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markups, whether you want those markups to be flattened, and you have an option to automatically stamp old pages as "superseded".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!
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.
Revu 2015 also brings improvements to markups, with new sketch tools that allow you to draw to specific dimensions or angles. This function will let you draw lines and shapes with CAD-like precision. Check it out below!
Bluebeam Revu 2015 comes with a bevy of new and improved tools for automating repetitive tasks. These include Batch Slip Sheet, Batch Overlay, and Batch Compare. Check out the video below for a sneak peak!
Another new feature for Bluebeam Revu 2015, the Dynamic Tool Set Scaler allows users to define a scale for their toolsets. This means that you can use the same markup tools on documents of all scales, and the markup tools will automatically scale appropriately. No more having to manually adjust the size of your markups or create separate tool sets for different scales! Check out the video below for more info and a few laughs.
The next new Revu 2015 feature leaked by Bluebeam is Cloud+, a new tool that combines the cloud and callout tools into a single markup. For those who frequently use these tools in conjunction with each other, Cloud+ makes it easier than ever by reducing your number of clicks. Check out the video below!
Be sure to also check out the previously leaked Revu 2015 feature, Studio Go.
The countdown to Revu 2015 has begun, and Bluebeam is releasing teaser webisodes to preview new features. The first one is for Studio Go, an improvement which greatly increases PDF rendering in Studio (including on the iPad). Check it out below, and we will post more new Revu 2015 features to come!