March 07, 2017

Revu 2017: Everything You Need to Know

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!


New and Improved Features for Creating Bids and Material Takeoffs


Dynamic Fill

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!

Bluebeam Revu Dynamic Fill

Measurement Tools Enhancements Revu PDF Measurement Tool Icon

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.

Quantity Link (Extreme only) Bluebeam Revu Extreme Icon   link icon  Excel icon

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.

Bohdee Revu Extreme Quantity Link

Count Tool Enhancements Revu Count icon

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.


Enhanced automation and visualization tools for any stage of the project

Automatic Form Creation (Extreme only Revu Extreme iconBluebeam Revu Form Creation

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.

Batch Sign and Seal (Extreme only Revu Extreme icon

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.

360° Photos

Utilize Capture to embed immersive panorama images into your markups to easily track construction progress.  This one calls for another animation!

Bluebeam 360 Capture

3D PDF Enhancements

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

So why wait?  Start a trial or buy now to take your PDF workflows to a whole new level.

Buy Bluebeam Revu 2017 at Bohdee

* Top 50 firms by revenue, as reported by Engineering News-Record

PDF Form Creation and Digital Signatures using Bluebeam

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: Revu PDF Form Editor

  1. Click the Form menu, then click Editor
  2. Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + F
  3. Add the Forms Editor toolbar by clicking View, Toolbars, and then checking the Form toolbar

 Revu Form Toolbar


Creating and Adding Forms

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:

Revu Form Editor

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

Button - used to initiate a programmed action in the PDF, such as: running a calculation, validating fields, importing data, or running a custom JavaScript action

Digital Signature - used to securely sign a document with an encrypted digital ID



Modifying Form Field Properties

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.

Revu Form Properties


Check out Bluebeam's free workflow tutorial video on PDF Forms to watch these steps from start to finsh:


Digital Signatures in Bluebeam Revu

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.

  • Create a digital ID  

 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.

Revu Signature Menu


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.

Revu new digital ID

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.


  • Customize your signature's appearance  

 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.

Revu signature appearance


  • Insert a digital signature field (Revu Extreme only)  Signature Box

 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.

  • Digitally sign a PDF  

 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.

Revu Signing Digitally


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!

Free Interactive Stamps for Bluebeam PDF

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:

Don't feel comfortable with JavaScript?  Or maybe you just don't want to have to start from scratch?  No worries, just head to the Revu eXtensions page for Stamps. Click on a Stamp to download it and follow the instructions to import the Stamps into Revu.

Note: Interactive Stamps are only supported on Windows.

September 19, 2016

Bluebeam Revu Promo - Upgrade to Extreme for the price of Standard!

***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.

With Revu eXtreme you can

  • Save time by automatically generating hyperlinks for an entire document set with Batch Link®.
  • Keep entire document sets up to date with Batch Slip Sheet, which automatically matches new revisions with their current sheet.
  • Create dynamic PDF forms that include text boxes, buttons, check boxes, digital signature fields and more.
  • Transform scanned PDFs into text-searchable and selectable files
    with OCR+.


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...

Frequently asked questions:

      • When can I get the promotional prices for Revu Extreme Upgrades?
        • The promo upgrades will be available for purchase from September 19, 2016 until November 28th, 2016.


        • Does the upgrade include maintenance?
          • No, but maintenance can be added as a separate line item:
          • If you do not have current maintenance, simply add Revu Extreme Annual Maintenance to your shopping cart and check out.


        • What if I already own licensing with maintenance?
          • If you do have maintenance, email for a custom quote to upgrade your existing maintenance to Extreme.


        • Do I still get volume discounts for multiple Extreme upgrades during the promotion?
          • Yes, the same volume discounts still apply during this promotion.

          Bluebeam Revu Promo: Buy 5 seats for the price of 4!

          ***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...

          Frequently asked questions:

              • When can I buy the promo 5 seat bundles?
                • The promo bundles will be available for purchase from July 1st, 2016 until September 30th, 2016.


              • Can I buy the bundle without maintenance?
                • No, all bundles include a full year of maintenance.


              • Can I buy multiple bundles?
                • Yes, but if you need more than 5 seats, it's cheaper to just buy non-bundled seats normally. This is due to Bluebeam's volume discount structure and the fact that there are no volume discounts applied to multiple bundles.


              • If I buy a bundle plus some extra seats, will the seats from the bundle count towards my discount level?
                • No, the bundle is considered a separate product and does not count towards discount levels.


              • Can I mix and match different versions in my bundle?
                • No, all seats in a bundle must be the same version.


              • I previously bought 5 seats. Can I still get the bundle price on them?
                • No, you must purchase the bundle during the promotional period.


              • If I buy the bundle, do I have to renew the maintenance in a year?
                • You don't have to renew, you can choose to let it expire if you prefer.


              • What if I already own licensing with maintenance? Can I pro-rate the bundle onto my existing license?
                • The bundle must be purchased with a full year of maintenance, but we can pro-rate out your existing licensing to match the bundle to keep everything consolidated.  Email us for a quote and be sure to include your existing license serial number.

              Bluebeam Promo 5 Seat bundle

              Bluebeam Revu Mac Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

              Does Revu Mac have all the same features as Revu for Windows?

              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.


              How is Revu Mac licensed?

              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.

              Does Bohdee offer any discounts on Revu Mac?

              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.


              Can I still run Revu for Windows on a Mac if I don’t purchase Revu Mac?

              Yes, Mac users can still run Revu for Windows using Boot Camp or Parallels.  See our blog post here for more details.


              Which operating system is Revu Mac compatible with?

              Revu Mac is only compatible with these operating systems:

              • OS X El Capitan (10.11)
              • OS X Yosemite (10.10)


              Can I use Revu Mac on my iPad?

              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.


              What’s the difference between Revu Mac and Revu 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.


              Does Revu Mac work with CAD applications and document management software?

              Revu Mac does not currently offer any plugins for CAD applications or document management software.


              Is Revu Mac available in Standard, CAD and eXtreme editions?

              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.


              Does Revu Mac support PDF forms?

              Revu Mac does not currently support PDF forms.


              Thanks for reading!  if you don't see your question here, email us at and we'll reply right away.

              Bluebeam Revu Mac Feature Comparison

              How to Upgrade to Revu 2016

              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.


              Customers with Maintenance - Free 2016 Upgrade

              1. Visit Bluebeam's Upgrade Page

              2. Enter your current license information

              Complete the serial number, product key, and registered email fields.  This information was sent to you from (and from Bohdee) with your purchase order.  Click search to pull up your license.

              Bluebeam Upgrade Portal

              3. Confirm and Receive Your New 2016 License from Bluebeam via Email

              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!

              Revu 2016 New License Info

              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.


              Customers with a Holiday Promo Code or Qualifying Purchase made after Jan 1, 2016 - Free Upgrade

              1. Follow the same steps above as customers who have maintenance


              Customers with Revu Extreme Open Licenses - Free Upgrade

              1. Login to the Bluebeam Gateway

              Here's the URL:

              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.


              All Others - Paid Upgrades

              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.

              Bluebeam Revu 2016 Discover Ad

              Bluebeam Revu 2016 is Here!

              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!


              New Features


              Legends Revu Legends Icon

              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?

              Batch Markup Summary Revu Batch Sheet Summary Icon

              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.

              Tags Bluebeam Revu Tags Icon

              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.

              Export Bookmarks Revu Export Bookmarks Icon

              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.


              Feature Enhancements 

              Revit Plugin Enhancements

              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!

              Alignment Enhancements

              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.

              AutoMark Enhancements

              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?


              Introducing Revu 2016 - Buy Now

              So why wait?  Start a trial or buy now to revolutionize your PDF workflows and push the boundaries of PDF navigation and reporting.

              Reimagine Documentation with Bluebeam



              Bluebeam Revu for the Accessibility Pro

              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.


              Plan Reviews

              This might look like the start of a typical plan review...

              Blueprint rolls

              but wouldn't you rather...

               Revu file access

              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.

              Professional Digital PDF Markups - Just a few clicks PDF Markups

              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.

              "Using Bluebeam's markup tools to electronically redline drawings provided us with a better, more visual way to explain code requirements to architects designing in our City."
              -Anthony Han, City of Plano Plan Review Services Supervisor

              Plan reviewers can also leverage Bluebeam's Stamp Revu Stamp Icon feature to paste code notations onto project drawings to more clearly explain violations. You can even use the editor to create custom stamps.


              Bluebeam Studio - All are welcome Bluebeam Studio

              Bluebeam Studio Sessions

               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.

              "The combination of Revu and Studio helped HKS significantly improve the clarity and speed of project communication and reduce our printing and shipping costs. We have already begun using Revu on other projects, and our clients are amazed at how quickly we can document items and send updates."
              -John Niziolek, HKS Sr. Vice President and Associate Principal


              For more information on Studio, see our tutorial here.


              Site Inspections

               Accessibility site inspection

              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!

              Revu for Tablets or iPads - The PDF Swiss Army Knife  Revu iPad logo

              Revu IPad Sync Revu IPad Markup


              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.

              Capture - Don't rely on 1000 words Revu Capture icon

              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.

               Revu Capture tool screenshot


              The Markups List - Instant reporting Revu Markups List

              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! 

               Revu Markup Summary


              The Bottom Line

              "Bluebeam Revu is one of those products that may seem novel today, but it will quickly push the boundary so that it is the expectation of our clients tomorrow."
              -Steve Mincey, CEO, DES Architects + Engineers


              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!

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