Overall Satisfaction with Bluebeam Revu
We use Bluebeam Revu for many, many things. It's used to link drawings sets, do quick SF take-offs, as a PDF reader, to combine documents, reduce file size, etc. I use it daily, almost all day long. Being able to link drawing sets and specifications is one of it's most useful features for my business. It helps our efficiency in checking details quickly and eliminates the need for huge paper sets.
- Linked drawing sets. You can jump from page to page quickly, and from detail to detail or even to other files.
- Measurements. Once you calibrate a drawing you can save it in there and quickly get dimensions in real time when presenting or in a meeting.
- Flattening and reducing file sizes. We get many large drawings or renderings, so being able to reduce the size easily and attach the drawing to an email is great!
- In the linked drawings sets it'd be nice to be able to jump backwards from where you came from.
I don't really know of alternatives. Adobe has PDF reader and some features, but I've only used Bluebeam Revu for drawing sets, dimensioning plans, etc. I use Bluebeam Revu mostly because it's what my companies have provided to me, but if I were to have my own business someday, I don't think I'd consider other programs. Bluebeams Revu meets almost all of my needs.
I think Bluebeam Revu is well suited for almost all applications in my company. Everyone from marketing and admin to superintendents on site to project managers use Bluebeam Revu in some capacity for day to day work. I could see how a company or position not using drawings would maybe be better suited with just a PDF reader with basic features as opposed to Bluebeam Revu.