Bluebeam Revu Software


 

Bluebeam Revu is a solution used for converting Microsoft documents and CAD drawings into PDF format. It caters to professionals in diverse fields, including architecture, engineering, mobility, general contractors, specialty contractors, structural steel, oil and gas and government services.

The software allows users to transform scanned images into text searchable documents. Bluebeam provides a set of markup tools, including text, notes, clouds CAD symbols, stamps and highlights. These markups can be supplemented by photos and videos, and can be further tracked, filtered and exported to Excel.

There is also a provision for creating custom markups in the tool chest. Project files can be uploaded to the cloud or proprietary servers and shared across the team.

Users can also create bookmarks, generate named hyperlinks and page labels. PDFs created from Bluebeam can be searched for keywords and symbols. The system additionally facilitates an electronic comparison of documents.

 

Bluebeam Revu - Create markups
 
  • Bluebeam Revu - Create markups
    Create markups
  • Bluebeam Revu - Estimation
    Estimation
  • Bluebeam Revu - File attachments
    File attachments
  • Bluebeam Revu - Library
    Library
  • Bluebeam Revu - Overlay pages
    Overlay pages
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Sergio from Garcia's Mechanical
Specialty: Plumbing
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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Make easy all my construction task, specifically on the drawings.

Pros

Easy to use and when don't know has a lot of you tube videos to learn what you need.

Cons

When I'm doing drawing take off the program don't count very well

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Yes

 
 

Jesse from Pacific Glazing Contractors
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Bluebeam has revolutionized the way our company runs projects!

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I have been using Bluebeam for about 2 years now, and I love it! I feel like every time I use it, I find a cool new feature that makes my job easier. Our estimating department has recently been discovering how to use BB to make take-offs and bids easier and quicker. It is really a one-stop-shop program and most of our employees use BB daily.

Pros

Has the capability to work with plans, and can be used to take a set of plans from the pre-construction/pre-bid phase all the way to closeouts.
Markups and take-offs are a breeze and save me tons of time on a daily basis.

Cons

I don't think I can think of many cons. The one thing I could love to see is a simplified online application (i.e. PDF viewer with simple markup tools) that integrates with online storage drives (GDrive, Box, Dropbox, etc).
I know there's an iPad app, but our company runs on Android and I would love to see an app for use with regular tablets as well.

Advice to Others

This software has the capability to be used throughout the whole project on many different levels. Learn what it can do for you and try it out!

 
 

Billy from Leebcor Services, LLC
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Always Open on my desktop!

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Every morning when I boot up my computer, Bluebeam is the first to open on my left screen monitor (work from 3 screens). This software is a must for anyone in construction. I have been a user for over seven years and my production rate gets better and better with the ease of use associated with this program.

Thank you for make all my pre-construction task the best part of my day!

Pros

Snapshot - get it done and sent to all Team members in less than 1 second.

Cons

None that I can think of at this time.

Advice to Others

Get a trail sample of this software and it will increase your production rate 10 fold.

 
 

Brendan from Kirk Gross Company
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

February 2017

February 2017

All in one software

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Used three other pieces of software for years to accomplish what I can with Bluebeam now.

Pros

You can find instructional videos everywhere on youtube, markup capabilities, studio, PDF creator, ability to extract pages from a single document or add pages, editor.... the list goes on and on. All in one software.

Cons

None yet and I've been using it for over two years.

Advice to Others

Seems a little pricey but you will wonder why you even considered after you buy.

 
 

Aaron from The Beaver Excavating Company
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

January 2017

January 2017

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This is a great piece of software that allows a project manager to take off quantities, review plans and manage pdf files. It is an absolute need for plan review.

Pros

It allows you to compare a full set of drawings for changes without having to go through every page manually. Great for takeoff and measuring.

Cons

I do not really have any complaints about this software it is very well thought out and very powerful

Advice to Others

This is a great piece of software that allows a project manager to take off quantities, review plans and manage pdf files. It is an absolute need for plan review.

 
 

Jason from HKS
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2016

November 2016

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I love Bluebeam on my computer, but hate it on my iPad. Its glitchy, and closes unexpectedly. If you leave the screen to go look at another app on your iPad, your file has closed when you return to the Bluebeam app. The hand drawing tool is also very glitchy and nothing close to hand drawing.

I have just about given up on depending on Bluebeam other than on my computer. And it's a shame because I'm about to start construction administration on a large project.

Pros

Great on your computer.

Cons

Almost useless on your iPad.

 
 

Tasha from Jonas Builders, Inc.
Specialty: Building owner
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Fabulous Product

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You can crop, edit, secure, add, note, etc. just great overall.

 
 

Norman from Lundgren Management
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Another Happy Bluebeam User

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I'm overall satisfied with the product. I've used both Adobe Pro and Bluebeam and both have their strengths and weaknesses but Bluebeam appears to be the better of the two.

Pros

Ease of use for scaling and calculating areas for rough area takeoffs once you get past the learning curve. Integrates really well with MS Office such as Word and Excel.

Cons

Slow to load at times. Really have to play with it to understand the software so there is a bit of studying to do.

 
 

Andy from American Bridge
Specialty: General contractor

September 2016

September 2016

BlueBeam user for two years

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A great tool for takeoffs and marking up documents. Using layers, spaces and labels helps organize all the markups

Likes Least

I wish the markups could go directly to excel rather than exporting them.

Recommendations

Custom profiles can be hard to manage, be careful of what profile you’re in before saving any changes you’ve made to the profile.

 
 

Ken from American Bridge
Specialty: Engineer

September 2016

September 2016

Simple, functional and useful estimating tool

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Simple solution to scaling and measuring 2D values on drawings. Great pdf editor.

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Not always the quickest running software as a default pdf reader

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Excellent pdf editor and great for drawing quantification.

 
 

Cinthia from T&G Constructors
Specialty: Construction manager

May 2016

May 2016

Great PDF Viewer Replacement for Construction

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I can edit a drawing or PDF. Great for construction.

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It is slower than PDF viewer when starting up because it is so full of features.

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If you are frequently dealing with drawings, this is great for RFIs, Submittals, and editing PDFs.

 
 

Jessica from Excel Construction Services, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor

April 2016

April 2016

Where have you been all my Life?

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One thing I like best about Bluebeam, is that it is very "User Friendly."

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what I like least about the program is that I wasn't introduced to it earlier!

Recommendations

Take your time. There are so many great things to learn about this program. You will see that Bluebeam makes working on projects easier with all the capabilities it has.

 
 

John from J.E Consulting
Specialty: General contractor

April 2016

April 2016

Estimating is so much easier with Bluebeam!

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My concern when I was looking for estimating software was the amount of set up that would need to be done. It was nice to be able to load Bluebeam software on my computer and be working with it right away, it took an hour to be up and running on basic functions of the software which made it useful immediately. I enjoy this software enough that I have purchased 4 seats for different employers and the Ipad version for myself for use on the run.

Likes Least

To this point, I have not found anything that I dislike about the software and the reps. at Bluebeam have been beyond helpful the one time I had a problem. I would like to see Bluebeam do something with site estimating software.

Recommendations

The thing that I find amazing is the price vs. what this software does. There are many other estimating software packages out there that do the same as Bluebeam but will cost you 4 times more. I would recommend that anybody reviewing this software spend time working with it and pay attention to the help support.

 
 

Jason from EXCEL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC
Specialty: General contractor

April 2016

April 2016

Just the right features for what I do.

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This software has absolutely simplified the markup and estimation aspects of my job. I can easily and quickly do take offs, cutting my estimating time in half. I'm able to annotate and markup my pdfs while simultaneously looking up product data on the web. All in one program! The vendor has been available and receptive to feedback making the whole process easy.

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The product can be a little bulky. There are so many features that aren't clearly defined that they can be overlooked. I'd like to see more free training on estimating and construction take offs. I'd also like to see the vendor offer more in depth free training.

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Watch as many online tutorials and videos as you can to immerse yourself in the product and try all of the features. There are so many that you'll miss many of them on your own. It's helpful to have someone else show you the more in depth or high level things that the software can do. That way you get the whole experience and not just see what you can figure out.

 
 

Todd from Edge Builders
Specialty: Construction manager

April 2016

April 2016

Great Product! Use it multiple times every day!

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I like the flexibility and the help videos. I can google anything almost online and there are bluebeam help videos. I can do takeoffs and manipulate anything i need on pdfs.

Likes Least

I wish the take off portion was more fluid, its a little clunky and complicated to do alot of taking off.

Recommendations

Just to continue to find the best ways keeping this a very easy to use. As it is now.

 
 

Austin from McKinney and Son Builders
Specialty: Construction manager

February 2016

February 2016

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Ease of use. Ability to use program many many times throughout the day doing many different things.

Likes Least

Cropping feature doesnt seem to work. Can be hard to measure when using a tablet.

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to definitely consider ease of use. In my industry, if the product requires more than 5 minutes to figure out how to use then it is worth less.

 
 

Murthy from Albert A. Webb Associates
Specialty: Design/build firm

January 2016

January 2016

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The tools are so many, which are well organized and importantly intuitive.

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Have to think very hard for shortfalls. Any needed improvements would have to be the backend performance.

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Need to ask software professionals for further recommendations.

 
 

Chris from Albert A. Webb Associates
Specialty: Engineer

January 2016

January 2016

Have used Bluebeam for 6 months to merge PDF's and create PDF's ACAD

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The software makes it easy to take Word files and merge them into a single file.

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A flattening message appears when opening ACAD drawings PDF.

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Use it for 6 months. I did not like at first but now it's my preferred PDF software.

 
 

Gustavo from Albert A Webb Associates
Specialty: Engineer

January 2016

January 2016

Best product I have used for PDF's

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It has many tools for which are extremely useful for working with engineering documents.

Likes Least

It can be a bit too complex for the beginner. It takes some navigating to find tools.

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Take tutorials before using the program. doing this can save you time once you are using the software.

 
 

Ricardo from Albert Webb associates
Specialty: Engineer

January 2016

January 2016

A Big Step Above The Rest

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Bluebeam Revu is a lifesaver! Before this product we had Adobe and then PDF Nitro. Bluebeam is a huge step above those other two for the following reasons:
-Easy to use and find often used tools
-Navigation is VERY similar to AutoCAD/Microstation which is great for engineers
-The out of the box tools are excellent
-Reviewing and Markup tools are intuitive
-The layout is smart, they really put some thought into their interface
-Compatibility with othe software has been great so far

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The thing I like least is that it is a cumbersome to open two windows of the program. If you want to split the screen and review two PDFs at once you need to have two windows. Bluebeam doesn't make it easy to do this, but it's possible.

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I say give this a try, if you like Adobe Professional you'll really like this program. Bluebeam can do everything the other program can do but it's laid out better and makes you more efficient as a result. I really cannot say anything negative abou this program.

 
 
 
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