NEWS: Bluebeam Software launches Revu 2015

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Latest release of PDF creation, annotation, editing and collaboration tool aims to simplify document management and speed up project communication

Bluebeam Revu 2015, the latest release of the PDF-based annotation, measurement and collaboration tool, introduces new features that enable project teams to keep complex document sets organised and up to date. The new Batch Slip Sheet (eXtreme edition only) automates the process of keeping complex file sets up to date by allowing users to automatically match new file revisions with previous corresponding file versions. All annotations, hyperlinks and bookmarks are carried over from revision to revision.

An existing Revu feature, Sets, which allows teams to navigate a large collection of various PDF files as if they were a single multi-page document in a single tab, also receives automation and categorisation upgrades in Revu 2015.

“To meet the demands of complex projects and condensed timelines, project teams need technology to simplify communication between project stakeholders and remove workflow redundancies,” says Richard Lee, Bluebeam Software President and CEO. “Revu 2015 presents and polishes features that make marking up and managing document sets easier with greater annotation tool functionality and batch automation, as well as more flexibility with how project information is shared.”

Sketch Tools is a new feature that allows users to quickly create new shapes to exacting measurements based on a PDF’s calibrated scale. Users are given real-time length and angle feedback as they sketch details with their mouse or enter dimensions using their keyboard.

A Dynamic Tool Set Scaler enables annotations to automatically resize precisely and proportionately when used on documents of different scales. Grouped annotations in a drawing can also resize proportionately, regardless of scale setting.

Videos can also be embedded into annotations using Revu’s Camera tool, Capture 2.0. Users can scroll through images and play back videos directly from each annotation’s Capture viewer. Annotations containing Capture media can be tracked and viewed in Revu’s Markups list and exported as a PDF Summary.


Bluebeam has also updated its mobile apps. Studio GO in Revu iPad 3.0 is said to enable large format files in Studio Projects and Studio Sessions to render instantly for quicker annotations and navigation, without modifying the original documents. With Background Sync, Revu iPad users can download files while they continue to work in Revu.

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