When I was first learning CAD, my mentor told me, “If you want to get fast at CAD, type!” I believe the same thing holds true with Bluebeam Revu, if you want to be fast at Revu, type! Revu has a fairly robust set of keyboard shortcuts that come with the software. For example, if you want to draw a line, you could go find it in the menu, off a toolbar, or from the toolset, but you also simply press the L key and you’re off and running!
One of the problems is, there’s only so many keys you can use as shortcuts. Look at your keyboard, you’re limited to fewer keys than what you see there. In a program like CAD, we can use multiple keys for a command (for example PL runs the PLINE command) but in Revu, we are limited to a single key. To overcome this issue, we can use key combinations! For example, L will draw a line but Ctrl+L will open the securities for the page, Shift+L will put in a dimension, and ALT+L will show the Markups List. This is a lot better, but we can take it even one step more, we can use more than just two keys, for example Shift+ALT+L puts in a length measurement.
OK, so this is all well and good, but how on earth did I figure this all out? To be honest, I just tried the different key combinations because I was curious as to what command and/or tools I could get to with the L key. But, what if I’m trying to find what the key combination is for a specific command? There are a couple ways to accomplish this. First, when you run the command from the menu, it shows you what the shortcut key is.
Second, you can go into a list of all the tools and commands and see their respective shortcuts. To access this, click on the word “Revu” in the top left and then click on “Keyboard Shortcuts”.
Not only can you see the shortcuts that come with the software, with the 2018 release of Revu, you can edit them as well!
Before we get into editing the shortcuts, I want you to look near the top of the window, you’ll notice two buttons, “Tools” and “Commands”. If you don’t find the item you’re looking for in one, look in the other. To edit the shortcuts, simply select the tool or command, click in the text box next to “Shortcut:”, and type the key combination you would like to use. In this example, I’m interested in creating a 3-Point Radius. I select that from the list, select with the text box, and type in the desired key combination, in this case, I want it to be the number 3. In the following image, you’ll notice that I cannot use “3” as a shortcut because it is reserved for something else (in this case, it’s reserved for the tools on the “My Tools” tool set).
If a shortcut is reserved, it cannot be changed. You are stuck with the number 3 running the third item on your My Tools tool set. That’s it. Nothing else. Ok, so I can’t use “3”, what about a key combination? Let’s try it. I’ve now decided, since I can’t use 3, to use ALT+3. I click in the text box, hold the ALT key, and press the 3 key.
In this case, Alt+3 is currently assigned to bring up the 3D Model Tree. I tend to use the 3D Model Tree a lot so I don’t want to lose that shortcut to that particular command so I’m going to try something else. You, however, might never use that particular command and you would much rather Alt+3 be the 3-Point Radius measurement instead. In that case, you could simply press the Reassign button and you’re good to go. As I mentioned, I don’t want to reassign so I’m going to try Shift+3 instead.
Since there isn’t anything assigned to this particular key combination, clicking the “Add” button will add this shortcut for the 3-Point Radius measurement.
Now, if you get in here and start fiddling around and decide, I just want to get back to the way things were, no worries at all, simply click the Restore Defaults button and you’re back to where you started when you installed Revu.
So what do you think? Is this functionality something you’ll be taking advantage of? I know I will! Post a comment on the key combinations you like to use so others can benefit from your knowledge!