Bluebeam Revu Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

Bluebeam Revu

PDF editing & markup on the go with collaboration built-in

4.66/5 (781 reviews)

Bluebeam Revu overview

What is Bluebeam Revu?

Bluebeam Revu works as a plugin inside Microsoft Office’s Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint applications, as well as popular CAD programs, like AutoCAD. The plugin brings customizable PDF markups, PDF creation and editing, and image handling to some of the most commonly used office and design applications. Bluebeam Revu is available in three specialized versions: Standard, CAD, and eXtreme.

Bluebeam Revu Standard offers single-click PDF creation, 2D and 3D PDF markup, and real-time collaboration. Advanced PDF editing features of this version of Bluebeam include customizable layouts, fonts, headers, and footers. Users can also split PDFs into sections, extract and rotate pages, and export them as editable Word documents, as well as perform color processing and grayscale conversion. Batch processing allow users to apply changes across multiple documents at once. The plugin also performs PDF conversion of other types of Windows files.

Bluebeam CAD has all the features of the Standard editor while adding specialized functions for design professionals. The CAD plugin works with AutoCAD, Revit, and SolidWorks (64-bit versions). Bluebeam CAD brings 2D and 3D PDF handling and editing, with a full slate of customizable parameters. This version introduces the ability to export annotations and compare versions. Users can add digital stamps and signatures and embedded security features to documents. For 3D PDF creation, Bluebeam CAD also integrates with Navisworks Manage and Navisworks Simulate (64-bit only), as well as Sketch Pro (2013-14).

The most powerful version of the plugin, Bluebeam Revu eXtreme, includes all the document management, markup, and handling features of the Standard and CAD versions, while adding professional PDF management features. This version of the plugin lets users add complex bookmarks, redact sensitive content permanently, and create complex PDF forms. A full suite of automatable parameters with fully customizable scripting. This version of Bluebeam Revu also includes a Batch Slip Sheet, which helps you quickly create new versions of PDFs while carrying over markups, bookmarks, and links. Bluebeam Revu eXtreme users can also redact markups, link items within documents, and control file access.

All versions of the Bluebeam Revu plugin features cloud-based collaboration via Bluebeam Studio, as well as SharePoint and ProjectWise integration. Bluebeam Revu runs on Windows 7/8 (32 and 64-bit systems), Citrix XenApp6.5-7.6 and XenDesktop 7-7.6 virtual environments, and tablet PC versions of Windows 8.
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Pricing

Starting from
$349
Pricing options
One time license
Free trial
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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany

Supported languages

English, German, Italian, Japanese, Swedish and 6 other languages, Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian (Bokmal), Dutch, Spanish
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Bluebeam Revu user reviews

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Clarissa W.

Very comprehensive pdf editing software - I'll never go back to Adobe!!!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-02-09
Review Source: Capterra

I spend a lot less time posting changes and as-builts, but with much more professional results. I also love the time it's cut down on creating our punch lists and tracking the completion of those items.

Pros
I love that it can "read" my plans, and help me with my takeoffs. The search function can look for either words or symbols, and is incredibly useful when I'm looking for something specific. The different user type profiles are tailored to show the tools and functions that someone in that role would be more likely to use the most. It's easy to switch between these profiles, even when viewing the same file, so no matter what or how many hats I'm wearing that day, it's easy to find the tools that I need for the job I'm doing. The customizable tool box is great - I can use the existing tools, or create my own! These are handy for posting as-builts, as well as for doing take offs and estimates. I love all the short cut keys!! Instead of using my mouse to select tool options, I can simply use the "G" key to take a "photo" of a certain part of my open file, or "C" to cloud an area. I use these frequently and it really cuts down the time I spend posting changes to our drawings. There are so many tools, functions, and options, that you're sure to find everything you need for seamless and efficient construction drawing management!

Cons
At first, it was a bit overwhelming to use. There are so many tools and menus that it definitely took a little time to learn; however, Bluebeam offers hundreds of short "how-to" videos on many different topics. After watching these, and using the software for a few weeks, it got much easier.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Paul H.

Should not be an Option - Should be Mandatory

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-03-09
Review Source: Capterra

I can't imagine doing my job without access to Bluebeam. I use it that much. For that many different things.

Pros
Bluebeam is so versatile. I can create and/or modify all my RFI's, shop drawings, and detail clarifications from various professional sources - all in one package. I'm surprised at how often I find new ways to make use of the standard tools included with the software.

Cons
Bluebeam does have some issues reading some fonts. Not sure what the deal is, but some pdfs show up looking like a crude binary system.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Joshua Y.

Untrustworthy Developer - Dropped the ball

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-18
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Brings a lot of features and functionality missing from Acrobat. To my knowledge, no other PDF software is geared towards the A+E market. I wish there was another one out there so that these guys didn't have a monopoly on the market. It has given them a sense of invincibility that has led to stagnation and a lack of genuine support for their customers.

Cons
I've been using Revu for about 8 years, 5 of those on Windows. The last 3 are at my most recent job, and when I found out that Bluebeam had created a Revu for Mac, I was quick to push our company to adopt. I even gave a lunchtime presentation to show everyone some of the really powerful features I had come to know and love from the windows side. Playing with the trial version of 1.0, though, I quickly realized that a ton of features were absent from the windows version. I went ahead and gave the presentation anyway, though and with some convincing, we bought seats for everyone. It became clear within the first week of using the software, though, that it was incredibly slow. So slow as to be unusable. It took several seconds to render every page... considering that we regularly deal with 100+ page architectural sets, this made the program worthless in a lot of cases. What's more we really felt the lack of some features from the windows side, many of which were so basic that it's laughable that Bluebeam decided not to invest in them. You can't crop pdfs for instance. Anyway, when bluebeam for mac 2.0 came out, we bought in thinking that we'd be getting all of the features that we were missing along with performance improvements. Turns out they decided to revamp the UI with almost 0 feature inclusions. The performance of page rendering was significantly improved, which was helpful, although page thumbnails now no longer load.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Anonymous

Bluebeam - a complete pdf pack

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2021-02-11
Review Source: Capterra

If tour are typical and Adobe or Foxit user, just try the Bluebeam revu. It owns some unique pdf features you will definitely to love.

Pros
There are so many PDf readers and editors available on the market with restricted features, and Bluebeam covers almost each and every feature. Its user friendly for editing ad commenting on PDF & almost can get accurate values for measuring the distances. Text recognizing mechanism (OCR) almost accurate for every scenario. The inbuilt converter helps us to convert our PDFs to other formats hassle-free.

Cons
I really dont have any cons regarding Bluebeam revu. It's a fantastic and complete tool for all your pdf needs. It's worth the money.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Justin H.

2nd to none

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-04
Review Source: Capterra

Bluebeam compliments our takeoff program very well. It is very useful for generating individual files out of a large set that are uniquely named by the drawing number and name (or however you wish to name them), which then allows me to import those files into the program without the need for manually typing in the descriptions. Saves an inordinate amount of time at the start of a takeoff for each job.

Pros
There is no PDF program out there to my knowledge that comes anywhere close to this program when it comes to the construction industry. We have been using this program for 6 years now, and the advancements the developers have made have been fantastic. All of our estimators and project managers have at least Bluebeam Revu, some have Extreme. The text recognition for creating page labels/bookmarks is fantastic (has improved greatly over time). The Sets feature is top notch as well, particularly for keeping up with jobs that have numerous revised drawing sets. The takeoff module is quite powerful, although we do not really take advantage of it's full potential as we already had an on-screen takeoff program.

Cons
I honestly have not been a huge fan of the new look in the 2018 version, but that's probably just because I was used to the old look after years of use. Some of our users are overwhelmed with all of the options, buttons, and menus, but that's really just the nature of the beast with a program with so many tools.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Bluebeam Revu pricing

Starting from
$349
Pricing options
One time license
Free trial
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Revu Standard: $349 per seat
Revu eXtreme: $499 per seat
Revu CAD: $399 per seat
Revu MAC: $199 per seat
Revu iPad: $9.99

Bluebeam offers annual maintenance for each purchased seat of Bluebeam Revu.

Bluebeam Revu features

Access Controls/Permissions
Alerts/Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Communication Management
Document Management
Mobile Access
Search/Filter
Version Control
Workflow Management

API (373 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (265 other apps)
Commenting / Notes (262 other apps)
Content Management (317 other apps)
Customizable Branding (257 other apps)
Data Import/Export (257 other apps)
Document Storage (335 other apps)
Drag & Drop (283 other apps)
File Sharing (364 other apps)
Task Management (294 other apps)
Third Party Integrations (341 other apps)

Additional information for Bluebeam Revu

Key features of Bluebeam Revu

  • User Access Controls
  • File conversion
  • 2D or 3D PDFs
  • Text-searchable documents
  • Markup tools
  • Automatically track annotations
  • Reports generation
  • Project communication
  • Collaboration tools
  • Smart documents
  • Document sharing
  • Workflow automation tools
  • Feature suggestions
  • Dynamic fill
  • Quantity link
  • Measurement tool
  • Count tool
  • Automatic form creation
  • Batch sign & seal
  • 360° photos
  • 3D PDF enhancements
  • PDF editing
  • Multiview
  • Secure database
  • Automatic notifications / alerts
  • Online and offline collaboration
  • Activity tracking
  • Summary reports
  • Document management
  • Multiple users
  • Search functionality
  • Photo capture
  • Status change alerts
  • Batch Processing
  • Change Tracking
  • Document Templates
  • Document Tracking
  • File Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Mobile Access
  • Project Workflow
  • Search Functionality
  • Securtity & Encryption
  • Text Editing
  • PDF Conversion
  • Text Analysis
  • Document Tagging
  • Image Editing
  • Document Indexing
  • File Filter
  • Version Management
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Benefits

- Markup, edit, and manage PDFs within Microsoft Office and popular CAD programs.

- Edit 2D and 3D PDFs inside the programs in which they are created.

- Create reusable templates with Bluebeam Revu's Tool Chest.

- Collaborate online and offline with the cloud-based Bluebeam Studio Platfrom.

- Quickly navigate complex PDFs with in-document search.