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Likelihood to Recommend

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

We are not aware of another software that has fully integrated take-off, subcontractor comparison, estimating and reporting besides CostX.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

Bluebeam Revu
7.7
iTWO costX
Plan distribution & viewing
Bluebeam Revu
8.9
iTWO costX
Plan markups & sharing
Bluebeam Revu
9.5
iTWO costX
Issue tracking & punchlists
Bluebeam Revu
7.8
iTWO costX
Photo documentation
Bluebeam Revu
5.7
iTWO costX
Jobsite reports
Bluebeam Revu
6.6
iTWO costX
Document sharing
Bluebeam Revu
8.5
iTWO costX
RFI tools
Bluebeam Revu
7.6
iTWO costX
Collaboration & approvals
Bluebeam Revu
7.7
iTWO costX
As-built drawings
Bluebeam Revu
7.4
iTWO costX
Mobile app
Bluebeam Revu
7.8
iTWO costX
Submittal design and management
Bluebeam Revu
7.3
iTWO costX

Estimating

Bluebeam Revu
8.8
iTWO costX
Takeoff tools
Bluebeam Revu
8.7
iTWO costX
Job costing
Bluebeam Revu
8.5
iTWO costX
Cost databases
Bluebeam Revu
9.0
iTWO costX
Cost calculator
Bluebeam Revu
9.6
iTWO costX
Bid creation
Bluebeam Revu
8.2
iTWO costX

Pros

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.
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

  • Allows multiple users to work on the same estimate at once. This is huge!! Not only can we team up on a project that has a quick deadline but we can also simultaneously collaborate on database updates.
  • Performs your takeoff on CAD drawings or vector PDFs. Your typical takeoff software does takeoff on an unintelligent PDF. I say unintelligent because the process you go through is simply to trace the boundaries of your shape. This is time-consuming and can lead to mistakes. With CostX your cursor will stick to the line lines and takeoff the exact measurement. This has cut our takeoff time by 75%. The best part is that this is done in the same software as your estimating software. There are a few software's that have takeoff and estimating in one but CostX is the only one the provides CAD smart takeoff.
  • CostX is a lot like Excel. You have the flexibility to set up your workbooks the way your project team thinks. For example, ours is set up to evaluate labor in two ways; productivity (man-hours per widget) or crew hours (3 guys for two days for a given activity).
  • Reports are very flexible and the report writers is much easier than Crystal reports.
  • If you subscribe to the full version of CostX this provides the most powerful feature of them all......Auto-Revisioning. This function will compare two sets of drawings, identify the changes on a color coded drawing, ask for you to approve the changes and then update your estimate and takeoff. You can even use this to produce custom print outs for RFI's show your design team what changed.
  • Your estimating workbooks are live-linked to your takeoff. As you make adjustments to your takeoff your estimate updates accordingly. The workbook has color coded text to hep your team understand whats behind your estimate; Black = manually input, Blue = rates linked to database, and Green = quantity linked to take-off.
  • Full integrated subcontractor comparison. We use to do this in excel to compare multiple bidders across every division.
  • This is also color coded for a streamlined review process; green = quote, blue = estimate, purple = plug, and orange = other.
  • Built in error checking notifies you if you forgot to normalize an item on your subcontractor comparison.
  • In the near future the software will be available online allowing you to use remotely.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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.
Heather MacLean | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

  • Display your cost element summary(labor, material, sub, equipment, other) before you get to reporting.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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.
Michael Savala | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

No score
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Usability

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.
Ernest King | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

No score
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Support Rating

Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam Revu 8.3
Based on 12 answers
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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

No score
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Alternatives Considered

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

We are not aware of another software that has fully integrated take-off, subcontractor comparison, estimating and reporting besides CostX.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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.
Charlie Jewkes | TrustRadius Reviewer

iTWO costX

  • The software is a better value compared to Timberline & On-Screen Take-off combined. We are calculating a 6 year ROI.
Joshua Wallace | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Bluebeam Revu

General

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

Bluebeam Revu Editions & Modules

Edition
Revu Standard$3491
Revu CAD$4491
Revu eXtreme$5991
  1. per seat
Additional Pricing Details

iTWO costX

General

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

iTWO costX Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
Pricing is determined by a number of factors. For example, would you want to use BIM or just 2D? Do you need estimating spreadsheets and report generation? Would you want to buy 100 copies or just one? If you send in a sales enquiry to sales.int@rib-software.com, we’ll be able to send you through a quote that will meet your requirements.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Bluebeam Revu
9.1
iTWO costX
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Bluebeam Revu
10.0
iTWO costX

Usability

Bluebeam Revu
8.0
iTWO costX

Support Rating

Bluebeam Revu
8.3
iTWO costX

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