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https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/ML/vm/3A4GQMCGDBSQ.PNGBluebeam leaves Adobe in the dust!We use Bluebeam as an alternative to an Adobe product. Our joint venture company was using it and had noted the simplicity of marking up documents. We bought the program and most people use it as their default program to modify/edit documents. In addition to modifying documents, it allows you to almost create a document with all of the tools at its disposal.,Adding text Marking up a document Doing take-offs for estimating purposes,It launches slowly (which is why I personally don't have it as my default launcher for PDFs that I view only).,9,From my perspective, it allows me to use less subcontractor/vendor input as I can quantity items myself. Allows clearer distribution of thoughts and ideas with the mark-up abilities. Allows for others to continue on a mark-up concept.,,Zoom, Dropbox Business, Skype for Business (formerly Lync)Bluebeam rocksWe have used project as document control for projects and used studio for collaboration and submittal review. I also use the markup tools almost daily. Colorado state university has adopted our processes for document control for all their construction projects.,Dimensioning scaled PDF documents is one of the things I use the most. I can get an accurate measurement where one has not been provided Editing PDF documents- there are documents that are automatically created through systems software that may need to be edited to me to the specific needs of a particular project. With Bluebeam, you could do this with ease. Document control is a major strength of Bluebeam. I have used Bluebeam on a project that had over 18,000 drawings. We also used the link feature to hyperlink each page that had a fallout.,The iPad is where Bluebeam has the most room to improve upon. I have used Bluebeam to record punch list as it is easy to create punch items but is not as simple to update the punch list status. Creating reports is also not a strength of Bluebeam. You cannot create a report to tell you what items are linked to each other. Storage, editing, and navigation are strengths of Bluebeam. But tracking document status is not a strength of Bluebeam.,10,Being able to scale drawings with reasonable confidence is a time saver and prevents rework. Navigating drawings is a time saver that that is easy for even the least tech-savvy users. Editing documents instead of having to recreate then is an amazing time saver.,,Vista by Viewpoint, Microsoft Application ServerRevu is Essential for my use and plays nice with other software.Bluebeam is being used by parts of my organization. Certain users prefer to use Adobe Acrobat, but I think Bluebeam is much easier at manipulating sheets. It enables me to mark-up drawings from the architect, stamp invoices with my approval, and prepare documents for submitting. It's a fast way of drawing on top of PDFs, editing PDFs when necessary, and including relevant information before submitting to other parties (in our case, that is usually subcontractors).,Draw on PDFs. No other software I've ever used is better at this, and I've used Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe Acrobat. Revu molds together the best features in CAD (powerful drawing capabilities, point snap abilities, extreme accuracy) with a great PDF viewer. Very much worth it. Mark up / annotate PDFs. Typing on Revu is very easy via the text box tool or the typewriter tool. You can choose from a variety of fonts, opaque or transparent backgrounds, any color--the possibilities are endless. Combining and rearranging PDFs. You can easily move pages around, combine separate files, and flatten files.,A feature I would add -- a command line. The shortcuts are good, and in the latest version of Revu you can create your own which makes things easier. But I have used CAD and I find the command line much faster than dropdown menus. Something that could be better -- PDF compression. Revu files, when marked-up, can be massive, and there's not a clear enough way to shrink the file down by reducing clarity, etc. I understand this is a vector program--not rasterized--and vectors can be far more complex, especially with patterns and such. But compression would be nice. Features I'd like--enhanced vector abilities. Feathering lines, precise arc drawing, etc. Similar to Illustrator.,10,I can precisely convey any questions I have for/from architects, designers, subcontractors, etc. with ease. It explains my problems well. Invoice approval (via stamping) is consistent and easy. It's not meant to create "finished" products on its own, but it can combine media together in one cohesive way.,,PlanGrid, Smartsheet,5,1,PDF Viewing Construction Drawing Mark-Up Submittal Labeling and Organizing Internal Labeling (i.e., invoices, proposals, etc.),Our accounts payable documents can be clearly and consistently labeled with company logo, etc. Used with Rhino 3D, some light graphic design work can be done on Revu Documents can be sent directly to e-mail, without having to "attach" the file itself. Through this, you can select to send only certain pages in a PDF.,Combining elements of separate drawings to create one up-to-date document Use of forms to send out for vendors, subcontractors, and clients to use More in-depth branding and labeling through the use of stamps Drawing take-offs for material quantity (our current projects do not require this feature),10,Yes,Product Features Product Usability Prior Experience with the Product,For us, it wasn't so much a selection process as it was filling a need we definitely needed. No other product does what Revu does, and with our prior experience with the software, it was an easy decision to switch. It can do what we need it to, and it can be customized to fit exactly your uses or branding.Bluebeam: Best PDF Document Management tool.Our company has fully adopted Bluebeam as our document management systems (DMS) for all construction document related files used on the job site and in the home office. We particularly utilize the Studio Project feature, to allow file access with various permission levels for different user types. It is a great way to always have the latest set of drawings.,Drawing markup. There are multiple ways to markup files from revision clouds, hyperlink tools, various shapes, and lines. All of these markups can also be counted and sorted for estimating takeoff style markups. Compiling and organizing. Bluebeam Revu also is a PDF authoring tool. You can create and export PDFs from anywhere there is a 'print' feature, or even convert filetypes directly to PDF. Multiple different PDFs can easily be combined, split apart, or rearranged. File distribution. The Studio Project and Studio Session feature allow for teams to have a cloud storage resource to share files with various permission and viewing abilities.,It really is a great product and there really isn't a con that I can think of. Sometimes very large files struggle to refresh on a screen, but that is to be expected.,10,I don't have access to the information needed to provide an ROI impact, but I know Bluebeam has been well received and enjoyed across the company.Bluebeam Revu, don't be afraid it's a great programBluebeam Revu is being used by our company in many ways. At first, only a few people had Bluebeam Revu and the rest were using Adobe. We then switched the entire company to Bluebeam Revu once we realized the benefits of the Program. Now all employees have it and we can seamlessly work together on the same file.,The ability of Bluebeam Revu to combine files saves time. The ability for Bluebeam Revu to create an OCR file and then search for words saves a large amount of time searching. Marking up a drawing to serve us in the construction industry makes it quick and easy to understand.,When you do a task the toolbar goes to another item and it's frustrating and adds time. There is limited training and the help items could be better. There are different versions so when you use the software on different computers there are different tasks available.,8,Allows us to quickly review and download documents. Can combine documents in Bluebeam rather than printing and scanning. Saves time and resources and looks better. The files we produce in Bluebeam are professional looking and have been key in awarding us large contracts.,,Procore, Vista by ViewpointTIME SAVER!I'm a quantity surveyor and I used to do takeoff quantities using AutoCAD. I used AutoCAD for almost two years and I realized it was time for a change. I've used different software such as Planswiftm AutoCAD, Quantity Takeoff, Bluebeam Revu, etc. After giving them all a try, I decided to go with Bluebeam Revu. I suggested that my manager purchase Bluebeam Revu. It is very easy to use with no complications. You can do takeoff quantities of each item by assigning a name under the subject. I've been using Bluebeam Revu for the past year and would past recommend Bluebeam Revu to everyone.,Easy to use. No need to convert files. You can work on a PDF file directly. You can directly export the quantity to MS Excel. You can write comments in the drawings.,I want a Keyboard shortcut to reuse the previous command as I use the same few commands repeatedly. I didn't find any shortcuts online. In AutoCAD, by pressing enter or space bar you are allowed to use the previous command.,10,Time saving Convenient,AutoCAD and PlanSwift,AutoCAD, PlanSwiftBluebeam makes documents easyOur company uses Bluebeam extensively. We use it to manage all of our PDF sets of construction documents, sketches, submittals, etc. We are able to link Bluebeam with the design programs we use to print all of our PDFs. Bluebeam also has good markup tools allowing you to markup drawings or sketches to send back and forth with clients in order to easily convey what we're trying to depict, without having to print new documents.,Applying stamps or any other markup to multiple pages in a document set is very easy. Having the ability to "flatten" all markups in a document so the user who you're sending the document to can't edit what you've added is very helpful. Bluebeam does a good job of providing add-ins to the popular design tools.,Working with many pieces of small text can be tedious. Creating and using spaces can be confusing at times. There should be more generic markup options in the tool bin.,9,Bluebeam saves time by allowing quick PDF creation and editing. Bluebeam creates smaller PDF documents than printing straight from the design program, therefore saving server space. The Bluebeam mobile app allows us to access documents on a tablet so we can quickly reference items while on a job site.,Markup Majesty - Bluebeam RulesBluebeam is used across the our whole company most particularly though it is used by the project management teams. Bluebeam is our go-to PDF viewer and editor and it is used for RFIs and submittals as well as contract viewing and marking up. I have never used a PDF viewer and editor that does as much as Bluebeam or does what it does half as well.,Clear and easy viewing of project plans. In depth and extremely detailed mark up tools and sketching tools. Excellent help and support services.,The sketch to scale tools are minimal and could be expanded. The group editing and selection is not the easiest to use. I think drawing tools could be improved in placing and editing line dimensions.,10,Bluebeam saves time on plan distributions and updating, freeing management time for more attention to managing the project. Bluebeam saves us money as it can do the jobs that normally would require multiple programs to complete the various tasks. Bluebeam allows for better coordination between individuals in the office unifying our company.,,Procore, Bim360, Citrix ShareFileGreat tool for Field SuperintendentsOur organization uses Bluebeam mainly for PDF manipulation such as detail markups for RFI’s, creation of phasing plans, invoice billing, and change orders. We have also found a large use in the creation of illustrations for presentations to new clients. We use it company-wide, and it has filled a need which we previously required multiple programs to fill, such as document conversion to PDF, adding text, and then combining with other documents.,I like that Bluebeam is able to convert JPG files and word documents to PDF. I love that Bluebeam helps with my take-offs on jobs using the integrated measuring tools. I love that Bluebeam allows me to modify text on existing documents to be used in new presentations or RFI’s.,I would like if Bluebeam was able to convert a wider range of files to PDF format. I would like if Bluebeam was able to be used cross-platform with documents on multiple devices.,8,Applying Bluebeam to my field guys has proven to be a large ROI in time-saving RFI creation. ROI in quick take-offs from email documents has been high as well. As-built drawings are nice with Bluebeam, but ROI is about even.,Adobe Acrobat DC,PlanGrid, Google Drive, MS SharePoint, GoToMeetingBluebeam Revu for project QA&QC is great!We use Bluebeam to make markups in PDFs, plot from project software to Bluebeam PDF, and most importantly use Bluebeam for quality control sessions. This facilitates collaboration and coordination between design team members.,Ease of use Wide range of tools Clean and clear results,Lacks PDF editing tools seen in other vector based softwares. Newer version changed a lot from the previous version. Can at times be slow.,9,Centralized coordination platform saves time. Saving time, the company reaches quality results in less time. Ease of use and needed functions motivates use and increases production.,Foxit PDF SDK and Adobe Acrobat DC,Revit, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office 2016Bluebeam, how construction uses PDFsWe use Bluebeam every day. It started off as being used in our BIM department, but quickly was adopted by our PMs who also do their own estimating. Bluebeam allows us to scale drawings, make accurate markups, sign documents digitally, overlay drawings to compare changes, share files with our field workers via Bluebeam studio, do takeoffs, and a host of other things that I am sure that I am forgetting.,Scaling drawings to get accurate measurements from drawings. Cloud sharing via Bluebeam Studio. The markup tools. Bookmarking pages to make pages easier to find. Creating hyperlinks within a document. Comparing document changers with their compare tool.,I would like to see Bluebeam Studio be able to see document change dates for files that are not PDFs. Every now and then the program gets a little glitchy.,10,I am not the numbers guy for my company, but as a user, it is extremely helpful, and speeds up a multitude of tasks.,Adobe Acrobat DC,PlanGrid, Procore, Adobe Acrobat DCBluebeam ReviewAs general contractors in construction, my organization utilizes Bluebeam for multiple facets. The user-friendly program allows us to quickly and easily create visual sketches and diagrams for communicating information. We markup drawings with notes, colored areas, callouts, etc. The possibilities are endless. We also are able to scale the drawings and takeoff quantities and measurements within the program. Our field staff utilizes the app to access and markup documents onsite in real time. This is key to conveying information for RFIs, COR, submittals, etc.,It is excellent for compiling, organizing, reviewing, and marking up documents. For large documents, the bookmarking tab, hyperlinks, and highlights make it easy to quickly navigate large documents. There are many different functions such as takeoff, document creation, markups, etc. It is easy to share .pdf files with others. It is cheaper than alternative takeoff software.,Software updates can cause a learning curve adjustment for navigating through the tools which can get overwhelming. For extremely large files, the program has sometimes glitched, been slow to load the images and files have been corrupt. There are many tools and options, but through use and practice, the program is easy to understand.,10,A major tool for constructability review of construction documents, thus avoiding future issues. Marking up to create visual graphics to depict specific information. Taking off quantities to verify prices received from subcontractors.,On-Screen Takeoff and PlanGrid,OneNote, MS SharePoint, Adobe Illustrator CCIf you can convince your company to buy Bluebeam Revu... Do it.Bluebeam Revu is being used by 5+ users at our office. It is used to edit and modify PDFs produced from Revit and AutoCad. We also used it to organize/re-organize and edit PDF specifications. One of the features that is very useful in my line of work is the overlay feature to show the difference between two like or updated PDFs.,The drawing editing tools are more advanced than those of similar products. Batch tools make processes like plotting, file rotation, or reduction of file size save countless hours. Being able to calibrate PDFs to a scale allows me to quickly show missing dimensions in the field without opening a model editing it printing it and sending out the file.,Sometimes when I'm plotting multiple files to PDF, Bluebeam will start rotating them 90 degrees during the plot process. Not sure why. As you select text to highlight for some reason it will sometimes automatically select all the text in the drawing which will have to be undone if that was not your intention.,10,The return on investment happens quickly when using the batch tools. The organization tools will save time and money by being able to drag, drop and rearrange sheets in a multi page document. Calibrating drawings allows you to pull dimensions on a pdf instead of having to open the drawing or if you don't have the cad drawing.,Adobe Acrobat DC and Chrome DevTools,Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe PhotoshopPowerful tool for A-E-C industryBluebeam Revu is used by certain individuals who need the additional CAD drawing/review components offered by Bluebeam. It is more powerful and streamlined than the traditional Adobe PDF products and geared towards the A-E-C industry.,Markups Takeoffs Drawing comparisons,Rendering speed is a bit slow at times View and scrolling preferences (e.g. full page vs. scrolling view vs. zoom w/ scroll wheel) could be executed better Multi-document or side by side viewing Cost,8,Adobe Acrobat DCBluebeam ReviewBluebeam Revu is used primarily by users in our construction department (PMs, PCs, etc.) to view, edit, markup, and combine construction drawings/plans. Simple to use and very powerful in terms of its capabilities i.e. searching for symbols and icons in sets of drawings greatly reduces time spent manually searching otherwise.,Editing PDFs and creating templates for standardized forms such as change orders, RFIs, etc. is very useful. Marking up PDFs for submittals and requests for information allows for more detailed questions to get detailed answers. Assembling documents for contracts.,Symbol search functionality could be refined. Default zoom percentage when opening documents should be fit to screen or 100%. Auto recognizes surrounding font type.,10,Overall the ROI has been positive. Saved time. helped with collaboration.,Microsoft Project Server, Microsoft 365 Business, Microsoft ExchangeThe Best PDF Tool on the MarketBluebeam is the go-to PDF solution for construction environments. It is an excellent tool for marking up drawings and collaborating with your team or even with clients. We are very pleased with the interface and are even more pleased with the price tag. I would purchase Bluebeam again in the future if given the chance.,Marks up drawings Shares documents with others Tracks changes,Sometimes the font folder becomes corrupt License management could be a little easier to track,10,This tool has saved us money This tool has made our employees more productive This tool allows us to share files more easily,,Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe PhotoshopBluebeamBluebeam Revu is used throughout our entire organization. It was purchased to replace Adobe since the general consensus by employees was that Bluebeam Revu offered more. The problems that it addresses are being more reasonably priced than its competitors, offering more features related to construction and architecture, and being more user-friendly.,Bluebeam Revu has the ability to read plans and help with my takeoffs. If you are looking for something specific, the search function can look for either words or symbols which is very helpful. There are several shortcuts using the keyboard that save time by not having to point and click. The ability to customize the toolboxes for easier access to features. It allows you to overlay drawings.,The learning curve takes a little while as some of the icons and features are different than what you would see if you are switching over from Adobe. Sometimes the wheel on the mouse zooms in and out of the page and other times it scrolls up and down. I have not yet found a rhyme or reason as to why it does that. Sometimes when converting project schedules or Word docs to PDF it adds unwanted formatting changes. Combining PDF files through "stapling" could be easier and done in fewer steps.,8,Speeds up productivity. Clients appreciate the data we can obtain through the different features.,Adobe Acrobat DC,Microsoft Office 365, Procore, Sage 300 Construction and Real EstateBluebeam Revu: A nice interface and a powerful PDF handlerWe use Revu across all departments, in all of our offices. We needed a PDF handler that allows ease in modifying/signing documents. While it is possible to simply use a generic PDF viewer to access documents, they don't provide any additional functions beyond just viewing/printing. Revu lets us create fillable forms, sign documents, add or subtract pages from a document, etc.,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.,The textbox and the typewriter tools, while functional, could be easier to use. It can be fiddly to get the typewriter insert where you need it, sometimes it doesn't want to move just a little (it can be a tiny bit or a big move). This can make it tough to get an "x" to line up with a box on a form. The textbox tool allows for plenty of customization, but can still be cumbersome when the form lines are small. On some documents it is necessary to "flatten" the document, or it comes across via email too large or with extraneous information. The process of flattening them seems a bit too laborious. Perhaps there is a default setting to make it do so automatically, but I haven't been able to locate it. The "create stamp" process has a lot of steps and could be macro automated to speed things up. It is so time-consuming that we only have one or two people that have fully figured it out, and they are tasked with creating new stamps for everyone.,8,It has been a net positive. It costs roughly the same as the major competing software in the PDF handling realm. We purchase it via an Enterprise agreement, and believe the net is a positive. None of these types of programs are exactly inexpensive, but they are necessary. The support from Bluebeam seems to be good. We have had at least one client, in the Federal contracting world, who insisted that they couldn't open PDF's produced by Bluebeam. They forced us to buy one copy of Adobe Acrobat just to create their PDFs. This is ludicrous, as the output of one is identical to the other. The only caution I have is that to some people Adobe Acrobat is THE PDF handler and anything else is suspect. Despite the issue above, we are happy with our decision to use Bluebeam Revu.,Adobe Acrobat DC,iMovie, Splashtop Remote Support, 4Clicks Project EstimatorBest in ClassBluebeam is the go-to software for all pdf viewing and markup. It is currently the main platform for housing drawings both in Pre-Con and in the field. Using the Studio feature, we can share drawings within the team, collaborate via markup with the design team and subcontractors as well as ensure that everyone has the latest drawing revisions.,Revision control PDF viewing PDF editing Markup Comment sharing,Takeoff - the features work for a single goal but for multiple items, it is difficult to organize.,10,Consistency of distribution Revision control Information sharing,Adobe Acrobat DCBluebeam Revu is an awesome tool for professionals in many fields.I absolutely love Bluebeam. I generally have to use this program to go through drawings and edit them. I use this software to review and edit drawings that our engineers do. I red-line them and make sure that dimensions match up. It is a wonderful program and very wonderful to use.,Great tools in Bluebeam to edit documents. I love that this software has the ability to flatten sheets! I think this software is wonderful for anyone who is in construction looking at plans.,I think it would be better if the take off portion was better. I think it would be better if there were other editing tools. I would like to see the opening of two sheets look a little cleaner. It is really awkward.,10,The impact has been great. Allows me to use less time doing a task meaning I can do other tasks. I think the impact has been great because I am able to help my staff learn what they are doing wrong in drawing their plans. I think the impact is a little negative because of the fact that the take off tools aren't very great.,,Adobe Acrobat DCDrawing Storage & Mobile Solution ReviewWe use Bluebeam Revu for plan take offs, quantity and production tracking daily with our Project Engineers. Our field team members have the app on their iPads to also use to view plans. I personally use Bluebeam Revu daily for contract reviews, document markups, presentations and a variety of other day to day document functions.,Markups. Combining / Stapling PDFs. Having multiple screens open at once - works just like a browser tab.,The fly out menus are a little complicated for some users, as I get questions about where to find things that should seem simple (i.e. changing fill or text color). I'd like to see it integrate with the HCSS programs.,10,While more costly this program has allowed uniformity in many internal process, so we are speaking the same "program" functions and can easily assist and teach one another. Less time is spent trying to learn the program therefore it has increased productivity.,Adobe Acrobat DC, AutoCAD, PlanGrid and Procore,Procore, Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate, PlanGridBluebeam PowerIt's being used across the entire organization (at least in my district here in Southern California). It is a great tool to view construction PDF drawings and to easily mark up drawings and other documents. It also has some very powerful tools in the Bluebeam Studio where a group of people can work in the same document simultaneously and see real time mark ups.,Hyperlink the drawings quickly Name each page in a set of drawings based on the drawing name. This can VERY quickly Collaborate with other people working on the same project, especially when people are in different offices Marking up PDFs,The takeoff function needs some work. It's main competitor (OST) is a much easier and user-friendly tool for doing large, detailed takeoff.,10,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.,Adobe Acrobat DC,RevitConstruction Project Engineer's Review of Bluebeam RevuBluebeam is used for a variety of tasks across the entire company. It is a critical piece of our software that is used daily by the majority of the office staff whether assigned to a project or overseeing operations across the entire operating group. It is by far the most useful tool for the field support staff hands down. Bluebeam offers a huge array of tools that enhance communication between the owner, architect, and contractor which minimizes construction errors in the field.,Combine, split, extract, reorder, markup, flatten, scale, compare and distribute PDFs - Pretty much anything you want to do with a PDF can be done in this software. The key aspect here is the user friendliness of the document controls. No training is needed to get started with the basics. Toolchests for all general scopes of work. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, sitework, structural, and architectural symbols are just some of the many available toolchests that markup a drawing for quick and easy takeoffs from design drawings. Document management with slip sheeting. Easily add new PDFs into the current contract documents in the correct locations while ensure the outdated documents are logged for future reference if needed.,RFI's and submittals tools are OK if your company uses them but there are better systems out there. There are quite a few steps involved in sending an RFI through Bluebeam that are unnecessary with other programs.,10,Since I am only a user of the software, I can't comment on any specific ROI data... but I can say without a doubt that the usability of this software far exceeds any of the competitors. Your users will thank you!,Adobe Acrobat DC,AutoCAD, Procore, Primavera Unifier, Microsoft Project, PlanGridBluebeam the Great!As a construction firm, we have implemented the use of Bluebeam over the past 8 years. We only use Bluebeam for our PDF document markups. It is very easy to use and it has so many construction geared tools. It has helped us as a company to push into the paperless way of doing business. For the cost of Bluebeam we have saved 10 fold in not printing documents. We have now got in the habit of printing to PDF and saving instead of printing and filing it away. Bluebeam rocks!!,When reviewing drawings, the markup tools are very easy to use. It is a snap to markup a document then forward on to another party. The way the snapshot tool helps take information from one document and paste it into another helps us to be more efficient. Being able to add photos to a drawing is great for project reviews. Our guys will walk the site and take photos and then in Bluebeam select all the photos and add them to a drawing by just click and dragging the photos adding them for an owner to see. This really helps to give a person the to see where and what they are looking at.,While creating forms it would be nice if when you copy a form field all the properties transfer when you paste them.,10,It has helped our firm to save thousands of $. We are printing less and less paper. We print everything to PDF and save it.,,Sage 300 ERP, Procore, SmartsheetBluebeam is a green light in ease of useOur entire organization now uses Bluebeam. The product does a lot more than Adobe and is much easier to use. It is used to update PDF documents for construction submittals, compare documents, drawing revisions, hyperlinking, and many other [things]. Some teams use the image recognition for estimating and drawing a comparison for takeoff a when changes are issued.,Drawing hyperliking to actual drawing callout areas. Stamping for submittal review. Marking up PDF documents and updating text. Connecting to sharepoint sites. Connecting with Procore for ease of opening PDF files. Integration of photos on top of other documents.,I always have confusion how to get out of presentation mode back to normal mode. Better JavaScript creation for stamping. The online instructions are good but would like more advanced instructions.,10,Licensing is more cost effective than Adobe. Training had been fairly easy due to the online manuals and videos. Fairly intuitive program for most. I do not see any negative implications for using this software. It has become one of our standards.,Adobe Acrobat DC,OneDrive, Microsoft Office 365, MS SharePoint,Viewing PDF documents Combining or removing pages of documents, such as, putting a requisition together. Adding hyperlinks on drawing sets.,Add My stamps with JavaScript. A change in the system update as altered the way this was done in the past.,8
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May 15, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Bluebeam leaves Adobe in the dust!"

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We use Bluebeam as an alternative to an Adobe product. Our joint venture company was using it and had noted the simplicity of marking up documents. We bought the program and most people use it as their default program to modify/edit documents. In addition to modifying documents, it allows you to almost create a document with all of the tools at its disposal.
  • Adding text
  • Marking up a document
  • Doing take-offs for estimating purposes
  • It launches slowly (which is why I personally don't have it as my default launcher for PDFs that I view only).
Best suited for generating quantities and doing take-offs. I use it regularly to quantify items on a drawing that I couldn't do with an Adobe program. I love the feature of saving the info so that you know if it was an area, perimeter, or simply a quantity take-off performed. A negative is that it takes a bit longer to load a PDF. This is the reason I have to default to Adobe, but manually open Bluebeam when I want to edit a file.
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May 15, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Bluebeam rocks"

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We have used project as document control for projects and used studio for collaboration and submittal review. I also use the markup tools almost daily. Colorado state university has adopted our processes for document control for all their construction projects.
  • Dimensioning scaled PDF documents is one of the things I use the most. I can get an accurate measurement where one has not been provided
  • Editing PDF documents- there are documents that are automatically created through systems software that may need to be edited to me to the specific needs of a particular project. With Bluebeam, you could do this with ease.
  • Document control is a major strength of Bluebeam. I have used Bluebeam on a project that had over 18,000 drawings. We also used the link feature to hyperlink each page that had a fallout.
  • The iPad is where Bluebeam has the most room to improve upon. I have used Bluebeam to record punch list as it is easy to create punch items but is not as simple to update the punch list status.
  • Creating reports is also not a strength of Bluebeam. You cannot create a report to tell you what items are linked to each other.
  • Storage, editing, and navigation are strengths of Bluebeam. But tracking document status is not a strength of Bluebeam.
Blue beam is well suited for the navigation, storage, and editing of documents. It is not as well suited for tracking the status of those documents.
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May 07, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Revu is Essential for my use and plays nice with other software."

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Bluebeam is being used by parts of my organization. Certain users prefer to use Adobe Acrobat, but I think Bluebeam is much easier at manipulating sheets. It enables me to mark-up drawings from the architect, stamp invoices with my approval, and prepare documents for submitting. It's a fast way of drawing on top of PDFs, editing PDFs when necessary, and including relevant information before submitting to other parties (in our case, that is usually subcontractors).
  • Draw on PDFs. No other software I've ever used is better at this, and I've used Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe Acrobat. Revu molds together the best features in CAD (powerful drawing capabilities, point snap abilities, extreme accuracy) with a great PDF viewer. Very much worth it.
  • Mark up / annotate PDFs. Typing on Revu is very easy via the text box tool or the typewriter tool. You can choose from a variety of fonts, opaque or transparent backgrounds, any color--the possibilities are endless.
  • Combining and rearranging PDFs. You can easily move pages around, combine separate files, and flatten files.
  • A feature I would add -- a command line. The shortcuts are good, and in the latest version of Revu you can create your own which makes things easier. But I have used CAD and I find the command line much faster than dropdown menus.
  • Something that could be better -- PDF compression. Revu files, when marked-up, can be massive, and there's not a clear enough way to shrink the file down by reducing clarity, etc. I understand this is a vector program--not rasterized--and vectors can be far more complex, especially with patterns and such. But compression would be nice.
  • Features I'd like--enhanced vector abilities. Feathering lines, precise arc drawing, etc. Similar to Illustrator.
Revu is very good for marking up already created PDFs, such as annotating architectural drawings, marking-up invoices, etc. for approval or denial, creating documents from a variety of file times, such as tables, photos, and text into one comprehensive file. Something it is less appropriate for is content creation; while it can combine architectural drawings, photos, tables, and text very well, it's not great for creating content on its own. I.e., its drawing capabilities aren't as robust as AutoCAD or Rhino, jpegs are not native to Revu, it can't produce spreadsheets or tables at all, and word processing abilities are lacking compared to Microsoft Word or the like.
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April 06, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Bluebeam: Best PDF Document Management tool."

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Our company has fully adopted Bluebeam as our document management systems (DMS) for all construction document related files used on the job site and in the home office. We particularly utilize the Studio Project feature, to allow file access with various permission levels for different user types. It is a great way to always have the latest set of drawings.
  • Drawing markup. There are multiple ways to markup files from revision clouds, hyperlink tools, various shapes, and lines. All of these markups can also be counted and sorted for estimating takeoff style markups.
  • Compiling and organizing. Bluebeam Revu also is a PDF authoring tool. You can create and export PDFs from anywhere there is a 'print' feature, or even convert filetypes directly to PDF. Multiple different PDFs can easily be combined, split apart, or rearranged.
  • File distribution. The Studio Project and Studio Session feature allow for teams to have a cloud storage resource to share files with various permission and viewing abilities.
  • It really is a great product and there really isn't a con that I can think of. Sometimes very large files struggle to refresh on a screen, but that is to be expected.
Bluebeam is an excellent choice for anyone in the Architecture, Engineering or Construction industry. The mobile app is a lightweight tool to allow remote drawing viewing when in the field or on the job site, so the user doesn't have to continually return to the job trailer and print a drawing or view on a computer there.
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March 02, 2019

Review: "Bluebeam Revu, don't be afraid it's a great program"

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Bluebeam Revu is being used by our company in many ways. At first, only a few people had Bluebeam Revu and the rest were using Adobe. We then switched the entire company to Bluebeam Revu once we realized the benefits of the Program. Now all employees have it and we can seamlessly work together on the same file.
  • The ability of Bluebeam Revu to combine files saves time.
  • The ability for Bluebeam Revu to create an OCR file and then search for words saves a large amount of time searching.
  • Marking up a drawing to serve us in the construction industry makes it quick and easy to understand.
  • When you do a task the toolbar goes to another item and it's frustrating and adds time.
  • There is limited training and the help items could be better.
  • There are different versions so when you use the software on different computers there are different tasks available.

Bluebeam Revu is good at finding specific items in a large spec book. The OCR feature is a huge time savings when searching a 1,000-page document looking for one or two specific words. We also will markup drawings to show certain construction activities in a certain sequence. Bluebeam Revu allows us to markup the drawing easily and then send them out to many people.


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February 26, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "TIME SAVER!"

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I'm a quantity surveyor and I used to do takeoff quantities using AutoCAD. I used AutoCAD for almost two years and I realized it was time for a change. I've used different software such as Planswiftm AutoCAD, Quantity Takeoff, Bluebeam Revu, etc. After giving them all a try, I decided to go with Bluebeam Revu. I suggested that my manager purchase Bluebeam Revu. It is very easy to use with no complications. You can do takeoff quantities of each item by assigning a name under the subject. I've been using Bluebeam Revu for the past year and would past recommend Bluebeam Revu to everyone.
  • Easy to use. No need to convert files. You can work on a PDF file directly.
  • You can directly export the quantity to MS Excel.
  • You can write comments in the drawings.
  • I want a Keyboard shortcut to reuse the previous command as I use the same few commands repeatedly. I didn't find any shortcuts online. In AutoCAD, by pressing enter or space bar you are allowed to use the previous command.
Bluebeam Revu is most suitable for those who deal with take-off related works such as construction projects where quantities are taken from drawings for estimation. Users can also create bookmarks and PDF files using Bluebeam. There is a provision for creating custom markups in the tool chest and project files can be uploaded to the cloud.
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February 22, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Bluebeam makes documents easy"

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Our company uses Bluebeam extensively. We use it to manage all of our PDF sets of construction documents, sketches, submittals, etc. We are able to link Bluebeam with the design programs we use to print all of our PDFs.

Bluebeam also has good markup tools allowing you to markup drawings or sketches to send back and forth with clients in order to easily convey what we're trying to depict, without having to print new documents.
  • Applying stamps or any other markup to multiple pages in a document set is very easy.
  • Having the ability to "flatten" all markups in a document so the user who you're sending the document to can't edit what you've added is very helpful.
  • Bluebeam does a good job of providing add-ins to the popular design tools.
  • Working with many pieces of small text can be tedious.
  • Creating and using spaces can be confusing at times.
  • There should be more generic markup options in the tool bin.
If you deal with any amount of PDFs on a daily basis, Bluebeam is the software you should use to manage them. It gives many options for viewing multiple pages at once (side-by-side, horizontal, vertical, etc.), marking up documents with quick text, and easy access to creating new PDFs when needed.
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February 21, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Markup Majesty - Bluebeam Rules"

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Bluebeam is used across the our whole company most particularly though it is used by the project management teams. Bluebeam is our go-to PDF viewer and editor and it is used for RFIs and submittals as well as contract viewing and marking up. I have never used a PDF viewer and editor that does as much as Bluebeam or does what it does half as well.
  • Clear and easy viewing of project plans.
  • In depth and extremely detailed mark up tools and sketching tools.
  • Excellent help and support services.
  • The sketch to scale tools are minimal and could be expanded.
  • The group editing and selection is not the easiest to use.
  • I think drawing tools could be improved in placing and editing line dimensions.
I think that Bluebeam is best suited to the scenarios where documents need to be reviewed, marked up or edited. The capacity of things that Bluebeam can do in these situations is vast. Bluebeam is not as well suited to quickly or super accurately drawing and creating sketches. It can be used in this capacity but it definitely is not the program's strength.
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February 11, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Great tool for Field Superintendents"

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Our organization uses Bluebeam mainly for PDF manipulation such as detail markups for RFI’s, creation of phasing plans, invoice billing, and change orders. We have also found a large use in the creation of illustrations for presentations to new clients. We use it company-wide, and it has filled a need which we previously required multiple programs to fill, such as document conversion to PDF, adding text, and then combining with other documents.
  • I like that Bluebeam is able to convert JPG files and word documents to PDF.
  • I love that Bluebeam helps with my take-offs on jobs using the integrated measuring tools.
  • I love that Bluebeam allows me to modify text on existing documents to be used in new presentations or RFI’s.
  • I would like if Bluebeam was able to convert a wider range of files to PDF format.
  • I would like if Bluebeam was able to be used cross-platform with documents on multiple devices.
I think in a construction company Bluebeam is well suited for use. Estimating and business development would find it highly useful. In somewhere more graphics oriented I feel there are other more appropriate programs.
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March 11, 2019

Review: "Bluebeam Revu for project QA&QC is great!"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use Bluebeam to make markups in PDFs, plot from project software to Bluebeam PDF, and most importantly use Bluebeam for quality control sessions. This facilitates collaboration and coordination between design team members.
  • Ease of use
  • Wide range of tools
  • Clean and clear results
  • Lacks PDF editing tools seen in other vector based softwares.
  • Newer version changed a lot from the previous version.
  • Can at times be slow.
[For] Any kind of task that requires coordination through markups - Bluebeam has many tools to keep track of comments and responses to make sure everything is complete.
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July 13, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Bluebeam, how construction uses PDFs"

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We use Bluebeam every day. It started off as being used in our BIM department, but quickly was adopted by our PMs who also do their own estimating. Bluebeam allows us to scale drawings, make accurate markups, sign documents digitally, overlay drawings to compare changes, share files with our field workers via Bluebeam studio, do takeoffs, and a host of other things that I am sure that I am forgetting.
  • Scaling drawings to get accurate measurements from drawings.
  • Cloud sharing via Bluebeam Studio.
  • The markup tools.
  • Bookmarking pages to make pages easier to find.
  • Creating hyperlinks within a document.
  • Comparing document changers with their compare tool.
  • I would like to see Bluebeam Studio be able to see document change dates for files that are not PDFs.
  • Every now and then the program gets a little glitchy.
Anyone in construction that needs to look at drawings would benefit from Bluebeam. If you are not in construction it may be a little overkill for what most people need from a PDF program, but there are a ton of tools that are still very handy, regardless of what industry you are in.
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February 22, 2019

Bluebeam Revu: "Bluebeam Review"

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As general contractors in construction, my organization utilizes Bluebeam for multiple facets. The user-friendly program allows us to quickly and easily create visual sketches and diagrams for communicating information. We markup drawings with notes, colored areas, callouts, etc. The possibilities are endless. We also are able to scale the drawings and takeoff quantities and measurements within the program. Our field staff utilizes the app to access and markup documents onsite in real time. This is key to conveying information for RFIs, COR, submittals, etc.
  • It is excellent for compiling, organizing, reviewing, and marking up documents.
  • For large documents, the bookmarking tab, hyperlinks, and highlights make it easy to quickly navigate large documents.
  • There are many different functions such as takeoff, document creation, markups, etc.
  • It is easy to share .pdf files with others.
  • It is cheaper than alternative takeoff software.
  • Software updates can cause a learning curve adjustment for navigating through the tools which can get overwhelming.
  • For extremely large files, the program has sometimes glitched, been slow to load the images and files have been corrupt.
  • There are many tools and options, but through use and practice, the program is easy to understand.
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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March 04, 2019

Review: "If you can convince your company to buy Bluebeam Revu... Do it."

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Bluebeam Revu is being used by 5+ users at our office. It is used to edit and modify PDFs produced from Revit and AutoCAD. We also used it to organize/re-organize and edit PDF specifications. One of the features that is very useful in my line of work is the overlay feature to show the difference between two like or updated PDFs.
  • The drawing editing tools are more advanced than those of similar products.
  • Batch tools make processes like plotting, file rotation, or reduction of file size save countless hours.
  • Being able to calibrate PDFs to a scale allows me to quickly show missing dimensions in the field without opening a model editing it printing it and sending out the file.
  • Sometimes when I'm plotting multiple files to PDF, Bluebeam will start rotating them 90 degrees during the plot process. Not sure why.
  • As you select text to highlight for some reason it will sometimes automatically select all the text in the drawing which will have to be undone if that was not your intention.
When you have a drawing that was edited by someone else but the person didn't create a list of what had been changed, you can simply overlay the original on top of the new and Bluebeam will show the changes in a different color.

I haven't found a scenario where Bluebeam is less appropriate than similar products.
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June 05, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Powerful tool for A-E-C industry"

Score 8 out of 10
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Bluebeam Revu is used by certain individuals who need the additional CAD drawing/review components offered by Bluebeam. It is more powerful and streamlined than the traditional Adobe PDF products and geared towards the A-E-C industry.
  • Markups
  • Takeoffs
  • Drawing comparisons
  • Rendering speed is a bit slow at times
  • View and scrolling preferences (e.g. full page vs. scrolling view vs. zoom w/ scroll wheel) could be executed better
  • Multi-document or side by side viewing
  • Cost
well suited if in the Architect, Engineering, Construction (A-E-C) world. I would not recommend it if you only use it for text document review.
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February 01, 2019

Bluebeam Revu: "Bluebeam Review"

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Bluebeam Revu is used primarily by users in our construction department (PMs, PCs, etc.) to view, edit, markup, and combine construction drawings/plans. Simple to use and very powerful in terms of its capabilities i.e. searching for symbols and icons in sets of drawings greatly reduces time spent manually searching otherwise.
  • Editing PDFs and creating templates for standardized forms such as change orders, RFIs, etc. is very useful.
  • Marking up PDFs for submittals and requests for information allows for more detailed questions to get detailed answers.
  • Assembling documents for contracts.
  • Symbol search functionality could be refined.
  • Default zoom percentage when opening documents should be fit to screen or 100%.
  • Auto recognizes surrounding font type.
Bluebeam Revu is well suited to view, edit, markup, and combine construction drawings/plans.
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February 21, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "The Best PDF Tool on the Market"

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Bluebeam is the go-to PDF solution for construction environments. It is an excellent tool for marking up drawings and collaborating with your team or even with clients. We are very pleased with the interface and are even more pleased with the price tag. I would purchase Bluebeam again in the future if given the chance.
  • Marks up drawings
  • Shares documents with others
  • Tracks changes
  • Sometimes the font folder becomes corrupt
  • License management could be a little easier to track
If you need to use a PDF solution especially in a construction environment look no further, Bluebeam is the IT tool you want.
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February 12, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Bluebeam"

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Bluebeam Revu is used throughout our entire organization. It was purchased to replace Adobe since the general consensus by employees was that Bluebeam Revu offered more. The problems that it addresses are being more reasonably priced than its competitors, offering more features related to construction and architecture, and being more user-friendly.
  • Bluebeam Revu has the ability to read plans and help with my takeoffs. If you are looking for something specific, the search function can look for either words or symbols which is very helpful.
  • There are several shortcuts using the keyboard that save time by not having to point and click.
  • The ability to customize the toolboxes for easier access to features.
  • It allows you to overlay drawings.
  • The learning curve takes a little while as some of the icons and features are different than what you would see if you are switching over from Adobe.
  • Sometimes the wheel on the mouse zooms in and out of the page and other times it scrolls up and down. I have not yet found a rhyme or reason as to why it does that.
  • Sometimes when converting project schedules or Word docs to PDF it adds unwanted formatting changes.
  • Combining PDF files through "stapling" could be easier and done in fewer steps.
Bluebeam Revu is a great product for all users but specifically helpful to those in the construction industry. Its functions make takeoffs much easier especially with the option to use a customizable scale. If you are reviewing drawings, it is very easy to mark up documents and make notes. It is less appropriate for those who work with larger file sizes because they can bog down the project and slow it down.
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January 17, 2019

Review: "Bluebeam Revu: A nice interface and a powerful PDF handler"

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We use Revu across all departments, in all of our offices. We needed a PDF handler that allows ease in modifying/signing documents. While it is possible to simply use a generic PDF viewer to access documents, they don't provide any additional functions beyond just viewing/printing. Revu lets us create fillable forms, sign documents, add or subtract pages from a document, etc.
  • 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.
  • The textbox and the typewriter tools, while functional, could be easier to use. It can be fiddly to get the typewriter insert where you need it, sometimes it doesn't want to move just a little (it can be a tiny bit or a big move). This can make it tough to get an "x" to line up with a box on a form. The textbox tool allows for plenty of customization, but can still be cumbersome when the form lines are small.
  • On some documents it is necessary to "flatten" the document, or it comes across via email too large or with extraneous information. The process of flattening them seems a bit too laborious. Perhaps there is a default setting to make it do so automatically, but I haven't been able to locate it.
  • The "create stamp" process has a lot of steps and could be macro automated to speed things up. It is so time-consuming that we only have one or two people that have fully figured it out, and they are tasked with creating new stamps for everyone.
As stated before, the mobile application is a great companion to the desktop version. Either one works great in viewing, editing and saving documents. While the measurement tool is handy to have, we have found the precision to be lacking when measuring scaled drawings (construction design drawings). While it is a good rough place to start for measurements, we wouldn't recommend relying on the precision of the measurements taken on something with a very large scale.
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January 11, 2019

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Best in Class"

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Bluebeam is the go-to software for all pdf viewing and markup. It is currently the main platform for housing drawings both in Pre-Con and in the field. Using the Studio feature, we can share drawings within the team, collaborate via markup with the design team and subcontractors as well as ensure that everyone has the latest drawing revisions.
  • Revision control
  • PDF viewing
  • PDF editing
  • Markup
  • Comment sharing
  • Takeoff - the features work for a single goal but for multiple items, it is difficult to organize.
It's hard to think of a situation where Bluebeam isn't advised. A large number of features allow you to consistently keep organized and deliver high-quality products. Any company looking to streamline field operations and enable their staff to markup PDFs quickly and professionally should make the shift to Bluebeam. All of their features such as stamping, OCR, hyperlinking, batching are things that I use on a daily basis even in Pre-Con and they save dozens of manhours.
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December 07, 2018

Review: "Bluebeam Revu is an awesome tool for professionals in many fields."

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I absolutely love Bluebeam. I generally have to use this program to go through drawings and edit them. I use this software to review and edit drawings that our engineers do. I red-line them and make sure that dimensions match up. It is a wonderful program and very wonderful to use.
  • Great tools in Bluebeam to edit documents.
  • I love that this software has the ability to flatten sheets!
  • I think this software is wonderful for anyone who is in construction looking at plans.
  • I think it would be better if the take off portion was better.
  • I think it would be better if there were other editing tools.
  • I would like to see the opening of two sheets look a little cleaner. It is really awkward.
I love using Bluebeam in the construction industry. I have used it to review plans, edit plans and of course I use it for take offs and flattening pages that I have edited. I am able to put a signature on something, which is really easy to use. Everything about Bluebeam is awesome.
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Bluebeam Revu: "Drawing Storage & Mobile Solution Review"

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We use Bluebeam Revu for plan take offs, quantity and production tracking daily with our Project Engineers. Our field team members have the app on their iPads to also use to view plans. I personally use Bluebeam Revu daily for contract reviews, document markups, presentations and a variety of other day to day document functions.
  • Markups.
  • Combining / Stapling PDFs.
  • Having multiple screens open at once - works just like a browser tab.
  • The fly out menus are a little complicated for some users, as I get questions about where to find things that should seem simple (i.e. changing fill or text color).
  • I'd like to see it integrate with the HCSS programs.
For all our PDF needs Bluebeam works for our entire company. From day to day PDF viewing, complicated contract markup and review, plan take-off and viewing; it really works for all of it. After a month or so of using the product I personally got used to it faster than I ever did other comparable PDF programs.
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September 14, 2017

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Bluebeam Power"

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It's being used across the entire organization (at least in my district here in Southern California). It is a great tool to view construction PDF drawings and to easily mark up drawings and other documents. It also has some very powerful tools in the Bluebeam Studio where a group of people can work in the same document simultaneously and see real time mark ups.
  • Hyperlink the drawings quickly
  • Name each page in a set of drawings based on the drawing name. This can VERY quickly
  • Collaborate with other people working on the same project, especially when people are in different offices
  • Marking up PDFs
  • The takeoff function needs some work. It's main competitor (OST) is a much easier and user-friendly tool for doing large, detailed takeoff.
Bluebeam is a great tool to organize your drawings. They have made it extremely easy to rename drawings and bookmark drawings. The hyperlink feature is also a great tool. Bluebeam has essentially made it possible (and effective) to use only digital drawings. You could argue that with Bluebeam, you never need to order a set of drawings again. They have made it so easy to navigate a set of drawings using both the hyperlinks and bookmarks.
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November 07, 2017

"Construction Project Engineer's Review of Bluebeam Revu"

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Bluebeam is used for a variety of tasks across the entire company. It is a critical piece of our software that is used daily by the majority of the office staff whether assigned to a project or overseeing operations across the entire operating group. It is by far the most useful tool for the field support staff hands down. Bluebeam offers a huge array of tools that enhance communication between the owner, architect, and contractor which minimizes construction errors in the field.
  • Combine, split, extract, reorder, markup, flatten, scale, compare and distribute PDFs - Pretty much anything you want to do with a PDF can be done in this software. The key aspect here is the user friendliness of the document controls. No training is needed to get started with the basics.
  • Toolchests for all general scopes of work. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, sitework, structural, and architectural symbols are just some of the many available toolchests that markup a drawing for quick and easy takeoffs from design drawings.
  • Document management with slip sheeting. Easily add new PDFs into the current contract documents in the correct locations while ensure the outdated documents are logged for future reference if needed.
  • RFI's and submittals tools are OK if your company uses them but there are better systems out there. There are quite a few steps involved in sending an RFI through Bluebeam that are unnecessary with other programs.
Bluebeam Revu excels at manipulating PDFs (which conveniently is used by nearly all of the construction industry). Specifically, I utilize these tools to develop visual references when submitting materials for engineering review (submittals) or asking questions of the design team (RFI's). Additionally, exporting CAD files to PDF format allows them to be opened in Bluebeam where all of the CAD layers are imported as well (much easier to manipulate layers in Bluebeam than CAD). My company utilizes a document management software that handles RFI's, submittals, daily reports, and drawing sets which is specifically designed for that use. Bluebeam isn't an effective substitute for our document management software because Bluebeam wasn't designed specifically for that purpose and still needs some work in that area.
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August 30, 2017

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Bluebeam the Great!"

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As a construction firm, we have implemented the use of Bluebeam over the past 8 years. We only use Bluebeam for our PDF document markups. It is very easy to use and it has so many construction geared tools. It has helped us as a company to push into the paperless way of doing business. For the cost of Bluebeam we have saved 10 fold in not printing documents. We have now got in the habit of printing to PDF and saving instead of printing and filing it away. Bluebeam rocks!!
  • When reviewing drawings, the markup tools are very easy to use. It is a snap to markup a document then forward on to another party.
  • The way the snapshot tool helps take information from one document and paste it into another helps us to be more efficient.
  • Being able to add photos to a drawing is great for project reviews. Our guys will walk the site and take photos and then in Bluebeam select all the photos and add them to a drawing by just click and dragging the photos adding them for an owner to see. This really helps to give a person the to see where and what they are looking at.
  • While creating forms it would be nice if when you copy a form field all the properties transfer when you paste them.
It is very good for 2D drawings and details. They could work on adding or updating the 3D viewer to be a little more friendly. It is not bad but not great.
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August 25, 2017

Bluebeam Revu Review: "Bluebeam is a green light in ease of use"

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Our entire organization now uses Bluebeam. The product does a lot more than Adobe and is much easier to use. It is used to update PDF documents for construction submittals, compare documents, drawing revisions, hyperlinking, and many other [things]. Some teams use the image recognition for estimating and drawing a comparison for takeoff a when changes are issued.
  • Drawing hyperliking to actual drawing callout areas.
  • Stamping for submittal review.
  • Marking up PDF documents and updating text.
  • Connecting to sharepoint sites.
  • Connecting with Procore for ease of opening PDF files.
  • Integration of photos on top of other documents.
  • I always have confusion how to get out of presentation mode back to normal mode.
  • Better JavaScript creation for stamping.
  • The online instructions are good but would like more advanced instructions.
Bluebeam is well suited as a corporate platform. There are many advantages to dashboard creation, hyperlinking in PDF, and using the Studio environment for collaboration. I haven't used Studio myself but other members state that working with an architect or other team members provides a great platform for collaboration.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Plan distribution & viewing (36)
9.6
Plan markups & sharing (38)
9.7
Issue tracking & punchlists (23)
7.5
Photo documentation (25)
7.8
Jobsite reports (18)
7.9
Document sharing (32)
8.6
RFI tools (24)
8.9
Collaboration & approvals (29)
8.4
As-built drawings (32)
9.3
Mobile app (22)
7.4
Submittal design and management (9)
8.2
Takeoff tools (19)
8.3
Job costing (6)
8.0
Cost databases (2)
9.0
Cost calculator (3)
9.7
Bid creation (1)
9

About Bluebeam Revu

For those who design, engineer, bid and build our world, Bluebeam Revu is how professionals get more done. Since 2002, Bluebeam has made smart and simple desktop, mobile and cloud-based solutions that utilize the construction documents themselves to share metadata, hyperlinks, bookmarks, images, attachments and 3D data downstream. More than 1.3 million AEC professionals worldwide trust Revu to elevate project efficiency and collaboration, streamlining critical processes to get more done in less time.
Categories:  Construction

Bluebeam Revu Features

Construction Productivity Features
Has featurePlan distribution & viewing
Has featurePlan markups & sharing
Has featureDocument sharing
Has featureIssue tracking & punchlists
Has featurePhoto documentation
Has featureJobsite reports
Has featureRFI tools
Has featureCollaboration & approvals
Has featureAs-built drawings
Has featureMobile app
Has featureSubmittal design and management
Estimating Features
Has featureTakeoff tools
Does not have featureJob costing
Does not have featureCost databases
Does not have featureCost calculator
Has featureBid creation
Additional Features
Has featureDigital stamps and signatures

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Bluebeam Revu Competitors

Bluebeam Revu Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows
Mobile Application:Apple iOS
Supported Countries:USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden
Supported Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Japanese, Korean