If you don’t have the Lock Column turned on, go to Markups List, click on the drop-down carrot, select Columns, then click on Lock. You can also right-click on the markup and select Lock or select the markup and then select Lock from the Properties Panel. You can also use the Hotkeys, CTRL +SHIFT + L.
|Menu||Right-Click Menu||Properties Panel|
Now if you turn the lock on, by clicking on the checkbox in the column, a padlock icon appears indicating that this markup is “locked,” and you can see that the control points are once again greyed out. This markup cannot currently be edited. But again, all you need to do is turn the lock back off, and it can be edited.
To truly lock markups so they can’t be altered, you need to flatten them. But, unless you select “Allow Markup Recovery,” the markups become a part of the PDF document and can never be edited. This can create problems if you need to edit markups later.
This is where you select to allow for recovery of this flattened document. Which again, I highly recommend unless you are on your finalized document review.
You will notice that once you flatten your PDF, the markups become a part of the PDF itself and they are no longer listed as markups in the Markup List.
If you selected, “Allow Markup Recovery“ (unflatten), then all you need to do is go back to the Menu bar, select Document and select Unflatten and your markups will reappear. You can also right-click and flatten individual markups, and the unflatten will work the same.
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.