We're happy to announce that Bluebeam Revu 2018 has arrived! With this year's release, Bluebeam is positioned to be your global project partner, and their emphasis remains on developing intuitive, smart, and simple solutions for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) professionals around the world.
At Bohdee, our focus is always on how you can use each new feature to work smarter. We believe Revu 2018 is the best tool to maximize productivity, improve project predictability, and minimize project risks. We'll clearly and concisely explain what's new and what's improved in the new Revu 2018 version so you can make an informed purchasing decision. Email us if there's a specific feature you'd like more information on!
Now instead of accessing properties from the File Access tab or from the side Panel, Revu 2018 gives you a dynamic Properties Tool Bar that automatically adds relevant information about your PDF file or Markup. For example, when selecting a Markup, the Properties Tool Bar responds by instantly displaying property options such as color, line width, subject, etc.
That means instant click savings!
In addition to the new properties toolbar, you'll also notice the top menus display actual menus instead of switching between sets of icons. This change serves two purposes: to maximize your screen space and to better organize functions under the appropriate command. For Revu Extreme users specifically, we recommend checking out the Batch menu. You never know, you might find some really great tools (like Batch OCR or Batch Link) to automate repetitive tasks!
Revu 2018 comes with revamped panels for more efficient navigation. Quickly click into File Access on the left, then with a single click from the right panel begin adding a new markup to your document. As with previous versions of Revu, customization is king: right clicking on any icon allows you to attach it to the top, side, bottom, or detach it to a more convenient place. Another great feature is the ability to zoom in or out with a simple slider to set the size of your Panel menu appropriately. All of these new Panels options are designed to give you more control and flexibility with a cleaner feel.
To go into a little more detail specifically on the Markups List Panel, one of the key improvements there was to streamline column management. Now in Revu 2018, when you open the Markups list by clicking on the icon, you don't have to spend time hunting for the gear icon to begin managing columns. It's much more intuitive to simply expand the Markups List drop down and then hover over the Columns menu:
Believe it or not, this was one of the top feature requests from customers, and now it's here in Revu 2018! The power is at your fingertips to remap any of the Revu Tools or Commands to any specific keyboard entry you desire. For anyone looking to work more efficiently, keyboard shortcuts are a proven way to cut down on time spent scrolling and clicking.
In Revu 2018, the Studio interface works much more like Windows Explorer or Apple Finder, allowing you to access more files at once. You can jump back and forth between multiple Projects and Revu no longer closes out the previous Projects. Additionally in Revu 2018 you can check out multiple files in a tabbed browser style interface.
Right off the bat, the Revu 2018 welcome screen opens to an introduction splash screen with 3 options: a short 1 minute orientation to Revu 2018, an example floor plan document, and a training module, all within the Revu application.
Click on Launch Revu Tutorials to enter the training modules and select a subject to begin learning. This is truly an excellent addition to the software, especially for new users. And if you're looking for additional Free Bluebeam Training Resources, click that link to find even more great, free guided video learning.
Finally, we always like to highlight that Bluebeam Revu is used by 94% of top US contractors and 92% of top design-build firms.* Bluebeam Software's ongoing commitment is to keep designing software that works better for you. Keep those suggestions for new features and improvements coming! Email us here at Bohdee or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Top 50 firms by revenue, as reported by Engineering News-Record