Bluebeam Software

Bluebeam PDF Revu

4.5 / 5 339 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Bluebeam solutions are used by the world's most document-intensive industries to digitize workflows, save time, improve communication and reduce project costs.


Average Ratings

339 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $249.00/one-time/user
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Bluebeam Software
  • www.bluebeam.com/
  • Founded 2002
  • United States

About Bluebeam PDF Revu

Bluebeam's PDF solution for users who want to create, edit and markup PDF files, and collaborate with project partners in real time, or anytime, using Bluebeam Studio.


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Bluebeam PDF Revu Features

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  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Building Product Database
  • Calculators
  • Change Orders
  • Contract Management
  • Cost Database
  • Customer Management
  • Job Costing
  • Price Data / Price Books
  • Project Management
  • Quote Management
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • Collaboration
  • Commenting / Notes
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drawings Integration
  • Include Photos In Reports
  • Issue Tracking
  • Quality Control Checklist
  • Task Management
  • 3D View
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Cross Section Creation
  • Electronic Plans
  • Elevation Checking
  • Error Checking
  • Site Balancing
  • Slope Routines
  • Subcontractor Management

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

Feb 09, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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.

Overall: 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.

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

Oct 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: 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.

Far superior than Adobe for construction

Apr 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: 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.

Very Good Functionality and Good Overall Performance for the Money

Jun 08, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: 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)

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BlueBeam is a MUST for Construction!

Jul 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I can't say enough good things about this software using it in the construction industry. I have used multiple different PDF editors but nothing comes close to as how good BlueBeam is. There is not much of a learning curve and you can learn the basics very quickly. It goes about as advanced as you would need and can do almost anything.

Marking up blueprints is straightforward and easy to do. There are multiple different callout shapes and easily input the tag on it. You can have a favorite toolset on a window for the most frequently used items such as your stamp, signature, check mark, etc... Once you collaborate the blueprint you can measure dimensions, surface, and volume.

Bluebeam integrates into most other software such as browsers, Microsoft Excel, and word. It has a quick button in these programs to easily convert it into a PDF inside of Bluebeam. If it does not have integration with the software you can print something and use Bluebeam as a printer to convert it into a PDF inside Bluebeam. You can even set spaces and do punch lists as well.

Everyone I work with loves with the product and nobody has a bad thing to say about it.

Cons: The only complaint I have been able to come up with but I'm sure it is user error is that my customized toolbar keeps reverting back to the default. I have locked the toolbar and messed with it but randomly every now goes back. I am unsure why this happens and is pretty frustrating when it does. Other than this no complaints.

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Easy to use. Lot of functionality.

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Bluebeam has a lot of buttons and features out-of-the-box. The default layout is intuitive. Quickly and easily add text, highlights, shapes, callouts, and lines to PDFs. The buttons for rotating the page are readily available. Taking snapshots/copies, cropping, and other editing functions are easy. Bluebeam has measurement tools so you can easily get dimensions off of plans. There are tons of keyboard shortcuts and "toolboxes" that allow you to perform repetitive tasks quickly. Customize stamps to create signatures or other repetitive text like "Reviewed By..." or dynamic shop drawing stamps (like "Make Corrections Noted"). Flatten tool allow you to lock your edits into place. Security features are also available.

Bluebeam also allows you to merge/staple multiple sheets together and further manipulate pages within a document.

Cons: Bluebeam provides a lot of functionality, but depending on your needs you may be able to use something cheaper and less functional. You should weigh your need for a tool like this. The "Staple" function for combining files within a Windows Explorer window/menu could be a little simpler. It currently brings up a dialogue box that is overly complicated and not intuitive. Other software like Adobe Acrobat allow you to do this much easier with only a few mouse clicks.

Overall: Quickly and easily edit PDFs. More powerful and functional than most of the basic PDF applications available. Merge documents from a Windows Explorer window.

Excellent PDF mark-up software with time-saving features and intuitive UI. Easy to use and learn.

Jul 24, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There are several features that make this software very useful in engineering and project management. When marking-up PDF drawings or diagrams, the ability scale dimensions and measurements within the software is valuable. Many of the features included with the software are familiar to other software commonly used in the industry, and required no special training to use. I jumped right into using Bluebeam without any training or research, the user interface is that intuitive. Combining, converting, extracting, e-signing, and marking up PDF files has become a simple task which saves a tremendous amount of time. The feature to "lock" or "unlock" amendments to documents with the "flatten" feature is a nice touch.

Cons: Sometimes when converting MS Word docs to PDF using Bluebeam creates anomalies or unwanted formatting changes in the converted/output PDF file. This can be irksome for large documents, as QC of hundreds of pages to ensure document was converted to PDF accurately is sometimes necessary. Usually this only occurs with MS Word docs that use MS features that are not commonly used in document formatting or content. Regardless, peace of mind and confidence in formatting conversion would be nice to have, though this issue is also common to other similar software suites.

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Bluebeam is an easy to use PDF viewer with tons of features that make it an all around awesome tool

Dec 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love how versatile this software is I use it daily for almost everything that I do as a project engineer. I use it for creating RFI, reviewing submittals, rough take-offs, viewing and marking up drawings, and much more. For each of these tasks Bluebeam has tools that make the process easy, quick and accurate.

Cons: I have a hard time finding things that I don't like about Bluebeam, one thing that I have found difficult with Bluebeam is while it has many tools and options it is to the point where it is almost too many tools and options. I have been using the software for close to three years now ona daily basis and I still am learning about the tools and how best to use them. The basic principals and working of Bluebeam is still quite simple but getting into their advanced tools and uses does take an investment of time and practice.

Overall: I have found that Bluebeam can do so many things that I almost don't need to use other software. Previously i used a whole slew of programs to complete various tasks similar to what I mention above but with Bluebeam I have discovered that many of these tasks can be completed in Bluebeam eliminating the need to switch between other software as well as saving costs for software that becomes redundant when weighing the uses of Bluebeam.

I consider Bluebeam Revu a necessity for my engineering work.

Mar 20, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: Overall I think Bluebeam Revu is a wonderful program. It is easy to use and difficult to make mistakes that aren't easily fixed. I think it is a necessity for anyone dealing with official documents, editing PDFs, and working in the architectural/construction industry.

Pros: There are so many pros about this program. My favorite tools would be the calibration tool for verifying and editing architectural plans, the stamp and markup tools for approving and commenting on official documents, and the comparison tool for overlaying revised documents to see design changes. I love that Bluebeam Revu is simple yet sophisticated.

Cons: One con is that whenever I lose network connection, my stamp folder loses the path to my stamp folder. It would be helpful if there was a way to save the default stamp folder so when I regain connection it will automatically connect. Another issue is with flattening. It would be nice if there was a password or something users could share with a team in order for everyone in the team to have access to flattening and unflattening. Perhaps there could be a way to choose whether to only have the user who flattened be able to unlock it or to give access to teams.

The software I never knew I needed

Feb 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I'm speaking of Revu primarily from a project engineer perspective, working with multi-discipline teams located across the country. Anytime we used to receive a submittal or RFI that requires multi-discipline coordination, you could guarantee that it would be weeks before it was returned. The typical workflow was that only one person had the file at a time, a check-out/check-in kind of system. It would work its way down the chain until all disciplines had a chance to review. For example, an elevator submittal would have to go through Arch to ensure finishes/layout, structural to approve supports and angles, mechanical, electrical, and fire protection for power, machinery, equipment, and sprinklers. By the time each person had a moment to review the submittal, a month could have easily gone by.

Then came Bluebeam Revu. All of a sudden I had the ability to create these studio sessions...what a godsend. In an industry where lead times are everything, getting submittal/RFIs back quickly is of paramount importance. So we created accounts for all of our team members and now anytime I receive a submittal that requires multi-discipline coordination, I create a Bluebeam Session with the file uploaded to it. I add all the team members that need to review it to the session and sit back and watch the show. We typically schedule a 1-hour review block where all team members hop onto the session and a conference call and we all review the file CONCURRENTLY. The beauty of Bluebeam software is all the included tools for markups and dimensioning which come absolutely FREE in the "reader" version Bluebeam Vu. So while I pay for my Revu license, all my team members get to access the studio session from a reader they can install for free on their personal computers at home.
All markups are tracked by Bluebeam and an ID is attached to each markup so that I can identify who wrote what. It's amazing software. What used to take weeks of being stuck in the pipeline, now gets turned around in a day or two.
In addition to sessions, I also take advantage of creating sets for my design team and keep track of all revisions using Bluebeam Revu's smart tagging and revision tracking. Add to that Bluebeam's integration with software like ProjectWise, Outlook, and all Autodesk software, and you've got a serious workhorse on your hands.
Revu is more than a simple PDF editor, it is an invaluable tool in the design-construction world. It

Game Changer

Aug 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: What is there not to like about Bluebeam? I first started using it when I got in the construction industry in June 2016 and I have never used a PDF editing software that is as user friendly as Bluebeam. There is countless things you can use it for and more than anything, it is the editing options and capabilities that this program has what makes it simply unique. Being able to create a session and invite members to join is quite a unique feature too; I am glad my company uses it for basically everything!

Cons: This isn't a negative comment, as I truly don't have anything bad to say about it, but if anything I would say that I would like to have a bit more training on how to use the software as it updates from one version to the other; I wish there was either trainings or instructional videos that would show the users how it is that a new version of Bluebeam compares to the older one.

With that said above, it is by far, the best PDF viewer/editor there is out there!

Best PDF editor I have ever used, Period!

Jan 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: My favorite feature is the ability to set the scale and take measurements of items that are drawn on the PDF sheets. I am an Engineer so this comes in very handy. I also love that I can quickly sketch details to get to my drafter or a contractor who is working on my project. Revu has a tool chest where I can store my most frequently used mark-ups so I dont have to keep redrawing them. This program is super powerful with the ability to insert images, reduce the file size, and create an open session that multiple people can join into and make markups on the same document simultaneously. Lastly, one of the best features are the keyboard hot-keys - just type [L} to draw a line, [C} to draw a cloud, and so on.

Cons: Since there are so many options, it can be daunting to learn at first, but with use and time it becomes more and more intuitive.

Overall: The biggest benefit from the software is that it saves me so much time thus allowing me to be more productive and profitable!

Bluebeam Revu for Construction Managers

Aug 15, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Comments: I think that Bluebeam is the best PDF manager/user tool created since the original Adobe.

Pros: It is easy, powerful, and allows you to be the master of all documentation. PDF to word conversion, drawings tools, measurement tools, scaled take-offs, etc. etc. Very powerful. The creation, modification, and use of the Stamps is another great tool for the contractor. We use Bluebeam to review, mark, and submit 100% of our shop drawings. We then have to digitally stamp each page and being able to change the date and comments in the stamp so quickly is awesome. It integrates well with PROCORE which is an excellent Management Software. The license is transferable between devices so that I can carry my SINGLE license from my work laptop to my home computer very easily by logging in on my license number.

Cons: Cost could be a factor...although I don't pay the bill at my company so I don't have the answer to the license requirements and costs.

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Bluebeam Revu is a fantastic product for viewing, editing and extracting information from PDF files

Jul 26, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The toolbox is underrated, but it completely sets Revu apart from any other pdf viewer/editors available. It is easy to use, easy to distribute, reliable. Editing is also great for minor edits as well as spotting spelling mistakes. Extracting information from sheets is a breeze as well as the OCR feature if you have the Extreme version. Studio sessions which are also underutilized are a real game changer for real time collaboration.

Cons: The latest release saw some radical changes away from a ribbon-type interface into something more traditional. I have found many tools harder to find and am not convinced of any productivity gains as a result of the interface change.

Overall: There are too many efficiency gains to list, but the main ones are automation of repetitive tasks, ability to add an "intelligence" layer (almost like a spreadsheet) to PDFs, the ability to collaborate in real time and make edits to existing pdfs. In the Architecture Engineering and Construction world, this product is king.

Greatest PDF Software

Feb 02, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Super easy to use and has tools for every type of user. From Basic to advanced, from field engineer to CAD Designer.

Cons: I can't honestly think of anything. It's great, easy to use and excellent value.

Overall: This is excellent software that gives you enormous bang for your buck. The Extreame version is by far the best and worth every penny. Its easy to use basic tools, as it has a similar interface with AutoCAD, but it also has some really good tools that are easy to learn with a little exploring. I work in many design and modeling software and this is just an extension of them. It also has plugins for many popular software. One of my favorite abilities is going from 3D revit to PDF and being able to view it. It makes communicating easier for field workers because they can rotate and view the model in 3D without me being right there. Great product!

Recommendations to other buyers: Try it out for about 10 minutes and watch a youtube video or two and you will be well versed in the abilities of Bluebeam, but you can always learn more tools that make workflow 10x more efficient and easy.

Extremely simple and useful PDF tool

Dec 05, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Extremely easy to use. The functionality of this software is improved our efficiency and accuracy when it comes to take offs and estimating. The tools for marking drawing changes and red lines are extremely easy to use and useful for keeping a current plan with any changes accurate. The editing features allow for us to call out specific details and shade certain areas to differentiate what we are looking at or phasing a certain project. The online help and information has been wonderful as we dig deeper and deeper into the functions of this software.

Cons: It is setup a little bit more like an app that a typical computer software so there is a small learning curve to overcome when first digging into the layout and setup of the software, but once you know where to find items the work is easy to complete.

Overall: This is the only PDF software that our company utilizes. It is setup in a very user friendly manner, and the functionality is through the roof. it is not just a PDF viewer/modifier, but also a useful tool for estimating, takes off and red line drawings.

The best & easiest to use pdf software for beginners or industry professionals, bar none.

Jul 14, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: If you can think it, you can do it with Bluebeam Software. I have definitely received ROI within the 1st month. This software has revolutionized how I do my job & how easily I can communicate with industry professionals in a more sophisticated manner. It has definitely elevated the appearance of my business.

Pros: Versatility to do just about anything with a PDF. My uses are the ability to Create / Edit / Improve Construction Drawings, Submittals, Take-Offs, Design, Shop Drawings, RFI's, Bid Forms, signature pages & much more

Cons: Would like more CAD / Tekla like capabilities. Since I make shop drawings & design drawings when applicable, I spend too much making an accurate layout. I would like an ability to panelize an entire area with typical spacings between panels. Also, an ability to capture the sizes of pieces in area to appear onto a BOM

Love Bluebeam! It should be the PDF standard!

Aug 02, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
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Pros: I was first introduced to Bluebeam through my place of employment. I was amazed, right from the start, at how powerful it was and how many features it had that I never knew I needed! After seeing it I could not believe how lame Adobe Acrobat seemed in comparison. The overlay comparison feature is one of the most used features here at work. I manipulate documents within it continuously. The OCR is very powerful. And text manipulation is nothing short of amazing! Great piece of software! I recommend it to everyone that can afford it! Luckily, I can use my corporate computer for personal use, otherwise I'd have to pay full price for it.

Cons: The cost is rather prohibitive for normal users. But the features are plenty and well developed.

I can't do my job without it!

Apr 17, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: A must have for any General Contractor.

Pros: Bluebeam Revu is an extremely versatile software with a wide range of uses that apply to all project stakeholders. At a basic level, the software is similar to your run of the mill PDF editor. Where it really shines is with its industry specific tools for mark-ups, as-builts, drawing management, quantity take-offs, document distribution and its ability to offer a simulated drawing revu session virtually and in real-time.

Cons: I was able to jump on Bluebeam Revu and use it at a pretty high level within a couple of days. I have, however, seen others struggle with it. They are always able to utilize a percentage of the software's functionality, but sometimes aren't able to progress to the software's higher level tools.

Excellent .pdf manipulator. Had previously used Acrobat products exclusively, had reservations.

Aug 17, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Absolutely intuitive program. You can get up and running with this with no training, assuming you have ever used any .pdf software prior. The menus are extremely rich, and generally intelligible to anyone who is computer "fluent" at the typical office "user" level. The depth of the menus is astounding, once you are past the basics, the abilities this program lets you access will change the way you do business. I like it because it makes someone without a CAD background (me) look like a professional, I was a huge Acrobat fan, the switch to BlueBeam was a corporate decision and I didn't think I'd ever get used to it. Took about two days, actually.

Overall: Every possible benefit, from personal communication to system wide corporate applications.

I use BlueBeam Revu daily (basically hourly) in the AEC Industry to mark-up and edit PDFs.

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: +KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS - simple keyboard shortcuts simply work
+Studio is an innovative collaborative tool
+The product for the AEC industry, designed explicitly for construction documents
+Can easily manipulate and edit PDFs to pick up omissions in Revit
+Has become such a critical part of my workflow that I could not do my job without it

Cons: -Adobe Acrobat allows to more easily insert a stamp signature file i.e. I use a jpg copy of my signature to insert onto a letter - Acrobat it looks closer to having really signed the document
-License restrictions - need multiple licenses for each device. Would love to use the same license on my PC and tablet but Revu does not allow for that.

Overall: Improves my workflow

Great replacement for Adobe that allows the user greater control over the image

Nov 09, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This is the number one tool for people in the construction industry to have. Having the ability to work on the same PDF with multiple people at the same time is a game changer. No more having to drive an hour for a 15 minute meeting. You can also scale the plans so that you can pull dimensions. It's AutoCad integration is super helpful. I don't have to redraw a whole sheet of detail or trace an imported jpeg anymore. This has saved me days upon days of work on projects.

Cons: The software isn't foolproof and has some glitches. I've had it boot people off of a shared pdf and not export the whole pdf. It's not translated notes properly when I try to send the drawing out. All of these things are minor glitches that happen every now and then.

Overall: I work with blueprints daily. This makes my job so much smoother. I can link in an engineer or architect and we can discuss issues right on the spot and share notes. If at some point down the road something changes, we can look up the old notes we put on the drawings. By far the best PDF viewer I have ever had the chance to use.

Bluebeam is a powerhouse PDF creator/editor

Apr 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Architecture and Engineering firms can benefit from all of the great features integrated into Bluebeam, provided that smaller firms can swallow the initial cost of acquisition and ongoing maintenance.

Pros: Bluebeam is amazing. It has all of the features that draftspersons need to create effective take-offs. It almost has too many features when we first installed the Revu eXtreme software. They have a great support/training system though, and we've now installed this on every company computer.

Cons: It can be a bit cost prohibitive compared to other PDF editors. This is offset by the abundance of features in Bluebeam, however small businesses should ensure that the cost-benefit is worth it to them.

Bluebeam is a versatile and easily navigated PDF software for professional and personal use.

May 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I have been using Bluebeam as a primary drawing and detail generation tool for close to 7 years. As a Senior Estimator for a large general construction firm it has been invaluable not only as quantities and takes off tool but as a construction sequence documentation tool. Bluebeam uses are so varied and seemingly limitless, it just takes your imagination to think beyond simple "software". I would, and have, highly recommend Bluebeam not only for the construction industry but also for beyond.

Pros: Ease of use. Low comparative cost. Seemingly endless uses for both professional and personal use. Great user support.

Cons: Only con for me is integration to 3D but this may be more of a "user" issue. File sizes can become large especially when using the Photo tool.

I love Bluebeam but the 2018 version is terrible!

Apr 24, 2018
5/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: I love the ability to manipulate PDF's and the wide range of tools that help accoplish this. I alos love its ability to work with blueprints on measuring and quantifying items. I love Bluebeam by far the most helpful tool i have at work.

Cons: 2018 version takes everything you love about bluebeam and throws it in the trash. Its new user interface makes it impossible to find the tool your looking for. Not sure who came up with this "genius" idea but they should be fired. As a longtime bluebeam user the 2018 version is designed cause confusion and frustration and overall decrease your productivity. Sorry bluebeam but major fail on this one.

I would not be able to handle volume I do without BlueBeam Revu and Exteme

Apr 23, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Edits are easy and you can really do some incredible things with this software. I love that i am able to work seamlessly between BB and Outlook for example-using tools like screen shots without having to attache the entire document. I also love the email function from PDF. Works great when i quickly need to pull a page or two for a foreman.

Cons: I find that it can hold on to documents. So it will show as in use and I can not move or delete the file. Its an easy fix and I know it holds them for easy access when in the program so Its not really an issue but can be a hassle at moments

Overall: This saves me hours of slip sheeting alone. Worth every penny

My office needed to find a pdf reader and editor that would not require an annual renewal like Adobe

Jul 25, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to edit pdfs. Allows me to measure from pdf drawings which is a huge help in my line of business (Interior design in an architectural firm).

Cons: They keep shutting down any and all forums where people offer tips to help one another with it. This is incredible frustrating since I don't have time to take training courses and need to learn on the fly. All other software that i use has online forums where I can ask questions and get quick answers form experienced users. I don't understand why they feel the need to do this.
ALSO I don't like that I don't have optical word recognition in my version. Adobe offers it in their free reader.

Not sure how this product got so many good reviews

Oct 31, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: This may be extremely appealing to AEC industry companies, but my advice as an IT professional is save yourself the headache and just go with Adobe. Adobe is more expensive in the long-run but the price savings with Bluebeam isn't worth the time you'll spend with unhappy end users who can't do basic tasks, not to mention the hours you'll spend dealing with Bluebeam's support staff who doesn't care and developers who have clearly not tested their products before going live.

Pros: Bluebeam comes with lots of features for AEC industry users. It also comes with lots of customization options for how the product is used/viewed.

Cons: Where to start...half of the important features have bugs; either they only partially work or they don't work at all. The "stapler" is great in concept but their execution of it is terrible. Why do we need two windows to simply combine pdfs?? They offer editable pdf features that they "don't respect" such as the "show" option on document properties, you can't edit text from exported CAD drawings, form field recognition is the pits, the conversion of documents to PDF is slow as molasses, the browser plugin simply does not work, profile customizations such as "default output folder" are not respected, I could go on and on. Even worse, their customer support is AWFUL. Out of 7 tickets I've submitted in the past month since we've gone live, not one issue has been resolved.

Bluebeam blows Adobe Acrobat out of the water.

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like all of the markup tools. I like how easy it is to draw & design. I love it's batch hyperlinking, batch editing tools. I really like it's review & comparison capabilities. It's great how easy it is to combine files & add or remove pages. The OCR & redaction capabilities are fantastic.

Cons: Sometimes, when you're trying to change the style or color of only part of the text in your text box, it changes the entire box or if you move it it removes the style and/or color change. That's the only bug I've found.

Overall: This is the best PDF viewing, editing & markup software I've come across. It's affordable & easy to use. I can't suggest Bluebeam enough.

Bluebeam has by far surpassed and "PDF Viewer" software and has made my job 10x more efficient.

Jun 05, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I love the constant improvements but also keeping core functions that I use everyday .
the shotcut keys are awesome. Combining PDFs with ease as amazing. Batch function to perform find and mark functions with hundreds of sheets in seconds is amazing.

Cons: the 3D PDF part is still a little foreign and tough to make my way around. It does seem to slow down a lot when there are more lines or layers to the PDFs as well. If there was a way to improve on that that would be great.

Overall: It has save a lot of time. I have also found an endless amounts of functions in this software that has been very helpful while trying to present information to clients.

Bluebeam give you more than you paid for

May 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Comments: It compliments any other software you have.

Pros: This software is by far the "most for the least." I haven't found any other software that allows for such robust examination and sharing of plans for so cheap. Bluebeam allows us to decide who can alter plans, who can flatten them (make the changes permanent), and who can just view them (like sub-contractors). Paid subscriptions are super cheap compared to other softwares that make the same claims.

Cons: Sometimes the icons can get confusing, and having to use a password all the time is a pain, but a small price to pay for a cool shareable medium for plans.

Powerful yet.....

Sep 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Its a great program over all to if you are currently using adobe or other software its easy to use and has ton to on-line videos if you ever get stuck and the Java scripting helps out greatly when you want to stream line work flows

Pros: What i like about this product is -how easy it is to use -adaptive for multi use in different ways to allow you to cover different work flows -the power to set up a standard for everyone to use -Support team always easy to reach and get back to you in a short period of time

Cons: -Lacking the power to go from PDF to cad -file size issues at times -limited custom options in the tool chest(swapping columns around)

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GREAT VALUE! Flexible software that is very scale-able for any company

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: This software is phenomenal for any document management in construction. Bluebeam is the lifeblood of my everyday work. I use it daily to manipulate, markup, and compare documents. They also have training videos and a vast array of forum topics that people have posted online to any issue that you're having in the software.

Cons: Sometimes it can be a little too complex. There's so much that you can do in the software... it can be hard to find how to do what you want to do.

Overall: The value is unbeatable! If you wanted to, you could run an entire project directly out of Blubeam. The possibilities are endless using Bluebeam...

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An excellent scale-able platform to use

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: creating your templates, you can really customize to meet all of your needs, you can add in just about any scenario and incorporate to just about about any condition that suites your needs, it's high scale able.

Cons: It's a little bit challenging to get the help you need with this program. there are tutorials but they also can be c confusing to use, you have to really be specific in your search's as i have found i was misdirected to other sites by the search engine. It takes time and practice to learn all of this programs features which are too many to list. A throughout understanding and knowledge of the trades your performing is required, you absolutely need to know your products that your working with in order to build workable templates.

Overall: you can quickly perform many different functions and the color coding helps to keep every item identifiable on your condition list. Quantities are easily obtained which makes creating material list and purchase orders possible.

Fantastic document review program

Feb 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: If you need a document editing/viewing software, this is it.

Pros: Bluebeam can handle everything I throw at it. I can convert from almost any format to a PDF, images, office docs, websites, you name it. Not only that, it can backwards convert to most file types. I can take an image of text and convert it to a word document, or take a matrix on a set of plans and go to excel.

Cons: Some of the more advanced features are a pain to figure out. There is so much functionality built into the program that I've actually had to relearn things because they are buried in menus and options.

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Bluebeam makes reviewing and marking up documents extremely quick and simple!

Apr 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Using the Studio aspect of the program, our project team is able to upload virtually any document to an online server. From here any other party can view and download these files without requesting them from the project team. Makes file sharing efficient.

Cons: It becomes difficult to track documents in the software as the logging option is difficult to learn and time consuming.

Overall: We have successfully uploaded thousands of PDF files for subcontractors to utilize on a daily basis. In addition any mark-ups have been saved and shared with the project team to ensure that all parties are on the same page at all times.

A solid product for takeoffs

Apr 12, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: I use Bluebeam Revu for roofing and wall panel takeoffs. The program is pretty intuitive so you can figure out a lot of what you want to do without having to look at help files. I'm a learn by doing kind of person, so this suits me well. There are also plenty of help files and videos on YouTube when you need to know more detailed information. I looked into replacing Bluebeam a few months ago, but, after looking at the cost/benefit of other programs, we decided to upgrade Bluebeam instead of replacing it.

Pros: Intuitive interface, responsive customer service, many help files/videos

Cons: Only uses 1 cpu core at a time (if it can utilize multiple cpu cores, I haven't found a way to do it)

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Jun 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Makes Adobe Acrobat obsolete.

Pros: The ability to have access to files at the same time with STUDIO is it's greatest assets along with the speed in which you can open and view files. It is a great resource for tracking read lines progress. It is also invaluable for shop drawing review. It has made hard copies obsolete for drawing reviews, redlines and shop drawings.

Cons: The cost of BlueBeam is a little expensive for personal use but it does come with the option of using sessions so you can use it out of the office with out a licensed copy but is is a little clunky.

Functional though not necessarily intuitive

Mar 21, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There is much you can do with this software. The learning curve is long for this program but it is quite functional.

Cons: When you save a document the save window takes up the entire screen. There is no way to reduce the size of the window or even move it to my second monitor. I am typically multitasking and not being able to minimize or move the save screen is problematic.
How do you delete a stamp from the drop down list? Many of the stamps I have created are now obsolete but there is no obvious way to delete them or even rename them.
What about a back button to reverse an action done in error? This function does not appear to be available.
These are just a few examples of challenges to using this software.

We use Bluebeam Revu throughout our office. It's a great tool in many aspects of our work.

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: What an easy product to use! Our IT guy installed the software, I received a 5 minute tutorial from my manager and I was off and running. I use Bluebeam on a daily basis to show devices on construction documents and keep track of counts and changes. The ability to update a background is fantastic! That allows us to immediately see what has changed in the PDF plans we receive and that keeps our work relevant and helps prevent problems on the job site.

Cons: Just yesterday we got a new PDF background for a construction project. The engineer had moved the background two inches. I couldn't find any way to move all of our drawing objects at once, so I had to move each symbol one at a time... there were about 50 symbols... it would have been nice to select them all and move them all together. If that functionality exists, it needs to be easier to find!

I use Bluebeam everyday at my job. In my opinion it's the best PDF software available on the market.

Jun 03, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The measurement tools in Bluebeam are second to none. For civil engineering work, this program shines as one of the best quantity takeoff tools available. All of this is outside of just being an excellent PDF program. Has a vast majority of tools that most competitors don't which is useful for a number of different uses.

Cons: My only real complaint with Bluebeam is that sometimes the Bluebeam studio can freeze up and not perform well. A lot of this depends on the system it is linked to, but it still struggles from time to time with large files.

The latest version has removed functionality, and gotten much more clunky.

Jun 13, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
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Comments: Life needs more color, blue is in the name, but by removing it and most other colors they have made me blue.

Pros: It was fairly self explanatory, but that functionality is lessened with latest update. The functions it uses are often better than ACAD products where accuracy is not needed, yet it is rather accurate. The look of the pdf's generated is rather customizable.

Cons: They change the normal way of things just for the sake of it. The file sizes are rather large. The naming and placement of toolbars has been removed from the user's functionality in this latest version.

Great tool for the construction field. Easy to navigate drawings and markups.

May 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The variety of tools for instances: markup options, writing comments, searching for words, measuring, photo attachments, studio-icloud usage and linking external accounts like sharefile or box.

Cons: It tends to overload when you have too many documents open. I've tried closing the app and reopening the app but the files do not open. The app tends to shutdown. To correct this, the device must be turnoff and restart. I don't know if this a bug issue or the device can't support the large files.

Overall: Less mistakes at work due to updated files available at the tip of my fingers.

It appears there is somebody who changes the whole setup when I return to restart my unfinished project. It takes me more time to figure out where I was; and, where should I go. I bought two licenses of Bluebeam to enable me work smoothly without any trou

Dec 12, 2017
2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
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Comments: Read Number one (1) above. I am tempted to change my mind about Blue-beam. Thank you.

Pros: Some people want me to keep buying without doing actual work in the field. It takes me more time to figure out where I was; and, where should I go. I bought two licenses of Bluebeam to enable me work smoothly without any trouble. Every time I feel I need a tutorial to take me back to where I left my project. OR, the marketing section is over zealous to sell more of its licenses to me alone. I have started to get disappointed.

Cons: Read Number one (1) above. I am tempted to change my mind about Blue-beam. It takes me more time to figure out where I was; and, where should I go. I bought two licenses of Bluebeam to enable me work smoothly without any trouble. Every time I feel I need a tutorial to take me back to where I left my project. OR, the marketing section is over zealous to sell more of its licenses to me alone. I have started to get disappointed.

I like using Bluebeam for viewing docs and also doing takeoffs.

Jun 14, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like how I can do various takeoff exercises within the same document. It gives me the ability of changing scales from page to page. I can change colors and fonts as I see fit. It sorts each takeoff item into various categories and layers.

Cons: The larger files can bog down the speed of working in the program. Especially when working off of an off-site server, sometimes the larger files with so many different layers can take a lot of time loading, and get a delay when zooming in and out.

Overall: It's a great software program to run estimates with.

Bluebeam is user friendly and has lots of capabilities that are useful for different types of work, from quantification to editing and lots in between

Apr 12, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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Comments: I have used Bluebeam review for the last 10 years instead of Adobe Acrobat, and been very satisfied.

Pros: Hyperlinking and bookmarking multipage construction drawings make for a very easy to navigate large set of documents. The takeoff tools are also very easy to use.

Cons: Sometimes the help link is not very helpful. Can't copy 'count' takeoffs to different sheets. Other quantity takeoff software have a better presentation option for listing the takeoffs on the document. Sometimes measurements spit out in inches when I want feet, and its not intuitive to change it.

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I regularly use Bluebeam Revu to work with PDFs

Jul 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: It has a lot of functionality, and the interface, once you get used to it, is easy and intuitive. It can do quite a bit, and with ease. I modify PDFs, delete, add pages, and combine PDFs. The ability to reduce resolution on a large PDF is very useful.

Cons: I wish it was easier to zoom/scroll using the mouse wheel than having to click a zoom button. Other than that, the program's interface is well laid out and it offers mostly everything that I need.

Overall: I can do a lot more with PDFs - things that are more difficult to do using Adobe Acrobat.

Bluebeam is so more than just a PDF reader, has multiple features.

Aug 07, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Bluebeam helps in adding mark ups to documents, can create layers, teams can collaborate using the Studio feature on the same document at the same time. Bluebeam has the ability to measure lengths, areas if it calibrated as per the scale. It can search a phrase or a character or a word at all instances with the search feature. Drawing sheets can be overlayed for comparison. Overall its a very powerful tool.

Cons: Its a user friendly software, but needs quick tips guide within the software for new users.

Best .pdf viewer/editor on the market

May 15, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Purchasing additional seats is super-simple. As the admin, I like not having to jump through hoops to get more keys.

Pros: Too many to mention. Ability to sign documents, add text, shapes, lines, and whatever else you think up, flatten, etc. All within an easy-to-use interface that takes very little training to be up to speed.

Cons: Standard with maintenance included, but well worth it. If you buy several seats on one key, you have to upgrade all of them at once, unless you email them. I'd like to see that process a little easier.

Bluebeam Rocks!

Mar 12, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: I love everything about this program! It fits every need that we have, as a general contracting company. The measure tool is by far my favorite, you can set any scale that you want and get accurate measurements off of plans without having to go to the field at all. It's extremely user friendly and easy to learn. This software lets us do anything from stamping that a plan has been received to authenticating signatures on contracts. I recommend bluebeam for everyone.

Cons: The only slight issue I have is the fact that you aren't able to view two documents at the same time; when you scroll down on one of the documents the other one scrolls to the same place. This is a great feature for comparing documents with minor revisions that you need to see, but it isn't beneficial if the two documents didn't start out as the same.