How to Speed Up Your Design Reviews

9 December 2019All, Bluebeam


How to Speed Up Your Design Reviews

Bluebeam® Revu® speeds up design reviews by elevating paperless workflows to a new level. As Helen the Architect will tell you, Bluebeam has the right tools for the design review and collaboration job:

Compare Documents – Automatically highlight and identify the differences between two drawing revisions with easy-to-see clouds, just like on the drawings of yore. One Revu feature is like using a light table, showing differences as stacked, color-coded revisions. The other feature, “compare,” adds highlights around the differences.

Collaborate – Revu allows project partners to mark up and collaborate on the same documents anytime, including real-time. Using a Bluebeam Studio session, multiple team members can collaborate on a document simultaneously in the cloud. In this way, design reviews provide instant feedback throughout the project.

Markup Tools and Lists – Redline 2D and 3D PDFs with customizable Revu markup tools. Use text, callouts, CAD symbols, images, stamps, and clouds. All of your markups will appear in an adaptable list that can be sorted and filtered. The markup list is integrated for tracking and easy creation of PDF, CSV or XML reports.

Overlay Pages – Keeping track of changes from revision to revision can slow down the review process. Using Revu, you can pick points on two or more PDFs for comparison. Different colors are assigned to each page/layer, and alignment points are selected. Then, voila, Revu will show you in a new PDF where the compared drawings differ.

PDF Creation – Create 2D and 3D PDFs directly from Revit®, AutoCAD®, Navisworks® Manage, Navisworks Simulate, SketchUp® Pro, plus PRC, Universal 3D (U3D), Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), and SolidWorks part and assembly (.sldprt and .sldasm) files. Revu will also create a layered PDF from a group of existing PDFs, each of which will be a separate layer.

Tool Chest – Creating the same markups multiple times is a waste of time. Instead, with Revu, you can put common measurements and markups in a “tool chest,” where they can be organized and reused. Then share your saved tools with team members to streamline everyone’s communications.

Batch Slip Sheet (in Revu eXtreme) – Keep entire file sets up to date by automatically matching (slipping in) new revisions with their corresponding current sheets. Speaking of batches, with Revu you can navigate faster by creating hyperlinks in batches, including links to other documents or entire groups of project drawings/pages.

Revu has useful features that make it so much more than a markup tool, as explained in the Applied Software blog article, “The Skeptic’s Guide to Bluebeam.” But don’t take our word for it or even Helen’s word for it . . . try Bluebeam Revu for yourself with a full working version on a 30-day free trial. You’ll see firsthand how much your productivity can increase and how Revu’s streamlined processes will help you get more done in less time. When it’s time to convert that trial to a subscription or perpetual license, contact Applied Software and talk to a Bluebeam expert about your firm’s specific collaboration needs. Elevate your paperless workflows to a new level today.

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