Editors' reviewDespite 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.
Bluebeam Revu Standard is an intuitive PDF-based markup and collaboration solution for technical professionals who want to push the limits of mobility, project communication and collaboration. With best-in-class PDF creation, markup and editing technology, Revu Standard has all the technology needed to make faster, paperless workflows a reality. It is for MS Office to create high-quality PDFs from Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint with the click of a button, or create PDFs from other Windows® files using the Bluebeam PDF printer. Add customizable markups such as text, highlights, shapes, symbols and measurements to PDFs electronically and save custom markups in the patented Tool Chest for easy reuse. Easily edit and assemble PDFs by adding, deleting and combining PDF pages. Perform takeoffs, automatically compare drawings, track markups in a list, integrate with SharePoint or ProjectWise®, go mobile on a tablet PC or iPad and collaborate with project partners around the world using Revu's cloud-based solution, Bluebeam Studio for redlining PDFs in real time and editing files stored in the cloud - even when you go offline.
What's new in this version:
Version 11.5 adds image annotations to PDFs directly from the field using your tablet PC's built-in camera hardware, enables Windows 8 tablets to pan and zoom with your fingers while making annotations with your stylus, and removes Sessions or Projects from your Attended list by simply right-clicking and selecting Remove From List.