Bluebeam Revu Features

Bluebeam Revu

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

4.68/5 (727 reviews)

Bluebeam Revu Feature Summary

  • User Access Controls
  • PDF Conversion
  • Batch Processing
  • File Management
  • Version Management
  • Change Tracking
  • Document Tracking
  • Search Functionality
  • Securtity & Encryption
  • Mobile Access
  • Document Indexing
  • Image Editing
  • Text Editing
  • Full Text Search
  • Text Analysis
  • Document Tagging
  • Document Templates
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Project Workflow
  • File Filter
  • 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

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Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Review
Collaborative Workspace
Communication Management
Configurable Workflow
Configuration Management
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Data Recovery
Data Synchronization
Digital Signature
Distribution Management
Document Imaging
Document Management
Document Storage
Document Templates
File Management
File Transfer
Full Text Search
Image Editing
Image Library
Indexing
Issue Management
Mobile Integration
Monitoring
Multiple Format Support
Multiple User Accounts
Offline Access
PDF Conversion
Permission Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Project Management
Project Planning
Project Templates
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
Quality Assurance
Quality Control
Real Time Data
Real Time Notifications
Remote File Access
Reporting & Statistics
SSL Security
Search Functionality
Status Reporting
Status Tracking
Summary Reports
Tagging
Task Tracking
Text Editing
Third Party Integration
Version Control
Workflow Management
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Access Control
Active Directory Integration
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Automatic Notifications
Batch Processing
Built-In Database
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Review
Collaborative Workspace
Communication Management
Configurable Workflow
Configuration Management
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Data Recovery
Data Synchronization
Digital Signature
Distribution Management
Document Imaging
Document Management
Document Storage
Document Templates
File Management
File Transfer
Full Text Search
Image Editing
Image Library
Indexing
Issue Management
Mobile Integration
Monitoring
Multiple Format Support
Multiple User Accounts
Offline Access
PDF Conversion
Permission Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Project Management
Project Planning
Project Templates
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
Quality Assurance
Quality Control
Real Time Data
Real Time Notifications
Remote File Access
Reporting & Statistics
SSL Security
Search Functionality
Status Reporting
Status Tracking
Summary Reports
Tagging
Task Tracking
Text Editing
Third Party Integration
Version Control
Workflow Management
Learn moreCompare App
Access Control
Active Directory Integration
Activity Management
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Automatic Notifications
Batch Processing
Built-In Database
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Review
Collaborative Workspace
Communication Management
Configurable Workflow
Configuration Management
Customizable Reporting
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Data Recovery
Data Synchronization
Digital Signature
Distribution Management
Document Imaging
Document Management
Document Storage
Document Templates
File Management
File Transfer
Full Text Search
Image Editing
Image Library
Indexing
Issue Management
Mobile Integration
Monitoring
Multiple Format Support
Multiple User Accounts
Offline Access
PDF Conversion
Permission Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Project Management
Project Planning
Project Templates
Project Tracking
Project Workflow
Projections
Quality Assurance
Quality Control
Real Time Data
Real Time Notifications
Remote File Access
Reporting & Statistics
SSL Security
Search Functionality
Status Reporting
Status Tracking
Summary Reports
Tagging
Task Tracking
Text Editing
Third Party Integration
Version Control
Workflow Management
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Bluebeam Revu Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Bluebeam Revu's features:

Anonymous
(Construction company, 1001-5000 employees)

Greatest PDF software I have ever used.

2018-05-10

Great

Pros

It allows make document markups incredibly easy.

Cons

Inserting pictures from the mobile app and having it look the way you want is nearly impossible.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Juan Herrera

Great software

2019-05-06

Pros

Great software for document management and editing.

Cons

it can be confusing to know what each tool is for.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Mic Woodman

A Must Have Software for Collaboration

2020-03-02

This has made team and remote team collaboration possible for our company.

Pros

We also use the Bluebeam Studio functionality to create document review sessions which has been amazing when reviewing design files, letters, calcs, etc.

Cons

There is a small learning curve with the software, especially who documents are uploaded, shared, and comments are reviewed.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Cameron Crocker

Useful

2018-07-19

Great project management tool.

Pros

- Vast amount of features to use. - Easy document editing. - Measuring drawing dimensions and plans are seamless.

Cons

- Although its awesome how many features Bluebeam has, it can also lead to a jumbled mess of searching for the right program through a sea of options.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Joseph Wamsley

All the tools

2019-01-16

BB has great collaboration functionality.

Pros

Typically, using other pdf applications, you have to install plugins or 3rd party applications to get all the functionality you need.

Cons

Because of all the functionality, it takes some time getting use to the interface.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Stephanie Guy

Easy to use, very versatile

2019-09-12

I like it more than Adobe Acrobat which I was using before this.

Pros

Makes project management much easier

Cons

No complaints, it's been very easy to use and straightforward.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Mindy Bryant

BEST PDF Software around

2017-06-08

* Easy to Use * Most options for editing PDF documents * Integration with Procore!

Pros

This is a great feature that allows you to work on one document with several different people in different locations in real time so everyone can make changes collaboratively and see them in real time.

Cons

It allows you to search most PDF documents for special words or characters.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Architecture & Planning company, 11-50 employees)

Bluebeam Revu

2019-02-04

Features are great, but the interface, GUI, and performance are not optimal.

Pros

Well designed for specific A&E uses.

Cons

Also much less intuitive/usable for multipage text documents.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Sanger Nasrat

Collaborative platform

2019-06-10

Working in a design office, we have decentralized our design reviews which has maximized our productivity through the design gates.

Pros

I really like the ability of the software to enable collaborative review and commenting on design drawings. it reduces the need for centralized paper review that can be logistically challenging and environmentally unfriendly.

Cons

It can be quite slow to load at times but I'm not sure if this is a bandwidth issue or perhaps a PC processor issue.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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David Rodriguez

Indispensable for an Architecture Practice

2016-11-03

Great overall product for all phases of design, reviewing, coordinating, organizing and collaborating. The Bluebeam Studio feature is one of the best features of this program.

Pros

Studio Bluebeam Feature.

Cons

Interface can be better.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Bluebeam Revu

None for now

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Construction company, 51-200 employees)

Bluebeam for Construction

2018-12-05

Also enjoy the file sharing aspect, although I have not had as much experience with that portion of the software.

Pros

Tons and tons of features and functionality.

Cons

Somewhat unique interface that takes a bit to get used to in order to utilize to it's full extent.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Clinton Phillips

Complicated but Powerful Design Review Tool

2019-09-30

Pros

+ Live design review of documents + Ability to immediately respond to review comments + Discipline-specific customization to differentiate comments + Text based list of all comments that can be exported to another format

Cons

- The layout can be complicated and it can be confusing to find certain functions - There is a steep learning curve - The interface can be slow when multiple people are reviewing the same document at once

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Civil Engineering company, 1001-5000 employees)

Superior to Adobe for engineers

2020-01-07

I believe Bluebeam offers more functionality for professional engineers.

Pros

It is a great way to share comments back and forth when reviewing calculations and drawings.

Cons

I would find it more functional if there were a way to automatically set the scale to match your drawing scale instead of having to do it manually with the measuring tool.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Farral Gay

The best way to review digital documents

2018-04-30

Paperless document review and easy collaboration.

Pros

I can make comments and send them to others and I don't have to keep track of what happened and when.

Cons

Large architectural drawings require a lot of panning around on anything but huge monitors. But I have learned to work with it. Once the navigation becomes second nature, it doen't bother me much.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Brian Munn

Great PDF Editor for Engineering

2019-04-26

Our project management users are all using Bluebeam Revu for any construction documents. The flexibility of the markup tools allow for easy estimating takeoffs.

Pros

Many tools to markup the PDF makes estimating takeoff easy.

Cons

Licensing can be a cumbersome. Every year there is a new version and a new license key. This can cause issues when some users are still on older versions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Bianca Zaloumis

I consider Bluebeam Revu a necessity for my engineering work.

2018-03-20

I think it is a necessity for anyone dealing with official documents, editing PDFs, and working in the architectural/construction industry.

Pros

My favorite tools would be the calibration tool for verifying and editing architectural plans, the stamp and markup tools for approving and commenting on official documents, and the comparison tool for overlaying revised documents to see design changes.

Cons

It would be helpful if there was a way to save the default stamp folder so when I regain connection it will automatically connect.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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mary dolan

Effective Editing Software

2018-03-08

highly recommend bluebeam for advanced users who want to make professional edits to documents.

Pros

easy to edit documents in a variety of ways, markups make tracking different editors easy, platform is simple and tools are easy to use

Cons

can be a bit complicated (almost too many choices sometimes), interface is a bit bulky, viewing docs defaults to 250% which is just too big!

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Anthony Fiorentino II

Powerful tool, efficient

2020-01-04

Overall Bluebeam has eliminated two programs and increased efficiency and collaboration tremendously!

Pros

Easily organize and re-label large drawing sets with ease! Customizable tool best for takeoffs/edits.

Cons

The studio session should be more collaborative, allowing leaders to edit others measurements and takeoffs.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Justin Dede

I use BlueBeam Revu daily (basically hourly) in the AEC Industry to mark-up and edit PDFs.

2018-03-07

Improves my workflow

Pros

+KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS - simple keyboard shortcuts simply work +Studio is an innovative collaborative tool +The product for the AEC industry, designed explicitly for construction documents +Can easily manipulate and edit PDFs to pick up omissions in Revit +Has become such a critical part of my workflow that I could not do my job without it

Cons

I use a jpg copy of my signature to insert onto a letter - Acrobat it looks closer to having really signed the document -License restrictions - need multiple licenses for each device.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Michael Baudendistel

A slightly wonky product that offers a lot of nice features.

2018-03-15

Lots of features and it makes using it in conjunction with other autodesk software a breeze.

Pros

Relatively easy to use.

Cons

License management could be handled better.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Patricia Knowlton

Great Product, but not a fan of the new look.

2019-02-24

Design review is made simple by able to share a studio session with all parties. Any document that needs to be reviewed by others can be done quickly , especially by using custom tool boxes.

Pros

The ability to collaborate with our entire team.

Cons

The new update. It is suppose to more intuitive , but having using it for year it is hard to find things, some of the main features like slip sheeting does not work anymore. The product now freezes up or crashes often. I never had that happen before.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Bryan Wheeler

Great Product

2019-09-30

Bluebeam for ios has made remote sign-off sheets much easier than the Adobe offering

Pros

Bluebeam has a great user interface and works well with our cad drawings the separate management application make it easy for me to resolve printer stalls or flattening failures that may occur

Cons

the cost is always something we look at, but feel that we are able to highly leverage the product for great value

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Zach Smith

Huge time saver. Very powerful functionality and easy to use.

2018-01-18

Pros

Great for viewing drawings, performing takeoff, and creating visuals to share in meetings. Collaboration through Bluebeam Studio is also great for expedited submittal review with design team and owners.

Cons

Since bluebeam operates in pdf format it can make large drawing files very slow.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Stephen Schauer

Great

2019-07-23

Pros

Simple Interface, many features, more than simple pdf reader

Cons

memory intensive, can drag on large documents and plans

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jennefer Waskul

A Great PDF viewer!

2019-01-24

Pros

I also like the tools available for marking up and commenting on PDF's.

Cons

I find this feature to be a bit slow in loading, sometimes its easier to just open the file rather than trying to work within the explorer feature.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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