The iPad and desktop versions of Bluebeam Revu contain differences in functionality and in layout. In this video, Jim lists some of the tools and features available only on the desktop version of Bluebeam Revu. Jim explains that the interface used in Bluebeam Revu for the iPad will be familiar to iPad users and makes it easy to learn and use.
- When I first started using the Bluebeam iPad app, I really assumed that it would function mainly as an extension of my desktop version. But as I continued to dig into the app, I realized that while it certainly can be used as an extension of the desktop, it really could also function on its own. And what I mean by this is that the app has enough functionality to make it very conceivable for a company to include the iPad version of Revu in its overall deployment of Bluebeam. For instance, in a scenario where field personnel only receive the iPad app.
Now, I think this has a couple of really important implications, particularly for a company that's already deployed iPads in the field. The first implication being ease of adoption. So, this is an iPad app. It's well done, it's polished, it's optimized for the iPad, and iPad users will, for the most part, find it intuitive and easy to navigate. In fact, because it doesn't include some of the features from the desktop version, it's almost a little less cluttered and easier to learn. So, the second implication is financial.
A desktop version of Bluebeam Revu can run hundreds of dollars for a single license, while the iPad app will only set you back about 10 bucks. So obviously, this is something to consider if a company's planning a large deployment of Bluebeam. For example, I had a client that was a roofing contractor and all their foreman and field supervisors already carry iPads for things like work orders and time sheets. Now, they could conceivably roll out a company-wide implementation of Bluebeam by purchasing desktop versions for office personnel and project managers while issuing the much less expensive iPad app to all the field supervisors.
So, talking about those desktop versions, let's go ahead now and take a minute to review the main differences between that desktop software and this iPad app. So first, there's some functionality that's not present in the iPad app. For the most part, this relates to features that would be used to prepare and process documents and drawings. For example, the iPad app can't be used to do things like batch process a set of drawings, and this is a process I cover in our course on managing construction drawings with Bluebeam. It generally involves things like splitting a large set of drawings into single sheets, bookmarking and tagging them, generating a hyperlinked table of contents, slip sheeting plan revisions, comparing two sets of documents.
All those upfront processing things. And these are all things that would require that desktop version of Bluebeam Revu. And then tasks like creating forms and templates, those are also limited to the desktop version of the software. Now besides document processing and creating forms, there are also a few important differences to note. So, first and foremost on my list is the difference in the way search works. So, I can still do a simple text search in both versions of the software, but on the desktop, I can search through multiple PDF files, even when I don't have them open and I can do what is called a visual search, where I look for something like a symbol or a detail as opposed to text.
And to me, this is one of the biggest features that right now is missing from the iPad version. Next in line on my list is the lack of ability to draw to scale. In the Windows version of Bluebeam Revu, I can use the software itself to create a detailed, drawn to scale, and entirely from scratch right inside of Revu. In fact, I did a separate course on how to do this that's also available here in our online library. Now, you can still use the iPad version to measure and scale existing drawings, but it's missing that draw to scale feature.
Now, the final big feature that's missing from the iPad app that I want to mention here is the ability to assign markups to a layer. Again, I think this is a big piece of missing functionality because while I can use the iPad app to walk the job site and add punch list markups and as-built notations I can't assign each of those to their own layer in the app. Now, we'll come back to this and talk about it a little later in the course and I'll show you a potential workaround. Now, if you want to see a side by side comparison of all the differences between all the versions of Bluebeam Revu, you can view the chart on Bluebeam's website at the address shown on your screen.
Now, I will caution you however, that this comparison chart does not seem to get updated as fast as the software itself so make sure to check out the iPad app release notes to see the latest features as they're added somewhat frequently to the iPad app. Now, besides that, there's also certainly some layout features and other optimizations that we made specifically for tablet users and that's what we'll cover in the remainder of this course.
- Syncing to cloud accounts
- Using File Access to pin and sync files
- Marking up drawings and documents
- Adding photos and videos
- Scaling and measuring