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
One of the most requested features is here: the ability to create custom PDF stamps with dynamic metadata (date/time, filename, etc). Customizable stamps allow you to control the look, feel, and content of your stamps to deliver consistent and concise information with just a few clicks.
Find measurement information for current and total columns in the Properties panel. This improvement makes important information visible without having to look at the Markups List.
Set custom print options such a scale, rotation and positioning. Select a specific document area for printing.
Adjust title, color and font weight for document bookmarks.
The full release notes for Revu Mac 1.0 to 1.9 are available on Bluebeam's website 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!
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.
Bluebeam Software has officially released a minor version update to Revu 2015. Here are 3 ways to get your hands on Revu 2015.5:
1. If you are currently using Revu 2015, you can download 2015.5 for free via Bluebeam's Updates Page.
2. If you have Revu 12 or earlier, and have a current maintenance contract, you can request a free upgrade here.
3. You can also purchase an upgrade from our store.
We'd like to highlight some of the improved functionality in the new version, and as always, we're here to answer any of your questions about Revu. Just send us your inquiry to email@example.com. We'll be breaking down the benefits of the new Extreme Open Licensing in another post soon!
Tablet Interface - Improved User Experience
When Revu is opened on a supported tablet, such as a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, it converts to "Tablet Mode," which optimizes the software for stylus and touch screen input.Added Support for Revit 2016 and Navisworks 2016 (CAD and eXtreme versions only)
Revu 2015.5 adds PDF Plugin compatibility into the Revit and Navisworks (Manage and Simulate) versions.Added Text Input Support for OTF and Unicode Fonts
Revu now supports text input with OTF fonts. It also adds further support for viewing, inputting and editing Unicode-based CJK mixed fonts, such as Arial Unicode MS and MS Mincho font sets.Added OCR Support for Chinese and Japanese Documents (eXtreme edition only)
Revu 2015.5 now supports the recognition and processing of PDF files containing Chinese and Japanese text images through OCR.Word and Excel PDF Plugin Improvements
PDF creation and conversion of Microsoft Word and Excel documents has been further optimized, improving hyperlink placement, graphic accuracy issues, and overall performance.
Batch Slip Sheet is another game changing feature in Bluebeam Revu 2015, and for folks who are managing lots of revisions you are going to save yourself hours of time. This feature allows you to slip sheet large quantities of drawings in a single, easy batch process that intelligently matches your new revisions to the correct originals automatically. All you have to do is load in your originals, load your revisions, Revu will auto-match them, and away you go! You can also choose whether or not to transfer over all of your markups, whether you want those markups to be flattened, and you have an option to automatically stamp old pages as "superseded".
Note that this is a Revu eXtreme exclusive feature, so for those who have been considering making the upgrade this is yet another value add to consider. Check out the video below to see Batch Slip Sheet in action!
Last year in Revu 12, Bluebeam introduced the Capture feature, which allows you to embed photo galleries within your markups. This was especially useful in workflows such as punch, where you could use it as a tool to communicate site conditions. Being able to embed the photos into markups, rather than simply dropping the photos right onto the PDF, helped to keep your document from getting too cluttered and allowed for better reporting in the markups list.
This feature was great, but the next logical step in improving communication was being able to embed videos. With Capture 2.0 in Bluebeam Revu 2015, you can now embed video with audio directly into your markups. This makes it even easier than ever to communicate site conditions to the rest of the team. An important caveat with this feature is that the video needs to be captured live with your device's camera (usually a tablet), unlike images you cannot embed an existing video from your hard drive.
You can see an example of this in action via the video below!
A common challenge with previous editions of Bluebeam Revu was that if you were using markups of set dimensions (such as punch keys, sinks, toilets, etc) on documents or viewports of varying scales, you would need to create separate toolsets for each scale to ensure those markups would be sized properly. For example, you might create two different sets of punch keys, one sized to 1/4"=1' and another sized to 1/8"=1'. This was not only a bit of a hassle to set up, it also meant you had multiple tool sets that you needed to manage in your Tool Chest.
The good news is that all editions of Bluebeam Revu 2015 (Standard, CAD, eXtreme) now come equipped with the Dynamic Tool Set Scaler, which eliminates this problem. The way it works is you define a "baseline scale" whenever you create the markups initially, and from there Revu is intelligent enough to automatically adjust their size when you use them on documents or viewports of different scales. If for whatever reason you don't want them to autosize, you always have the option of toggling this feature off via a button in your tool set.
An important thing to note is that you always want to make sure you've set your document and viewport scales correctly. You can double check this by going into the measurements tab, which is usually in the righthand panel but you can always find via tab access.
Check out the video below to see the new Dynamic Tool Set Scaler in action!
Bluebeam is well known for being responsive to customer feature requests, and perhaps no other feature has been more requested than the ability to draw markups to specific dimensions. This is especially the case for those who are used to working in design programs such as AutoCAD or Revit, where performing this task is a simple affair.
The good news is that Bluebeam has listened, and in Revu 2015 you can now draw polyline, polygon, retangle and ellipse markups to exact measurements based on the PDF's calibrated scale. This not only speeds up the process of generating the markups, it also takes the guesswork out of the equation and cuts down on the margin for human error.
All three versions of Bluebeam Revu 2015 (Standard, CAD, eXtreme) come equipped with the new Sketch Tools, and you can access them from the markups tab in your toolbar along the top. Once you select the sketch tool you'd like to use, you can either click around the PDF to place points as normal, or manually type in the exact dimensions and angles.
To see the new Sketch Tools in action, you can check out the video below!
Bluebeam Revu is officially released! We'll be breaking down the new features in blog posts soon, but in the meantime you can see a breakdown of everything that's new here. You can also register for one of their release webinars via that page, by clicking the "webinar" tab along the top.
Check out the quick overview of the Revu 2015 release below:
Last year Bluebeam introduced Capture, a feature that allows you to embed image galleries into markups. This year they've upped the ante, and you can now embed video with sound! Just imagine being able to perform punch and back checks with a tablet in the field, and capturing video of the issues you find! Check it out below.