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Bluebeam Revu Tips: Aligning and Flipping Markups July 22, 2013

Posted by carolhagen in Bluebeam Revu, Construction Industry - Software.
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Bluebeam Revu has an alignment toolbar that is underutilized. Where I find it most beneficial is in creating a color coded legend to identify each specialty or industry expert’s markup. After creating a basic toolset for each specialty, I give them instructions to only use markups in their specialty toolset (a single coro for highlighter, cloud, pen, callout etc). When sharing the document in Studio, or sharing later via email, looking to the legend makes it clear visually who added which markup. Often I also turn on the grid tab to help me.

You can do much more than just align left in Bluebeam Revu like aligning a width, height or size and distributing them horizontally or vertically (the latter is great for creating a workflow diagram)!

How to Align Your Markups left justified
Selected markups can be aligned using the Alignment toolbar. Select two or more markups and then click the toolbar buttons to align left, top, right or bottom. The first markup selected will be the primary markup and all other markups will be aligned relative to the primary markup.
Markup- Alignment in Bluebeam Revu

How to Flip or Mirror Your Markups
Image, Stamp, Polyline, Polygon, Clouds, Pen, Highlight and Grouped annotations may be flipped either horizontally or vertically. To flip, select one of more annotations, then click the Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical button.

Flip Horizontal (Ctrl+Alt+H): Flip selected annotation horizontally.

Flip Vertical (Ctrl+Alt+V): Flip selected annotation vertically.


1. john doe - October 30, 2013

it says flip or MIRROR – how do you mirror????

carolhagen - March 18, 2015
Harry J - January 12, 2017

Flip and mirror are the same thing bro!
To mirror in the y axis, Ctrl+Alt+H.
To mirror in the x axis, Ctrl+Alt+V.
Bare in the mind the centre will be maintained.
Correct me if I’m wrong?

The wit of carolhagen is wasted here (or she was just trying to bump up this article).

2. fabs - February 5, 2017
3. WorkingStiff - April 17, 2017

How do you STRAIGHTEN A LINE? Deskew is not what I’m looking for. I am looking for the function to straighten a line. Meaning, if the line is not straight, this function automatically straightens it. I know there is one, I found it before but I did not save the function and now that I need it, I can’t find it. Thank you.

carolhagen - April 27, 2017

Hold the shift key while drawing the line

carolhagen - May 25, 2018

If you’re talking about a line markup, hold down the shift key while drawing the line

carolhagen - June 22, 2018

If you mean make a level markup, hold down the shift key while using the line markup.

4. Patrick Murray - July 20, 2018

https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsis there a way to rotate my comments , they are 90 degrees out from what i would like

carolhagen - August 5, 2018

Patrick, I suspect that you rotated the view prior to applying the markup.
I tell my clients to avoid using rotate view. Instead use rotate the page in the thumbnail tab prior to applying markups.

This link explains why

5. David - June 3, 2019

flip horiz and vert are not highlighted on my tool bar, what can I do to make them active?

carolhagen - June 3, 2019

David, In an open document click on the markup you want to flip so the handles appear. Then the tools should be available.

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