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Bluebeam Shortcut: Snap, Sync, and Reuse with the Construction Profile January 29, 2015

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Status Bar in Revu has Reuse, Snap, Sync, etcThe popularity of the Construction Profile in Bluebeam Revu often leads to a bit of confusion for newer Bluebeamers. The Status Bar is hidden by default in the profile and so I frequently see people changing the profile they’re using to Takeoff or Advanced so they have the options to Snap to Content, Snap to Markup, Sync side-by-side views or Reuse markups.

Let’s save you some time and instead share the shortcut, F8. This will toggle the Status Bar Off/On in all Revu profiles. Of course if you want to, you could modify the profile so it’s always there too!

For more ways to access the Grid, Sync, Snap options, read “Making Markups a Snap in Bluebeam Revu

With Bluebeam Revu 2015 arriving on February 3rd, 2015 I encourage you to contact me via email or call me 602-570-7289 today if you do not already own a Bluebeam Revu Extreme license. You’ll wish you did if you deal with larger plan sets with 100+ pages. To check whether you have Standard, CAD or Extreme in Revu, click on Help | About

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Bluebeam Tip: Visualizing Project Percentage Completion with Your Project Owner December 9, 2014

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Bluebeam Tools for Work Completion by Sub

How to General Contractors help a project Owner Visualize the Project’s Percentage of Completion?  It’s difficult. I’ve seen many spreadsheets, reports, thousands of photos and AIA Schedule of Values all attempting to convey to the owner just how far along their project is. The problem is most owners need visuals. Photos are great for seeing what’s done but it’s a lousy way to convey an overall status on the project. There is a better way with Bluebeam Revu by creating a custom tool set and utilizing custom statuses in the worklist.

Understanding what is done, who you are waiting on, and how the project is progressing can be difficult to convey. Especially in complex projects. Using a simple approach with the floorplan, setting work areas (using spaces) and embedding symbols for each trade (a custom tool set) in all work areas can help. The status and color of the trade’s symbol in each work area can convey whether materials are staged, what’s started, what’s 50% complete, what’s finished, etc., and when all trade work is complete in a work area, the entire space can be colorized as complete. Just slap a legend on the floorplan and the owner will understand without having to analyze spreadsheets or read a report.

Creating the custom tool set can be a little tedious.
1. Place an Ellipse markup on a PDF in an oval shape.
2. Add a text box inside the oval with a 2 character abbreviation for the trade.
3. Use the Lasso Tool, right click and Group the ellipse markup and text markup together
4. Change the  Properties of this tool and provide the full name of the trade (ie. electrical, drywall, etc) You may also want to change the opacity.
5. Add this tool to a new tool set in your tool chest (you may want to call this Work Completion by Trade/Specialty/Sub or Work Pct Compl by Sub), either by right clicking and adding to a tool set or dragging and dropping the tool from the Recents Tool Set to another tool set (as the recents will clear when you close Revu).
6. Repeat for as many trades as you want to track.

To help all my Bluebeam readers, I’ve created a tool set for you that you can import and use as a template to get you started with 10 symbols for Framing, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, etc. Click here to download this tool set and make modifications. I suggest you create the custom Status Model detailed below and tool set in a Custom Profile called Work Completed Status for Owner.  Consider it a early Christmas present as I know all Bluebeamers have been good this year!

Once you have this imported into your tool chest, you’ll want to create your own custom statuses for Material Staged, Trade Started, 50% Complete, 90% Complete, 100% Complete. A sample of what you might want is shown below. Note that each State is color coded differently and that you will want to add a legend onto the floorplan so your owner know what each color means.
Revu Custom Statuses for Work Completed by Trade

 

To get to the Manage Status dialogue box, go to the worklist and click on the gear next to the Status Icon (looks like a traffic light). Then add the new Model on the left, check the newly created model and then add your custom statuses for that model on the right.  Here’s what it looks like in use:Bluebeam Revu provides owners visual of work completed Status by work area or room on the project

Since you’ve read to the end of the post I’m also providing this download to my custom “Work Completed for Owner” Profile  so feel free to modify the status colors and create your own legend.

You can use similar methods for creating multilevel approvals for the punch and back check, design and constructability reviews, etc.

There’s another gift coming tomorrow so be sure to check back on this blog, especially if you need a few more Bluebeam Revu licenses.

Bluebeam Tip: Construction Coordination Overlays October 7, 2014

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The Document Comparison features in Bluebeam Revu are great for spotting differences between revisions but did you realize you can also use the Overlay Pages option for your construction coordination?

Simply select the construction disciplines you want to coordinate and assign each an appropriate color in the overlay pages dialogue box. The great part about using the overlay pages function is that each discipline (file name) will automatically come across as a layer so you can toggle each discipline off/on as you work on the coordination. In the sample below we used overlay pages with three documents: S1.2, A401 and E201 being the structural framing plan, architectural rcp and electrical wiring diagram respectively. To view your layers, use the shortcut ALT + Y or select layers from the Tab Access Menu.

Coordination Overlays in Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam Revu is versatile and often one function serves multiple purposes. Once you overlay your coordination, you may want to assign work areas using Spaces and create a schedule for your specialty contractors, part of workface planning and the Fiatech Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) project.

Want to learn more about Bluebeam or need one on one web training for your construction team or office staff? We offer customized training for your Project Managers, Estimators and supporting office staff. To arrange for web-based Bluebeam Training using GoToMeeting, Email Me Your Contact Info.

Bluebeam Revu Tip: Complementing CAD August 21, 2014

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While many Architectural, Engineering and Construction firms use Bluebeam Revu to convert CAD to PDF, there’s an often overlooked capability that is as plain as the nose on your face. It’s sketching and creating floorplan illustrations.

It was my pleasure to meet Nathan Woods, CCCA, LEED AP of Taylor Design at the 2014 Bluebeam Extreme conference. We had the opportunity to connect on LinkedIn afterwards and struck up a conversation. I inquired as to how he first found Bluebeam and what he uses it for. “I was looking for a superior way to markup and respond to RFIs” says Nathan. “Nowadays, I draw in Bluebeam equal amounts to sketching or CAD.”

Luckily for us, he was willing to share a sample of his work in Bluebeam with this floorplan illustration (below), taking it from sketch to finished work. Overtime he has added custom tool sets into his tool chest copying some tools from CAD and creating others from scratch in Bluebeam. With the custom tool set features, you can have all your favorite symbols, illustrations, etc. right at your fingertips. Let’s take a look at Nathan’s work.

The sketch is the basis for laying out his illustration:
Floorplan Sketch

He then creates layers for the Soffits, Markups and Text Annotations. Nathan draws in the soffits with the polygon tool that he’s customized with a fill color. Here you can see the soffits layer added to the sketch:Adding the soffits layer to the sketch in Bluebeam

Now let’s turn on the markups layer. Many of the tools here are part of his custom tool set.
Markups added to the Floorplan illustration, these Custom Tools created in Bluebeam

Finally the text is added for a professionally illustrated finished floorplan. All that’s left is to add the Architect stamp!Floorplan illustration created in Bluebeam

A special thank you to Nathan Woods for sharing this with our readers.

If you have created a timesaving tool or found another use for a Bluebeam and would like to be featured in an upcoming blog post, reach out to me on LinkedIn, Email Me, or tell us about it in the comments.

Want to learn more about Bluebeam Revu or need on-site training for your construction team and office staff? I am available and travel the United States providing in-house customized training for your Project Managers, Estimators and supporting office staff. To arrange for Bluebeam Training in your offices, Email Me Your Contact Info.

Bluebeam Tip: Working Efficiently with Tabs and Panels August 7, 2014

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Make your Thumbnails tab appear at the top of a panel in Bluebeam Revu
Bluebeam provides you with many options for configuring your profiles including the ability to position tabs within panels. Panels can be split into multiple areas to allow accessing multiple tabs in the same panel at the same time. This maximizes the usable space in the panels.

In this example we’ll position the thumbnails tab above all the other tabs in the left panel. This is useful when you work with multipage documents and wish to navigate quickly, while using other tab functions like Links or Layers.

1. In the construction profile, open the left panel.
2. Click the icon of the thumbnails tab and drag it down Position this tab above into the panel until the Position Wheel appears, then drag the thumbnails tab over the up arrow of the Position Wheel, and release.

To undo this top/bottom split, simply drag the thumbnails tab back between the File access and tool chest icons.

You can drag additional tabs into the same panel and split them in any direction. The configuration of the workspace is saved so that the next time a session of Revu is started, the layout will not have to be re-configured.

In the example below, the Tool Chest is dragged below the thumbnail view so that both tabs may be displayed at once. Use the Position Wheel to define other placements, such as side-by-side or above, in addition to the below setting shown.

Place the Tool Chest Tab below the Tumbnails Tab in the Panel

Note that if you position a tab to the bottom panel it can overlay the left and right panels. Click the small left or right arrows on the panel border to toggle this setting. Expanding in this manner enables more columns to be displayed in the Markups list.

You can also drag icons from the left to the right panel or rearrange the order they appear within a panel.

Bluebeam Tip: How to Transfer the .DWG file layer information to PDF July 10, 2014

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Bluebeam has had many people request that they transfer the DWG layers from AutoCAD into a Revu PDF. While currently on Revu 12.1 this feature is not present, there is a workaround.

Pull all AutoCAD DWG layer files together

If you create a separate PDF for each layer using Bluebeam’s CAD Plug-in, Making a Layered Bluebeam PDF from AutoCAD and name each separate PDF the layer name, then in Bluebeam you can create a layered PDF using
File | Create | Layered PDF which combines all the docs together (make sure to check the box Use Filename as Layer Name).

That being said, I did ask the status of this feature on the Bluebeam Roadmap and the reply received was AutoCAD has not opened the layers function in their API. If you as Bluebeamers and AutoDesk customers want it, you need to demand it. Send an email, letter or text message to management, add it to the AutoCAD Wishlist and maybe ask AutoCAD support. Perhaps if they hear from their customers (instead of Bluebeam Software) enough, they’ll add it to their API.

Another alternative would be to use AutoCAD’s DWG to PDF.pc3 print driver – here’s a YouTube video of that

(Note: Using AutoCAD’s print driver does not make the layers work in Bluebeam)

I want to thank Clinton Hill for asking me this question as it obviously inspired this Bluebeam Tip.

If you have questions you need answered about Bluebeam, reach out to me on LinkedIn, email me or add your question in the comments. Perhaps your question will appear in a future Bluebeam Revu Tip on this blog.

Bluebeam Tip: When Keyboard Shortcuts Don’t Work July 2, 2014

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Bluebeam Keyboard Shortcuts not working

Bluebeam Shortcuts are a huge timesaver and it’s well worth memorizing your favorites but there are conditions when they simply do not work. The default setting in Bluebeam is set to disable shortcuts whenever the document you are working on contains a form field. This is set to avoid any conflict between keyboard shortcuts and typing in the form field.

If you have the task of reviewing forms design, processing forms (filling in the “For office use only” area) or work with documents that may only have a few form fields like a check box or digital signature field, you may want to enable the shortcuts. This can be done but the instructions change depending upon which version of Bluebeam Revu you have.

Revu 11 and above:

In Revu, click Settings > Preferences (or press Ctrl+K).
Click Forms on the left side.
Check the Enable Single Key Shortcuts with Form Fields check box.
Click OK.

Revu 10:

In Revu, click Settings > Preferences (or press Ctrl+K).
Click General on the left side.
Check the Enable Single Key Shortcuts with Form Fields check box.
Click OK.

Revu 9 and previous:

In Revu, click Edit > Preferences (or press Ctrl+K).
Select General on the left side.
Check the Enable Single Key Shortcuts with Form Fields check box.
Click OK.

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Here’s how you can access a list Bluebeam keyboard shortcuts from right inside Revu.

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Bluebeam Gets New Measurement Options with Revu 12.1 May 13, 2014

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The Bluebeam Revu 12.1 update adds some handy measurement options so estimators can save some time. Simply calibrate as usual and check the new independent units checkbox. This offers the choice of units you want to use for length, area and volume measurements.

In the sample below I’ve opted to measure square yards for area as I am taking off the flooring and cubic yards for the stairwell concrete slab while leaving the length a foot and inches measurement as usual (double click for a larger image). You can change between metric measurements and English in the same takeoff with ease should you need to. Let Bluebeam Revu do the conversion for you!

Bluebeam Measurements add independent units function

If you have a previous version of Revu (11 or earlier) you may need to renew your annual maintenance to upgrade to Revu 12. Please check with your systems administrator or email me your Revu Serial number and I’ll check it for you.

If your annual maintenance is up to date, please refer to our previous blog post, How to upgrade Bluebeam Revu 11 to Revu 12 which includes hardware/software considerations before upgrading to Revu 12.

Bluebeam Revu Tip: Convert Multiple Files to PDF with Stapler May 5, 2014

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Saving time is a Bluebeamer mantra and the Stapler function can help expedite conversion when you have multiple files that you want in PDF format. Rather than opening each document and converting it to PDF, you can select numerous documents from File Explorer (or in the Open File option inside Bluebeam Revu) and do them all in a batch. You can also combine them all into a single PDF simultaneously. Converting files to PDF makes it easy to share with construction team members, subcontractors and suppliers who may not have the native applications to open all file types you are using. Follow these steps to make File conversion to PDF a breeze:

Multi Select Your Files
Choose all the files you want to convert to PDF then Right Click, pick Save To and choose Bluebeam Stapler. They can be JPEG, Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint (pptx), Word (doc or docx), text files, TIFF, GIF, HTML, PNG, bitmap, rich text format, AutoCAD, DWF or Solidworks files, essentially the active plugins you have access to.
Convert Multiple File Types to PDF in One Step with Bluebeam Stapler

Complete the Bluebeam Stapler Steps
The Stapler then launches and identifies the application associated with each file type. If it cannot resolve what application to use, it will return an “unsupported file type” message. The dialogue box at right Stapler shows what Application it will use to recognize each file type
shows you can add more files, folders or subfolders, and using the arrows, control the order of conversion. If you choose to also combine these files into one document rather than keeping each converted document separate, the PDF pages are placed in the sequence of the stapler conversion. Note you also control the output folder. If you have selected all the files and options you want, click Create File to complete the conversion to PDF.

The Stapler Wizard (optional)
If you instead select OK rather than Create File, it will launch the Stapler Wizard. The Stapler can be used to configure Stapler allows you to queue up multiple PDF conversion jobs
a set of conversions, each conversion being referred to as a “job”. Multiple jobs can be added to the Stapler and converted at once. Use this capability to convert many files in an automated manner.

If you need to convert countless file volumes and file folders to PDF, you may want to consider Bluebeam Q as it can process files directly from a watched folder automatically. Learn more about Bluebeam Q here.

Bluebeam’s Revu iPad App Gets New Signature Tool May 2, 2014

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The latest release of iPad Revu brings a much requested feature with the new Signature Tool in version 2.6. Project managers and superintendents on the project site are doing a happy dance as they can add their signature to the tool chest and place an electronic signature on their PDFs. Here’s the full set of instructions on how to use the Signature Tool in Revu iPad directly from out of the handbook:
New Signature Tool Now available in Bluebeam's iPad Revu App

Note that Revu iPad version 2.6 was released on April 29, 2014. Previous purchasers must update their app to have this option.
Get the Revu iPad App on iTunes

For digital signatures, download a 30 day free trial of Bluebeam Revu to you PC or laptop (requires Windows 7 or higher).

Bluebeam Keyboard Shortcuts March 11, 2014

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Bluebeam Revu Shortcuts

Bluebeam keyboard shortcuts can save you an enormous amount of time and many are worth the effort of memorization. Bluebeam has a Keyboard shortcuts document hidden inside Revu. This PDF document contains all the shortcuts for Markup and Editing, Viewing, Navigation, Page Manipulation, Show Tabs, Advanced Text, File Operations and miscellaneous items. All the function key shortcuts, and keystroke combinations of Alt, Ctrl and Shift are packed into this fabulous resource that most Bluebeamers have overlooked.

The Bluebeam Revu Keyboard Shortcuts is accessed by navigating to the Help Tab and clicking on the down arrow (inverted triangle) next to the Help icon. I find most people who find this document open it and only look at the first few pages. In essence, they only see the mouse navigation buttons. Continue on to the fourth thru sixth pages and you’ve hit the mother lode!

Now go get ’em Bluebeamers!

How to Upgrade Bluebeam Revu 11 to Revu 12 March 4, 2014

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How to Upgrade Bluebeam Revu 11 to Revu 12

If you have Bluebeam Revu 11 installed on your PC or laptop, there are a few considerations before you upgrade to Revu 12.

Revu 12 is only supported in Windows 7 and Windows 8.x so if you have Windows XP or Vista, you’ll need a Microsoft Update (and possibly may want to upgrade to a new computer). You can read all the Bluebeam Full Specs and hardware requirements here. Check with your IT department, or follow these instructions from Microsoft to upgrade your Operating System:

Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7
Microsoft reacts to XP upgrade critics with free file transfer tool
Upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from XP, Vista or Windows 7

If you’re already using Windows 7 or 8.x you will need the Serial Number and Product Key which you received from Bluebeam when you purchased the software (The serial number and product key were sent in the license certificate that you received in an email message from registration@bluebeam.com – This may have been directed to your IT department if you have multiple licenses).
If you cannot find the email with your License Certificate, you can request that your License Certificate be resent to you:
•Open Bluebeam PDF Revu
•From the Help menu, click on About Bluebeam PDF Revu
•You will need to obtain both the Version and Serial Number that is listed in the top portion of the window.
•Send an email to registration@bluebeam.com and request that a new copy of the License Certificate be emailed to you. Please include the Serial Number, your name, company name, email address and phone number in the email.

To Upgrade from Revu 11 to Revu 12
If you have annual maintenance, visit the Upgrade Page (Shown above)

If you purchased Bluebeam Revu 11 on or after January 1, 2014 and on or before February 25, 2014 visit Upgrade Page (Shown Above)

If you do not have Annual Maintenance you may contact Bluebeam, your Bluebeam Authorized Reseller or email me and I’ll get your upgrade to Revu 12 processed promptly.

Bluebeam Tip: Creating a Multicolored Legend Tool February 28, 2014

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Multi-colored Legend Tool in Bluebeam
Markedup plans and documents are easier to collaborate on and convey information when the markups are color coded. Colors speed our brain’s ability to consume content. If you have created color coded Tool Chests for those you collaborate with, you’ll immediately know who added which markups. This is especially useful when working with multiple disciplines like the Architect, Structural Engineer and General Contractor. Creating a Legend Tool to place on all the document pages is easy and saves you time. Here’s how:

1. Place a Text Box on a document and enter Architect
2. Change the Properties of the text in the text box to the color your Architect will use.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the Structural Engineer and General Contractor (and for any other disciplines you want in your legend).
4. Line Up all your text boxes tightly together on your document. (You may want to turn on the Grid to line these up)
5. Lasso or multi-select all the text boxes you added in the above steps on your markups list, right click and select Group to group these markups.
6. Add the Grouped markups to your tool chest by dragging it from the Recents to your My tools

Now you have your multicolored Legend tool to reuse and place on all the pages you need to.

Another way to do this would be to create a custom stamp. Then you could use the Batch Stamp function to place your legend on all the pages.

What other tools or stamps have you created that arebig time savers? Share your ideas in the comments section and help all my readers become efficent Bluebeamers!

The New Photo Capture Feature in Bluebeam Revu 12 February 25, 2014

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When adding photos to PDFs, you can quick run out of real estate on your document. Bluebeam has addressed this limitation with their Photo gallery capture feature now available in Revu 12.

Your photo gallery can attach to any markup so use it with Punch symbols, cloud existing jobsite conditions, callouts of project milestones inside walls before you drywall, etc. It even lets PDF receipients view and download photos if they want to. Watch and learn:

If you haven’t tried Bluebeam Revu in your contracting firm, you can now by downloading a 30 day free trial now.

If you already own Bluebeam but don’t have annual maintenance let me help. Email Me Your Contact Info and we’ll get you upgraded and enrolled today.

Bluebeam Tip: Improving Estimating (Take-off) Measurement Accuracy January 23, 2014

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Improve Take-off Accuracy Disable Line WeightsBluebeam Revu provides measurement tools ideally suited for construction estimating take-off.  You can use the snap to content for your estimating department to work with plan sets and “hit” the exact corner or inside wall for a perfect measurement but the line weight might may impact your measurement accuracy.

The problem comes in with the varying line weights on drawings.  It can be difficult to tell if there are two lines close together and a one inch measurement differential will adversely affect your accuracy.  Many plans do not have layers activated so toggling the layers off/on doesn’t improve the drawing lines.  Estimators will make it a best practice to Disable Line Weights .  This feature is hidden but can be added to any toolbar.  Follow these steps:

  1. Right click in a black space next to any tool barBluebeam Toolbar choices on your profile and select Customize from the list (right)
  2. Change the Categories choice to “All” and scroll down and select “Disable Line Weights”
  3. Select which toolbar you want to add it to, or click the plus to create a new toolbar that you can drop onto your profile.
  4. Click on the arrow to add it to your toolbar.  I added mine to the right navigation and it appears in the lower right on my screenshot at the top of this post.

I suggest you add Disable Line Weights before your next bid.  As a professional construction estimator you’ll be more productive and accurate with your measurements.

BONUS: Remember to have your snap to content activated so your clicks will attach themselves to the nearest underlying content.

How to Combine Photos into One PDF using Bluebeam January 9, 2014

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Ever had a bunch of images that you wanted to combine into a single PDF? It’s easy with Bluebeam Revu!

Step 1: Just drag all your photos or images into Revu that you need

Step 2: Select the File | Combine and check add all open files.

Better at learning while watching a video? Here you go:

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Bluebeam Tip: Translate Your Markups November 13, 2013

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Bluebeam can translate markups to 50+ languages

An often unnoticed function in Bluebeam Revu is the ability to translate all your markup annotations.  Have a Spanish speaking subcontractor, no problemo, the punch process and design reviews will be a snap!

It’s quite easy to use, just navigate to the Document tab, select Process and choose the Translate Markups.
This dialogue box will appear for you to select the to/from language:
Translate Markups in Bluebeam

With over 50 languages to choose from, you’ll be able collaborate with construction professionals worldwide.

Once your comments are translated, Flatten and Email to get your message across. With the hyperlinks, there’ll be no confusion!

Note: Bluebeam leverages Google Translate to perform the translation so an internet connection is required.  This was added to Bluebeam Revu in the version 9 release.

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

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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.

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