In this video, Jim discusses the limitation in Bluebeam that limits its use to a single computer. He demonstrates how to unregister your licensed copy of Bluebeam Revu on one computer in order to move the license to another computer, such as a laptop or tablet.
- [Jim] Hi, my name's Jim Rogers, and this is my weekly Bluebeam tips and trick series. I've got another course here on LinkedIn Learning called Learning Bluebeam. And in that course, I talk about how to select and install your copy of Bluebeam Revu on your computer. And, in that video, one of the limitations that I mention is the fact that Bluebeam can only be installed on one machine at a time. So, it follows that model of purchasing a license and that license is installed on a particular machine or a particular computer.
Now, I know that this is one of those things that I have always found a little bit frustrating because I've got several different computers. I've got my desktop computer that I like to work on when I'm sitting in the office because I've got multiple monitors connected, it's a little easier for me to use. I've got my laptop when I go on the road, and then I've got a Windows tablet that I'll tend to bring out to the field when I wanna travel a little bit lighter. Now, according to Bluebeam's licensing model, if I wanna use Bluebeam Revu on all three of those machines, I would have to install and then purchase three different licenses to have Bluebeam Revu active on all three machines at the same time.
What I wanna show you here is a way that you can just purchase one license and still use it on all three machines. It's a little bit of a workaround, but it does make it handy when you wanna leave the office and take your version of Bluebeam Revu on the road with you without purchasing another license. Lemme show you how, it's actually pretty easy. Here in Bluebeam Revu 2018, you start by going up to the Revu menu tab, clicking once, and, from the dropdown menu, you just wanna click on Unregister.
So let's say this is on my desktop computer and that's currently where I'm using Bluebeam Revu, but I'm getting ready to go on a trip, and I wanna go ahead and be able to use Bluebeam Revu on my laptop from the road, again, without purchasing another license. The way you do that is just by selecting Unregister. It does it automatically. You'll see it says Starting operation. It's running through and, in just a minute, I'll get a dialog box that tells me I have successfully unregistered this copy of Bluebeam on this machine.
Now notice that as soon as it did that, my screen changed a little bit. I get a dialog box that says Revu is now in View Mode. You may continue to view PDFs, and participate in Studio Sessions, but for the full functionality of Revu, switch to Markup Mode from the Revu menu. I'm gonna click on OK to make that go away. And you might remember my discussion of Markup Mode vs View Mode from one of my other weekly tips and tricks episodes. And that's located here in the Revu menu tab, View Mode and Markup Mode.
So, I'm currently in View Mode on this machine, in which I just unregistered my copy of Bluebeam. Now that license is free to activate on another computer. So, I would then open up my laptop, I could already have Bluebeam Revu downloaded and installed on it. I don't need to do that operation every time. So, on my laptop, it would look something just like this. I would already have Bluebeam Revu installed, it would be in View Mode and I would simply either select Register or I could just click to switch it to Markup Mode.
As soon as I do that, it's gonna say, well, in order for you to switch to Markup Mode, you have to register with a valid serial number and product key. So, you will need this information. This serial number and this product key which you should have from an email from Bluebeam that you got when you purchased your license of Bluebeam Revu. You'll enter those in here, into this dialog box, and, if you've previously activated Bluebeam on this machine, this might already be filled in for you, like it is here on my machine.
So, I would just simply click on Register. It's quick and easy, it says Authorization Successful. And when I click Finish, I am now in Markup Mode and I have basically moved my registration, my licensed copy of Bluebeam Revu, from my desktop computer over here to my laptop computer. It's really easy to do and if I wanted to move this to my tablet computer, say I'm going out in the field, again, I just go right back up and click on Unregister to deactivate it here.
And then I would click on register over on my tablet computer. I think knowing how to move your Bluebeam license from one computer to the other can really come in handy sometimes. Just do remember that you need to be connected to the internet when you unregister your currently active copy, and then the machine that you want to activate will also need to be connected to the internet during that activation process as well. I hope that helps those of you that have a need to move between machines like I do.
Thanks for watching and make sure to tune in again next week for more Bluebeam tips and tricks.