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Bluebeam Revu

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Likelihood to Recommend

Accelo

Pretty good as a basic CRM, decent as a support desk. Tries to do a lot, but doesn't excel at any one thing. Reasonably priced, though, and can be a component in a larger setup.
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Bluebeam Revu

The program is great for editing construction drawings, stamping/approving official documents and overlaying revised documents to see design changes. You can use it as an estimating takeoff tool, estimating database, document control, cloud document storage, the list goes on! Bluebeam poses many applications for the user to utilize for the desired needs. There may be some other software that has one specific function that can perform the specific task better, but Bluebeam is a holistic program with many tools for use.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Accelo
5.5
Bluebeam Revu
Task Management
Accelo
5.0
Bluebeam Revu
Resource Management
Accelo
5.7
Bluebeam Revu
Gantt Charts
Accelo
6.0
Bluebeam Revu
Scheduling
Accelo
5.0
Bluebeam Revu
Workflow Automation
Accelo
5.0
Bluebeam Revu
Team Collaboration
Accelo
4.2
Bluebeam Revu
Support for Agile Methodology
Accelo
3.9
Bluebeam Revu
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Accelo
5.0
Bluebeam Revu
Email integration
Accelo
8.0
Bluebeam Revu
Mobile Access
Accelo
4.5
Bluebeam Revu
Timesheet Tracking
Accelo
7.9
Bluebeam Revu
Change request and Case Management
Accelo
6.4
Bluebeam Revu
Budget and Expense Management
Accelo
5.7
Bluebeam Revu

Professional Services Automation

Accelo
5.6
Bluebeam Revu
Quotes/estimates
Accelo
4.2
Bluebeam Revu
Invoicing
Accelo
4.9
Bluebeam Revu
Project & financial reporting
Accelo
6.4
Bluebeam Revu
Integration with accounting software
Accelo
7.1
Bluebeam Revu

Construction Productivity

Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
8.4
Plan distribution & viewing
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
9.5
Plan markups & sharing
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
9.6
Issue tracking & punchlists
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
7.4
Photo documentation
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
7.7
Jobsite reports
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
8.1
Document sharing
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
8.5
RFI tools
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
8.9
Collaboration & approvals
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
8.4
As-built drawings
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
9.3
Mobile app
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
7.5
Submittal design and management
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
8.0

Estimating

Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
8.8
Takeoff tools
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
8.4
Job costing
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
8.0
Cost databases
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
9.0
Cost calculator
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
9.7
Bid creation
Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
9.0

Pros

Accelo

  • Retainer Management - I am not sure we could run retainers effectively without it.
  • Hour Logging and Tracking.
  • Customer Email Tracking.
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Bluebeam Revu

  • Once you set Bluebeam Revu as your default PDF handler, it launches immediately when clicking a PDF to open. The speed with which it opens documents is impressive.
  • Creating PDF's out of other documents, such as Word, Excel, JPG's, etc. is simple.
  • Digitally signing documents is a simple, secure process. You can keep your signature password-protected, yet still access it quickly.
  • The Bluebeam Revu mobile application ( I use the iOS version on an iPad Pro), is awesome. Not only does it handle PDF's like you would expect it to, it allows for effortless digital signing of documents on the fly. Nice to be able to quickly sign a document and email right back out from the tablet no matter where I am.
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Cons

Accelo

  • Difficult to upload targets
  • Not easy to modify a target
  • When uploading targets you can not attach them to tags until after they are uploaded.
  • When listing opportunities in the system, you are limited with what stage the opportunity is in and the star system is not very helpful. The status' are very vague and not always accurate.
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Bluebeam Revu

  • If you have several tabs open and you try to drag one out for a side by side view then you do not have all the modification options and you have to combine them back together.
  • There is a lag time when hitting the print option.
  • There is also a lag time when opening files, sometimes I think the window is frozen.
  • I wish the basic version also had basic file editing, as in editing a document as Adobe does.
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Likelihood to Renew

Accelo

Accelo 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Looking forward to seeing more refinement of features provided and upcoming features promised :)
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Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam Revu 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Bluebeam is a powerful PDF viewer and mark-up tool. We are more familiar with it than Adobe Acrobat Pro or other viewers, and it has more features geared towards construction document managers than Acrobat Pro does.
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Usability

Accelo

Accelo 7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam Revu 8.0
Based on 2 answers
I'm constantly finding that Bluebeam Revu does more than I knew it could. And when I find something that it can't do, I've found that Bluebeam truly listens to its user base and will work to incorporate any good suggestion when feasible.
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Support

Accelo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam Revu 7.0
Based on 3 answers
We have not been able to get robust training on this product and we do not have great internal support. In the end, in order to get the full value, I feel like I need to become the expert and since I'm only using it on a case by case basis, it's not something to which I can devote time.
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Alternatives Considered

Accelo

Accelo doesn't really exceed any competitors in any one area of their product, but in 2015 when we made the move this was the best option that included all the tools we wanted. However, user adoption was low in some areas due to the UI, so we scaled back Accelo and added other tools.
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Bluebeam Revu

We feel there is not another program out there that would compare to Bluebeam at this current time. Some of the other programs out there do not include studio or the overlaying process which is one of our main uses. The ease of hyperlinking makes this product stand out the most.
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Return on Investment

Accelo

  • It substantially reduced the number of systems we use to run our business.
  • It reduced the need to train our staff on a variety of platforms.
  • It gave us the ability to have a client-facing portal that directly integrates with our backend systems.
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Bluebeam Revu

  • A major positive aspect is being able to take your computer home without taking the entire set of paper drawings. They have made it so easy to navigate a set of drawings that I can work at home using only the digital drawings.
  • Collaboration with owners and architects has been a great feature. Setting up a Bluebeam studio and having everyone get in and mark things up, then having the architect be able to go in and see what markups have been added, has made the constructability review process much much better.
  • Even when not working on drawings, Bluebeam is a very good tool for working with standard PDF documents. The markup tools are very easy to use.
  • The negative aspect is the takeoff function because some people would like estimators to use the Bluebeam takeoff because it would make their job easier down the road; however, the actual act of doing a full scale takeoff in Bluebeam would require much more time.
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Pricing Details

Accelo

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

* Per Installation

Accelo Editions & Modules

Edition
Plus$191
Premium$341
  1. Per User
Additional Pricing Details

Bluebeam Revu

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Bluebeam Revu Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Accelo
6.3
Bluebeam Revu
9.4

Likelihood to Renew

Accelo
9.0
Bluebeam Revu
10.0

Usability

Accelo
7.0
Bluebeam Revu
8.0

Performance

Accelo
10.0
Bluebeam Revu

Support

Accelo
Bluebeam Revu
7.0

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