- In this course, I'll teach you to use the Windows version of Bluebeam's Revu program. Whether you're an engineer, architect, general contractor, subcontractor, or consultant, you've probably experienced the fact that managing all of the documents that we have to juggle every day can be a big chore. Bluebeam Revu has some specific tool sets and features that are tailored to our industry and designed to help us manage those documents in an electronic fashion. If you're new to the industry, or you don't have much experience with construction documents, you might find it helpful to watch my course on how to read construction drawings.
And my Construction Management Foundations course is a great overview of the entire construction process that's really guided by these construction drawings. Before we get started, there are a few important points to review so that you can follow along. First, there are several different versions of Bluebeam for Windows that are available, both paid and free. Now, the paid programs are called Bluebeam Revu and there are three versions: Revu Standard, Revu CAD, and Revu eXtreme.
For this course, I'll be using the CAD version of Bluebeam Revu for Windows, although virtually everything I'll demonstrate can also be done in the Standard and eXtreme editions of that Windows software. The free version of the software is called Bluebeam Vu and I'll show you how this free version is still very useful when the project team includes people who maybe aren't ready to commit to purchasing that paid Revu program. Now, speaking of purchasing, Bluebeam offers the ability to download and try any of these versions for free for 30 days.
So, if you don't have one of these versions already installed, you can set that up now by visiting the website at the address shown on your screen. If you're not sure which version is right for you, don't worry, I'll cover that in the next chapter, and I'll show you how to get the program set up. The majority of this course is produced as what we call a screen capture course, meaning that I'll show you what I'm discussing right on the screen using Bluebeam Revu. This means that you can follow along without actually having the software installed on your computer.
But do remember that you can always download the software for free and try it by visiting Bluebeam's website. This will allow you to try out the things that we discuss for yourself as we go along.
Jim Rogers helps you choose the right version of Bluebeam for your company, customize the tools and views, convert files into PDFs, and create PDFs from scratch. In the final chapters, he covers Bluebeam Studio, the cloud components that make it easy to take projects mobile and global.
- Choosing a version of Bluebeam: Vu to eXtreme
- Installing Bluebeam and Bluebeam plugins
- Customizing Bluebeam
- Creating PDFs with Bluebeam Revu
- Converting images
- Editing Bluebeam PDFs
- Searching Bluebeam documents
- Making estimations and takeoffs
- Redlining as-built drawings
- Creating an active punch list
- Setting up a Studio Project or Studio Session
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 07/28/2017. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: selecting the right version: Vu, Standard, CAD, or eXtreme. In addition, new videos were added that cover new measurement and count tools, Dynamic Fill, and legends.
Q: This course was updated on 08/02/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Bluebeam Revu 2018, including how to navigate the new user interface and customize keyboard shortcuts.