs from PDFs. But with the release of Revu 8, great got even better! Take a look at these enhanced features for measuring and counting from PDFs:

Estimation Profile
This is the new, must-have profile for anyone using Bluebeam’s measurement tools. It displays all the measurement options on a Revu toolbar, adds special length and area columns in the markups list (that show values in decimal format) and adds special Curves and Sequenced Markups tool sets in the Tool Chest. It’s everything and the kitchen sink!

Radius Measurement
Calculate a radius by clicking two points along a curve. So simple!

Sequence Markups
It’s a new way to count from Bluebeam. Group any markup with a text box, save it to your Tool Chest then right-click to sequence the markup. Every time it’s placed, the text field will update sequentially. Cool!

Markups List Columns and Formulas
If you’re preparing estimates, you can now get takeoffs from your PDFs and let the Markups List take care of all the cost calculations. Add custom columns with formulas and calculations, so data such as material cost, square footage and more is automatically calculated as you measure off your PDF. Learn more about this feature in the Columns & Formulas Video on this page.

What’s your favorite new feature for getting takeoffs from PDF? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Tips for Calculating Takeoffs from PDF

December 10, 2009

For all those who measure, estimate and count off drawings, this post is for you!

Today I’ve compiled a list of tips and resources for using Bluebeam PDF Revu to get length, area, perimeter, diameter and volume take-offs from PDFs, and for counting off PDFs, too. Take a look:

Take-off Tip #1
Use Bluebeam’s Measurements Profile

Bluebeam includes a variety of profiles, or interface configurations. What’s the best one for calculating take-offs? The Measure profile! It’ll remove unnecessary icons from your toolbars, and add useful columns in Bluebeam’s Markups list for displaying measurements in decimal format. These columns make it super easy to export the data to Excel for further calculations. Trust me.

To choose the Measure profile, click the man with the bow-tie in the bottom right-hand corner of Revu, then select “Measure.”

Take-off Tip #2
Calibrate, calibrate, calibrate!

Sure, you can enter the scale listed on your drawing directly into Bluebeam’s Measurement tab. But don’t you want to double check to make sure that scale is correct? That’s what I figured, and that’s why the calibrate tool is so useful for take-offs. Just select it, click the start and end point of a measurement you already know, enter in that value and you’re ready to go!

Calibrate is your friend.

Take-off Tip #3
Snap to Content

It’s so much easier to get an accurate measurement off a PDF when your take-off tool snaps to the drawing’s lines. And that’s just what Bluebeam PDF Revu does – it recognizes vector data, and gives you the option to snap to it. Sweet! To turn this feature on, check the “Snap to Content” box in the Measurements Tab.

Take-off Tip #4
Watch this video!

It’s everything you ever needed to know about using Bluebeam for take-offs! Watch Bluebeam University’s Custom Measurement Tools video, and become a pro at getting digital take-offs from PDF. Learn how to calibrate and measure, and also how to save custom take-off tools and export measurement data into Excel for further calculations.

Watch the video here, or go to the Bluebeam University page and click on Custom Measurement Tools.

Still want more information? Read how this Bluebeam user calculated 2,700 measurements with Revu – in just 3 days. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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How Bluebeam’s PDF Markup Tools Mimic Pen and Paper

October 6, 2009

When I talk about how Bluebeam helps design and construction firms go paperless, I always mention that Bluebeam’s PDF markup tools provide industry-standard tools for redlining drawings. So even though you’re marking up PDFs electronically and not using pen and paper, you’re still using the trusted tools of the trade.

For example, not too long ago, if you needed to redline a drawing with a circle, you probably would have used a compass. Now you can use Bluebeam’s ellipse tool.

Use Bluebeam to draw circles without a compass. Save paper, and eliminate the risk of accidentally poking your eye out.

Use Bluebeam to draw circles without a compass. Save paper, and eliminate the risk of accidentally poking your eye out.

Or, if you needed to add CAD symbols or other common shapes, you would have used templates like these to stencil them in:

Remember these?

Remember these?

Now you can find CAD symbols and other common shapes in Bluebeam Tool Sets:

No more stenciling, just drag and drop shapes from Bluebeam’s Tool Chest!

No more stenciling, just drag and drop shapes from Bluebeam’s Tool Chest!

Takeoffs used to be calculated with slide rules. Now you can do this electronically with Bluebeam’s measurement tools.

Calculating takeoffs is so much easier with Bluebeam!

Calculating takeoffs is so much easier with Bluebeam!

There are so many other “paper and pen” workflows that Bluebeam replaces. What’s your favorite thing to do digitally with Bluebeam? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!


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Got Curves?

September 8, 2009

There are hundreds of examples in which you’ll encounter a not-so-straight line in a construction drawing: a sidewalk, a courtyard, an archway and so on. And just like all the other straight items in your drawings, sometimes you need measurements, such as the length or perimeter of an arched road, or the area or volume of a curved element such as a pool.

Bluebeam knows that not all lines are straight.

Bluebeam knows that not all lines are straight.

Luckily, Bluebeam’s takeoff tools recognize that not every building is constructed exclusively with straight lines. Revu’s takeoff tools (updated in version 7) allow users to measure arcs and curves. In fact, we’ve just posted a new advanced tutorial on our support site that explains how to use Bluebeam’s takeoff tools for curved and lineal measurements. Check it out! And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!


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Bluebeam Quick Clip – Using Revu’s Takeoff Tools

August 31, 2009

It’s video time!

Today we’re introducing a new feature to The PDF Insider – the Bluebeam Quick Clip video. Our first installment is a short video showing you how to use Bluebeam’s takeoff tools.

In this Bluebeam Quick Clip, I use the example of measuring the area on a PDF map of my hometown, the raisin capital of the world. Some of the features discussed include:

Keep checking the blog for more Bluebeam Quick Clip videos. And remember, to keep on PDF’ing!


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More about Bluebeam’s Takeoff Tools

July 29, 2009

If you liked what you read in the new takeoff case study, you’re going to love this.

Bluebeam University has created a very cool, comprehensive video on using Bluebeam’s measurement tool.  Watch it to learn how to calculate takeoffs, create custom measurement tools and transfer information into Excel for further calculations.

Watch the Bluebeam University Takeoff Video to become a Takeoff Pro!

Watch the Bluebeam University Takeoff Video to become a Takeoff Pro!

View the video by clicking here or by going directly to the Bluebeam Training Materials page.  The video is called “Custom Measurement Tools”.

In case you didn’t know, Bluebeam’s  Training Materials page is a virtual classroom where you can watch free training videos.  All content is “on demand”, so you can learn wherever and whenever you want.  So check it out, and remember to keep on PDF’ing!


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