Join Jim Rogers for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Learn Bluebeam: The Basics.
- In this course, I'm going to teach you to use Bluebeam's Review program. Whether you're an engineer, architect, general contractor, sub-contractor, or consultant you've probably experienced the fact that managing all of the documents that we have to juggle everyday can be a big chore. Bluebeam Review has some specific tool sets and features that are really tailored to our industry and designed to help us manage these documents in an electronic fashion. Before we get started, there are a few important points to review so that you can follow along.
First, there are several different versions of Bluebeam that are available, both paid and free. The paid programs are called Bluebeam Review and there are three versions. Review Standard, Review CAD, and Review Extreme. For this course, we'll utilize the CAD version of Bluebeam Review, although virtually everything I'll demonstrate can also be done in Review Standard. The free version of the software is called Bluebeam View, and we will show you how the free version is still very useful when the project team includes people who are not ready to commit to purchasing that paid Review program.
Now, speaking of purchasing, Bluebeam offers the ability to download and try any of these versions for free for 30 days. So, if you don't have one of these versions already installed, you can set that up now by visiting the website at the address shown on your screen. Now if you're not sure which version's right for you, don't worry, we'll cover that in the next chapter and I'll show you how to get the program installed and set up. The majority of this course will be in screencapture, meaning that beginning with the next chapter I'll always show you what I'm discussing right on the screen, using Bluebeam Review.
Now, this means that you could just follow along without actually having the software; however, to get the most out of this course I'd recommend downloading the free 30 day trial so you can practice these exercises as I demonstrate them.
Jim Rogers helps you choose the right version of Bluebeam for your company, customize the tools and views, convert files into PDFs, and create PDFs from scratch. In the final chapters, he covers Bluebeam Studio, the cloud components that make it easy to take projects mobile and global.
- Choosing a version of Bluebeam: Vu to eXtreme
- Installing Bluebeam and Bluebeam plugins
- Customizing Bluebeam
- Creating PDFs with Bluebeam Revu
- Converting images
- Editing Bluebeam PDFs
- Searching Bluebeam documents
- Making estimations and takeoffs
- Redlining as-built drawings
- Creating an active punch list
- Setting up a Studio Project or Studio Session