Bluebeam Revu is a document and project management solution designed to streamline existing workflows. This solution can help increase collaboration among project team members in real-time with customizable markup tools. Bluebeam caters to professionals in diverse fields, including architecture, engineering, general contractors, structural steel, oil and gas, government services, plus more.
This solution allows users to transform scanned images into easily searchable documents. Bluebeam Revu provides a set of markup tools to add text, notes, CAD drawings, stamps, and highlights to documents. Photos and videos can also be embedded within markups. A markups list on the tool records all markups that are added to a document.
Bluebeam Revu's customizable markup tools are conveniently located on a side panel bar where users can add most frequently used tools. These toolsets can be exported and shared with project partners to increase collaboration. Document files can be uploaded to the cloud or proprietary servers and shared with the rest of the project team.
Users can also create bookmarks as well as customize hyperlinks and page labels. PDFs created with Bluebeam Revu can be searched by keywords and symbols. Users can log in to Bluebeam Studio to access an existing Studio project or Studio session if an existing account already exists.
A Bluebeam Revu iPad app is available.
Clarissa W. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: 201-500 empleados
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.
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!
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.
Justin D. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: 13-50 empleados
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!
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.
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.
Jeffrey E. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: 2-10 empleados
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.
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.
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;
Nate W. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: 13-50 empleados
My overall experience has been great. I will continue to use it for work and personal use.
What I like most about Bluebeam is it's versatility. I have used Bluebeam for estimating 6 figure projects, a pdf viewer, and a document editor. I am able to use and even create my own tools and customize them. I Will likely keep using Bluebeam for a very long time for multiple uses.
There is one difficulty I have run into with Bluebeam, as far as estimating goes. It can be hard to separate out different rooms or buildings into smaller estimates that are part of the larger estimate. So excluding or getting a price for a specific floor of a building. It is possible to do, but can be tedious.
Justin H. Especialidad: Construcción Número de empleados: 501-1000 empleados
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.
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.
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.