As a Bluebeam Certified Instructor, I get to speak with a lot of Revu users, from those who are just learning how to use the software to those with years of experience. While I would love to talk with everyone individually, it’s more efficient for me to occasionally share questions and answers through blog posts, so you can get familiar with the content, use the information you need now, and refer to the posts in the future as needed.
Here are some questions that my colleague David Haynes and I answered during a recent webinar on Bluebeam Revu:
Q. Is there any cheat sheet for new UI?
A. Yes. You can find it on the Bluebeam website.
Q. How do I get the status bar to display?
A. By default, the status bar is not turned on. To turn it on, you can go to Tools > Toolbars > Status Bar, or just hit the F8 key.
Q. Can I create a custom column during a Studio Session?
A. No, you can’t create a custom column during the Session itself. Custom columns need to be created in the PDF prior to importing it to Sessions, but once it’s on the PDF, you can use it in Sessions.
Q. Can comments and / or stamps be locked, so they can’t be edited?
A. Markups can only be “locked-down” so that no one can edit other’s markups during a Studio Session. Once you are outside of Studio Sessions, all markups can be edited. You can activate the “Lock Column,” but anyone can turn the lock off and edit that markup, so really it is only a safeguard against accidental changes. If you truly want markups to not be altered, you need to “Flatten” your markups, but at that point they become a part of the actual PDF document and cannot ever be edited. The PDF can only be “unflattened” if you selected “Allow Markup Recovery” when you are flattening it. My suggestion would be to do a “save as” and flatten that second document, keeping your original PDF editable until finalized. See more information.
Q. Can I sync two drawings for review and comparison?
A. Yes. From the Documents Tab > Compare. Check out the video, “Organizing Your Document Set with Bluebeam Revu,” on the Ideate Bluebeam YouTube page with instructions. “Compare Documents” is the 5th topic, beginning at approximately the 15:00 mark. But there are lots of good topics!
Q. Does import markups work with a multipage doc?
Q. How can I draw objects to scale?
A. These are part of Tool Chests. Click on the gear icon, select “Set Scale” and enter the scale settings you want. Also, the scale is determined by the calibration done.
Q. Is there a way to edit the location of the area text?
A. Yes. Click on the markup and use the SHIFT key to move it. It will come in at center of area by default.
Q. Can a person be involved in Studio Sessions who doesn’t not have a license?
A. Yes. If you do not have a license, you can still be invited to participate in a Studio Session by someone else. Only the host needs a Revu license to create a Studio Session. If you do not have a license of Revu, you can use Revu in View Mode or Vu for iPad. You can also download a fully-functional free trial of Revu to fully participate and create your own Studio Sessions. Here’s a link to more information.
Interested in learning more about Bluebeam Revu? Keep an eye on our events calendar for free webinars or consider one of our in-person or online training courses. All our sessions are led by Certified Bluebeam Instructors and Consultants who have extensive teaching experience.
Liz Wood, Bluebeam Certified Instructor and Bluebeam Certified Consultant
Liz has more than 25 years of experience in technical training and support. Before joining Ideate in 2016, she had her own consulting business and taught at Portland Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon. At Ideate, Liz teaches classes on Bluebeam Revu software, provides technical support, and helps customers with software deployment.