Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam Revu

PDF editing & markup on the go with collaboration built-in

4.7/5 (658 reviews)

Bluebeam Revu Overview

Bluebeam Revu works as a plugin inside Microsoft Office’s Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint applications, as well as popular CAD programs, like AutoCAD. The plugin brings customizable PDF markups, PDF creation and editing, and image handling to some of the most commonly used office and design applications. Bluebeam Revu is available in three specialized versions: Standard, CAD, and eXtreme.

Bluebeam Revu Standard offers single-click PDF creation, 2D and 3D PDF markup, and real-time collaboration. Advanced PDF editing features of this version of Bluebeam include customizable layouts, fonts, headers, and footers. Users can also split PDFs into sections, extract and rotate pages, and export them as editable Word documents, as well as perform color processing and grayscale conversion. Batch processing allow users to apply changes across multiple documents at once. The plugin also performs PDF conversion of other types of Windows files.

Bluebeam CAD has all the features of the Standard editor while adding specialized functions for design professionals. The CAD plugin works with AutoCAD, Revit, and SolidWorks (64-bit versions). Bluebeam CAD brings 2D and 3D PDF handling and editing, with a full slate of customizable parameters. This version introduces the ability to export annotations and compare versions. Users can add digital stamps and signatures and embedded security features to documents. For 3D PDF creation, Bluebeam CAD also integrates with Navisworks Manage and Navisworks Simulate (64-bit only), as well as Sketch Pro (2013-14).

The most powerful version of the plugin, Bluebeam Revu eXtreme, includes all the document management, markup, and handling features of the Standard and CAD versions, while adding professional PDF management features. This version of the plugin lets users add complex bookmarks, redact sensitive content permanently, and create complex PDF forms. A full suite of automatable parameters with fully customizable scripting. This version of Bluebeam Revu also includes a Batch Slip Sheet, which helps you quickly create new versions of PDFs while carrying over markups, bookmarks, and links. Bluebeam Revu eXtreme users can also redact markups, link items within documents, and control file access.

All versions of the Bluebeam Revu plugin features cloud-based collaboration via Bluebeam Studio, as well as SharePoint and ProjectWise integration. Bluebeam Revu runs on Windows 7/8 (32 and 64-bit systems), Citrix XenApp6.5-7.6 and XenDesktop 7-7.6 virtual environments, and tablet PC versions of Windows 8.

Pricing

Starting from
US$349,00
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Canada, Europe, Germany, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French and 6 others, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish

Bluebeam Revu Reviews

Overall rating
4.7/5
96% positive reviews
485
Excellent
147
Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
Justin H.

2nd to none

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/09/04
Review Source: Capterra

Bluebeam compliments our takeoff program very well. It is very useful for generating individual files out of a large set that are uniquely named by the drawing number and name (or however you wish to name them), which then allows me to import those files into the program without the need for manually typing in the descriptions. Saves an inordinate amount of time at the start of a takeoff for each job.

Pros

There is no PDF program out there to my knowledge that comes anywhere close to this program when it comes to the construction industry. We have been using this program for 6 years now, and the advancements the developers have made have been fantastic. All of our estimators and project managers have at least Bluebeam Revu, some have Extreme. The text recognition for creating page labels/bookmarks is fantastic (has improved greatly over time). The Sets feature is top notch as well, particularly for keeping up with jobs that have numerous revised drawing sets. The takeoff module is quite powerful, although we do not really take advantage of it's full potential as we already had an on-screen takeoff program.

Cons

I honestly have not been a huge fan of the new look in the 2018 version, but that's probably just because I was used to the old look after years of use. Some of our users are overwhelmed with all of the options, buttons, and menus, but that's really just the nature of the beast with a program with so many tools.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Clarissa W.

Very comprehensive pdf editing software - I'll never go back to Adobe!!!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/02/09
Review Source: Capterra

I spend a lot less time posting changes and as-builts, but with much more professional results. I also love the time it's cut down on creating our punch lists and tracking the completion of those items.

Pros

I love that it can "read" my plans, and help me with my takeoffs. The search function can look for either words or symbols, and is incredibly useful when I'm looking for something specific.

The different user type profiles are tailored to show the tools and functions that someone in that role would be more likely to use the most. It's easy to switch between these profiles, even when viewing the same file, so no matter what or how many hats I'm wearing that day, it's easy to find the tools that I need for the job I'm doing.

The customizable tool box is great - I can use the existing tools, or create my own! These are handy for posting as-builts, as well as for doing take offs and estimates.

I love all the short cut keys!! Instead of using my mouse to select tool options, I can simply use the "G" key to take a "photo" of a certain part of my open file, or "C" to cloud an area. I use these frequently and it really cuts down the time I spend posting changes to our drawings.

There are so many tools, functions, and options, that you're sure to find everything you need for seamless and efficient construction drawing management!

Cons

At first, it was a bit overwhelming to use. There are so many tools and menus that it definitely took a little time to learn; however, Bluebeam offers hundreds of short "how-to" videos on many different topics. After watching these, and using the software for a few weeks, it got much easier.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Michael H.

Bluebeam Revu is to construction professionals what Excel is to finacial professionals

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/10/13
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

More than any other software package, Bluebeam is by far the most valuable to me in my daily work. Thanks Bluebeam!

Pros

I have been using BB Revu PDF software since 2010, when I switched from Adobe Professional. Revu is designed for construction personnel. I use it for reviewing documents and drawings, marking up, sketching, quantity take off, illustrating, presentations, flowchart and Org Chart creations - just almost everything. I convert word documents to PDF for reviewing. I add bookmarks as way-finder through large documents such as Specifications, Reports and Specifications etc. For drawing reviews or study, I compile large packs of PDF drawings into single PDF with drawing numbers visible under Bookmarks. With Revu you can have 2 (or more)drawings opened on your screen, from within the combined pack or separate files, for comparing eg Elevations and Sections or plans or details. Sometimes I use the auto compare feature in comparing updated drawing with an older version where the differences will be highlighted. The Search feature is extremely useful and I use it a lot in finding references in Specifications Codes and Reports etc. The Spaces feature is really good and impresses hugely when included within presentations. Signature feature also excellent. I use the Add Ins for Outlook, Word, Excel and CAD regularly. I find the Help Section and Bluebeam University incredible. The Developers really put themselves in the place of the "normal" user and provide excellent vide demos of all the features.

Cons

File sizes generated in marking up and sketching tend to be quite large. There are ways to reduce the file size but they do not work all the time - sometimes they increase the size.I have tried a few times to engage design consultants in the use of the Studio feature for real-time online collaboration without success. This is however is not the fault of the Studio feature - its just that the designers did not have the software.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Dani B.

Far superior than Adobe for construction

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/04/13
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

First, let me start by saying I have the Extreme version and create forms and use the JavaScript features frequently. I switched to Revu because Adobe wasn't giving me what I needed and that was software that could automate many of the tasks I was performing at the time. For example, to process one submittal, I had to combine the pages from one file with the submittal cover page, stamp it, add the date and signature of the person approving the submittal, flatten the markups so no one could edit them, and then save them on a network drive. With Revu I was able to click one icon and do all that from inserting the page, stamping/flattening, and prompting me to save on the network. It saved me so much time! I was able to create custom stamps for all our coordinators to use.

Pros

Suited for construction work, not just documents. It lets me do so much so easily. I can overlay drawings and find where things have changed. This works for contracts too. I can overlay the pages and see if the sub revised the document at all. I can easily markup drawings without any CAD experience needed. I can create forms from PDFs.

Cons

It takes a little while to learn the program because many icons are unfamiliar at first. And because it can do so much, there are so many icons. But I was able to customize my layout so it narrowed down my available icons to just the ones I use regularly. It's only a con for the first month of learning the program. Same for creating forms. As you start to work with it, you learn the tricks to making them easily, but at first it can be difficult. Most of the functions are similar to Adobe, but the one that I had to get used to was copying pages from one document to another. I used to open two separate Adobe windows and then click and drag pages from one into another. Revu only has one thumbnail view pane available at a time, so I had to modify my steps by copy and pasting pages from one document into another.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Charlie M.

Very Good Functionality and Good Overall Performance for the Money

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/06/08
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Our estimating team switched to this from planswift and we've had more people get on board who were doing paper takeoff. While there were definitely some pains with transitioning once we got used to the new layout we came to appreciate some of the additional features Revu has to offer. I would say planswift is a bit quicker for doing small quick takeoffs, but when we do larger jobs and especially jobs with breakouts Bluebeam starts to pull ahead. The biggest timesaver (and reason we switched) is that Revu makes it much easier to hand-off from estimating to sales (due to the fact that it uses pdf/excel files and the fact that it has the spaces feature that allows sales to provide more detailed info/schedule products by room).

In addition, it is much easier to use than Adobe Acrobat (or any dedicated takeoff software) for quickly making comments/marking up PDF's for customers. Also, have to commend them for making changes based on customer feedback that greatly improved the takeoff process.

Pros

Lots of different functions (construction takeoff/room scheduling, document mark-up/review, document creation)
Customization for different users/tasks through profiles
Excel export of markups/takeoff
Cheaper than alternative takeoff software
Easy to share with others (uses .pdf files)
Ability to transition from takeoff to room schedule through spaces feature (big time saver for us as we do lots of air device takeoff)
Easy to combine/compare revised drawings to old drawings/takeoff.

Cons

Takes a while to get up to speed on compared to other takeoff software (all the features can get overwhelming)
Takeoff functions are not as polished/fast to use as some dedicated takeoff software (although the latest update fixed some of this)
Certain PDF's can take long to load/render (rare problem, but very difficult to work around when it happens)

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Bluebeam Revu Pricing

Starting from
US$349,00
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Revu Standard: $349 per seat
Revu eXtreme: $499 per seat
Revu CAD: $399 per seat
Revu MAC: $199 per seat
Revu iPad: $9.99

Bluebeam offers annual maintenance for each purchased seat of Bluebeam Revu.

Bluebeam Revu Features

  • Access Control
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Communication Management
  • Document Management
  • File Management
  • Permission Management
  • Projections
  • SSL Security
  • Search Functionality

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Chat
  • Commenting
  • Customizable Branding
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for Bluebeam Revu

Key features of Bluebeam Revu

  • 2D or 3D PDFs
  • 360° photos
  • 3D PDF enhancements
  • Activity tracking
  • Automatic form creation
  • Automatic notifications / alerts
  • Automatically track annotations
  • Batch Processing
  • Batch sign & seal
  • Change Tracking
  • Collaboration tools
  • Count tool
  • Document Indexing
  • Document Tagging
  • Document Templates
  • Document Tracking
  • Document management
  • Document sharing
  • Dynamic fill
  • Feature suggestions
  • File Filter
  • File Management
  • File conversion
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Markup tools
  • Measurement tool
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple users
  • Multiview
  • Online and offline collaboration
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF editing
  • Photo capture
  • Project Workflow
  • Project communication
  • Quantity link
  • Reports generation
  • Search Functionality
  • Search functionality
  • Secure database
  • Securtity & Encryption
  • Smart documents
  • Status change alerts
  • Summary reports
  • Text Analysis
  • Text Editing
  • Text-searchable documents
  • User Access Controls
  • Version Management
  • Workflow automation tools

Benefits

- Markup, edit, and manage PDFs within Microsoft Office and popular CAD programs.

- Edit 2D and 3D PDFs inside the programs in which they are created.

- Create reusable templates with Bluebeam Revu's Tool Chest.

- Collaborate online and offline with the cloud-based Bluebeam Studio Platfrom.

- Quickly navigate complex PDFs with in-document search.

Bluebeam Revu FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Bluebeam Revu.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Bluebeam Revu offer?

Bluebeam Revu offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$349,00

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Revu Standard: $349 per seat
Revu eXtreme: $499 per seat
Revu CAD: $399 per seat
Revu MAC: $199 per seat
Revu iPad: $9.99

Bluebeam offers annual maintenance for each purchased seat of Bluebeam Revu.

Q. What are the main features of Bluebeam Revu?

Bluebeam Revu offers the following features:

  • 2D or 3D PDFs
  • 360° photos
  • 3D PDF enhancements
  • Activity tracking
  • Automatic form creation
  • Automatic notifications / alerts
  • Automatically track annotations
  • Batch Processing
  • Batch sign & seal
  • Change Tracking
  • Collaboration tools
  • Count tool
  • Document Indexing
  • Document Tagging
  • Document Templates
  • Document Tracking
  • Document management
  • Document sharing
  • Dynamic fill
  • Feature suggestions
  • File Filter
  • File Management
  • File conversion
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Markup tools
  • Measurement tool
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple users
  • Multiview
  • Online and offline collaboration
  • PDF Conversion
  • PDF editing
  • Photo capture
  • Project Workflow
  • Project communication
  • Quantity link
  • Reports generation
  • Search Functionality
  • Search functionality
  • Secure database
  • Securtity & Encryption
  • Smart documents
  • Status change alerts
  • Summary reports
  • Text Analysis
  • Text Editing
  • Text-searchable documents
  • User Access Controls
  • Version Management
  • Workflow automation tools

Q. Who are the typical users of Bluebeam Revu?

Bluebeam Revu has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

Q. What languages does Bluebeam Revu support?

Bluebeam Revu supports the following languages:

Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Bluebeam Revu offer?

Bluebeam Revu has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Bluebeam Revu support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Bluebeam Revu supports

Q. What other apps does Bluebeam Revu integrate with?

Bluebeam Revu integrates with the following applications:

Box, Dropbox, Fieldlens, FileCloud, SharePoint

Q. What level of support does Bluebeam Revu offer?

Bluebeam Revu offers the following support options:

FAQs, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials