Bluebeam Revu software


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.

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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  • Michelle from Belfay

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    WOW, this is PDF on steroids

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    I'm surprised this software doesn't get up and do my dishes with all the features it has. Definitely worth every penny and then some

    Pros

    This software does more than I can even use it for

    Cons

    the software is a little costly, but certainly worth it

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Bluebeam Review

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    Bluebeam is a fantastic PDF editor, and their customer support is top-notch.

    Pros

    I like Bluebeam's customer support. They're polite and can typically resolve your issues rather quickly.

    Cons

    The cost. They're a little expensive, but you definitely get a great product for what you pay for.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Nick from Zon Engineering Inc.

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Not without faults, but still one of the best PDF editing programs for A&E companies

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    Pros

    The integrated drafting tools (measurements, markups, etc.) and form filling features are key for any Architecture/Engineering companies. Bluebeam is feature packed and one of our greatest resources.

    Cons

    It does seem to chew up my systems memory, which causes the program to crash and/or display documents incorrectly.

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  • Baldemar from DPR Construction

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

    August 2018

    Game Changer

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    Pros

    What is there not to like about Bluebeam? I first started using it when I got in the construction industry in June 2016 and I have never used a PDF editing software that is as user friendly as Bluebeam. There is countless things you can use it for and more than anything, it is the editing options and capabilities that this program has what makes it simply unique. Being able to create a session and invite members to join is quite a unique feature too; I am glad my company uses it for basically everything!

    Cons

    This isn't a negative comment, as I truly don't have anything bad to say about it, but if anything I would say that I would like to have a bit more training on how to use the software as it updates from one version to the other; I wish there was either trainings or instructional videos that would show the users how it is that a new version of Bluebeam compares to the older one.

    With that said above, it is by far, the best PDF viewer/editor there is out there!

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Alessandro from Casa Pellegrino Boutique Hotel

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Way better than Acrobat

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    Pros

    I love using Bluebeam Revu instead of the regular PDF software reader, for example Acrobat, because its versatility and functionality.

    Cons

    I don't see any big cons using this software, probably it takes a few days to adapt but once you hit it, you will love it.

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    A must have for all construction related companies

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    Truly a great software. Extremely valuable.

    Pros

    This is a great tool and extremely easy to use. Short cuts are similar to other software making it easy to navigate. Great for estimating, reviewing, and approving submittals.

    Cons

    The measure tool is great, but i often wish it was more precise.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Zohair from Whitng-turner

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    August 2018

    Bluebeam is so more than just a PDF reader, has multiple features.

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    Pros

    Bluebeam helps in adding mark ups to documents, can create layers, teams can collaborate using the Studio feature on the same document at the same time. Bluebeam has the ability to measure lengths, areas if it calibrated as per the scale. It can search a phrase or a character or a word at all instances with the search feature. Drawing sheets can be overlayed for comparison. Overall its a very powerful tool.

    Cons

    Its a user friendly software, but needs quick tips guide within the software for new users.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Joshua from Sundt Construction

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

    August 2018

    A more functional alternative to Acrobat

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    We use bluebeam revu to run collaboration sessions where multiple users can markup or sign-off on contracts. This has streamlined the workflow and approval process for change orders and RFIs.

    Pros

    Bluebeam excels at innovative PDF rendering technology. The ability to have blueprints scaled to fit within a single pdf document is incredibly useful. We can therefore pass along as single PDF document that includes contracts, drawings, blueprints, photographs. All of which can be easily marked up and annotated for easy collaboration.

    Cons

    Initially we experienced some difficulty with bluebeam working with our other applications. This was pretty quickly corrected though by support.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Amy from Meyer Najem

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Bluebeam

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    Overall I find Bluebeam to be a great tool in my daily work.

    Pros

    I like how you can convert word documents to bluebeam then mark them up as necessary.

    Cons

    Sometimes I have a hard time finding the icon or item I am needing to mark up the document.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ernest from Self Employed

    Specialty: Construction manager

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    The Best Construction Software

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    A great value for the cost; every construction professional should have this program.

    Pros

    I love the ability to have all of my documents in one place
    mark up, edit and send by email.
    Overlay feature for Addendum drawings
    Take off feature

    Cons

    There are no cons for me; I have been using this program for several years.
    Why would you insist I give a negative comment? This is the least.

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  • Stuart from Zon Engineering Inc.

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Best PDF editing tool available

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    Pros

    Bluebeam has all the features needed for AEC professionals. The takeoffs, measuring and integrated scaling saves time compared to completing takeoffs in CAD programs.

    Cons

    Bluebeam runs into display issues after prolonged use where pages and thumbnails don't display properly. I need to restart the software after.

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  • Steve from River Rock Designs

    Specialty: Residential remodeling

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Bluebeam is a great PDF editing program, though it has issues

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    Pros

    Bluebeam Revu CAD is a great supplement program for drafters and designers. The integration with AutoCAD is flawless and the takeoff tools within the program save a lot of time for us.

    Cons

    I find myself needing to restart the program constantly. Files won't open/display properly, and the thumbnails tab often stops working.

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Top PDF viewer for the industry

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    Pros

    Simple and comprehensive. Able to measure and mark up all documents and plugin directly to Revit. Excellent software, I would not use any other PDF viewer

    Cons

    Viewer at home isn’t as great, but still better than other basic, free programs!

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    August 2018

    Love Bluebeam! It should be the PDF standard!

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    Pros

    I was first introduced to Bluebeam through my place of employment. I was amazed, right from the start, at how powerful it was and how many features it had that I never knew I needed! After seeing it I could not believe how lame Adobe Acrobat seemed in comparison. The overlay comparison feature is one of the most used features here at work. I manipulate documents within it continuously. The OCR is very powerful. And text manipulation is nothing short of amazing! Great piece of software! I recommend it to everyone that can afford it! Luckily, I can use my corporate computer for personal use, otherwise I'd have to pay full price for it.

    Cons

    The cost is rather prohibitive for normal users. But the features are plenty and well developed.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jeff from Regency LLC

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    I have used this for two companies. It is easy to use.

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    It is required for some of my jobs. I dont mind using it.

    Pros

    I use the free trial. It is similar enough to adobe that some things came easy to me with little support. The interface platform between companies also helps doing business.

    Cons

    It takes a while to learn the program and the icons. The customized tool bar took longer for me to figure out than I would have liked. I still struggle with it some times.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • brayden from Walker Home Design

    August 2018

    Great to use with CAD files

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    Pros

    We use it all the time to go over house plans with our clients and builders. Very easy to use to make redlines on it and make changes.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to teach others how to use it. My boss cant get the hang of it to save his life. And very expensive.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Complete PDF viewer for the modern professional working in construction/architecture industry

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    Pros

    Scaling/measuring that's easily accessible.
    Working in collaboration to tackle long lists of redlines.

    Cons

    A lot of tools to get through if you want to be an expert user (it requires a seperate onboarding class to get employees to use it daily)

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • John from Barrett Inc.

    August 2018

    Bluebeam PDF Revu is an excellent product for converting documents to PDF and working with the docs.

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    Pros

    After you learn how to use it the product is great at converting documents and then allowing you to manipulate the documents by editing them, marking them up, etc. We are a construction company and this product has been helpful for many of our project managers and estimators.

    Cons

    It takes a little getting used to in the beginning, but after that there is nothing negative to say about this product.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jackie from ILLOWA Local 91 JATC

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    August 2018

    Has made our department work much easier and professional looking.

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    So much easier to change, edit, or develop documents. Use often, in everything from multiple letters to certificates to resumes to class lessons. Able to store changes for future use. Editing is so much easier using Bluebeam.

    Pros

    Can make professional certificates for our classes when they pass significant tests; and can make them full-sized down to wallet sized, so they can carry them to job sites. Developing and editing documents are so much easier using Bluebeam - has solved some of our daily headaches!

    Cons

    Have no issues with this software, but I know it does much much more than I use it for. I don't need all the features it offers and so don't know how to use them, but for what I do use it for it's been a very helpful program.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mark from Arup

    July 2018

    Expensive for a pdf viewer and editor but it is great quality

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    Pros

    I use this software for a lot of markups for building design. Being able to quickly markup with hotkeys, changing colours, thickness and styles of lines and shapes is key for me. Also being able to calibrate the scale and measure off the sheets. Adding new pages in and copy from one point in a page to the same on the next are also great features

    Cons

    There is no way to change between previously preset line styles. I need to manually switch between each one in thickness, colour, transparency; each time i change, which can be awkward when using perhaps 6 types of line on the same markup

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
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