the skeptics guide to bluebeam v3

The Skeptics Guide to Bluebeam


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Maybe the Bluebeam product line is new to you. Maybe you’re skeptical that it’s anything special, like Russ, who told me during a phone call last year, “It’s just a PDF editor.” Russ was under the impression that Bluebeam Revu was just another markup tool on the market. By lumping Revu in with them, not only was he mistaken, but he was surprised to learn that today’s Revu not only offers much more than drawing markups, it’s been through significant upgrades since it was released in 2002. Today, Bluebeam Revu is a must-have collaboration tool for all members of the design and construction team. Check out these features that set Revu apart from mere markup tools:

Custom Tool Sets Re-creating the same markups again and again can become tedious and, frankly, are a waste of time. Within Revu, the Tool Chest allows users to create custom tool sets where your recent markup tools can be saved for later use. Tool sets can also be exported and shared with other users. This is such a timesaver when creating markups and also helps with standardization – not available in basic markup packages.

Comparing Documents –Remember the old light tables where you could overlay two drawings and determine what changes had been made from one to the other? Bluebeam has two features that make it easy to spot the differences between drawings, removing the likelihood of human error as well. One feature mimics that “light table” process when working with multiple versions of drawings, providing color coded revisions stacked for easy visibility. The second feature will “compare documents,” which automatically compares the drawings and adds highlights around the differences. You can drastically reduce time and errors using either of these features – not available in basic markup packages.

Customizable – Revu’s entire interface is customizable, which means users are not limited to default profiles. You can hide the tools you don’t use and display the ones used most often. The toolbars can be organized to the user’s liking. Custom profiles can be saved to keep everything in order and streamlined to the user’s workflow. These profiles can also be shared with others by simply exporting and emailing them. Basic markup packages don’t have this type of customizable functionality.

Tracking Markups – Bluebeam sets itself apart with its “markups list.” Revu provides an easy way to track all of your markups in an interactive, spreadsheet-style interface that can be sorted and filtered. The list is customizable by simply toggling certain columns in or out. Users can create custom columns with drop-down options. Once the columns have been set, users can perform takeoffs, list material types or assign actions/status. This takes Bluebeam Revu to an entirely different level not attainable with basic markup packages.

Batch Link –With Revu you can automatically create hyperlinks in batches, making navigation faster and easier – not available in basic markup packages.

Collaboration with Team Members –With Bluebeam, you can run a “Studio” session where all team members involved can collaborate on documents at the same time. Bluebeam is the gold standard for collaborating and working through the project lifecycle more efficiently. By maximizing collaboration among all the team members, everyone can be on the same page, so to speak – not available in basic markup packages.

These are just a few of the many features elevating Bluebeam above mere markup tools. If it’s time for you to take advantage of the simple, smart solutions that make Bluebeam Revu far more than a markup tool, contact Applied Software for a demo. And don’t just take our word for it . . . try Bluebeam Revu for free on a 30-day trial basis. Boost your productivity and streamline processes to get more done in less time.

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