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Bluebeam Tip: Callouts and Leader Lines June 25, 2013

Posted by carolhagen in Bluebeam Revu, Construction Industry - Software.
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Multiple leader Line CalloutCallouts are the second most popular markup in Bluebeam Revu (Cloud is the most used) and often times it would be helpful to add another leader line (aka line with an arrow) to point to multiple locations that a callout refers to. There are a couple ways to add multiple leader lines and a few extra tips below when working with Callouts:

Adding Leader Lines:
To add leader lines, right-click a Callout and select Add Leader.
Shortcut: Hold down the Shift key and click
the bend in the leader line. Then, click a location on the document to place the arrow of the new leader line.

Removing a Leader:
Right-click a leader line, then select Delete Leader.
or Shortcut: Hold down the Shift key and click the control
point at the end of the arrow.

Moving Both the Text Box and Leader(s) Together:
Hold down Alt, click inside the text box and then drag the entire Callout to a new location.

The shortcut to add a callout is “Q”.

Hope this saves you time and go get ’em Bluebeamers!


1. D. J. Hawkins - April 3, 2018

Is there any way to have leader lines from multiple locations on the callout? I know you can move the node to any side, but can you have more than one node?

carolhagen - May 25, 2018

Only on the bend. You could add arrows to nodes and then group the markup

D. J. Hawkins - August 20, 2018

Thanks, Carol.

carolhagen - June 22, 2018

No. Only from the bend

2. Rick James (@commentxiao) - September 20, 2019

Is it possible to change the shape of the callout box to something else other than the 3 presets?

carolhagen - September 20, 2019

Rick, what shape are you looking for?

3. craig - April 13, 2020

Can I convert all text boxes to callouts and back again, Can I remove all leaders from the callout or add a leader to a text box?

carolhagen - July 26, 2020

You could add an arrow to a text box by grouping the two markups together. Not ideal though. I suppose you could add arrows on a separate layer so you could toggle on/off.

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