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
Asia, Canada, Europe, Germany, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages
Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French and 6 others, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish

Screenshots

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

Bluebeam Revu Reviews for UK Users

Bluebeam Revu Reviews for UK Users

Overall rating
4.7
/
5
Excellent
545

Very good
163

Average
21

Poor
5

Terrible
4

Value for Money
4.5
Features
4.7
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 D.

Bluebeam Perfection for the AEC Industry

The business case for my department was ease of production and progress documentation. I am part of a team implementing BlueBeam for construction and facility services. During a presentation to the key stakeholders who would approve BlueBeam, I was able to demonstrate all of it's key features that make production improve. Less time equals more efficiency!


Jeffrey E.

Great software-Terrible customer service

The customer service-technical help is just horrendous. Their 'technicians' are just phone operators, many with very bad attitudes (if I worked for a company with these policies I'd be grumpy too!) but read on...

Anything beyond the very basics like opening the program or setting up menus are completely beyond their abilities. To make matters MUCH worse they have no escalation policy at all. Read that again; a SOFTWARE company has zero escalation policy. Who you get, regardless of whether they can actually answer your question, is who you get (I was TOLD this -it's recorded too- by an operator! If they don't know something (most of the time) they put you on hold for 5-10 minutes while they go ask someone who supposedly does. Invariably there is a follow up question (or more likely, they just have the wrong answer) and so they put you on hold for ANOTHER 10 minutes. When you ask to be transferred to the person they obviously keep putting you on hold to ask, you are rebuffed. Ask harder, in fact DEMAND to be connected to a qualified tech often enough and they will revoke your service contract. Read that again, if you complain too much they will FIRE YOU instead of fix their internal problems!

Eventually I was able to work out an 'email only' connection to a senior tech who actually HAS the answers, but by revoking my service, they also robbed me of my updates so I can't even benefit from all the work I've put into helping them improve their product.


Aditya M.

Beats Adobe Acrobat!

I have been using its professional version for at least 12 months. I am very happy with the performance. It gives me freedom and swift access to all the tools needed for modifying any document. It is a very beneficial software for any Architecture/Planning/Construction/Engineering Organization.


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.


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 09/02/2018
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

Justin D.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 13-50 Employees

Bluebeam Perfection for the AEC Industry

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 29/06/2020
Review Source: Capterra

The business case for my department was ease of production and progress documentation. I am part of a team implementing BlueBeam for construction and facility services. During a presentation to the key stakeholders who would approve BlueBeam, I was able to demonstrate all of it's key features that make production improve. Less time equals more efficiency!

Pros

There simply is not a better product for construction documentation in the architect, engineer, and contractor (AEC) industry. BlueBeam allows for collaboration amongst many stakeholders - i.e. submittal reviews - with the Studio feature. BlueBeam includes extensive mark-up tools pre-loaded - which are significantly easier to use than Adobe. I work for an Owner on a large construction project - the mark-up tools allow me to document construction progress; ask questions of the contractor; and review design team documents. Oh and did I mention keyboard shortcuts? By pressing certain keys while having Bluebeam loaded, different tools automatically come up. This decreases review and production time.

Cons

Inserting a signature is easier in Adobe. In Adobe, you can draw a signature - make it look like it was a paper document you signed. Bluebeam leans more on the digital signature aspect. I prefer the 'wet' signature - this is just personal preference.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Jeffrey E.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Great software-Terrible customer service

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 12/12/2019
Review Source: Capterra

The customer service-technical help is just horrendous. Their 'technicians' are just phone operators, many with very bad attitudes (if I worked for a company with these policies I'd be grumpy too!) but read on...

Anything beyond the very basics like opening the program or setting up menus are completely beyond their abilities. To make matters MUCH worse they have no escalation policy at all. Read that again; a SOFTWARE company has zero escalation policy. Who you get, regardless of whether they can actually answer your question, is who you get (I was TOLD this -it's recorded too- by an operator! If they don't know something (most of the time) they put you on hold for 5-10 minutes while they go ask someone who supposedly does. Invariably there is a follow up question (or more likely, they just have the wrong answer) and so they put you on hold for ANOTHER 10 minutes. When you ask to be transferred to the person they obviously keep putting you on hold to ask, you are rebuffed. Ask harder, in fact DEMAND to be connected to a qualified tech often enough and they will revoke your service contract. Read that again, if you complain too much they will FIRE YOU instead of fix their internal problems!

Eventually I was able to work out an 'email only' connection to a senior tech who actually HAS the answers, but by revoking my service, they also robbed me of my updates so I can't even benefit from all the work I've put into helping them improve their product.

Pros

It is hands down the most powerful PDF editor available today. As of v. 2018.6 they have fixed MOST of the issues that made it crash (but not quite all) and I can operate this software for an average of 9 hours a day without too much cursing at the screen. Takeoff is WYSIWYG and once you learn the product, very adaptable to whatever way you like to work.

Another terrific feature is the 'slipped plans' feature where you can slipp addendum plans together with existing plans and transfer all of your current takeoff without loss. No other takeoff software allows this kind of functionality. The ability to automatically generate 'links' within the drawings (from flags to the correct page indicated by the flag) is also very valuable. Other programs DO provide this, but Bluebeam is much more accurate and faster.

Cons

The exporting function. Only allows limited functionality (.csv .xml .pdf and print) and Nemetschek refuses to work with us to provide access to the API so we can truly integrate the takeoff with our ERP system. It functions but it could be SO much more.

The tech help was TERRIBLE! First, they refuse to help unless you grant them remote access to your machine ( I won't). Then they cant actually do their job. See below for a full description;

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 5.0/10

Aditya M.
Industry: Civil Engineering
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Beats Adobe Acrobat!

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 18/03/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I have been using its professional version for at least 12 months. I am very happy with the performance. It gives me freedom and swift access to all the tools needed for modifying any document. It is a very beneficial software for any Architecture/Planning/Construction/Engineering Organization.

Pros

The flexibility that I get to edit the pdf file is just awesome. I can do whatever I want to the pdf. It helps me with drafting RFIs, Submittals and giving corrections on drawings to subcontractors. Whether its adding sign, edit content, add photos, mark drawings, make corrections.. you name it, I can do it!

Cons

The only limitation is, It cannot convert or edit DWG files. Sometimes I need a quick fix with AutoCAD file but this software doesn't have the capability to convert/import/export CAD files. This makes it BIM incompatible.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

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 04/09/2019
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

User recommendation
9.1/10
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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 738 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
Customisable Branding
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
File Management
Permission Management
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4.7/5
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Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

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:

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, Briq, Document Locator, Dropbox Business, Fieldlens, FileCloud, InEight, SharePoint, 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