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Autosize Text Boxes and Text Size in Revu

October 30, 2013

So on Monday I got to tag along on a customer visit with Rob and Andrew from our Account Services team. They were doing a demo to show how using Revu and Studio could help this team communicate better with other departments within their company. As I was watching Rob in action, he demonstrated something I thought was really cool, and had no idea you could do in Revu 11.

When creating a Callout, you can set the properties of the text box to automatically resize based on how much text is in there. Now, some of you might not be quite as excited about this as I am, but if you are all about the little details, then I know you’ll love this as much as I do! Here’s how to do it:

Create a Callout and type in your comments. As you can see here, I’ve used the Properties tab to customize mine so the fill is a lovely shade of aqua.

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Next, select the text box portion of the Callout and right-click. You’ll see a context menu pop up, where you’ll select Autosize Text Box.

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And, that’s it! You’ll see your text box has magically resized to fit the amount of text in there more proportionately. No more unused extra white space!

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You can also set your font size to increase or decrease when you resize your text box. Simply select the Callout, and then go to the Properties tab. Next to Font Size, check the Auto box.

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By the way, you can also change your Preferences in Revu so that this setting is applied every time you create a Callout or Text Box. Just go to Settings, and choose Preferences (or Ctrl+K). In the Preferences window, select Markup and then check the box next to Autosize Text Box and Callout Markups.


Pretty cool, huh? Rob said this is one of those hidden gems he loves showing in demos, and I can see why. Do you have a favorite feature in Revu you consider a hidden gem, too? I’d love to hear about it, so let me know!

Until next time,


More Bluebeam Webinars Are on the Way!

May 30, 2013

Mark your calendars! Bluebeam has some great webinars scheduled for June that will take a closer look at how you can utilize Bluebeam Revu’s core functionality and advanced features to digitize your workflows and enhance communication. From administrative workflows to takeoffs and estimation –we’ve got it covered. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Go Paperless on a Government budget with Bluebeam® Revu® by Managed Design
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
Learn how Bluebeam Revu helps government agencies go paperless at a price point they can justify.

Digitizing Takeoffs & Estimates with Bluebeam Revu
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
Find out how you can prepare your next bid faster using Bluebeam Revu for digital takeoffs.

Digitizing Administrative Workflows with Bluebeam Revu
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
Join this one-hour session to find out how to enhance project communication by managing and organizing your documents in PDF using Revu’s core functionality.

These webinars will be a great learning opportunity both for new users still getting familiar with Revu, and for experienced users looking for a refresher. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today.



Bluebeam Participates in MCA Chicago’s Technology Day

February 7, 2013


Today, Bluebeam will be speaking and exhibiting at the Mechanical Construction Association (MCA) Technology Day taking place from 7:30 am to 3:45 pm at the Burr Ridge Marriot in Chicago. Throughout this one-day summit featuring technologies impacting the construction industry, we’ll be talking all things Bluebeam Revu, and taking a closer look at how specialty contractors can utilize Revu to streamline workflows and enhance project communication.

Attendees can catch our speaking session in Salon II at 10:35 AM CT, where we will showcase how Revu can be used for project tracking, estimation, creating RFI’s, quality control punch lists and submittals. Then beginning at 11:30 AM CT, attendees can meet one on one with Bluebeam representatives during the tradeshow luncheon. So, if you’re attending the show or happen to be in the area, stop by and see us.



New Bluebeam Revu Webinar Series to Cover the Basics

January 8, 2013

We’re excited to announce our first webinar series of the New Year, Revu Basics! This series of one-hour tutorials will look at how you can utilize Revu’s core functionality and advanced features, including tracking markups with the Markups List, collaborating on project documents in real time using Bluebeam Studio, and customizing Revu’s interface and markup tools to fit your style or workflow. In addition, each webinar will include a brief overview of additional learning resources available, including customizable training options. This is a great opportunity for all new users still getting familiar with Revu, or for those experienced users looking for a refresher. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in January and February:

Revu Basics: Tracking with the Markups List – Tuesday, Jan. 15th

Learn how to leverage Revu to track project feedback using the integrated Markups list, which automatically records every annotation on a PDF including the author, date and time.

Revu Basics: Collaboration – Tuesday, Feb. 5th

Learn how Revu’s integrated cloud solution, Studio, enables project teams to store, share and collaborate on project documents in real time.

Revu Basics: Customization – Tuesday, Feb. 26th

Learn how to adjust the Revu interface, create specialized toolbars on the fly and save and deploy unique Profiles so that Revu’s most-needed features are always just one click away.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign-up today. And, as always, remember to keep on PDFin’.



Getting Started with Bluebeam® Revu® Webinar Now Available Online

November 21, 2012

For those of you that missed yesterday’s webinar on Getting Started with Bluebeam Revu, there’s no need to worry. The webinar was recorded and is now available on-demand in Bluebeam University.  This free one-hour course provides an in-depth look at Revu’s user interface and core markup functionality, including how to create customizable markups, save them in Revu’s Tool Chest™ for easy reuse, and then track them in the Markups list. In this session you will also learn about the different ways to compare documents and how to bring your workflows online and connect with project partners globally using Bluebeam Studio™, Revu’s integrated cloud solution. This session is perfect for those of you just getting started with Revu or for those looking for a quick refresher.

And, don’t forget. All of our recent and past webinars can also be accessed in the Bluebeam University under the “Bluebeam Webinars” tab. This includes our recent three-part series on using Studio to create a real time punch process, collaborate on shop drawings, and track projects. So, if you’re looking to get a little break from the Thanksgiving festivities this weekend and want to load up on Revu, make sure you stop by and check out one of our featured webinars.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and remember to keep on PDFin’.


Free Webinar: Bluebeam’s Gettin’ Back to Basics

November 13, 2012

Mark your calendars everyone because we have another Bluebeam webinar approaching fast! On November 20, Bluebeam will be getting down to the basics for all those that might be new to Revu, or might be looking for a refresher on how Bluebeam can easily digitize workflows and improve project communication. During this session, we’ll be providing an in-depth introduction to the Revu interface, an overview of the core Markup functionality, and a look at how project partners are being connected around the world through Revu’s integrated collaboration solution, Bluebeam Studio.

The webinar will begin at 10 AM PST on Tuesday, November 20. To learn more or reserve your spot, visit our registration page today. And, remember to keep on PDFin’.


Quick Fix: Balancing Your View in Revu

July 23, 2012

Revu is oftentimes thought of as a fully-stocked drafting table or toolbox. Everything you need is right in front of you.  It even comes with what we like to call MultiView technology, and it’s probably one of Revu’s most powerful viewing features.

When working in Revu you can use its MultiView technology to split your screen up to 16 times, enabling you to view multiple PDFs side by side at the same time, just as you could with printed drawings. But, did you know there is also a trick for equally balancing the size of all your views?  Some may choose to resize them manually, but there is another quick fix that can save you a lot of time.  Here’s how it works:

To split your screen, simply click one of the “MultiView” buttons located on the lower left hand side of your screen.

Now, let’s say you want to view three PDFs or views side by side. You have to choose one view to split, so now you should have one view taking up 50 percent of the screen with the other two views taking up 25 percent of the screen.

Or, perhaps you want to have an even number of views (like four), but instead of splitting the view that is taking up 50 percent of the screen, you split one of the 25 percent views. Regardless of how you got here, the point is you now have an unbalanced view.

Yes, it’s true that you can manually resize unbalanced views by selecting and dragging the side bar over, but there is also a shortcut – simply hit “Shift F12.”  This instantly balances all views equally within seconds.

Finally, if you really want to make your life easier, you can also equally balance your views by simply clicking on the “Balance” button located under the “Window” tab.

Let me know if you found this to be helpful or if you have any comments, and remember to keep on PDFin’.


Bluebeam eXtreme Conference Recap

July 9, 2012

In June, Bluebeam held its annual eXtreme Conference at LA Live’s Target Terrace overlooking downtown Los Angeles where we celebrated 10 years of eXtreme Pdfin’.  The event, which experienced a great turnout with attendees coming from all over the U.S, featured an action-packed schedule that included case study presentations from Turner Construction Company and Mortenson Construction, a keynote presentation from Bluebeam President and CEO Richard Lee, the reveal of the Bluebeam Revu iPad app (available in the App Store July 10th), several educational workshops and lots of mingling and networking.

Here’s a glimpse of what went down at this year’s event:

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Welcome to the Bluebeam eXtreme Conference 2012!

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Bluebeam’s Sasha Reed welcomes attendees while they enjoy breakfast before sessions start.

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Bluebeam VP of Engineering Don Jacob (left) drives a product demo as Bluebeam’s President and CEO Richard Lee (right) discusses new features in Revu 10 during the conference’s keynote address.

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Members of Bluebeam’s development team reveal the Revu iPad app, available in the App Store July 10th

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Terriann Nohilly from Turner Construction Company demonstrates how Revu is used in conjunction with SharePoint for the San Diego Airport T2W Expansion project.

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Attendees attend a workshop on some of Revu’s advanced features.

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Attendees enjoy lunch in between conference sessions.

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Mortenson Construction demonstrates how it leverages Revu and Bluebeam Studio for real-time project tracking.

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Conference attendees test drive Bluebeam’s new Revu iPad app.

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Attendees learn some tips and tricks from Bluebeam’s lead developers.

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Our eXtreme Conference Sweepstakes winners: (left to right) Robert “Bluebeam Bob” Harmon from Neumann Bros, Sam Hatchell from Jaynes Corporation, and Ethan Graves from Universal Fence Company, Inc.

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Attendees mix and mingle after a great day of activities.

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Bluebeam celebrates 10 years of PDFin’.

Overall, the event was a great success. There was a lot of energy and great conversations taking place throughout, and the nearby X Games created some extra excitement as well.  Thank you to everyone who attended, and we hope to see you in September for our International Rally Conference (IRC).   And, remember to keep on PDFin’.


Learn about Revu 10 in this webinar

March 28, 2012

In case you haven’t heard, Revu 10 is here! This release has several new features that prove there are no limits to what project teams can achieve digitally, including Bluebeam Studio projects for storing, accessing and sharing project PDFs and other files in the cloud, the ability to markup 3D views and create 3D PDFs from Revit and Navisworks Manage, Links for easily creating and updating hyperlinked documents, and Spaces for automatically assigning locations to markups. We’ve also introduced a new interface, which makes it easier to customize Revu on the fly and make it your own.

To learn more about Revu 10, check out this pre-recorded webinar highlighting the new features:

What feature are you most excited about? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’.


Take Advantage of Bluebeam’s Onsite Training Program

November 30, 2011

You want to digitize your workflows with Bluebeam, and we want to help you meet your goals. And while many of you take advantage of our video tutorials and PDF tutorials to help you take your project workflows to the next level, we know that sometimes you just need more.

Well, look no further.

In addition to the resources we have available on our website, Bluebeam also offers an extensive training program led by our in-house team of Bluebeam experts. Choose web-based or onsite training and even customize the lessons to fit your firm’s or project’s current workflow needs. Let us help you set up project standards for reviewing drawings, rev up Revu eXtreme’s script engine and deploy options to your team, create tool sets for various disciplines or tackle any other workflow challenge you are currently facing.

To find out more about how you can get a Bluebeam expert by your side, check out this page on our website. If you have specific questions, would like a quote or are ready to book, simply email us.  And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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