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Revu 2015.1.1 and Revu/Vu iPad 3.0.4 Now Available

June 2, 2015

Revu 2015.1.1 has just been released! This update resolves an issue resizing and maximizing the application window in Windows 8.1 environments, and includes some bug fixes affecting Studio Sessions and AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT users.

Revu and Vu iPad 3.0.4 are available as well and include support for iOS 8.3. Revu iPad also introduces the Stamp tool on the Markup toolbar and Stamp import functionality. For a full list of updates to both Revu 2015 and Revu/Vu iPad, check out the release notes page on our website.

12 Years of Bluebeam Fun

July 2, 2014

BB 12th Birthday

Today we are celebrating our 12th anniversary! Over the years, we’ve driven a lot of results, but the ones below just may be my favorite! 😉 Take a few minutes to enjoy some little-known facts about Bluebeam.

In the past 12 years, Bluebeam has:


Created at least 237 YouTube videos (because in between the time I wrote this and posted it, there’s probably been a few more)


YouTube videos


Released Revu in 11 languages (next task: convince my boss I need to travel to all of these countries)


Revu languages


Pulled off countless office pranks (and sometimes two at a time)


Countless Office Pranks


Created 1 superhero (where did the Mighty Bluebeam go, anyway?)


1 Superhero


On second thought, make that 2 superheroes (and if you haven’t seen the video, you should check it out here)


eXtreme Conference trailer


Exhibited at 100+ trade shows (and earned a whole lot of frequent flier miles in the process)


100+ Trade Shows


Won 6 rallycross races (and counting)


rallycross wins


Been represented in 6 triathlons (and there are a couple of Iron Mans coming up, too)


6 Triathalons


Lost power on 2 separate Revu launch days (no, I’m not kidding)


power outtage


Partnered with 185 resellers worldwide (proof that we’re taking over the world)


resellers Page 008


Birthed a lot of Bluebeam babies (or future Revu software developers, as we like to call them)


20+ Bluebeam Babies


Designed 21 t-shirts (extra points if you know what this one spells in binary)


20 Bluebeam T-Shirt Designs


Won 36 awards (that trophy shelf is getting heavy)


36 Awards Received


Been featured in 173 articles (many of them featuring your success stories)




Published 55 case studies (which are fun because we love hanging out on jobsites)


55 Case Studies


Held the Olympic Torch once (and no, we didn’t steal it)


1 Time We Got to Hold the Olympic Torch


Had a user spot “Ask Greg” at the beach once (how did he recognize him?!)


1 Time Ask Greg Found a Bluebeam User at the Beach


Blogged 463+ times (or given you nearly 500 opportunities to wonder, why is there a PDF in a fish bowl?)


PDF Insider



Occupied 8 office spaces (in Pasadena, San Diego, Chicago and Manchester)


8 Office Spaces


Had 1 print ad banned (anyone want to guess what was in it?)




Filmed 3 commercials (bringing Revu to televisions near you)


3 Commercials


Dressed up like hippies once


1 Time We Dressed Up Like Hippies


But with everything that we do, there is only one reason that we do it…



To all of our users, resellers, technology partners and employees, thank you for an amazing 12 years. We are looking forward to many, many more!


AIA: A Fashion Show for Eyewear

June 30, 2014

I once saw someone tweet that the AIA Convention is like a fashion show for eyewear. It’s so true! This year at AIA Chicago, my co-worker Kristine and I decided to document our favorite eyewear looks. From the AIA kickoff party to the Expo Hall floor to the cab line, these designs caught our eyes. One of the first great pairs we saw, but this photo simply doesn’t do them justice:


A trifecta of awesome glasses:


Nice angles and curves:


Another pair of frames with a great shape:


These glasses have nice details:


After AIA, I think I may have to upgrade my own glasses to a circular frame – they’re just so cool!


Fun glasses, fun people:


A very smart look:


Green frames and a unique lens shape – this pair wins my vote!


Do you have your own pair of awesome glasses? Share them with us!


Revu 12 is Now Available!

February 25, 2014

That’s right, the wait is finally over! Revu 12 is here, and it’s loaded with new features to better enable digital collaboration and help you easily connect the office to the field. Learn more here.

Export Highlighted Text from the Markups List

December 4, 2013

The other day, I was looking at a PDF with a list of handrail requirements. I wanted to highlight some key items in the list so I could easily find them later. I also wanted to copy each one and save it in a spreadsheet. As I was searching for the best way to accomplish this task, one of my coworkers suggested that I use the powers of Revu to make my job easier. (At Bluebeam, we’re always looking for ways to help our customers do things faster by using as few clicks as possible.) An excellent example of this would be setting up my preferences so that the Highlight tool does double duty:  highlighting the text so it’s easier to see, while automatically saving in the Markups list, which I can then export to a CSV. No more copying and pasting each one at a time! Here’s how to do it:

First, you turn on this setting in the Preferences. To do this:

  • Go to Settings, and then Preferences
  • Under Markup, check Copy selected text into Text Markups


Now you’re ready to go! Just use the Highlight tool to select the text you want, and Revu automatically adds it to the Markups list.

Highlighted Text

As you can see, all the text I highlighted in the PDF has been included in the Markups list, under the Comments column.

Next, I can export those comments by selecting Summary and then choosing a format.


I chose the CSV summary option so I could open them in a spreadsheet, but you could also choose a PDF or XML Summary. Pretty cool, eh?

To learn more about this or other preference settings in Revu that help you do things faster, check out this Ask Greg article from the August 2013 issue of the Bluebeam Insider.

Until next time,


Event Recap: The 2013 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference

August 5, 2013

Wow, what a day! Last Friday, Bluebeam held the 2013 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference at the Regal Cinemas at LA LIVE. I arrived bright and early for set up, and I must say it was pretty cool to see the Bluebeam name light up the theatre marquee.


Soon after the finishing details were complete, Bluebeam users from as far away as New Zealand, Denmark and Hawaii began showing up to enjoy the day’s festivities. 


After breakfast, attendees made their way to the main theatre for a customer presentation from Ryan Companies, which detailed how the firm has deployed Revu for several workflows in just one year. Along the way, attendees were treated to a few Easter eggs – “movie posters” promoting some of the day’s Bluebeam-led sessions.


Throughout the morning, users attended various sessions on hot Bluebeam topics including mobility, creating dynamic document sets, advanced automation, takeoffs and best practices for digital signatures. After these sessions, attendees flooded the main theatre for a keynote presentation by Bluebeam President and CEO Richard Lee, which focused on Bluebeam’s recent success and plans to continue developing solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of its users. In fact, the keynote announced new features now available in Revu 11.5, and gave a sneak peek at technology that will soon be available on Revu iPad – including measurement tools for field verification!


But before things got too serious, the keynote kicked off with a movie trailer spoof featuring some quirky Bluebeam employees.


Bluebeam’s Chris and Anthony hold a riveting conversation in the “rain” during the keynote movie trailer spoof.

After the keynote, it was time for the Bluebeam eXtreme Awards luncheon, during which we honored top users for the incredible ways they have deployed Revu. Our Award of Excellence Winners were:

  • Beck Group, for using Revu to digitally manage contract drawings during construction of the Southern Methodist University Residential Dorm Complex in Dallas, Texas.
  • Kiewit, for using Bluebeam to create a virtual plan room table for the Central Mesa Light Rail Expansion Project in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • McCarthy, for using Revu to create an electronic plan room for the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center.

The coveted Bluebeam eXtreme Awards were bestowed in three categories:

  • JE Dunn won the Collaboration Award for the OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland Oregon. By communicating faster and more efficiently with Revu and Studio, the project team achieved a time savings worth an estimated $8.5 million!
  • Barton Malow won the Paperless Award for the Emory University Cox Hall Kitchen Renovation. By mandating that everyone use Revu and providing access to digital documents via Studio Projects, Barton Malow achieved a completely paperless jobsite.
  • C.W. Driver won the Mobility award for the Glendale Galleria Bloomindale’s renovation project. According to the project Superintendent, using Revu on tablets and iPads for Punch has saved them about 40 hours in the past month alone. 

After lunch, attendees were treated to another round of Bluebeam-led sessions, a customer presentation from Enermodal about using Revu for LEED projects, and a Revu Power User Panel featuring Gensler, Balfour Beatty Construction, Stiles Corporation and Herman Miller.


Enermodal shares tips and tricks for managing LEED projects with Revu.


The Power User Panel talks about digital collaboration – Bluebeam style.

The day wrapped up with a cocktail reception atop LA Live’s Target Terrace, which gave a spectacular view of downtown LA and X Games Los Angeles. Bluebeam’s rallycross driver and the 2013 Global Rallycross leader, Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen, even stopped by to sign autographs, take photos and pick raffle winners to attend the X Games Los Angeles rallycross event.


All in all, the 2013 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference was an incredible day of eXtreme learning and eXtreme fun. If you missed the event but want to join in on future festivities, check out registration details for our upcoming Bluebeam International Rally Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. You can also sign up for the Bluebeam Insider email list to stay up-to-date on future Bluebeam events.


Bluebeam Pranksters are Up to Their Old Tricks Again

July 26, 2013

It’s been a while, but the Bluebeam pranksters are finally back, and in full force! Team member Jenny from Marketing returned from her honeymoon at the beach in Mexico to find that the fiesta was still going on at her desk. The only things missing were sand and margaritas!

Don’t worry; no piñatas were harmed in the process.

You never know who the next victim will be, so stay tuned for more Bluebeam prankster action!

Until next time,


Bluebeam Takes on the Mile High City for AIA 2013

June 25, 2013

We’ve just returned from one of Bluebeam’s biggest trade shows of the year – AIA! This year, the festivities took place in Denver – a fitting city given its eclectic mix of architecture. Team Bluebeam was out in full force. Revu 11 was a big hit on the expo floor. Many attendees were wowed by Revu 11’s new AutoMark technology, 3D PDF enhancements, Revu iPad and Bluebeam Studio’s real-time collaboration functionality. Attendees even had a chance to see a prototype of Panasonic’s 4K tablet in our booth!

In addition to showing off Revu during the show, Bluebeam also mingled at various events throughout the city, and we even picked up a few awards, too. Here are some photos to recap our nearly weeklong adventure in the Mile High City:


Wednesday evening before the Expo Hall opened, we headed to Hanley Wood’s AIA Kickoff Party to celebrate.


Not long after the show floor opened, attendees starting coming by to see what’s new in Revu.


Our friends from Panasonic joined us to share a prototype of their 4K tablet. The resolution is amazing!


It wasn’t long before the Bluebeam booth was the place to be.


Our video wall is always a huge hit! It plays short tutorials showing how Revu digitizes common workflows.


Bluebeam t-shirts are always a trade show favorite! Can you guess what this shirt spells in binary?


Celebrating a great show with our friends from BD+C Magazine


In addition to a great AIA, Bluebeam won two Excellence in Advertising Awards from Architectural Record Magazine. Our print and digital ads were selected by a panel of esteemed architects.

What was your favorite part of AIA? Let us know!



A New Old Standard—80/20.

June 19, 2013

Richard Lee (2)Like so many, when we started Bluebeam, we said we wanted to change the world. At our eXtreme        Conference last year, I shared with the audience that we are not changing the world, they are.  We provide technology to enable our customers to make what was thought impossible, possible.  How?  We give them time – time to step back, time to think, time to invent.  The result is the implementation of new processes that drive greater efficiencies in the system and an overall improvement in effectiveness.  Quite simply – our customers define a new standard of how business is done.

Let’s assume for a moment that 80% of your day is consumed by administrative tasks that are repetitive, redundant, or require rework.  Now imagine if you did not have to repeat certain tasks over and over again, did not have to reproduce work already done by someone else, or do something over to correct a prior mistake.  How would this save you time and with that time, what more could you do?  Our job at Bluebeam has always been to focus on the 80% of your day that is administrative.  With today’s technology, there is no reason why we can’t reduce the administrative to 20% of your day, allowing the remaining 80% of your day to be value add.

Now, take this concept a step further and consider how it affects the entire community.  How would a new standard of business evolve from this redistribution of time? Let’s say a customer figures out a way to come in ahead of schedule on a certain project.  How could that knowledge and those practices help them with the next project?  How would that help them win the next bid?  How long will these comparative advantages last?  Who knows?  What is likely – the gap between the ones who know and the ones who do not will decrease over time and the end result will be that everyone will then bid similar projects against the same timeline, a new timeline, or a new normal.

Can this new normal be expressed as a new standard?  Possibly.  Will this new standard be an evolutionary change or a revolutionary one?  This matters little.  What matters is the understanding that the origination for the change began with the application of the 80/20 rule at the most mundane levels.  What matters is the recognition that in the future, there will be another application of the 80/20 rule that will spark the next definition of what is considered standard.

Remember – Anything IS Possible


Customer Driven Innovation

May 15, 2013

Richard Lee (2)Earlier this year, I was at CES to support the unveiling of Panasonic’s 4K tablet and took a few moments to check out the latest and greatest technology on display.  I have to say, there were some pretty cool innovations on the show floor.  But, what was more interesting was the response, or lack of a clear response, when I asked, “what market is this product designed to address?”  Most met that question with some generally ambiguous description that boiled down to, “It’s for everyone.”  Huh, Okay.  Well, I believe that a product “designed for everyone” is really a product designed for none.

I have spoken with many entrepreneurs over the years and you would be surprised how many of them rush to be first to market with a great idea, saying, “I had a light bulb moment and built this revolutionary product.”  Well, that’s great, but who is it intended for?  More importantly, who would actually buy it (as in, pay money for it)?  Is this a solution to a problem or is this a solution looking for a problem?

What’s typical with many startups is their desire to build a solution for a problem they believe exists or in some cases, to a problem they don’t even know exists.  They figure it must be out there somewhere.    This isn’t necessarily wrong because after all, it’s hard to be on the bleeding edge of technology if you did nothing but solve known problems, right?  Let me add another layer to this dilemma. Even if you identify a problem to solve, how do you know it actually needs to be solved?

At Bluebeam, we started with a problem and built a solution to solve it for aerospace engineers, allowing them to easily create high quality PDFs from CAD files so they could quickly share designs electronically.  We threw that solution out into that industry and continued to develop related solutions for other technical professionals, like architects and engineers.  What happened next has defined who we are as a company. The adoption rate from architects was an order of magnitude greater than aerospace engineers.  Why?

Maybe it’s possible the equation of innovation is more than solving problems.  Maybe the equation is solving problems for the right customer with the implied variable of the right time.  Aerospace engineers had a problem they wanted solved, but did not believe it needed to be solved (need here is equated to value).  On the other hand, architects had a similar problem. They saw the value of a solution, and were willing to pay for it.  So, I would argue that innovation is less about what and more about whom.

Now, answering the question about who to solve a problem for is also perplexing.  When you interview customers or conduct focus groups most people put themselves in the shoes of the inventor, stepping out of their own shoes and proceeding to tell you what they would do if they were you.  Others manage to stay in their shoes, but provide a laundry list of everything they would like without prioritization or relative value.  Frankly, who really has time to take a thousand ideas and prioritize them with relative value to an overall system?  I’ll leave that question for the product managers of the world.

At Bluebeam, we look at context – the workflow, the user, the problem to measure the value of a solution within a system.  We do our best to understand the context of the user, who they are and what they do with a simple goal to help them do what they do better.  This is not rocket science, but has worked quite well for us over the last decade.  After all, solving the “what” question will only get you so far if you don’t know who will benefit from it.  Bottom line – know your customer.

Remember – Anything IS Possible


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