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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Bobby from Wells Construction Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2017

April 2017

I can't do my job without it!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

A must have for any General Contractor.

Pros

Bluebeam Revu is an extremely versatile software with a wide range of uses that apply to all project stakeholders. At a basic level, the software is similar to your run of the mill PDF editor. Where it really shines is with its industry specific tools for mark-ups, as-builts, drawing management, quantity take-offs, document distribution and its ability to offer a simulated drawing revu session virtually and in real-time.

Cons

I was able to jump on Bluebeam Revu and use it at a pretty high level within a couple of days. I have, however, seen others struggle with it. They are always able to utilize a percentage of the software's functionality, but sometimes aren't able to progress to the software's higher level tools.

 
 

Connor from Comstock Construction Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Bluebeam

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N/A

Bluebeam is a very easy tool for various purposes. In construction, it's often used for marking up plans for uses such as site utilization plans which makes Bluebeam a great tool to have. Requires minimal training and it's full of great features.

 
 

Dani from The Hansen Company
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Far superior than Adobe for construction

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

First, let me start by saying I have the Extreme version and create forms and use the JavaScript features frequently. I switched to Revu because Adobe wasn't giving me what I needed and that was software that could automate many of the tasks I was performing at the time. For example, to process one submittal, I had to combine the pages from one file with the submittal cover page, stamp it, add the date and signature of the person approving the submittal, flatten the markups so no one could edit them, and then save them on a network drive. With Revu I was able to click one icon and do all that from inserting the page, stamping/flattening, and prompting me to save on the network. It saved me so much time! I was able to create custom stamps for all our coordinators to use.

Pros

Suited for construction work, not just documents. It lets me do so much so easily. I can overlay drawings and find where things have changed. This works for contracts too. I can overlay the pages and see if the sub revised the document at all. I can easily markup drawings without any CAD experience needed. I can create forms from PDFs.

Cons

It takes a little while to learn the program because many icons are unfamiliar at first. And because it can do so much, there are so many icons. But I was able to customize my layout so it narrowed down my available icons to just the ones I use regularly. It's only a con for the first month of learning the program. Same for creating forms. As you start to work with it, you learn the tricks to making them easily, but at first it can be difficult. Most of the functions are similar to Adobe, but the one that I had to get used to was copying pages from one document to another. I used to open two separate Adobe windows and then click and drag pages from one into another. Revu only has one thumbnail view pane available at a time, so I had to modify my steps by copy and pasting pages from one document into another.

 
 

Laura from Array Advisors
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Revu Review

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Bluebeam is a nice PDF viewer and mark up tool. The user interface is a little difficult to navigate, but once you learn it, the tool is very powerful.

 
 

Andrew from TBD Consultants
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Bluebeam is user friendly and has lots of capabilities that are useful for different types of work, from quantification to editing and lots in between

Ease-of-use

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I have used Bluebeam review for the last 10 years instead of Adobe Acrobat, and been very satisfied.

Pros

Hyperlinking and bookmarking multipage construction drawings make for a very easy to navigate large set of documents. The takeoff tools are also very easy to use.

Cons

Sometimes the help link is not very helpful. Can't copy 'count' takeoffs to different sheets. Other quantity takeoff software have a better presentation option for listing the takeoffs on the document. Sometimes measurements spit out in inches when I want feet, and its not intuitive to change it.

 
 

Joshua from Wayne Brothers inc.
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Great product but has its flaws

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Bluebeam Revu has been a wonderful product for our company. It allows us to easily look at construction drawings and make quick and accurate markups and takeoffs. It is very user friendly and have a lot of amazing features that make it sore over its competitors like adobe.

Pros

Easy to use
Many options for markups and notes
Ability to combine multiple trade drawings into one set

Cons

The set's ability is an amazing function but after being out for 5 years, it still hasn't made it to the iPad version yet
Customer service takes a while to respond and doesn't fully assist with issues. It's almost like they blow off your issues.
Overlays and comparisons still have the same bugs they had a couple years ago.

 
 

Rashid from AGI General Contracting
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Best PDF Software I've EVER Used.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

First time I used this product was about 4 years ago. I had never heard of it, but this blows Adobe PDF out of the water. I'm looking towards going to their conference in August to see what more I can learn.

Pros

Ease of use, the options I have to perform tasks, Revision capabilities. I've talked to their support team who was very responsive and helpful.

Cons

PDF printer sometimes crashes in collaboration with Word, but even with that, I still am in love with this product. No real cons for me.

 
 

Adam from Central Roofing
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2017

April 2017

A solid product for takeoffs

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A

I use Bluebeam Revu for roofing and wall panel takeoffs. The program is pretty intuitive so you can figure out a lot of what you want to do without having to look at help files. I'm a learn by doing kind of person, so this suits me well. There are also plenty of help files and videos on YouTube when you need to know more detailed information. I looked into replacing Bluebeam a few months ago, but, after looking at the cost/benefit of other programs, we decided to upgrade Bluebeam instead of replacing it.

Pros

Intuitive interface, responsive customer service, many help files/videos

Cons

Only uses 1 cpu core at a time (if it can utilize multiple cpu cores, I haven't found a way to do it)

 
 

Joey from VCA Engineers
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

one-stop-shop daily program

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

I have been using Bluebeam for about almost one year. I love the BB because it's a cool new tool that makes my job easier. Our structural engineering design group has been using the BB from the beginning to viewing, printing, and annotating drawing much more efficiently and effectively. It is really a one-stop-shop daily program.

Pros

Has the capability to cooperation on the plans during the different phases.
Markups and take-offs are a breeze and save me tons of time on a daily basis. The tool chest is definitively designed for engineers like me. The often used clouds CAD symbols, stamps are my favorite. It supports facilitates an electronic comparison of documents to find out the change of the design or scope of work. The dimension functions which enable me to get the dimensions immediately on the screen using different scales defined make the quick load calculation and estimation possible. Snapshot allows me to get the job done and sent to all Team members in less than 1 second.

Cons

One thing needs to improve is the cloud-integrated storage functions, like GDrive, Box, Dropbox, etc. BB could have more themes and profiles optinal for different engineering environments.

 
 

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

February 2017

February 2017

Excellent

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Advice to Others

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!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Bluebeam Revu

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Bluebeam on iPad

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

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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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A

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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Functionality

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Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Ease-of-use

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Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Likes Best

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

Ease-of-use

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Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Likes Best

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

Likes Least

Not always the quickest running software as a default pdf reader

Recommendations

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

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

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

Likes Least

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

Recommendations

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

 
 
 
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