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

The application 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.

Create markups
Create markups
Create markups
Estimation
Estimation
File attachments
File attachments
Library
Library
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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Zachary from Superior Steel & Ironworkers

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

The Most Construction Specific PDF Software On The Market

Pros

Bluebeam is hands down the most construction specific PDF software available. All of the features a construction or design professional needs, nothing you don't.

Cons

The refresh rate on larger drawings is slightly annoying, but it is not bad enough to be a problem.

Nima from Schiavone Construction Co. LLC

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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October 2018

Great software to edit PDF

Pros

It is great software to edit pdfs and also markup pdfs. I don't need any photshop to edit pdfs or picture and it does it all(edit txts and pictures and also cut and delete the content without needing to crop)

Cons

It is really hard to link the section in drawings into the correct pdf.it needs lots of steps and also extracting the pdfs one by one.

Chris from Eco Interiors Ltd.

Specialty:  Residential remodeling

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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October 2018

Hands down the best pdf editing suite we've used

Pros

I used Adobe for years before switching to bluebeam about 5 years ago. Bluebeam Revu CAD was built specifically for our industry and has all of the features and tool sets that we need to maximize our efficiency.

Cons

The program does use a lot of resources, but this is acceptable given the number of features and direct integration with Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, web browsers, etc.

Rachel from Shepley Bulfinch

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Bluebeam is the best

Pros

Can copy and paste in the same place, unlike Adobe Acrobat.

Cons

Wish there was a match properties tool to match text formatting.

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Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

PDF!

Marking up PDFS

Pros

That you can edit PDF's easily and insert pages.

Cons

The task bar is very cluttered and its hard to find the icon you are looking for.

Joanne from Dunning Group Architects

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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October 2018

Bluebeam PDF Revu: Powerful PDF Viewer and Editor

We use this software ALL THE TIME. This is probably, after Outlook and the internet browser, the most used software on my computer. Before upgrading to this software, I used multiple applications just to get to the same result. This has been a time saver.

Pros

The ease of use; variety of editing and commenting tools,; Microsoft Outlook integration; inclusion of PDF printer plug-in; and document comparison tools. This is by far the easiest and most powerful PDF viewer/editor I've used. The tools are so easy to use, in a pinch, we've even used it as a drawing/sketching tool.

Cons

The cropping tool doesn't always work. There is not a way (I'm aware of) of changing the page size once it's already set.

Alberto from Paradigm Mechanical Corp.

Specialty:  Mechanical/HVAC

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Best PDF Software

I would strongly recommend using this over any other PDF software.

Pros

So many different options for editing and for adding security. Everything is easy to access and easy to learn, never had this many options for PDF's in any other software.

Cons

Download time, its a very large file. If you have slower internet, then it is going to take a while.

Luke from Gardner Builders

Specialty:  General contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Bluebeam for intern in construction management

If you have never used Bluebeam don't be afraid to just dive in and start testing everything out. The more mistakes you make the more you learn.

Pros

The basics are easy to learn with just sitting down and using the software, no special class is needed to learn the basics.

Cons

The differences between the Mac and PC versions are not comparable, the PC version seems to operate smoother than the Mac version.

Ramsey from Dunn Paper, LLC

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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October 2018

Bluebeam PDF Review

Pros

I mostly liked that this software could be utilized for total document control on a job site. We utilized the program to share all of the construction documents on the site. This way, revisions could be instantaneously sent to all involved.

Cons

Some training is necessary in my opinion. Some programs can be used for a short time, and you can usually figure out the nuts and bolts. I do not feel that this is one of those programs.

Joshua from Lease Crutcher Lewis

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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October 2018

Bluebeam

highly recommend to everyone

Pros

Its all around the best pdf reader and markup available, we use it from creating details and drawings to using it for punchlist. very happy with it.

Cons

Nothing i have been very happy with this software

Danielle from Scovan Engineering

Specialty:  Engineer

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Great PDF software, optimal for editing and markups

Pros

Bluebeam has many capabilities that other PDF software offers at a much higher price tag. The software is easy to use and allows for modification of multiple files at once.

Cons

Different interface that took a bit to learn as buttons are mostly symbols. Also has slightly less support than Adobe.

Nihal Melissa from Kiska Construction

Specialty:  General contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Life saver for PDF files

Pros

Easy to edit PDF files. You can take notes on the files or edit the files. You can review your documents, convert pdf data reports to excel or word.

Cons

Sometimes the app is getting very slow if the file is big. Some form documents on pdf format cannot be edited. However, the reason would be the creator of the document.

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Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Absolutely a must for architecture related construction.

I use this software every day and absolutely recommend it. Every computer in our office has it.

Pros

Very simple to use and very intuitive. The buttons are easy to find and it is fairly easy to catch on.

Cons

A few buttons are setup in an odd way. The calibration tool could be better.

Seth from Catalyst Construction

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

A must have for the Construction Industry

In a fast paced, mobile culture, Bluebeam helps me eliminate paper and keep me organized and efficient.

Pros

I like how easy it is to manipulate and modify pdfs and I love the ability to measure and scale drawings.

Cons

When I have a large file open, the software has a lag every time I zoom in or out.

Lanita from HWH

Specialty:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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October 2018

Bluebeam Revu is fantastic in the construction industry

Pros

It has such extensive/useful features. You can create custom stamps, rewrite, lock the editing ("flatten") when you are sending so that custom editable fields are no longer able to be edited. You can add notes, captions, links, staple several documents together, rotate, extract, reorder sheets all very very easily. toolbox is customized too.

Cons

It takes some getting used to. You need to have some training on how to navigate. Aside from that it is wonderful.

Brandon from Eco Interiors Ltd.

Specialty:  Residential remodeling

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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September 2018

Hands down the best PDF software I've ever used

Pros

I use Bluebeam as my primary PDF editor. The integrated features relating to document editing, markups and takeoffs have saved our company a ton of time compared to manual editing/takeoffs.

Cons

The thumbnail viewer stops previewing pages from the open file randomly, and the list of recently accessed files doesn't update when I close certain files. Not sure if this is a software bug or a physical/virtual memory issue.

Jesse from Reaveley Engineers

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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September 2018

Don’t use anything else

I can draft details with all the markup tools and do it just about as quick as hand sketching something, but I can save and modify or manipulate that detail however I want in the future. I also really love the studio session functions. I have used the studio like other live screen sharing programs out there, but this is so fast and seamless that it doesn’t make sense to use anything else.

Pros

There are so many features that help me save time in doing everyday tasks related to engineering.

Cons

The software seems to partially freeze up after a few hours of using or if I leave it on in the background for overnight.

Jim from Copper Spring Solutions

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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September 2018

Bluebeam for Construction

Pros

Reviewing drawings in Bluebeam is the best feature. You can easily zoom in and out, link details and pages. I would highly recommend it for anyone in the construction industry.

Cons

It is very complex, so hard to remember how to navigate everything. However, they have great YouTube videos that walk you through the processes.

Jesse from Swinerton Builders

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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September 2018

The best PDF editor for anyone who wants more than simple markups

Pros

The markups are as flexible as you could possibly want, including totally customizable stamps, etc. It supports 360 camera images embedded into the files, all kinds of grouping options, and easy control of arrangement (front to back of the document). The ability to flatten markups before sharing is great, too.

Cons

I believe they just massively updated their cost, though I'm not in the group reviewing that in detail.
If you don't flatten markups before emailing or sharing them, Apple devices very often don't display the markups at all, which is bad

Scott from Those Guys

Specialty:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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September 2018

Expensive for full featured program

Could be a useful tool if priced better. As a small business, we don't want to afford the costly price tag associated with this program. We used the Free Trial version and it has potential, just not at this price tag.

Pros

- Can do quick take-offs
- Easy to upload PDF's

Cons

- Confusing to use / master
- Layout seems too clustered
- EXPENSIVE for full featured program (not small business friendly price)


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