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Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 is packed with new features



BBRTabletPCBluebeam PDF Revu, an advanced PDF editing and creation tool that really leverages pen input from Tablet PCs, is updated to version 8 and offers a laundry list of new features.

  • Pin files and folders in Revu, preview PDFs and open files with one click
  • SharePoint & ProjectWise integration
  • Revit® plug-in for one button PDF creation
  • Customizable toolbars
  • Custom columns in the Markups list with formulas for calculations
  • Auto-sequencing markups
  • Overlay Pages for visual comparison
  • Radius measurements
  • Markup hyperlinks
  • Color Processing tools for PDFs and Snapshots
  • Internet Explorer plug-in (beta)
  • Hide Markups
  • Tool Chest additions
  • Highlight mode

Unlike other so-called Tablet-specific apps, the product description of Bluebeam PDF Revu actually mentions “Tablet PC” in a few places and describes the tablet functionality of PDF Revu. Pricing for the standard edition starts at $149 with free trial and volume discounts available.



  1. Darren

    02/09/2010 at 1:32 pm

    How does Bluebeam compare with PDF Annotator?

  2. ChrisRS

    02/09/2010 at 4:11 pm

    I am not affiliated with Blubeam, but have used it for a coupl of years.

    The annotaton features are very robust.

    PDF Revu is a PDF creator as well and more of a cmpetitor to Adobe Acrobat (not Acrobat viewer) than to PDF Anontator.

    It will install as a printer so you can print from any appliction. It defaults to printing to PDF but will also print to a variety of Graphic formats such as TIF JPG, etc.

    Tablet PC support is very good.

    Be sure to check for student pricing and 3rd party vendors. You should be able to find about 30% discount to new seats and upgrades. There are good discounts for multiple seats.

    Installtion of prevous versions has gone very smoothly for me. After the 30 mday trial, it can be used as a fully funtional viewer. You can add markups, and print but not save.

    I’d say give it a try.

  3. ChrisRS

    02/09/2010 at 4:19 pm

    I forgot to mention that support has been very responsive.

    Please note – PDF Revu is fully functional when used with mouse and keybaord, but really shines when used on a TabletPC. There are specific layouts optimized fopr the Tablet PC. I assume that these would work well with touch as well.

  4. Darren

    02/09/2010 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the info. I should have mentioned that I have a Tablet PC and am currently using PDF annotator. However, I will give Bluebeam a try soon. :)

    Student pricing you say? Does that apply to Canada as well?

  5. ChrisRS

    02/09/2010 at 8:23 pm

    Student pricing is 50% of regular price. ($75 Standard, $99 Cad Version.) I think this price is available in Canada. Again – Check the resellers. If you are astudent and can assemble a group purchase, you can get a discount.

  6. Bill

    02/10/2010 at 1:00 am

    I have PDF Revu, it is a good program, because you can
    draw on schematics with a variety of straight lines and measures.

    The only thing I haven’t been able to adjust is the eraser
    tool. It is a stroke eraser and your entre line is gone,
    not just a portion.

  7. Joe

    02/10/2010 at 1:58 am

    I like PDF Revu, but since buying it back at version 6.5.4, I haven’t seen any compelling reasons to upgrade to the newer versions.

  8. Frank

    02/10/2010 at 7:52 am

    For those who use Version 6 or older here are some reasons:
    In Version 7 they added a full stroke eraser (no longer small points left over) and three different sized erasers for precise erasing, so in all you have 5 erasers now.
    They also added a lot of useful tools like arc and curves to version 7.
    In Version 8 they added customizable toolbars, and integrated the File Access Tab.
    With each upgrade they also made a lot of smaller improvements and fixed a lot of bugs, too, like not working text recognition on foreign languages, not properly working select tool on different pages, …
    I used PDF Revu since version 6 and each upgrade made it better, and in my opinion that much better that it’s worth to upgrade, for me. Maybe it’s also because PDF Revu is my primary note taking and PDF reading tool. I use it daily several hours.

    I also wrote a comment to this post prior which contained a link to a comparison I made, between PDF Annotator and PDF Revu, sadly, this comment seems to not got published, strange.

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