Summary. What to do if the file size of your PDF is too large. Relevant Products. Bluebeam Revu version 7 and above. Problem. The file size of your PDF is too. Bluebeam Revu has helped many AEC professionals project a professional business image on PDFs. Adding markups can be a bit tricky. I used Blue Beam Revu software to reduce the file size, it take it down to It good to resize the PDF but if this is an image after resize the quality.

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Bluebeam solutions are used by the world’s most document-intensive industries to digitize workflows, save time, improve communication and reduce project costs. 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. 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 shrinkk between these profiles, bpuebeam when viewing the same file, so no matter what or how many hats I’m wearing that day, it’s easy to find the tools that I need for the job I’m doing. The customizable tool box is great – I can use the existing tools, or create my own! These are handy for posting as-builts, as well as for doing take offs and estimates.

I love all the short cut keys!! Instead of using my mouse to select tool options, I can simply use the “G” key to take a “photo” of a certain part of my open file, or “C” to cloud an area. I use these frequently and it really cuts down the time I spend posting changes to our drawings.

There are so many tools, functions, and options, that you’re sure to find everything you need for seamless and efficient construction drawing management! At first, it was a bit overwhelming to use. There are so many tools and menus that it definitely took a little time to learn; however, Bluebeam offers hundreds of short “how-to” videos on many different topics. After watching these, and using the shhrink for a few weeks, it got much easier.

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.

More than any other software package, Bluebeam is by far the most valuable to me in my daily work. Revu is designed for construction personnel. I use it for reviewing documents and drawings, marking up, sketching, quantity take off, illustrating, presentations, flowchart and Blusbeam 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.

With Revu you can have 2 or more drawings opened on your screen, from within the combined pack or separate files, for comparing bpuebeam Elevations and Sections or plans or details. Sometimes I use the auto compare feature in comparing updated drawing with an blusbeam 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.


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The Spaces feature is really good and impresses hugely when included within presentations. Signature feature also excellent. 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. 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. 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. It saved me so much time! I was able to create custom stamps for all our coordinators to use. 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. It takes blkebeam little while to learn the program because many icons are unfamiliar at first. And because it can do whrink 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.

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 Shfink 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. Also, have to commend them for making changes based on customer feedback that greatly improved the takeoff process.

I can’t say enough good things about this software using it in the construction industry. 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 bluebsam 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 bliebeam as well. 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.

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I am unsure why this happens and is pretty shtink when it does. Other than this no complaints. 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.

Blusbeam of the features included with the software are familiar to other software commonly used shriink 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.

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. 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. 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 srink signatures or other repetitive text like “Reviewed By Flatten tool allow you to lock your edits into place. Security features are also available. 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. 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. Quickly and easily edit PDFs. More powerful and functional than most of the basic PDF applications available.

Merge documents from a Windows Explorer window. Bluebeam is not only a construction industry standard now, it is a necessity!!