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!

Bluebeam Revu – Pay Less and Get More from the AEC Industry Standard in PDF

Since the company’s founding in 1997, Bluebeam has set out with the goal to make simple and smart solutions for PDF documents.  Now, almost 20 years later, it’s clear that their flagship product Bluebeam Revu has become the industry standard PDF software for architects, engineers, and construction professionals.

And you don’t have to take our word for it!  Out of the top 50 US and international firms by revenue (as reported by Engineering News-Record), Bluebeam Revu has significant traction with industry leaders.

 Revu Industry Traction

 While we’re at it, we should also point out that a lot of these firms have great things to say about Revu.

 Ok, so it’s pretty clear that Bluebeam Revu is a winner for the large AEC customers.  But small and medium enterprises, as well as government agencies, don’t always have a big IT budget.  And in today’s economy we’re all asked to do more with less.  So how does Bluebeam Revu stack up to the other big name in PDF?  And the competition also offers a subscription model, so what’s the breakdown over several years?  Well, we’ve crunched the numbers so you don’t have to!

 Using today’s prices and projecting out 5 years, here’s how Bluebeam Revu Standard stacks up to Adobe® Acrobat® Standard DC.  We’ve analyzed both the perpetual licensing for each product and Bluebeam’s perpetual license with maintenance to make a fair comparison to Adobe’s subscription service (both plans offer free upgrades).

 

Estimated 5 Year Costs of Bluebeam Revu® Standard vs Adobe® Acrobat® Standard DC**

 

Revu Standard Perpetual

Acrobat DC Perpetual

Revu Standard with Maintenance

Acrobat DC Annual Subscription

Acrobat DC Monthly Subscription

Year1

$217

$284

$262

$156

$276

Year2

$0

$0

$45

$156

$276

Year3

$0

$0

$45

$156

$276

Year4

$0

$0

$45

$156

$276

Year5

$0

$0

$45

$156

$276

Total

$217

$284

$442

$779

$1,379

Revu Standard prices from www.bohdee.com as of Dec 2015

Adobe Acrobat DC Desktop price from http://www.amazon.com as of Dec 2015

Adobe Acrobat DC subscription list prices from https://acrobat.adobe.com as of Dec 2015

**Assumes fixed prices for both software packages over the 5 year period**

 

 

As you can see, Bluebeam Revu wins over Acrobat Standard with perpetual license pricing.  With an Adobe subscription, you’ll pay less in the 1st year, but that quickly changes over time.  At the end of 5 years, you’ll have actually paid for almost 2 Revu Standard licenses by making annual payments and over 3x the price of Revu if you pay monthly!  That would not be considered a wise investment in our minds.

 

Finally, when in history has it been possible to buy the better of 2 options for less money and get more features?  It can be difficult to believe, but it’s true!  With Revu, you’re paying less and getting more.  Take a look at this feature comparison chart and see what we mean.

 Bluebeam and Adobe Feature Comparison 

So why wait?  Purchase new licenses of Revu now to lock in your pricing and get a free upgrade to Revu 2016 this year!

August 27, 2015

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Bluebeam Revu 2015.5 Update Released

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 sales@bohdee.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.

Last chance to register for the Bluebeam Extreme Conference

Bluebeam's Extreme Conference is only a few short weeks away (7/29-31), so if you are considering attending make sure to register as soon as possible. Registration ends this Wednesday (7/15), so you have only a few days left. For Bluebeam fans from beginners to power users and everything in between, this is the premiere yearly event to expand your knowledge of the software. In addition to their own internal sessions, Bluebeam will also be bringing in some of their own customers as speakers to share how they are leveraging Revu on their own projects. You can see a full schedule of the sessions here.
March 28, 2015

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Feature Spotlight: Batch Slip Sheet

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!

 

Feature Spotlight: Capture 2.0

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! 

Feature Spotlight: Dynamic Tool Set Scaler

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!

Feature Spotlight: Sketch Tools

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! 

February 03, 2015

New features › Revu 2015 ›


Bluebeam Revu 2015 has been released!

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:

January 26, 2015

New features › Revu 2015 › Video ›


Revu 2015 New Features: Capture 2.0

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.