Skill Level Beginner
- [Instructor] Hello, and welcome back to Bluebeam tips and tricks. I am now working in Bluebeam Revu 2019 because in an earlier episode, I showed you how to upgrade from 18 to 19, which is something I highly recommend you do. One of the reasons for that recommendation is if we look at what's new in Revu 2019 and scroll to the bottom of the list, we see that they're telling us they now have improved rendering. I wanted to take this episode just to talk about the improved rendering and the new rendering engine, because Bluebeam's made a pretty big deal about that in their product release. Actually, I think it works pretty good, but the question that I keep getting is how do I take advantage of this new hardware accelerated rendering engine that Bluebeam keeps talking about? The answer to that is actually fairly simple, in most cases, because in most cases, it's going to be enabled by default, but if you don't feel like it is or you're still not seeing an improvement in rendering, then I'm going to show you how to get to those settings. Let's jump over to my sample set of drawings here for just a second. What I'm talking about by rendering is that a number of users that used Bluebeam 2018 were reporting issues as they did things like this. Scroll in, scroll out, pan around the drawing, a lot of people reported screen flickering, and screen blanking as the system re-rendered the drawing, as they for example, zoomed in like this. Now you can see this is working really well on my system now and that's because I'm using the hardware accelerated rendering engine. Let's take a look at how to find that if you're not seeing similar performance improvements. All you do is come up here to the upper left corner, click on the review tab, and select Preferences. I've shown you this Preferences Tab in several tips and tricks episodes before. Today we're going to look at the advanced options down here. We'll click on that once and that takes us to options for 2D and 3D rendering. So you can see the rendering engine that I have selected is currently hardware. There are two more options available for a total of three. There's also a software rendering engine and then the legacy rendering engine. So I'm going to say that there's not a whole lot of reasons that you would want to select the legacy engine, it's probably going to give you the least performance when you're scrolling and zooming and panning around drawings. However, if the hardware option isn't working for you, you can select software and see if that gives you better results. That's just something that you'll have to play with on your machine, depends on your particular hardware. There's a couple other options that I'm going to talk about and then I'm going to show you where you can find more information on the other options. So one option here is the rendering mode. You can select either iterative draw or wait for completion and this just determines what the screen is going to look like as you zoom in and out. Is it going to continually redraw as you're zooming in at a little bit lower resolution? Or is it going to wait for you to stop zooming and then draw for you. I like the iterative draw. I just like the visuals that that gives me on the screen. So that's what I select. Then I'm also going to look at this one enable render preview when panning. This is just how the screen is going to look when you're panning around a drawing on the screen. By selecting this, what it's going to do is give you a little bit lower resolution drawing as you pan around the screen until you let go of the mouse. Then it's going to give you that higher resolution rendering. Again, I just like the visual, so I leave that selected. You have the same options over here on 3D rendering, with either a hardware rendering engine or a software rendering engine. Again, depending on your machine, the hardware rendering engine should give you the best performance. If that's not working, for some reason, select software. If you select disabled, then you're not going to get 3D rendering at all. So we're going to leave that on hardware rendering. Just a reminder, anytime you change anything in these preferences, make sure you click on OK to apply them. Again, I do believe that the rendering performance is much better on 2019. So, if you're not seeing the same thing, go ahead and go in there and play with some of those preferences and see if you can get it working for you. If you want to know a little more about some of those other options, this is just a web tab that's opened here. I've gone to Bluebeam's support site, and I typed in a search dialog box. I looked for what's new, and it gave me the screen on what's new in Revu 2019. If you scroll down, this will tell you all the things that are new in 2019 so here's a little bonus tip for this week. Updates are now automatic. Now every time you start Bluebeam, it searches for an update, which is something you had to do manually before. Just a little bonus tip this week. But improved rendering is what we're talking about. If you want to know more about the options under the Preferences Tab, you can scroll down here and click on this available in preferences link. You'll see there's a 2D rendering option. Talks about all of those different options there and 3d talks about the same thing under the 3D tab. Just be aware that all you're doing here is changing visual settings to make the drawings render better on your particular screen or your particular hardware system. So, the settings that you use on one system, may not give you the same results as the settings you use on another system. Again, play around with them a little bit and select what works best for you.