With the launch of Revu 2017 this year, it's increasingly apparent that what sets Bluebeam Software apart from competitors is their focus on developing new features and enhancements with feedback from you: the customer. This year, Bluebeam Revu 2017 is delivering enhanced PDF-based takeoff and workflow automation tools that span the entire project lifecycle. The focus is on helping you build a better bid.
We'll keep this post limited to the basics, and then we'll follow up later with a more detailed look at how you can use each new feature to work smarter. Email us if there's a specific feature you'd like more information on!
Dynamic fill is a revolutionary way to create Spaces and area measurement markups. Simply section off a complex drawing region, and then click and drag to instantly fill the space with the dynamic fill tool. The tool even comes with adjustable settings for sensitivity to make sure the fill is accurate to where you want it.
Seeing is believing!
Revu 2017 comes with an expanded suite of measurement tools. Additions include Slope, Rise/Drop, and the new Polylength tool. Another new addition is the ability to copy and paste cutouts (for example when you have multiple column supports drawn in a room). Finally, Width and Height measurements for a markup now appear in the Markups List, allowing more control and flexibility in calculating costs.
In Revu Extreme 2017, Bluebeam has added the ability to create a live link between your PDF Markups List and an Excel spreadsheet for quantity takeoffs. You can now sync measurement totals from multiple PDFs to Excel worksheets for automatic bid calculations using your own predefined formulas and formats. Quantity link ensures all the data moves seamlessly in real time as you update area markups in Bluebeam.
Count tools are now much more powerful in Revu 2017. Convert any existing markup in your Tool Chest to a count markup. Paired with Visual Search, you can now instantly add count markups matching your visual search criteria (doors, fixtures, lights, etc.) in addition, Revu 2017 allows you to copy paste and split count markups to adapt to on the fly to change requests. Need a certain set of light fixtures to be dimmable LEDs instead of the quoted fluorescents? No problem! Copy paste is the perfect way to quickly duplicate counts on similar floorplans. All of the enhancements to Counts are designed for greater customization, faster counting, and creating more meaningful data in the Markups List.
This one's all in the name! Revu Extreme 2017 will automatically detect and create form fields like signatures, dates, and checkboxes from scanned or digital documents. This can save huge amounts of time. If you need more info on using Revu to create PDF forms, check out our previous article.
The keyword to think of when you're considering the upgrade to Revu Extreme: Batch. Batch Sign and Seal is just the latest iteration of a recurring theme that started with Batch Link and Batch Slip Sheet. Quickly apply a digital signature, professional seal and date across a batch of multiple files without the hassle of opening and signing individual pages one by one.
Utilize Capture to embed immersive panorama images into your markups to easily track construction progress. This one calls for another animation!
View and manage expansive 3D model metadata with intuitive tools that enable search, filtering, color modification and exporting.
Did we mention that Bluebeam Revu is used by 94% of top US contractors
and 92% of top design-build firms?* Well it must be because of their relentless commitment to designing software that works better for you. Keep those suggestions coming! Email us here at Bohdee or firstname.lastname@example.org.
So why wait? Start a trial or buy now to take your PDF workflows to a whole new level.
* Top 50 firms by revenue, as reported by Engineering News-Record
Bluebeam Revu Extreme has all the functions you'll need to quickly and efficiently create PDF forms that include text boxes, buttons, check boxes, digital signatures, drop down lists, and more.
While anyone can fill PDF forms and sign using their digital signature with any edition of Revu (Standard, CAD, or Extreme), only Revu Extreme has the capability to create fillable form fields within a PDF. In our opinion, it's one of the top reasons to upgrade to Revu Extreme.
To get started, there are 3 ways to access the Form Editor:
Using the Form Editor, we can click and add any of the following form field types. Notice how a list of the form fields we've added automatically populates:
Text Box - a standard field for storing text, dates, numbers, email addresses, etc
Radio Button - used to give multiple choice selection options, and can be grouped together
Check Box - used to select or unselect a single option
List Box - used to select one or more items from within a scrolling list
Dropdown List - used to select one item from within a drop down menu
Digital Signature - used to securely sign a document with an encrypted digital ID
While you're using the Form Editor, clicking any form field object will display properties in the side panel. In the General properties, we can set the field's name, whether the field is visible when printed, and whether the field should be Read Only or Required. The Appearance tab is pretty straightforward; we have many of the same customizations that are available for general markups that can also be applied to forms. Further options are available that are unique to each form field type. In this example we have options to add items to our Dropdown List in this sample Punch List.
Check out Bluebeam's free workflow tutorial video on PDF Forms to watch these steps from start to finsh:
Bluebeam Revu makes signing documents digitally a breeze. From start to finish, we'll show you the simple steps to create a secure and unique digital signature, how to manage and customize your IDs and signature appearances, insert signature fields into PDF documents, and lastly how to sign and validate your electronic documents.
If you don't already have an existing digital ID, or would like to create a new one, you'll start by clicking on the Documents menu, then Signatures, then Digital IDs.
In the Manage Digital IDs menu, you'll have the ability to manage and export existing IDs as well as create a new one. Click the green + symbol to create a new digital ID. Populate the fields with your information. Especially important are the email address and password associated with the Digital ID. These unique attributes are what define you as you. Make sure to set a secure password that you can remember. If you lose or forget the password, there's no way to recover that Digital ID and you'll have to start a new one.
Now that we've created our Digital ID, the next step will be to customize how your Digital Signature appears when you sign a PDF document.
Revu allows you to take control of your signature's appearance to ensure your digital signature looks professional and clean. Navigate to the Manage Digital IDs menu by clicking on the Document menu, Signatures, then Digital IDs. Click on the Manage Appearances button at the bottom to bring up the Appearances menu.
A common element people add to the their digital signatures to more closely match their physical signature is an electronic image of their handwritten signature. Notice how in the example below, a scanned image of the handwritten signature is used by selecting the File button in the Graphic section. Feel free to choose any of the text options you'll need in your signature and select whether you want the font size to scale automatically with your signature's size or be set to a certain preset size.
As we discussed previously in the Forms section, in Revu Extreme you can add a Digital Signature form field by using the Forms Editor. Once the signature box is placed in the PDF, it can be signed digitally using the signature we created.
Lastly, when we want to sign a PDF document, we will click on an unsigned signature field to sign it. Notice how the mouse icon changes to a hand holding a pen when you hover over the field. To sign, we'll need to enter our password for the Digital ID (you'll see a drop down if you are using multiple IDs) and add optional fields like a reason for signing and contact information.
Notice how in the signature menu we also have the options to create a new Digital ID and new Signature Appearance if necessary.
Once the password is entered, click OK to sign.
Again, you can check out Bluebeam's free workflow tutorial video on signatures and document security here:
To summarize, you can use any Bluebeam Revu edition to fill and sign PDFs; however, only Revu Extreme gives you the ability to create form fields in a PDF. For the best discounts on Revu Extreme, shop with us today!
Did you know that not only does Bluebeam Software provide free pre-built tool sets, but that there are also free interactive stamps available? These Stamps come with built in check boxes and are perfect for Engineering Reviews and Submittals.
Due to popular demand, Bluebeam released a tutorial for creating your own dynamic stamps like this one here:
Note: Interactive Stamps are only supported on Windows.
***UPDATE - This promo is closed as of November 28th, 2016***
We are excited to announce the launch of Bluebeam's fall promo: Upgrade to Revu Extreme for the price of Standard!
For a limited time only, supercharge your existing Bluebeam Revu licenses with all the powerful and time saving features of Extreme at a fraction of the normal cost. Revu Extreme comes fully loaded with OCR and PDF Form Creation to maximize your capabilities for creating, editing, and navigating PDFs. Let the software work for you by harnessing Revu Extreme's automation for document hyperlinks and revision control with Batch Link and Batch Slip Sheet.
This promotion applies to any valid, existing licenses of Revu Standard, CAD, or Extreme from any previous version. This deal is only valid through November 28, 2016. Don't miss this opportunity to save!
You can purchase a Revu Extreme 2016 Upgrade at the promotional price directly from our store here. Have questions? Read on...
***UPDATE - This promo is closed as of September 30th, 2016***
We are excited to announce the launch of Bluebeam's summer promo, "Buy 5 for the price of 4"!
For a limited time only, purchase 5 seats of Revu with maintenance for the price of 4. This promotion applies to all editions of Revu including Standard, CAD, eXtreme and Mac.
This deal is only valid through September 30, 2016. Don't miss this opportunity to save!
You can purchase any 5 seat bundle directly from our store here. Have questions? Read on...
Not everything, but the most commonly used features from Revu Windows are available on Revu Mac. Bluebeam will continue to add features from the Windows version in future updates. Check out the complete Comparison Chart to learn which of your favorite Revu features are currently available in Revu Mac.
Revu Mac is available via Perpetual Licensing: a one-time license purchase that is charged on a per-transaction basis. Existing customers can trade in their Revu for Windows licenses at no cost, one for one.
Yes, at Bohdee we always strive to give you a competitive discount off of Bluebeam's list price. There aren't any volume discounts at this time for Revu Mac, so you'll pay the same per seat price at any quantity.
Yes, Mac users can still run Revu for Windows using Boot Camp or Parallels. See our blog post here for more details.
Revu Mac is only compatible with these operating systems:
No - however Revu iPad and Vu iPad are both available on the App Store to give you PDF viewing, markup, editing and collaboration on your iPad.
Revu Mac is more fully featured than Revu iPad. Revu iPad is only available for purchase on the App Store and includes some of the most popular features of Bluebeam Revu Mac, enabling you to redline PDFs and collaborate with others on the go. Access and redline PDFs with measurement or markup tools, including your existing tool sets. Additionally, collaborate with project partners across the globe anywhere, anytime (even offline), and review the same PDFs together in real time using Bluebeam Studio. The Revu iPad app is designed to give you core capabilities in the field, without compromising speed.
Revu Mac does not currently offer any plugins for CAD applications or document management software.
No, Revu Mac is only available in one edition. Check out the Comparison Chart to learn which of your favorite features from Revu Standard, CAD and eXtreme are available in Revu Mac.
Ok, so you've heard the news. Revu 2016 is here, and you're ready for that sweet upgrade. Read below for how to go about upgrading depending on your situation. Need more help? Just email us for answers.
Complete the serial number, product key, and registered email fields. This information was sent to you from email@example.com (and from Bohdee) with your purchase order. Click search to pull up your license.
When you confirm, your upgrade request is routed to Bluebeam. Their Ops team will email you a shiny new Revu 2016 license and the download link. It's very important to use the NEW serial number and product key to register the Revu 2016 install!
Your allowed seats on the new license will be equal to your old one. Bluebeam will not boot any users off the old licenses once you start upgrading.
Here's the URL: https://portal.bluebeam.com/
For those who have Open Licenses, Bluebeam has already created new Revu 2016 product keys for you. Log in to the Gateway to get them. All your Open License seats will remain under the same serial number and you have the choice to keep using your existing version or upgrade whenever you want.
If you don't meet the above criteria, fear not! Our ongoing mission is to help you procure your Bluebeam licensing as quickly and efficiently as possible with a competitive discount. Check out our upgrade page, and don't forget about maintenance either. It's a great, cost-effective way to get the latest in Bluebeam PDF technology.
Finally, there's no better way to make up your mind than to take Revu 2016 for a test drive. Click on the image below to visit our Trials page.
The folks at Bluebeam have been hard at work all year, and now they're ready to share the next generation of the world's industry leading PDF solution with you: Revu 2016.
At Bohdee, we can tend to wax poetic about all the wonderful new features Bluebeam manages to pack into each new major version. We'll keep this post limited to the basics, and then we'll follow up later with a more detailed look at how you can use each new feature to work smarter. Email us if there's something specific you'd like to see!
Legends allow anyone to have an immediate visual understanding of the markups on a PDF. Create Legends to show symbols with a basic description, or include additional information from the Markups list such as takeoff quantities, markup status and more. Watch your Legend automatically update as markups are added or modified. How’s that for Legendary?
Take your Markups list to the next level with batch functionality. Export comprehensive markup reports from multiple documents into a PDF, XML or CSV summary. Specify the information to include by using powerful sort and filter tools, create a personalized Summary Template, and then save your settings to produce customized markup reports at any time.
First, Bluebeam built Sets to help you manage an unlimited number of various-source PDFs as a single document in a single tab. Now, they’ve introduced Tags to help you better organize and sort files within a Set according to sheet number, name, type and more. With Tags added to your sheets, you can even generate a complete drawing log from your Set.
Too many bookmarks to count? Generate customized PDF and CSV summaries of bookmarks from a single file or across multiple PDFs. Organize your summaries according to hierarchy or as a complete list with corresponding page numbers.
Generate smarter PDFs directly from Revit with a simple click. Automatically export Revit Rooms to Spaces, creating a more intelligent 2D PDF that tracks the location of all your markups and makes area measurements even easier to calculate. And with improvements to 3D PDF creation, Linked Models handling, color and material properties transferal and more, your 3D PDFs never looked better!
Don’t let your markups go wild. Arrange markups with even greater precision. Place markups via Align Center, Align Middle, and Center in Document through the right-click context menu.
Leveraging improved character recognition technology, AutoMark™ now automatically creates more accurate page labels and bookmarks from text in your documents, regardless of orientation. Combine multiple page regions, such as sheet labels and numbers, and then easily add prefixes, suffixes and symbols. How’s that for organized?
So why wait? Start a trial or buy now to revolutionize your PDF workflows and push the boundaries of PDF navigation and reporting.
We chose to sponsor the Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) Annual Conference not just because it's right here in our neighborhood in Austin, Texas :) but because we believe that Bluebeam Revu offers an amazing way for folks in this profession to work smarter and faster.
We'll walk you through the hows and whys in just a moment, but first let's look at some of the pain points and inefficiencies a Registered Accessibility Specialist might encounter on any given project.
This might look like the start of a typical plan review...
but wouldn't you rather...
Paper-based reviews can be time consuming and expensive. Comments and redlines are made one at a time. Paper sets have to be delivered or mailed back to the client or state agency. Revisions needed? Repeat the process all over again.
Bluebeam Revu includes industry-standard markup tools, such as clouds and callouts, to redline the drawings and document code violations. Plan reviewers also find Bluebeam's copy/paste tool to be extremely useful. This feature allows users to copy the same markups from floor to floor on high-rise buildings, thereby reducing repetitive markups.
Save commonly used markups in Revu's exclusive Tool Chest, where they are saved across sessions of the program and reapplied with just one click.
Plan reviewers can also leverage Bluebeam's Stamp feature to paste code notations onto project drawings to more clearly explain violations. You can even use the editor to create custom stamps.
What is Studio? Studio is Bluebeam's cloud based collaboration tool, allowing you to host online sessions with your document sets for real-time, concurrent markup and review. Studio has helped other clients speed up project communication by 60%. Every edition of Revu (Standard, CAD, and Extreme) comes with Studio free. There's no separate software to install, it all runs within Revu.
The wonderful thing about Studio is that everyone on the project team can access your documents from the cloud, and they don't even need to own Bluebeam software to do so! They can join your existing Studio Sessions or Projects using Bluebeam's free PDF viewer (Vu) and have full markup/collaboration capabilities absolutely free.
For more information on Studio, see our tutorial here.
As the construction project nears completion, the clock starts ticking to complete site inspections, reports, and repairs. In Texas, the inspection is scheduled within 30 days of project completion, repairs are due 90 days after the final report, and the Texas Dept. of Licenses and Regulations (TDLR) will be looking to follow up on all corrections in 180 days. In this phase, good communication is imperative to ensure any violations are identified in a timely manner, thereby avoiding costly re-works later down the line. Don't let paper slow you down at the finish line!
What if instead of lugging your checklists and blueprints out to a job site you could simply carry your tablet? Enter Revu for iPad (available on the App store). The desktop version of Revu is also compatible with most tablets running Windows. Revu lets you work without limits, whether you're at the office or in the field. Sync files and entire project folders, and once they're done you can work on your PDFs wherever you go, regardless of Internet access.
Embedding photos, and even videos, on the fly is simple with Revu's capture markup tool. Create a call out to note a code violation, then capture a photo of it on the spot. Best of all, captured photos are displayed in your PDF report summary for clear visibility to the built conditions.
That brings us to the Markups List. When it's time to prepare the inspection report, leverage the power of Revu's built-in markup and annotation tracking to create a PDF summary report with 1 click. All comments are hyperlinked back to the document for traceability.
You can also assign a custom status (pending, in review, past due) to any individual markup or group of markups to clearly track when repairs are being made. You'll be feeling like a project superhero in no time!
At Bohdee, our mission is simple. We want to be the best Bluebeam provider by serving our customers with technical expertise, simple procurement, and competitive discounts. So why wait? Purchase new licenses of Revu now to lock in your pricing and get a free upgrade to Revu 2016 this year!