Adobe Acrobat vs. Bluebeam

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe Acrobat
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Adobe Acrobat DC is the current version of the well-established document / PDF management solution, part of the Adobe Document Cloud (the other part being Adobe's eSign services based on technology acquired with EchoSign in 2011).
$12.99
per month
Bluebeam
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Bluebeam Revu is a PDF management, control, and editing tool. It enables collaboration and markup within shared documents across projects’ life cycles and has takeoff and bid creation capabilities.
$240
per year per user
Pricing
Adobe AcrobatBluebeam
Editions & Modules
Acrobat Standard for Individuals
$12.99
per month
Acrobat Standard for teams
$14.99
per month per user
Acrobat Pro for Individuals
$19.99
per month
Acrobat Pro for Teams
$22.19
per month per user
Acrobat for Enterprise
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Revu Standard
$349
per seat
Revu CAD
$449
per seat
Revu eXtreme
$599
per seat
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Adobe AcrobatBluebeam
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Adobe AcrobatBluebeam
Considered Both Products
Adobe Acrobat
Chose Adobe Acrobat
I use adobe for quick efforts with large PDFs, like combining them with other PDFs or optimizing the file size. I use Bluebeam when I need to spend time working on the PDF and adding comments, color, and other medications.
Chose Adobe Acrobat
We actually use adobe alongside Bluebeam to supliment some of the layer features when looking at plans and layouts. We still use Adobe for ease of use for documents or contracts.
Chose Adobe Acrobat
I prefer Adobe Acrobat to Bluebeam because it has the functionality that I need and because I use so many other Adobe products, it's an easy transition for me. Bluebeam is much more cumbersome and really just has more construction-focused functionality that I don't need on a …
Chose Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Acrobat is the master product for multiple project document management. It is great at merging various documents easily and is perfect for creating new PDF files. Reporting and communication strategies via Adobe Acrobat are excellent, and they allow effective team …
Chose Adobe Acrobat
Initially we went with standardization, we were users of the Creative Cloud Suite and thought across the board would be the way to go. Pricing was a big factor, and it was good at that time. We have started to go a different direction as the price has increased and …
Chose Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Acrobat is the standard and the easy to use package prevailed over the competition. There are free alternatives out there but they do not offer an as intuitive or use-friendly package.
Chose Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Acrobat DC is easier to use and more intuitive than BlueBeam, we prefer Bluebeam for operations teams because it offers to scale and measuring for construction documents that our operations teams need, however, would prefer the Adobe suite for ease of use, and familiarity …
Chose Adobe Acrobat
I don't use Bluebeam, but many of my coworkers do - particularly when it comes to construction plans and surveys. They tend not to use Adobe Acrobat DC as much, sticking to Bluebeam for everything, but because they have the software they do not have difficulty using Adobe …
Chose Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Acrobat DC stacks up well against Foxit PDF Editor. But Foxit doesn't require an annual/monthly subscription. Can't really compare Bluebeam with Adobe, as Bluebeam is such a robust a powerful PDF program that is well geared towards the construction industry.
Chose Adobe Acrobat
When it came down to the final decision on choosing to go with Adobe Acrobat DC, it came down to the one that most of our team was comfortable working with and what they found easiest to use. It seemed that more people liked how you navigate through and use Adobe Acrobat DC …
Chose Adobe Acrobat
For my purposes, office administration versus engineering/project management, Adobe is more versatile. It's easier to combine documents, edit, bookmark, sign, fill out forms, design forms, etc.
Chose Adobe Acrobat
Having previously used Nitro Pro, we were pleased to gain the additional functionality that Adobe provides. Sending and tracking documents is much easier than on Nitro. The support function is slicker and quicker and there is a wider community of users to draw upon. I didn't …
Chose Adobe Acrobat
I think Acrobat DC really makes its case against Revu because of the ability to edit text much easier and add signing areas where in Bluebeam you need to be very exact and do not have the ability to make changes of document that may not lend itself for editing.
Bluebeam
Chose Bluebeam
OnScreen: Bluebeam (BB) blows away On-Screen. BB has every feature On-Screen does and it can do way more.

Agtek: Bluebeam is a lot easier for take-offs when compared to Agtek's Material TakeOff module.
Chose Bluebeam
I have nothing negative to say about Adobe Acrobat, either. I think the feature set of both it and Bluebeam Revu stack up very well with each other. I would suggest running a demo of both, and pick the one that is easiest for you. Our employee's with Acrobat experience took a …
Chose Bluebeam
I personally like the tools that Bluebeam offers over Acrobat and feel that, for my company, Bluebeam was much better suited. Scaling tools, markups, as-builts, RFI’s, submittal approval, and detail creation all really show its strength.
Chose Bluebeam
PDF file sharing is really easy and simple, so users can markup and others can view them in real-time. Also, editing PDF files to crop, batch, remove, or replace pages is really efficient compared to Adobe Acrobat DC. Plus, the licensing fee is pretty small compared to Adobe …
Chose Bluebeam
It is better than Acrobat in my opinion. More features and more user-friendly.
Chose Bluebeam
Bluebeam Revu has essentially replaced Adobe Acrobat as our default PDF viewer and editor, because its robust suite of architecturally-focused tools allow for better review of documents and creation of simple graphic diagrams. The scale and measurement tools are especially …
Chose Bluebeam
Years ago I used Adobe which was not well suited for CAD drawings. I soon found Bluebeam which at the time was a wonderful game changer. Sadly, my recent experience has caused me to begin searching elsewhere for new software.
Chose Bluebeam
Bluebeam is a more advanced PDF editor and better suited for the engineering and construction industry. It has far more tools and better capabilities for collaborative viewing, marking up, and sharing of documents.
Chose Bluebeam
Bluebeam definitely blows Adobe out of the water in the basic to the basic comparison. You will have to do more research on how exactly to use all the tools if you have never used the program before such as myself.
Chose Bluebeam
Much better. The features are greater, the layout is better and you can just do so much more. The features alone and what you can do with it makes it worth it. Also, it allows for you to edit and create in a much more user friendly way. All of our engineers love using it …
Chose Bluebeam
Bluebeam Revu is a no-brainer in the AEC space. Stop wasting money on owning adobe and Revu. Revu can replace all of your Adobe usage. With a good change management process, Revu can meet the needs of your entire organization. The Bluebeam team will be with you every step …
Chose Bluebeam

Revu was much easier to use, more cost-effective, and is more generally used in the construction and design industry than Adobe. We found Adobe to be more of a resource hog, as well as being bloated with offers for other Adobe applications, which many times would slow down a …

Chose Bluebeam
Bluebeam is a good in-between of Adobe and Photoshop. If you're not looking to do photo editing, but need more capabilities than just line work, Bluebeam is perfect.
Chose Bluebeam
We've used these other products in conjunction with Bluebeam mainly because Bluebeam lacks RFI/COR/PO/Mark-up/revision tracking, and doesn't handle punch lists or tasks.
Chose Bluebeam
Bluebeam Revu has a much more sophisticated interface that allows you to mark up documents in many different ways. It can store tools for standard markup use. It provides digital signatures which can be very useful for many document types. By creating a Revu studio, multiple …
Chose Bluebeam
Adobe is good for viewing PDFs, but as far as how PDFs are utilized in construction, Bluebeam is hands-down the best program I have used.
Chose Bluebeam
The newer Adobe interfaces are poor. Adobe does not do as well with drawing markup or takeoff tools. Adobe does seem to render some drawing files more quickly though. Adobe text document markup feels a bit more polished. Bluebeam was selected for better tools specific to …
Chose Bluebeam
There is no comparison. The editing tools, batch tools drafting tools, personal environment profiles, settings, printing, calibrating, direct connecting apps that links Bluebeam to AutoCAD and Revit. This is an extremely powerful program that is amazingly helpful and I probably …
Chose Bluebeam
Revu is far better than Foxit and Adobe Pro. We use it every day and it far exceeds the capabilities of those programs.
Chose Bluebeam
Bluebeam Revu is a better product than Adobe because it focuses more on achieving construction related goals. We selected Bluebeam Revu because others in our office had used it and recommended that we integrate it throughout the company.
Chose Bluebeam
Bluebeam is above comparison for the construction industry. They've invested everything into delivering the features that everyone needs and making them as simple to use as possible. Their customer service is unparalleled in listening to the features their customers want and …
Chose Bluebeam
I think Bluebeam is 100% better than Adobe or any PDF viewing like that because of the fact that there are so many more tools to use and the layout of the program is awesome. I really like this software, it is great for anyone who is in construction industry.
Chose Bluebeam
This program directly replaces our use of Adobe company wide. We have also phased out PlanGrid for the most part as the tools of Procore and Bluebeam both have been more user friendly for our teams.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Adobe AcrobatBluebeam
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Acrobat
-
Ratings
Bluebeam
8.7
1 Ratings
9% above category average
Standard reports00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Data exportability00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Acrobat
-
Ratings
Bluebeam
9.0
52 Ratings
19% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing00 Ratings9.450 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing00 Ratings9.452 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists00 Ratings8.232 Ratings
Photo documentation00 Ratings8.635 Ratings
Jobsite reports00 Ratings9.030 Ratings
Document sharing00 Ratings9.446 Ratings
RFI tools00 Ratings9.034 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals00 Ratings9.041 Ratings
As-built drawings00 Ratings9.444 Ratings
Mobile app00 Ratings7.827 Ratings
Submittal design and management00 Ratings9.420 Ratings
Checklists00 Ratings9.43 Ratings
Change orders00 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Acrobat
-
Ratings
Bluebeam
9.3
28 Ratings
13% above category average
Takeoff tools00 Ratings9.026 Ratings
Job costing00 Ratings8.45 Ratings
Cost databases00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Cost calculator00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Bid creation00 Ratings9.08 Ratings
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User Ratings
Adobe AcrobatBluebeam
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(474 ratings)
7.3
(64 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(11 ratings)
1.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(232 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.9
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(52 ratings)
1.0
(11 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.5
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe AcrobatBluebeam
Likelihood to Recommend
Adobe
If your organization uses PDFs frequently, then Adobe Acrobat feels like must-have. I could not imagine our organization not using it. The ability to create, organize, and edit PDFs easily and intuitively are the main reasons my organization uses it. The other additional functions and features are "nice to haves", but ultimately, don't impact our day-to-day
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Bluebeam, Inc.
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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Pros
Adobe
  • Easy to understand- the program has a very intuitive layout that is great for people who doesn't use the product very much
  • Includes all features you might need. There are many features I didn't even think we would need that they have included.
  • They have a very recognizable name so my clients feel they can trust what they are being asked to open/sign since the Adobe name is next to it.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
  • 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
Adobe
  • It would be good if Adobe Acrobat could utilize less system resources. I have had crashes due to memory and CPU load this week
  • Quicker load times from a cold launch
  • Easier collaborative commenting for offline documents - knowing where and who wrote what
  • Ensuring documents don't have issues where text cannot be copied before publishing
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Bluebeam, Inc.
  • 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
Adobe
I bought a perpetual license to Acrobat some time ago, but if the software ever stopped being supported in my version of windows or other solution that makes me need to buy another license I would not hesitate to do so since it saves me a lot of headaches. There are workarounds to merge files and edit pdfs with an online interface but I dont think those are a good usage of time when Acrobat exists.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
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
Adobe
My overall experience with Adobe is great because because the it has almost all of the tools in one place and it can be used it for most of my work without going anywhere else. Because the tools are available right there in the main interface, it makes it very easy to use.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
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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Reliability and Availability
Adobe
Pretty much always there for my business and personal needs.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Performance
Adobe
One of the best features of Adobe Acrobat is its speed and stability. When dealing with massive multi-page files, having to reload a crashed program over and over again would slow down progress unnecessarily. And expanding on that, having the table of contents generated allows me to skip to different pages with ease, a necessary feature with exceptionally long files. word searches are even more helpful with text recognition.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Adobe
Because I don't need it. Used it years ago for account management/billing issues but they have changed the user experience so more of that can be managed online. If I have a question the knowledge base or a video that Adobe has posted answers
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Bluebeam, Inc.
Its hard for me to give a rating on this one as we rarely have to use the support feature for Bluebeam. However, when we have used it, they have been ultra supportive in helping us get exactly what we needed. I know another engineer was trying to figure out a feature and the rep gave a detailed tutorial on how to complete the task
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Online Training
Adobe
Answered basic questions.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Adobe
Works well with JamF and SmartDeploy. These are our Enterprise imaging solutions for Mac's and PC's. The Enterprise installer is required when pushing out this app.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Adobe
There really is no comparison. Although we use other PDF programs, we mainly utilize Adobe. Not only because we find it to be a better program but also because everyone is more familiar with it. However, the other products are implemented for various reasons, such as a feature or 2 that we find necessary to use at times.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
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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Scalability
Adobe
I find that many users aren't aware of many features of the software they use, nor may they be comfortable with learning multiple-step processes. For the simplest of PDF purposes (scanning, downloading, exporting), it gets a thumbs-up. For anything involving electronic signatures, meh--causes eyes to glaze over, or forgetting what all is involved.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Adobe
  • Adobe Acrobat has improved the security of our documents, resulting in less risk, as protecting documents is essential to ensure compliance with privacy laws.
  • It saves our company money, as the product makes it easier for our employees to complete their jobs.
  • The product assists our employees with providing quality work product.
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Bluebeam, Inc.
  • 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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ScreenShots

Adobe Acrobat Screenshots

Screenshot of Create, edit, convert, and share PDF files all from within Microsoft Teams – as part of Acrobat integrations with Microsoft 365 apps.Screenshot of With Liquid Mode in Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app, users can read PDFs on phones and tablets without having to pinch and zoom. Navigate lengthy documents with intelligent outline and search tools, while maximizing readability and comfort with font size and line spacing that are adjustable.Screenshot of Fill and sign PDF forms from anywhere and on any device.  Collect signatures, digitally track progress, and automatically archive the signed document.Screenshot of With Adobe Scan mobile app, capture and convert documents into high-quality, interactive PDF documents that can be filled out, signed, and shared.  Eliminates the hassle of finding a printer, filling a form by hand, and scanning it again.

Bluebeam Screenshots

Screenshot of Bluebeam Cloud with Markup ListScreenshot of Bluebeam Cloud with Tool ChestScreenshot of Bluebeam Revu MarkupScreenshot of Bluebeam Revu Studio Session