Bluebeam Revu CAD and Revu eXtreme both offer direct plugins to AutoCAD, which allow you to easily convert drawings to PDF. However, with the ability to mark up drawings and add notes natively right in AutoCAD, some users may find themselves wondering what the benefits are of doing so. There are several distinct advantages of working in the PDF format using Revu, which we will explain in this post.
Firstly, a big advantage to working in the PDF file format is that anyone will be able to open it; everyone has Adobe Reader on their computer at a bare minimum. You can also open PDFs on your tablet, phone, etc… you do not need high end hardware or familiarity with CAD software to view and interact with the file. You can even create 3D PDFs, which allows you to share 3D models as well. PDFs are an open ISO standard format that everyone can open and most people are familiar with using.
Secondly, Revu comes with free access to Studio, their free cloud collaboration platform. This allows them to upload any file type into the cloud (doesn’t have to be PDFs), with unlimited storage, and share them with anyone they’d like… even if they don’t own Bluebeam! They can simply join using the free PDF viewer, Vu. This is tremendously helpful to centralize your documents and make sure everyone always has access to the most current documents, wherever they are. It also keeps your documents from being locked into a proprietary platform; they are open to whomever you'd like, regardless of software investment.
Lastly, you can create custom markup toolsets in Revu for whatever tasks you are doing, and save them for future use. These toolsets can be exported out to other users or entire teams, so that everyone is standardized and can work more efficiently. Users will get up and running much faster, and will never have to waste time re-creating the same markups over and over.
We hope that we've convinced you of the value in working with PDFs! Bluebeam Revu CAD and eXtreme both make it easy to batch print your CAD drawings to PDF with their built-in plugins.