Bluebeam Revu

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

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Bluebeam Revu Overview

What is Bluebeam Revu?

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.

Bluebeam Revu Overview

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

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany
Supported Languages
Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French and 6 others, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish

Media

Bluebeam Revu handles complex PDF operations
2D PDF editing with Bluebeam Revu
Using Bluebeam for design functions
Bluebeam Revu supports highlighting and markup
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Bluebeam Revu Reviews

Bluebeam Revu Reviews

Overall rating
4,7
/
5
Excellent
555

Very good
171

Average
21

Poor
5

Terrible
5

Value for Money
4,5
Features
4,6
Ease of Use
4,3
Customer Support
4,3
96% recommended this app
Clarissa W.

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

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.


Justin H.

2nd to none

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.


James D.

Must have software for engineering companies

We use Bluebeam on a daily basis for the organization of drawing sets and reports. Bluebeam makes it possible to collaborate on project review with local and remote personnel. Bluebeam makes it possible to help reduce paper waste and to maintain project records for quality controls.


Joshua Y.

Untrustworthy Developer - Dropped the ball


Danielle F.

I can't live without Bluebeam

I honestly love Blue beam I was only using Adobe about 5 1/2 years ago and my supervisor made me start using Bluebeam and told me you will learn to love and not be able to use anything else, well he was right.


Clarissa W.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 201-500 Employees

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Justin H.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 501-1 000 Employees

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

James D.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Must have software for engineering companies

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/10/12
Review Source: Capterra

We use Bluebeam on a daily basis for the organization of drawing sets and reports. Bluebeam makes it possible to collaborate on project review with local and remote personnel. Bluebeam makes it possible to help reduce paper waste and to maintain project records for quality controls.

Pros

The robust features of Bluebeam make this essential software for engineering companies. Mark up and organize drawings, compare versions of documents, OCR capabilities, and online collaboration are just some of the many features.

Cons

Sometimes the icons are not as intuitive to me as they should be. Would be nice if Bluebeam would incorporate the Ribbon format that many other programs use.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Joshua Y.
Industry: Architecture & Planning
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Untrustworthy Developer - Dropped the ball

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/09/18
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Brings a lot of features and functionality missing from Acrobat. To my knowledge, no other PDF software is geared towards the A+E market. I wish there was another one out there so that these guys didn't have a monopoly on the market. It has given them a sense of invincibility that has led to stagnation and a lack of genuine support for their customers.

Cons

I've been using Revu for about 8 years, 5 of those on Windows. The last 3 are at my most recent job, and when I found out that Bluebeam had created a Revu for Mac, I was quick to push our company to adopt. I even gave a lunchtime presentation to show everyone some of the really powerful features I had come to know and love from the windows side.

Playing with the trial version of 1.0, though, I quickly realized that a ton of features were absent from the windows version. I went ahead and gave the presentation anyway, though and with some convincing, we bought seats for everyone.

It became clear within the first week of using the software, though, that it was incredibly slow. So slow as to be unusable. It took several seconds to render every page... considering that we regularly deal with 100+ page architectural sets, this made the program worthless in a lot of cases. What's more we really felt the lack of some features from the windows side, many of which were so basic that it's laughable that Bluebeam decided not to invest in them. You can't crop pdfs for instance.

Anyway, when bluebeam for mac 2.0 came out, we bought in thinking that we'd be getting all of the features that we were missing along with performance improvements. Turns out they decided to revamp the UI with almost 0 feature inclusions. The performance of page rendering was significantly improved, which was helpful, although page thumbnails now no longer load.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 2.0/10

Danielle F.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees

I can't live without Bluebeam

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/09/23
Review Source: Capterra

I honestly love Blue beam I was only using Adobe about 5 1/2 years ago and my supervisor made me start using Bluebeam and told me you will learn to love and not be able to use anything else, well he was right.

Pros

I love being able to mark up documents, measure them, sign them all in once place. I use bluebeam every hour of the day and it makes my job easier.

Cons

I don't like when their are updates that are taking place and it causes me to not be able to use some functions or certain features stop working correctly due to the update needed.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9/10
Based on 757 user ratings
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Bluebeam Revu Pricing

Bluebeam Revu Pricing

Starting from
US$349,00
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.

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.

Value for Money
4,5/5
Based on 757 user ratings
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Bluebeam Revu Features

Bluebeam Revu Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Chat
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customizable Branding
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
File Management
Permission Management
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4,6/5
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Additional information for Bluebeam Revu

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
  • 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

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
  • 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:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Freelancers, Mid Size 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, Briq, Document Locator, Dropbox Business, Fieldlens, FileCloud, InEight, Kahua, Onware, TriBuild Construction Management

Q. What level of support does Bluebeam Revu offer?

Bluebeam Revu offers the following support options:

FAQs, Online Support, Video Tutorials, Phone Support