Bluebeam Revu

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

About Bluebeam Revu

As an award winning leader in innovative, collaborative, Cloud-based software technologies that streamline construction planning and building projects, Bluebeam's set of solutions have set the standard for excellence since 2002. Architecture, engineering, and construction teams from over 130 countries with 2+ million users have relied on Bluebeam to deliver the technical tools they need to advance projects, fine-tune budgets, and collaborate in real time on even the most intricate details of any build site.

The company's flagship solutions, Bluebeam Revu® and Bluebeam Cloud®, help users get more done in less time with powerful PDF creation capabilities, multi-format uploads, quick-and-easy markup solutions, real-time tracking of annotations, and on-the-go reporting for team members from the construction site to the C-suite.

Bluebeam Cloud®, a new addition to the Bluebeam suite of Cloud-based solutions, seamlessly connects with documents and tool sets in Bluebeam Revu®. With Cloud®, you can work from anywhere via web or iOS device with no set-up or installation required. The platform's Markup Editor enables you to easily comment and collaborate on your project documents, and its Field Tools capabilities allow you to effectively manage and track your punch, RFI and submittal workflows on the go. With Bluebeam, you'll seamlessly take your projects from bidding and takeoff creation to the final stages of construction.

If collaboration in real time is a necessity for your construction team, Bluebeam delivers an instant connection for your global project partners. Isn't it time you experience the benefits of a go-to collaborative tool that keeps your construction and architecture projects moving in the right direction? Start your free 30-day trial by downloading Bluebeam Revu® or Bluebeam Cloud® at Bluebeam.com.

From a single office in Pasadena, CA, Bluebeam has steadily increased our global footprint with office locations all across the globe. Bluebeam is part of the Nemetschek Group.


Key benefits of Bluebeam Revu

• Collaborative Capabilities
Bluebeam helps improve communication and productivity by enabling project partners to markup and comment together in real-time, offering a seamless collaborative experience for remote teams or professionals working in different locations.

• Advanced PDF Markup & Editing
Bluebeam offers robust PDF editing capabilities so you can create, edit, markup and collaborate on project documents more effectively. Advanced features like Optical Character Recognition (OCR), PDF form creation, redaction, and CAD to PDF conversion make Bluebeam an excellent solution for AECO professionals working with PDFs.

• Efficient Document Management
With Bluebeam, you can easily manage documents in a centralized project database, create custom folders, seamlessly navigate through large document sets, and quickly search for specific text or metadata.

• Customizable Workspace & Toolsets
Bluebeam offers flexibility and adaptability to individual preferences and project requirements. You can easily customize your workspace by creating custom tool sets, profiles and keyboard shortcuts.

• Measurement Tools for Quantity Takeoffs & Estimating
With Bluebeam, you can easily measure distances, areas and volumes on digital documents and create custom scales. Bluebeam also offers tools to quickly extract quantities from drawings for detailed takeoffs, so you can accurately estimate costs and create more winning bids.

• Integration & Compatibility
Bluebeam helps you simplify workflows and improve efficiency by integrating with other common AECO software solutions, including ProjectWise, Revit, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint.

• Accessible On Desktop, Web & Mobile
Bluebeam empowers you to access your documents and work across different devices and platforms. Our solution includes Revu for desktop and Bluebeam Cloud for web and mobile, which extends your Revu workflows so you can view, edit and collaborate on the go.

• User -Friendly Interface
Bluebeam is accessible and easy to learn for both technical and non-technical users, with an intuitive interface and simple, straightforward design.

• CUSTOMER SUPPORT & RESOURCES
Bluebeam offers expert technical support via phone and email, an extensive online knowledge base, and on-demand access to all Bluebeam University training courses, ensuring you’ll always have help when you need it.

• Flexible Plans
Bluebeam offers three plan options that you can mix and match for different user needs, making it an attractive choice for businesses of all sizes.


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Clarissa
Clarissa
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

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

Reviewed on 09/02/2018

I spend a lot less time posting changes and as-builts, but with much more professional results. I...

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.

Ajinkya Mohan
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A great software for engineering firms

Reviewed on 06/09/2021

I am very happy with the software. I have been using it for over an year now and I definitely...

I am very happy with the software. I have been using it for over an year now and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is starting off in an engineering firm. You will spend a large part of your time working with this software. It has all the bells and whistles and there is literally nothing more than you can want out of it. However, this sometimes makes it difficult to find some stuff. I would like to see an option to toggle between a simple document review option (similar to Adobe Acrobat Pro) and a detailed drawing review option. Otherwise I am very happy and it manages to surprise me everyday with the sheer amount of features available.

Pros

Primarily one might feel it's just another PDF reviewer and editor similar to Adobe Acrobat Pro, but this is more catered towards engineering jobs. It's easy to make markups on the drawings, with specific options like revision clouds, grid lines among other things. One can also make some specific markups and save them in their tool box. One neat feature is the ability to compare two documents by overlaying them on top of each other. This is especially helpful to check if their were any changes in different revisions of the drawings which can be easily missed by a normal human review.

Cons

Since it's so much loaded with features, sometimes it becomes difficult to find exactly what you needed to do. It is in such times that I miss the simplicity of Adobe Acrobat Pro, where the User Interface is clean. But then again Adobe is catered towards a general document review whereas Bluebeam Revu caters engineering firms. I would like to see an option to turn on and off the detailed User Interface to get a more simplistic Adobe like interface as required.

Josh
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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No Support

Reviewed on 24/11/2020

Technical support is non existent.

Technical support is non existent.

Pros

All the pros of this software are irrelevant because of how bad the support staff is.

Cons

Customer support is the worst I have ever dealt with. I bought bluebeam because the explained all of the great things you can do connecting to your employees through their I pad and I phone apps. After looking into it we were excited and bought the program. After the program was purchased they explained to be that I can't use the I phone app unless I purchase the $150 maintenance plan. Felt like I got suckered in but also figured I am new to the program and the added help couldn't hurt. 3 months in and I have one of our foremans I pad that will not connect to Blue beam. I call tech support and they inform that they cannot help be over the phone and that I need to email them. After explaining to them that I have 20 employees sitting on a job site with no plans and nothing to do they inform me again that all they can do is have me email me the problem because tech support over the phone doesn't cover the i pad and the i phone apps. Keep in mind I had to have the tech support in order to use the I phone app??? It has been an hour and a half and I just had to send all of our employees home with no work. I will be leaving bluebeam and moving our company to procore.

Justin
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

2nd to none

Reviewed on 04/09/2019

Bluebeam compliments our takeoff program very well. It is very useful for generating individual...

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.

Susan
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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Bluebeam Revu is the best product on the market

Reviewed on 10/06/2021

Its more than a PDF viewer or an annotation tool. I can do takeoff any project efficiently for...

Its more than a PDF viewer or an annotation tool. I can do takeoff any project efficiently for estimates with all the assorted program tools. It is the best platform for Constructability Reviews through studio sessions that allows all team players to collaborate with each other to avoid conflict between each engineering discipline.

Pros

It's the best software that allows simplicity for any type of project involving engineering drawings, estimating or constructability reviews whether going solo or as a team in Studio Sessions.

Cons

I have been using Bluebeam for over 15 years and had never an issue that couldn't be resolved. The support personnel can make magic happen within seconds to solve any problem.

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Bluebeam Revu FAQs

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Bluebeam Revu offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$240.00/year
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Basics: Essential tools for marking up and managing your AECO office and project documents - $240 per user, billed annually. Complete: Everything you need to manage and optimize complex AECO projects at scale - $400 per user, billed annually. Core: Comprehensive tools for managing and collaborating on small- and mid-sized AECO projects - $300 per user, billed annually.

Bluebeam Revu has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Bluebeam Revu supports the following languages:

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

Bluebeam Revu supports the following devices:

iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Bluebeam Revu integrates with the following applications:

Box, Dropbox Business, Microsoft SharePoint

Bluebeam Revu offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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