Bluebeam

Bluebeam

Score 8.9 out of 10
Bluebeam

Overview

What is Bluebeam?

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.
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Recent Reviews

Great for the price

9 out of 10
December 13, 2019
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Awards

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Popular Features

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  • Plan markups & sharing (50)
    9.5
    95%
  • Plan distribution & viewing (48)
    9.0
    90%
  • Document sharing (44)
    9.0
    90%
  • As-built drawings (42)
    9.0
    90%

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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
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://www.bluebeam.com/pricing

Offerings

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

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $240 per year per user
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Product Demos

What Does Bluebeam Do for You?
02:14
Which Construction Software is best? (Procore, Bluebeam Revu, e-Builder by Trimble)
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Features

Reporting & Analytics

Users can report on and analyze usage, performance, ROI, and/or other metrics of success.

8.7Avg 8.1

Construction Project & Field Management

Features related to collaboration between construction management and project execution (e.g. the office and the job site, general contractors and subcontractors)

8.7Avg 7.6

Estimating

A set of tools and applications that allow contractors to forecast, track, monitor, and adjust the cost of building a structure. Cost estimates are used by project owners to determine the scope and feasibility of a project, and also for budget allocation. Contractors also use cost estimates when deciding whether or not to bid on a project and for bid creation.

8.9Avg 7.9
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Product Details

What is Bluebeam?

Bluebeam develops technology solutions that according to the vendor support project efficiency and collaboration for over two million design and construction professionals worldwide. Bluebeam Revu and Bluebeam Cloud aim to give teams the flexibility to work together anywhere through design, build and handover. And with Bluebeam's desktop and cloud collaboration solutions built on open standards, documents and data can be accessed on any web or iOS device, onsite or off.


Bluebeam Revu®

Revu offers customizable document management, markup and automation tools with a built-in collaboration space, Studio.

• Log in to any desktop with Revu installed and access projects and tool sets

• Mark up and measure together with teammates in real time using Studio

• Share the latest drawings and documents with teams in the field using Bluebeam Cloud

• Increase security and simplify user login with single sign-on (SSO)

Bluebeam Cloud (Web & Mobile)

Connect office and field and complete workflows on the go with Bluebeam Cloud, a suite of web and mobile solutions that connects with documents and tool sets in Revu.

• Work from anywhere via web or iOS device — no set-up or installation required

• Access tool sets and Studio Project files from Revu

• Invite team members to markup and collaborate in real time with the Markup Editor

• Manage punch, RFIs and submittals on the go with Field Tools

Services

Get more out of Revu and Bluebeam Cloud with Bluebeam services designed to help finish the job faster.

• Unlimited centralized cloud storage

• Access to technology partner integrations to support custom workflows

• Access to Bluebeam University training courses at no additional cost

• Technical support via email and phone

• Geolocational insights to help visualize, connect and organize data

Bluebeam 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
  • Supported: Checklists
  • Supported: Change orders

Estimating Features

  • Supported: Takeoff tools
  • Supported: Bid creation

Reporting & Analytics Features

  • Supported: Dashboards
  • Supported: Standard reports
  • Supported: Custom reports
  • Supported: Data exportability

Additional Features

  • Supported: Digital stamps and signatures

Bluebeam Screenshots

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

Bluebeam Videos

What Does Bluebeam Do?
Comparing Bluebeam Revu to Procore and e-builder by Trimble

Bluebeam Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesUSA, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Australia
Supported LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Japanese, Korean

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Bluebeam starts at $240.

Autodesk Bim 360, PlanGrid, and Procore are common alternatives for Bluebeam.

Reviewers rate Plan markups & sharing highest, with a score of 9.5.

The most common users of Bluebeam are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Reviews

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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Bluebeam Revu in our organization to keep our Project Managers, Installation team as well as our end-user clients all on the same page. This allows us to make changes and have a central platform for communication between all parties. We are able to share these documents and project plans without others needing licensing.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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 and collaborative editing where multiple people can work together at the same time on the same document. It manages large document sets, such as construction drawings, exceptionally.
Christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Oliver Philippe Goulart Young | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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 to markup submittals and is extremely easy to use. At any given time I can have up to 15 PDF files open and Bluebeam has instant access to them with the recent tab.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Most of our whole organization uses Bluebeam Revu. Our main use is to review and edit documents such as plans for construction. It offers us much more flexibility and clarity versus other programs that we have used int the past. Additionally, its ease of sharing between users is definitely a plus because we can all be looking at the same documents in a much more timely manner.
January 24, 2020

Great for scaled markups

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Bluebeam Revu to add and track comments and markups on architectural drawing sets and other documents. We use Bluebeam Studio / Sessions to review documents with our consultants and clients. We also use Bluebeam drawing tools to create basic diagrams and other illustrations. We don't typically use more advanced features like conditional formatting, or exporting markups.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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 we've been using it ever since. My boss loves it and is so happy I introduced it to him. We mostly use the program to "redline" or mark up drawings, either our in house drawings or outside drawings. It has great marking up features that seem much quicker and easier than Acrobat. I also use Bluebeam as my basic PDF reader. I use it to move sheets around, add or remove sheets, and fill out forms.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Bluebeam Revu is currently used across the whole organization for viewing PDF files, marking up, and also for Bluebeam Studio file sharing and reviewing purposes. It also solves the problem of editing and marking PDF files. Bluebeam Revu is easy to open and it rarely crashes. Plus, the user interface is user-friendly and easy to understand. Creating PDF files, replacing pages, and cropping pages are additional benefits provided by Bluebeam Revu.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Bluebeam is used across our entire organization for many different functions. Of course, it is used daily to mark up and review plan sets. Our estimators perform take-off Revu. We utilize Studio sessions to collaborate across offices, companies, vendors, and clients. It saves us significant time and risk by allowing all parties to perform QA\QC tasks in one source of truth.
Bob Kramer, RCDD, LEED AP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

We use Revu in several different ways. First, it's a great tool both in the office and when on job sites to document existing conditions with both markups and photos, which are embedded in the PDF. We use it in the office for redlining progress drawings, as well as reviewing and marking up contractor drawings, submittals, RFIs, and other project-related documents. Using the studio feature, we can collaborate with other members of the design team directly inside Revu. Revu is also used to document ongoing progress site visits. We use the iPad app for the fieldwork, and the desktop application while in the office. Using Revu allows for concise and legible markups, as well as the ability to generate summary reports of markups.

December 13, 2019

Great for the price

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Bluebeam Revu is a PDF reader and editor tool. It also does measurements and other markups. Right now only a handful of staff has this software and this is on a specifically needed basis. This is a great software to use as it is designed specifically for the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.
December 07, 2019

Bluebeam Gets It Done

Matthew Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Currently, we use Bluebeam as a management staff—all project managers, estimators and safety managers. It is particularly implemented in our estimating department to use for takeoffs and minor drafting. PM's use it to complete markups and sketch details. Safety uses it as a powerful PDF editor and form builder. Accounting uses it for electronic signatures and stamp approvals on invoices. Bluebeam solves a lot of needs in many departments, mainly as a drawing and PDF editor tool.
Jill Liegghio | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Bluebeam is being used across our organization to manage and edit PDF documents. Our project teams use it to edit complex payment proposals for projects. Our planning teams use it to mark up blue prints and arrange complex schedules for trades. Our finance team uses tools like stamps to provide vital data on invoices, to combine separate documents into one and to insert digital signatures.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
May 15, 2019

Bluebeam rocks

CHE CHAVEZ | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Michael Savala | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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).
Nick Tanner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
February 26, 2019

TIME SAVER!

M.A ADIL ANSARI | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
February 22, 2019

Bluebeam Review

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
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