Navigating through a large set of large format construction drawings can be made more productive by selecting the correct mouse. In this video, Jim shows how to use a two-button mouse with a scroll wheel to move effortlessly through a set of drawings. See how to use the scroll wheel to pan and zoom without having to manually select a new tool.
- Hi, Jim Rogers here with Bluebeam Tips and Tricks. So, last week I was giving a presentation, and I was using Bluebeam projected up on a screen to go through a set of construction drawings, similar to this one, and we were looking at the floor plan and trying to take a look at anything that might pose some safety issues during the course of the next weeks operations. When I was all done, I asked if anybody had any questions, and the first question I got was, hey, how are you moving so effortlessly through this set of drawings, panning around and zooming in and out, all without selecting another tool down here at the bottom of the screen? Well I thought that was a pretty valid question.
And the answer is really simple, but I haven't really found anything in the Bluebeam instructions that tell you this. It's just something I kinda found out on my own, so I wanted to share it with you. The answer is simple. The secret to moving around the drawings, switching effortlessly between the select tool, panning around the screen, and zooming in and out, is again having the right mouse. You need a two button mouse with a scroll wheel. That's right, that scroll wheel.
You can't duplicate what I'm doing using the touch screen or say the built in trackpad on your laptop. You have to use a two button mouse with a scroll wheel. That scroll wheel is the key, because the scroll wheel let's me change modes, again without going down here to the bottom of the screen and selecting or choosing between pan, select, and zoom. I can do all of that with the scroll wheel. No matter what I'm doing, no matter what tool I have selected. Even if say I've got a mark up tool selected, like the Cloud Plus tool here.
Even when I'm in the middle of using that, I can use the scroll wheel to zoom in, if I click and hold the scroll wheel I can pan around the screen. Again, rolling the wheel zooms out or back in, and as soon as I let the scroll wheel go I'm back to using the mark up tool or whatever tool that I had selected at that particular time. Couple more little quick tips here.
If you decide you're done using this tool, the escape key gets you out of that, and puts you back into select mode. And the other one that I always like to use to navigate quickly around a large set of drawings, is this button down here, which I keep on the bottom toolbar, and when I hover over it, it says one full page, if you click that it zooms out and quickly gives you your full page view. So that's it, that's my tip for the week. If you wanna be productive using Bluebeam, get the right mouse.
After using that scroll wheel to help you navigate a set of construction drawings, you won't know how you did without it. See you next time on Bluebeam Tips and Tricks.