One of the unique features of Bluebeam Revu is the split-screen function. In this video, Jim demonstrates the use of Split View and describes how this feature works. He show several ways to leverage this feature to help the AEC industry work more efficiently.
- [Instructor] Welcome back to Bluebeam tips and tricks. I know that in some other episodes, here in the weekly series, I've talked about this toolbar at the bottom of my screen and I called it the navigation toolbar and I've showed you some of the buttons and icons that I include in my navigation toolbar and I've talked about several of those. The ones that I haven't talked about though, are these first three buttons here in the lower left portion of the screen, down in the navigation toolbar, and these buttons allow you to pull up Bluebeam's split screen feature.
And I want to take a look at that now and show you what it does. So to start with, let's say I'm looking at my first floor reflected ceiling plan and I can zoom in here a little bit, take a look and navigate around. Let's say while I'm looking at this drawing though, it would be really helpful for me to view the floor plan so I can see what's underneath this reflected ceiling. Now I could obviously use the navigation bar down here and jump back a few pages of my drawings to look at the first floor plan. But what I'd actually like to do is look at both of them at the same time.
And this is where the split screen view comes into play. Let's go ahead and choose this button here, which is the split vertical feature. We'll click that once and we notice that we now have two views open. Sometimes you have to click in your second view or your new view to get the drawing to appear, so I'll click there once. And now notice that I'm looking at the reflected ceiling plan in both of my views, but if I click here in my second view to make it the active view and let's zoom out a little bit so I can see which page I'm on.
And I use my navigation toolbar here at the bottom. I can jump back a couple of pages or a few pages and view my first floor plan. Here, we'll zoom in a little bit. I'm viewing my first floor plan side by side with my reflected ceiling plan. So sometimes this is nice, again, if you want to view two different pages in a set of drawings. And you can split the screen as many times as your screen real estate allows you to do and still be able to see things.
So for example, I can use this third split view button, which is the split horizontal button. I can click it and actually, now I'm viewing three different instances of this same set of drawings. If you want to close those views, use the first button here so that gets rid of the horizontal split screen that we created. And let's go ahead and unsplit again and just go back to our single view of this set of construction drawings.
If you were following me here as I described this, I said a couple of times that you're just viewing different instances of the same file. So what I mean by this is you're not opening the file multiple times, you only have the file open once, you're just able to view the different pages at the same time. Let me demonstrate this so you understand what I mean. I'm going to jump to the site plan. Let's say I'm looking at the site plan, I've got my big overview here but what I want to do is zoom in and take a look.
I need to make some markups on this and to do that, I'm going to split the screen vertically again. And now, I'm on the same page but I'm going to zoom in. So I've got my overall site view here and I've got this zoomed in view here on the right. To demonstrate what I mean by saying that I'm looking at the same file, just two different views, as opposed to looking at two different files, let's go ahead and apply this cloud markup.
We'll cloud the trees on the corner here on our zoomed in view of the site plan. And you notice that when I do that, that markup appears here too on my zoomed out version over on the left side of the screen. So I really am just looking at one file, two different views. So in fact, if I go ahead and unsplit the screen, I haven't lost my markup. The markup still appears here. So same thing, if I have a split screen and I'm viewing two different pages and I apply a markup on one view and then unsplit the screen, that markup is applied to the actual set.
All I have to do to save those is remember to save it once. I don't have to save each view. I just have to save it once because in this case, I'm looking at different views of the same file. Okay, let's take a look at one more thing. The other thing that I can do is have two different files open at the same time. So let's go ahead and click file, open. We'll open up the design documents of the same project. We'll click on open and if you use Bluebeam Revu, you're probably already aware of the tabbed file structure here at the top, so I can jump between my different files by clicking on the different tabs.
But I can also go ahead and use split screen view here. We'll click once on this icon at the bottom to split vertical. And what I've done is I've opened up another view port and at this point, I'm looking at the same thing. I'm looking at two views of the same file. But here, since I had this other file open, I can go ahead and click on that and now I'm looking at two different files at the same time, side by side, in the split screen view.
And I think this is something that can be really helpful for example, if I've got a set of construction drawings open here and I've got the project specifications open here. And I can flip through the plan sheets and find the corresponding specification all at the same time. So this is split screen view, remember you can always unsplit your screen by clicking down here at the bottom, that is the bottom left, and I think there are really a lot of uses for this split screen view, so I hope you found this week's tip useful and I really do encourage you to think about the different ways that using this split screen feature might be able to improve your workflows.
I'll be back next week with more, so please stay tuned.