Bluebeam Revu 2018 was released with a new user interface. In this video, Jim lists the features that are new in Revu 2018 and discusses the features and tools that remain unchanged in 2018.
- [Jim] Hi, Jim Rogers here with Bluebeam Tips and Tricks. Tell me if this sounds familiar. You've been using Bluebeam Review for awhile now. You have it all set up the way that you want it. You've customized your profile views and you've laid out your custom toolbars just like I taught you to in my Learning Bluebeam Course. Then you walk into the office one day to find that your system updated to Bluebeam Review 2018 and now nothing looks the same. I've talked to all kinds of people who are just distraught about this change.
Some that have even reverted to the previous version or halted upgrades in their organization. We just really don't like change in our industry. But I'm here to tell you its not that bad. In fact, I think its actually good. It just takes a little getting used to and someone to help guide you through the changes. So let me do just that and lets take a look at what's really changed and what really hasn't changed between Bluebeam Review 2018 and what I'll lump together and call all the previous versions.
The big obvious change here is layout. The user interface is completely different. It went from looking like this to looking like this. The handles on the side are gone, and the row of those big colored icons across the top is gone and in its place is a simple menu bar across the top, and some clean, simple icons on each side that look nice, but don't have any text. Now that's a shock to the system if you've gotten used to staring at the old, familiar Bluebeam Review screen all day.
But not to worry. The good news here is that nothing is really gone. They haven't removed any of the features or tools that you may have become used to in previous versions, and you can now hover over any icon and it will tell you what it is. So take a look at the left side of the screen. I'm hovering here and you'll see that this is my measurements tool or tab. This is my thumbnail tab. This is my bookmarks tab. Everything is still there and, again, if you hover over the icon, it'll tell you what that icon's for.
Not only that, but if you did an in-place upgrade, meaning you upgraded to the new version on the same computer where you used the previous version, your custom profiles that you may have created and saved should also still be there. You just have to know where to look. So previously you found profiles up here under the view menu. Now they're no longer there. You now go to this new menu option called review. You click it once and there on the dropdown menu, you will see all of your profiles.
So again, including any custom profiles that you may have installed or created and saved. They're all there. You just get to them using this review menu and then going to the dropdown menu bar and clicking on profiles. So I want to reiterate. None of the tools that you've grown accustomed to are gone, you just have to know where to look, and you have to figure out these new icons. I'll also tell you that there are not really many new features or tools to speak of.
The only real major changes in Bluebeam Review 2018 besides this obvious user interface change are that you now have the ability to setup custom keyboard shortcuts. There's a new and actually much easier way to access and change the properties of the markups that you apply to your drawings and documents, and navigation within Bluebeam Studio has also been improved. So now that you know that nothing's really disappeared here in Bluebeam Review 2018, if you haven't already done it, go ahead and take the plunge.
Install that upgrade and then make sure to continue checking back in each week, as I cover each of these changes in more depth to help you become a Bluebeam expert.