Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam Revu

Overview

Reviews

Better bang for your buck!

10
I would say about 90% of the company has upgraded from Adobe to Bluebeam. I have the basic program and there are definitely some pros and …

A Fantastic PDF Markup & Sharing Tool

10
Bluebeam Revu is one of the best PDF markup softwares. It allows for quick edits with a wide range of tools to achieve your desired markup …
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Bluebeam in a nutshell

9
It's being used by a couple people within our company as an alternative to Adobe. There are many more options with Bluebeam which is used …
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All the bang for the buck

10
Most of our whole organization uses Bluebeam Revu. Our main use is to review and edit documents such as plans for construction. It offers …
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Great for scaled markups

7
We use Bluebeam Revu to add and track comments and markups on architectural drawing sets and other documents. We use Bluebeam Studio / …
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Great for architects and designers

8
Bluebeam Revu is used widely throughout our organization. I recommended it to my boss when I started at this job about 6 years ago and …
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Bluebeam Gets It Done

9
Currently, we use Bluebeam as a management staff—all project managers, estimators and safety managers. It is particularly implemented in …

Bluebeam rocks

10
We have used project as document control for projects and used studio for collaboration and submittal review. I also use the markup tools …

Bluebeam makes documents easy

9
Our company uses Bluebeam extensively. We use it to manage all of our PDF sets of construction documents, sketches, submittals, etc. We …

Best in Class

10
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 …

Bluebeam Power

10
It's being used across the entire organization (at least in my district here in Southern California). It is a great tool to view …

Bluebeam the Great!

10
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. …

Popular Features

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Plan markups & sharing (49)

9.7
97%

Plan distribution & viewing (47)

8.9
89%

Document sharing (43)

8.7
87%

As-built drawings (41)

8.2
82%

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Pricing

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Revu Standard

$349

On Premise
per seat

Revu CAD

$449

On Premise
per seat

Revu eXtreme

$599

On Premise
per seat

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
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Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Features Scorecard

Construction Project & Field Management

8.2
82%

Estimating

8.9
89%

Product Details

What is 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.

Bluebeam Revu Features

Construction Project & Field Management Features

  • Supported: Plan distribution & viewing
  • Supported: Plan markups & sharing
  • Supported: Document sharing
  • Supported: Issue tracking & punchlists
  • Supported: Photo documentation
  • Supported: Jobsite reports
  • Supported: RFI tools
  • Supported: Collaboration & approvals
  • Supported: As-built drawings
  • Supported: Mobile app
  • Supported: Submittal design and management

Estimating Features

  • Supported: Takeoff tools
  • Supported: Bid creation

Additional Features

  • Supported: Digital stamps and signatures

Bluebeam Revu Screenshots

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Bluebeam Revu Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS
Supported CountriesUSA, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden
Supported LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Japanese, Korean

Alternatives

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bluebeam Revu?

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.

What is Bluebeam Revu's best feature?

Reviewers rate Plan markups & sharing highest, with a score of 9.7.

Who uses Bluebeam Revu?

The most common users of Bluebeam Revu are from Mid-size Companies and the Construction industry.

Reviews and Ratings

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Score 10 out of 10
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Bluebeam is great when a project team needs to review documents and mark them up for everyone to see everyone's edits. It allows multiple people to edit the file at the same time and allows users to designate comments as accepted/rejected/completed/canceled.
Christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Score 9 out of 10
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It is well suited when marking up and comparing documents such as submittals. It's well suited for dual screens when reviewing submittals to specs and or drawings. I can't think of a time where it is less suited in my day to day use of Bluebeam.
Score 9 out of 10
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Bluebeam Revu is suitable in an environment where editing and sharing PDF files is on a heavy scale. The construction industry and civil engineering field should definitely use this software. Marking documents using a user-defined symbol is another pro feature that is offered by Bluebeam Revu and makes it a great tool for the overall engineering field.
Score 10 out of 10
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Well Suited:
1. For everything we do in our takeoff engineering department.
2. Ease of access to view and edit plans and documents.
3. Ease of sharing between our office and field staff.
4. Inviting to sessions - meaning that we can all teleconference and view the same exact document in real time with each other.
I cannot think of a scenario where it would not be useful in my situation.
January 24, 2020

Great for scaled markups

Score 7 out of 10
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Bluebeam Revu is great for quickly viewing PDFs. Its more advanced features such as collaborative sessions make it our go-to PDF viewer and editor, over Adobe Acrobat. The scale drawing and measurement tools make it a great program for reviewing and commenting on architectural drawings. It is less useful for documents that are primarily text, as the text editing features are somewhat lacking.
Bob Kramer, RCDD, LEED AP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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General PDF creation and editing, as well as markup and combining of various PDFs, are great daily use features. We also use stamps quite often when marking up contractor submittals and related documents.

It's a much faster and easier application to use and master than the Adobe products, which seem to be very bloated and slow. I don't have any scenarios where Revu is less appropriate. It's our go-to application for anything using a PDF file format.

Jill Liegghio | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Bluebeam Revu works well to combine separate PDFs into one document. This is something that would have had to be done at a scanner - Bluebeam Revu allows you to do it easily from your desktop. This is something we cannot easily do through Adobe. However, I do feel that simple annotations like adding text or adding a non-digital signature are easier through Adobe.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Tim Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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.
Michael Savala | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Nick Tanner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
February 26, 2019

TIME SAVER!

M.A ADIL ANSARI | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Jake Karl | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
January 11, 2019

Best in Class

Aaron Graves | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Leticia Waller | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
September 14, 2017

Bluebeam Power

Charlie Jewkes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
Tony Grasso | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.