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Bluebeam to Exhibit at BIM Show Live

April 25, 2013


Next week, Bluebeam is heading to Westminster, London to exhibit and network with the UK BIM community at BIM Show Live, a show dedicated to showcasing how architects, contractors, consultants and engineers are using new processes and technologies to leverage the potential of BIM.

Bluebeam will be on hand to show how project teams can use Revu’s 2D and 3D PDF creation and markup capabilities to share relevant BIM information to those downstream. Bluebeam will also be showing off some of Revu 11’s newest 3D features including the ability to convert IFC files to 3D PDFs and new 3D PDF viewing technology that project teams use to show how building elements fit together by isolating interior details of hard-to-reach models and manipulating individual objects.

BIM Show Live is taking place April 30th through May 1st at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. If you’ll be at the event, make sure to stop by stand P6 located in the Software Lounge to introduce yourself and see what’s new!



Favorite Feature Friday – 3D Viewing

August 12, 2011

It’s Favorite Feature Friday, and today we’re celebrating Bluebeam’s new 3D viewing capabilities included in all editions of Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 – Standard, CAD and eXtreme. Don’t Leah and Helen look great?!

Bluebeam's 3D models.

In Revu, once you open a PDF file with 3D content, a floating toolbar called the 3D Hover Bar will appear in the upper left-hand corner of the workspace. This toolbar lets you customize your interaction with the 3D model.

From the toolbar you can select different viewing modes such as rotate, spin, pan, zoom and camera.  You can also change perspectives, views, lighting, background colors and render modes. Cutting-edge animation features even allow you to cycle through all 3D views contained in a PDF… no glasses required.

Learn more about Revu’s 3D viewing capabilities here, and remember to keep on PDFin’!


A Bluebeam Trick for Finding PDFs Faster

October 4, 2010

What’s the fastest way to get to project file folders containing all the PDFs you need to review and redline? Well, if you are already viewing a PDF in Revu, here’s a speedy trick.

Right-click on the document tab of the open PDF and select Copy Path.

Go to the File Access Tab (in the left dock) and choose the Explorer sub-tab.

Right-click in the address bar and paste the copied path.

Now, just delete the file name from the copied path, so that the path ends with the file folder location. Then hit Enter.

And now here you are. Your related project PDFs are now just a click away. And you didn’t even have to leave Revu to find them!

What’s your favorite Bluebeam trick? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


A New PDF Viewing Trick

July 7, 2010

Today a user asked me if he could view two PDFs side by side in full screen mode, so that both documents could be displayed without surrounding toolbars or buttons. I thought about it for a second and then realized, “Hmmmm…yes, you can do this in Revu 8.5!”

You see, last month in addition to debuting great real-time collaboration features, we added a Full Screen mode into Revu 8.5. Here, let me show you…

You can start by splitting the view using our MultiView technology (which enables you to display up to 16 views or PDFs side by side).

Then go to View/Full Screen (or use keyboard shortcut F11).

To customize the floating toolbar right-click on it and select “Customize.”

Alternatively, you can start by viewing a single PDF in Full Screen mode, then use keyboard shortcut Ctrl+2 to split the view vertically, or Ctrl+H to split the view horizontally.

To choose which PDFs to display in which view, hover over the top of the interface to display the PDF tabs.

You can even open PDFs or create new ones from within Full Screen mode. Just right-click in the gray space above the PDF.

To exit Full Screen mode, press the leave button on the floating toolbar, which you can customize by going to View/Toolbars/Customize.

Do you have a feature question?  Let me know and I just may answer it here on the blog. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Video Testimonial – Using Bluebeam PDF Revu on Multiple Monitors

April 8, 2010

It’s our latest Bluebeam user story!

Watch user Anthony DelNunzio digitally review plans using Bluebeam PDF Revu on multiple monitors. Then, see how he maximizes his display using Bluebeam’s MutliView technology to show multiple PDFs side by side. Nice!

If you want to share your Bluebeam story, let me know and I’ll send you information about recording and submitting videos. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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Make your redlines stand out

October 26, 2009

How many markups are on this drawing?

It’s a little hard to tell because the markups blend in with this colorful drawing, right? Well, don’t worry. You don’t need to see an eye doctor or send away for special decoder glasses. You just need to use Bluebeam’s Dimmer tool to dim the underlying content of your PDFs. This will surely make your redlines stand out! You’ll find this nifty feature in the bottom right-hand corner of Revu. It looks like a light bulb.

Here’s the Dimmer!

Here’s the Dimmer!

You can even control just how much Revu will dim the underlying content. See, I’ve chosen to dim this PDF drawing by 40%.


And with those simple steps, we now have a dimmed PDF! Look how much easier it is to see the six markups.


So, the next time you’re reviewing a PDF and have difficulty figuring out what’s a markup and what’s part of the original file, don’t reach for your phone to schedule an optometry appointment. Just hit Bluebeam’s Dimmer tool, and keep on PDF’ing!


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View PDFs and websites, too!

July 16, 2009

WebTabs is a nifty feature in Bluebeam.

To open a WebTab, right click in the grey space next to your file tabs.

To open a WebTab, right click in the grey space next to your file tabs.

Since version 6, WebTabs have provided Bluebeam users with a web browser for surfing the Internet from directly within Revu.

A screenshot of the Bluebeam Software website, as viewed in a Bluebeam PDF Revu WebTab.

A screenshot of the Bluebeam Software website, as viewed in a Bluebeam PDF Revu WebTab.

WebTabs is a useful feature for a few reasons. First, if you need to refer to a website while reviewing a PDF, you can use Revu’s tabbed navigation to switch back and forth between the PDF and website. You can even split the view to display both the website and PDF side by side.  Also, when you click a hyperlink in a PDF, Revu will automatically open that website in a WebTab.

What do you use WebTabs for? Let me know. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!


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Save Time by Searching PDFs with Bluebeam

June 11, 2009

Today I made a list of all the things you might have time to do, if only you were using Bluebeam’s search feature to review PDFs more quickly:

1.  Actually have time to eat lunch (eating at your desk does not count)

Eating Lunch 2

2.   Go home at a decent hour (without taking work with you)

Go home on time 2

3.  Clean your desk (it’s okay, my desk is messy, too)

Messy Desk 2

In all seriousness, Revu’s search tool is probably one of its most time-saving features. That’s because it lets you search for key words in three places – the current PDF, all open PDFs or all PDFs in a specified folder.  What’s more, you can multi-select search results and then apply common markups to them, such as highlighting, text editing, redaction and more.

Here’s a great example. A while back we published a case study about a postgraduate student who used Revu’s search functionality to search and redline 600 PDFs for her thesis. You can read all about it here. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!


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Split or Switch?

June 9, 2009

Today I learned something new about Bluebeam’s MultiView feature, which lets you view up to 16 PDFs or 16 views of the same PDF simultaneously. Splitting the view, either by right clicking on the document tab or clicking the icons in the bottom left-hand corner of Revu, results in displaying two views of the same PDF.

This is what happens when you split the view.

This is what happens when you split the view.

But, if you want to view two different PDFs side by side, the easiest way to do so is to right click on a document tab and select Switch.

Choose Switch

I can’t believe I didn’t know about Switch!

Switch is a faster way to display two different PDFs side by side.

Switch is a faster way to display two different PDFs side by side.

If you Split the View, you can still display a different PDF by selecting its document tab. Switch is just a faster way to get the intended result.

Do you use MutliView? If so – do you split or switch? Let me know. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!


Bluebeam PDF Revu – Great for Viewing PDFs

May 21, 2009

A lot of the topics on this blog are related to PDF markup and editing.  But viewing PDFs can be just as important.  After all, you need an intuitive interface to navigate through PDF files, especially when they are large format drawings.

Here’s a list of some of the great viewing functionality that Bluebeam PDF Revu offers.

Tabbed Navigation – Bluebeam lets you open multiple PDFs, and displays a tab for each open file at the top of the interface.  Tabbed Navigation makes it easier to switch between open PDFs.

Tabbed Navigation

Pan, Zoom and Scroll – Your mouse scroll wheel holds a lot of power in Revu.  Holding it down lets you pan.  And scrolling it either zooms in and out dynamically (in Single Page Mode) or scrolls through pages (in Continuous Page Mode).  Holding the “Ctrl” key while you scroll reverts this behavior.


MultiView – Bluebeam’s MultiView technology lets you split the screen to display multiple views simultaneously.  You can split screens horizontally or vertically (up to 16 times), sync the views and even drag them across multiple monitors.


Advanced Searching – Revu’s search feature is cool, because it lets you search for keywords or phrases in the current PDF, all open PDFs or in a folder.  You can even multi-select results to apply highlights and other markups.


What’s your favorite PDF viewing feature in Bluebeam? Let me know. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!


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