Bluebeam Revu 2018 contains a completely revised user interface with sleek new icons that replace the colorful menus previously found in 2017. Jim demonstrates how to navigate this new user interface and how to find the tools and features that you need in Bluebeam Revu 2018.
- [Jim] Jim Rogers here with Bluebeam: Tips and Tricks, and this week I want to take a closer look at the new user interface in Bluebeam Review 2018. So I've got Bluebeam Review 2018 pulled up on my screen. I've got just a sample set of drawings here loaded in, so that all of my markup tools are enabled, and you'll obviously notice, if you're used to staring at the older versions of Bluebeam, that the user interface is completely different. I've told you before, in this Tips and Tricks series, that all of the tools that you're used to using are still here, you just have to know where to look.
So let's find some things. So first of all, you'll notice across the top of the screen, if I click once up in my menu bar, all of these menu items brighten up, and they're different than the menu bar used to be. So I want to find all of my markup tools, things like my markups, my sketch to scale, my measuring tools, those are all the tools that made Bluebeam Bluebeam, and they're still here, but there is no more markup menu item. They're just now located here under Tools.
If you click Tools once, here they all are. So if I hover over Markup, you'll see that that menu expands, and all of the markup tools that I'm used to using are still there. Same with my stamps, my measuring tools, my sketch to scale tools, and so on. Again, they're just all located under the Tools menu item. There is no more Markup menu item. Now some of the other changes include things like a much cleaner space here. So the idea from Bluebeam was to give you more room for your drawings, and what they've done is they've removed the handles here on the right, and left, and bottom side of the screen that used to kind of occupy some space.
Now on the right side of the screen here, used to be that when I clicked this handle, I would find my Bluebeam studio tab, and my scaling and measuring tools. Well, I don't have a handle to click on anymore, so what I want you to do is kind of draw your attention over here to the left side of the screen, and we'll find where those things have gone. So down here at the bottom of this left menu bar, you'll see an icon, that if I hover over it, says Studio.
If I click that once, that same familiar panel slides open, and here I have access to Bluebleam Studio, just like I always did in the past. If I want to close it, I just click the icon again. Same thing goes for the rest of the tools. So come up here and hover over the thing that looks like a measuring stick, and you'll see when I hover over it, it says Measurements, and if click on that, all of my measuring tools are there, just like they used to be. Click it again to close.
We'll do one more, Thumbnails. I want my thumbnail views for this set of drawings. I click once on Thumbnails, and you'll see that they're all there. So for the most part, anything that required a panel to slide open in the default view here, has been shifted from the right side of the screen, what used to be the right side of the screen, and the left side of the screen, and they've all been shifted over here to the left side of the screen. So it's just supposed to be a quicker and easier way for you to find any of these tools that require a panel to slide open.
Now I also used to have a handle here on the bottom of the screen that was really important because that's how I found all of my markups. That's where my markup list existed. Now it's still there, you just don't have a handle anymore, but if I go to this icon in the lower left corner, and hover over it, you'll see it says Markups. I click once and the bottom slides open, and here's my markup list. If I had any markups on this set of drawings, they would all be listed here, and the markup list looks just like it used to.
So to close that, slide that panel closed, you just click again, and it slides closed. Again, the idea here was just to simplify everything, put everything that required a panel to slide open in the default view over here, and over here on the right side of the screen, is our markup toolbars. We'll talk a little bit more about those in a later episode. Now if you really want, say your studio icon, to be located over here on the right side of the screen, let me show you a little trick here.
If you go back up to the Review Menu Item, which is new, and you click on that once, and scroll down to profiles. If you hover over that, that expands open, and any of your previously created and saved profile views that you may have created and saved in old version of Bluebeam Review, should still be there. I'm going to go ahead and click on my personal view, which I named Jay R, and you'll see that when I do that, things get a little more cluttered.
I have moved my studio, and my measurements, and my search bar, and my properties bar. I've moved those back over to the right side of the screen where they used to be, but now I'm starting to look cluttered, and that was the whole purpose of this new user interface in 2018, was to unclutter things. So go back over here to the left side of the screen, this panel is open. Again, anytime you want to close a panel in Review 2018, you just find the icon that is highlighted, in this case it's blue, click on it once, and it will close that panel.
So if you're looking at your copy of Bluebeam Review 2018, and you're seeing a bit of a cluttered user interface like this versus the one that I was using when I started this segment, go up here to Review, click once, go to Profiles, and select this Review Profile. That's kind of the new default profile, and I'm going to tell you that I think this is the best place for you to start making any new profiles and customizations that you want to make with your own toolbars and your own views.
Again, just Review, Profiles, and start with this new Review 2018 default profile. It's the cleanest one that exists now, and it's probably a good starting point for you to create any new profiles. So take some time to explore this new user interface. I really do think it's an improvement over the old one, and I think you can pick it up faster than the old one. You just need some time navigating it. Thanks for tuning in, and I'll be back with more tips and tricks, so keep watching.