Bluebeam Revu Standard

Bluebeam Revu Standard

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 18 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2015
  • Total Downloads:
    39,273
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 05, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $249.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    411.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    163
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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Despite a few installation hassles, we found this suite of PDF tools easy to use and highly effective. Bluebeam Lite integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel, appearing as a small toolbar that allows you to convert documents to PDF files or image formats such as GIF, BMP, and PNG. It also converts CAD files and provides quick access to Bluebeam Lite's FTP client, though you'll need to go to the Start menu to use the watermarking feature and the file-merging utility. With the included PDF Revu utility, you can view and rearrange PDF documents and mark them up with graphics, highlighting, and text. We encountered an installation error on one Windows 2000 test system, though not on other computers. Give Bluebeam Light a test run. We think most people will find it a credible, less expensive alternative to Adobe Acrobat.
 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Better than Adobe for marking up PDFs"

March 25, 2014  |  By AndyT360

 |  Version: Bluebeam Revu Standard 11.5

Pros

-Great markup tools
-Cheaper than Adobe
-Plugins for AutoCAD and Revit
-Better interface

Cons

-Learning curve (you will have to do some studying)
-XFA forms dont work

Summary

I'm an architect, I use this every day and love it. SO much easier to use than Adobe for marking up PDFs. If you want to save yourself a few bucks there are lots of resellers online, I used bohdee.com and had no issues. It is all electronic download anyways, no reason to pay retail.

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5 stars

"An agile and hightly capable PDF editor"

September 10, 2012  |  By OccamsLaser

 |  Version: Bluebeam Revu Standard 10.0

Pros

Before buying Adobe Acrobat, take a good long look at Bluebeam's PDF Revu, a targeted application for professionals in fields where documentation is king: Law, construction, architecture, among others. Consider:

1. Bluebeam is much easier to use and far better to look at than Acrobat.

2. Bluebeam capably handles very large PDF files, PDF Packages with built-in folders, documents on large sheets, splitting, extracting, and combining PDFs, PDF creation and conversion.

3. Bluebeam is much less expensive than Acrobat. At $179.00 for a single Revu user licence, you're putting two (and a half) people to work for about the same price it takes to put one to work on Acrobat.

4. Bluebeam is already established in construction, engineering, and architecture businesses, and has had a 10 years to mature.

5. Their customer support is very good, capable, and courteous.

6. Their user licences are easily transferable.

Cons

I noticed a problem with creating PDF packages where too many folders will make them all disappear (I'm still working with support on that one), and as of this review it is still not available for Mac, though they are working on their first release this year.

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5 stars

"It is a great CAD markup tool."

September 19, 2011  |  By opty99

 |  Version: Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard 9.5

Pros

It has more markup capabilities and features than Acrobat and just as easy, if not easier, to use.

Cons

I do not see anything I don't like about this software.

Summary

I recommend it to all my colleagues.

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4 stars

"to bad it's only a trial...!"

September 15, 2011  |  By cygne43

 |  Version: Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard 9.5

Pros

Very nice interface...!

Cons

Endless options to create and manage PDF files...!

Summary

Comments 1 to 4 applies to BlueBeam PDF Revu 9.5...!

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4 stars

"Best PDF software that I am aware of."

September 09, 2011  |  By sambellg

 |  Version: Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard 9.5

Pros

Great to mark up documents,compare documents and overlay documents.

Cons

None that I am aware of.

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5 stars

"did exactly what I wanted it to do"

April 25, 2011  |  By Cap0Haddock1

 |  Version: Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard Edition 8.0

Pros

relatively easy to use

Cons

I found none

Summary

very good software

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3 stars

"Activation..."

May 05, 2009  |  By staley2001

 |  Version: Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard Edition 6.5.4

Pros

Nice looking...

Cons

Activation...

Summary

I would be willing to give this product a better chance... even with the negative review. (The reply from the developer helps...) But it still doesn't forgive the untrust of the developer when it comes to activation... a big "We don't trust our customers..." Since real pirates won't be stopped by activation... (just look at the number of KeyGens for Adobe products...) it only in the end punishes loyal and paying customers like me.

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1 stars

"Buggy, expensive support, there are better options."

March 17, 2009  |  By mikeatlarge

 |  Version: Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard Edition 6.5.4

Pros

It's smaller and cheaper than Acrobat (but more expensive than some other options).

Cons

It has serious bugs, Bluebeam has greedy Intuit-like support policies forcing you buy expensive upgrades and hope your bugs get fixed, it has the same obnoxious product activation as Acrobat, the user interface is awkward.

Summary

Bluebeam makes a big deal of "We Do PDF Better" and being the "Acrobat Alternative". But, unfortunately, their product is at least as buggy as the bloated Acrobat. And worse, even when their own support people acknowledge glaring defects in the product, their only solution is to require you to BUY an expensive upgrade that's not even released yet!

Here's a quick list of things Bluebeam shares with Acrobat:

Buggy software: And I mean SERIOUS bugs in Bluebeam like the bookmarks in large PDF files don't even work. And I'm using 6.5.4 which has already undergone several updates and is at the end of its life. I can't imagine how bad 7.0.0 will be! Part of the problem might be that it appears to be partly based on public Mozilla software. And if that's true, they want you to pay big bucks for a dressed up version of something they got for free.

An Awkward Interface: Even the company that makes the very user-unfriendly Photoshop actually wins here. Acrobat is way more intuitive than Bluebeam. The Bluebeam interface seems to be reflect Bluebeam's engineering/CAD roots and perhaps the Autodesk geeks like it. For everyone else, be prepared for something that doesn't look or work like anything you've probably ever used before.

Obnoxious support policies: Unless you buy their maintenance plan, Bluebeam doesn't feel they have any obligation to support the software you purchased. They were even so helpful as to point out the license agreement says it's delivered "as is" so they're legally off the hook. Nice touch. Instead, they want you to wait for the next release and pay half again as much for an upgrade you don't otherwise want with who knows how many NEW bugs.

Obnoxious product activation: Just like with Adobe, don't lose those magic license numbers and be prepared for the software to contact Big Brother Bluebeam when you install it. And if you upgrade your computer don't forget to follow the many steps to transfer your license to the new one. You better also hope your drive or computer doesn't die, because then you have to contact Bluebeam with your serial number and plead your case that you're really not trying to steal anything--you just want to re-install the software you already own.

Bluebeam only has couple questionable advantages over Acrobat. Bluebeam has a lower list price, but if you have a previous version of Acrobat Standard, you can probably upgrade to Acrobat 9 for less than the cost of Bluebeam. And Bluebeam is less bloated and takes up less space on your hard drive. But, in my opinion, those benefits don't outweigh its many shortcomings and Bluebeam's refusal to support the product in a fair way.

Intuit made much of their customer base unhappy by forcing everyone into expensive upgrades and Bluebeam seems to be using the exact same unpopular business model: Corporate Greed! My advice: Don't give them your money.

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5 stars

"watch out Adobe"

November 16, 2008  |  By ctpharoah

 |  Version: Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard Edition 5.5.2

Pros

Fast, user friendly, Custom Stamps!!!, so many more features than Adobe, a child (or should I say old person) could use it. Very affordable, $150. Direct Integration with office, AutoCad,

Cons

its not free, 3D integration is difficult, no video integration.

Summary

I love this software. I even had an Adobe rep who could not tell me one downfall of this product. If your looking for an Affordable alternative to Adobe, this is it. go on their website, download the 30-day trial, you will be convinced like me. I manage a large construction project, this streamlines everything!

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5 stars

"Great for markup of essays"

October 25, 2008  |  By jimventola

 |  Version: Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard Edition 5.5.2

Pros

Works well on my tablet and desktop. Low Cost (with academic discount). Very responsive support. Stamp system for common comments is easy to use.

Cons

Takes time to learn.
Stamps can contain text, thus text versions of urls. But stamps cannot be active links until future version. Words CAN be hyperlinked.

Summary

This will be my grading tool, replacing my macros in Word. Revu is pleasant to use.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2015
Sets 3.0 Sets, the feature that lets you view, access and navigate an unlimited number of files as a single document in a single tab, just got a whole lot "setsier." Files within a Set can now be automatically organized by categories based on preconfigured or custom templates. Carry over markups, hyperlinks, Spaces and other data to file revisions with automatic slip-sheeting options. Simplify the way you work with PDFs. Batch Slip Sheet (eXtreme only) Your current slip-sheeting method has officially been revised. Keep complex file sets up to date by automatically appending, prepending or replacing existing page content with new file revisions. Batch Slip Sheet matches revisions with their corresponding current sheets and carries over all markups, hyperlinks, Spaces and bookmarks -- all while stamping superseded files. Batch Overlay Simplify the process of overlay comparisons, which assigns different colors to each page to visually display differences between multiple pairs of files. New setup options auto-match files by pulling from file name, page label or page region. Sit back, relax and enjoy that cup of coffee. Batch Compare Documents Enhancements Speed up your current document comparison procedure. Your favorite Compare Documents feature which automatically scales, rotates, aligns and highlights all differences between multiple drawing revisions now also includes auto-matching functions. Cloud+ Cloud+ combines the convenience of clouds and the clarity of callouts into a single tool. Customize the appearance properties for both components independently, and use markup Actions to add hyperlinks to text. Now that's what we call a perfect marriage. Spaces Enhancements Maximize your Spaces. Sort and report on markups based on the user-defined zone they reside in. Copy and paste Spaces across other pages and files, create area measurement markups directly from Spaces, and add hyperlinks to Spaces placed in the document. Dynamic Tool Set Scaler Eliminate the need to manually rescale your tool sets over and over again...and again. Markups can now automatically resize precisely and proportionately when used on documents with different scales or viewports. Grouped markups can also resize proportionally, regardless of scale setting. Sketch Tools The most requested markup feature of all time has arrived! Sketch Tools allow you to quickly create Polygon, Polyline, Rectangle and Ellipse markups based on a PDF's calibrated scale. A convenient display provides real-time length and angle feedback as you sketch details with your mouse, or enter precise dimensions with your keyboard. You're welcome. Capture 2.0 The power of video is now at your fingertips. Capture and embed photos and videos into markups using Revu's Camera tool, as well as image files saved on a local or network drive. Scroll through images and play back videos directly from each markup's Capture viewer. Markups containing Capture media can even be seen in the Markups list and exported as a PDF Summary, which is now enhanced to display images more prominently and support embedded photos and videos as attachments. Digital Signature Enhancements Conveniently view the status of all digital signatures and certificates within the new Digital Signatures tab. This includes invisible signatures from services such as DocuSign or digital IDs with embedded timestamps, which meet the requirement for PAdes LTV support. Now, that's legit. Microsoft Office Export Enhancements Transform scanned PDFs in Revu into Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents that contain editable text. Don't want to export the whole enchilada? Select specific page regions to output, such as a section of table columns and rows from a PDF into an Excel spreadsheet. Studio Enhancements Take charge of your collaborations. Share Project files with colleagues, even if they don't have a Studio account, using the new password-protected Studio File Link feature. Schedule Session expiration dates, and set Project permissions on a per folder basis. Want to update a Project file that you're working on in a Session? Now you can check in revisions while you collaborate in real time, and maintain a history of activity as you go.
General
Publisher Bluebeam
Publisher web site http://www.bluebeam.com
Release Date February 03, 2015
Date Added February 05, 2015
Version 2015
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory PDF Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 411.2MB
File Name BbRevu2015_standard.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 39,273
Downloads Last Week 163
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $249

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