Product Discontinuation - Revu Mac

Bluebeam has recently announced their end of life plan for Revu Mac.  Beginning today, April 1, 2019 Bohdee will officially cease sales of Revu Mac products.  The official discontinuation date for Revu Mac will be on March 1, 2020.

We understand Bluebeam's decision impacts many users and organizations, and at Bohdee we are committed to providing the support and resources required during this transition.  Most importantly, your Revu for Mac licenses will continue working.  Here are the key aspects to consider for the discontinuation period:
  • Your Revu for Mac licenses will continue working, but Bluebeam will not release updates after March 2020
  • All customers on Revu for Mac 2.0 will have access to the 2.1 release, which includes improvements to measurement tools and fixes to critical issues
  • Customers on Revu for Mac 1.0 can upgrade to the latest version at a discounted price until June 1, 2019
  • Revu for Mac customers interested in switching to any edition of Revu for Windows may purchase a license at a discounted price
  • Users with active maintenance have access to phone and email support until the product reaches its end of life on March 01, 2020.  Users without maintenance have access to email support throughout the same period
  • Online support documentation will remain available on Bluebeam's website
The full Revu Mac end of life plan can be found on Bluebeam's website here: https://support.bluebeam.com/articles/revu-for-mac-end-of-life-eol-announcement/

Again, our goal is to provide the best level of support and guidance we can to aid you in the transition.  We are happy to help provide discounted quotes to upgrade (through June 1, 2019) or discounted quotes to switch to Revu for Windows licenses. Feel free to get in touch with us at sales@bohdee.com

Bluebeam Revu 2018 is Here!

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!

 

New and Improved Interface for Efficient Navigation and Fewer Clicks

 

The Right Tool at the Right Time - New Properties Tool Bar

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!

Revu 2018 Properties Toolbar

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!

 

Getting to Done Faster - Improved Panels

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.

Revu 2018 Improved Panels

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:

Revu 2018 Markups List - Column management

 

Custom Keyboard Shortcuts 

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.

Revu 2018 Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Studio Enhancements 

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.

Revu 2018 Studio Interface Enhancements

 

Reduce the Learning Curve with Built-In Training

In-app Onboarding Experience

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.

Revu 2018 In-app tutorials

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.

 Revu 2018 Tutorial Menu

 

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 suggestions@bluebeam.com.

 

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

Revu 2018 Value Proposition

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

Bluebeam Revu Mac 1.9 Updates

We haven't quite reached Revu Mac 2.0 yet, but Bluebeam has continued to refine and expand on the features in Revu Mac version 1.  Read on to find out what's new in version 1.9:

 

Custom Stamps

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.

 

Measurement Properties

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.

 

Custom Print Scaling & Print Selection

Set custom print options such a scale, rotation and positioning.  Select a specific document area for printing.

     

    Bookmark Properties

    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.

     

    If I have Revu Mac already, how do I upgrade?

    Since we're still at major version 1, simply visit Bluebeam's Updates & Installation page, download, and install the new version at no cost!

    If you're considering a purchase, email us at sales@bohdee.com and we'll reply right away.

    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 sales@bohdee.com and we'll reply right away.

    Revu Comparison Chart

    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.

    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!

    Attend Bluebeam's Webcast Launch of Revu 2016

    Bluebeam has just announced a LIVE webcast launch for Revu 2016, so to attend make sure you register soon. The webcast is scheduled for 2/23/2016, so you have about a month to register.

    Bluebeam is also teasing a mysterious special announcement "that is sure to inspire the next generation of industry leaders".  Way to get us on the edge of our seats, Bluebeam!

    In addition, Bluebeam will be hosting post-launch webinars for in-depth demonstrations of all the new features.  From our past experience attending Bluebeam webinars, the live Q&A sessions are a great way to learn how to really leverage new or unfamiliar workflows.  Again, visit http://revu2016.bluebeam.com/ to register.

    Finally, we are expecting Bluebeam to raise their prices for Revu 2016 as they continue to add cutting edge features and value to the software.  There's no better time to lock in maintenance at the lower 2015 prices and secure a free upgrade to Revu 2016 in February.  Take our advice and head to the maintenance store soon!

    November 27, 2015

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    Austin Small Business Saturday - Nov. 28 2015

    We couldn't be happier to be part of a vibrant local business community here in Austin, Texas!  The City of Austin just completed a refresh of their local business directory at LocallyAustin.org so we encourage our fellow Austinites to check it out.

    And we're looking forward to #SmallBizSat on 11/28 this year!

    Image - #LocallyAustin