Your Guide to Comparing Bluebeam Versions

1 March 2021All, Bluebeambluebeam revu



Whether you’re looking to streamline processes, complement your CAD software or make the most of document collaboration, there is an edition of Bluebeam Revu that is right for you. When you’re trying to choose which one to implement – Revu Standard, Revu CAD or Revu eXtreme – it helps to consider which features best fit your workflows.

The Bridging the Gap episode “A Step Ahead with Bluebeam,” looked at ways Revu can streamline your work life and simplify your processes.

All three Revu versions now enable real-time collaboration with Bluebeam Studio Sessions. You can upload files to the cloud for easy management with Bluebeam Studio Projects. You can also synchronize Studio Project files on your local system for offline editing.

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Following is a feature summary of the three versions of Bluebeam Revu.

Revu Standard

This solution is designed for 2D and 3D PDF markup, editing and collaboration. Revu Standard is best for contractors, owners and estimators who require only the core features of Revu. Key features include:

  • Markups: Redline 2D and 3D PDFs with customizable markups. Track and manage annotations in a straightforward, customizable list. Customize keyboard shortcuts for your commonly used tools. Overlay pages for comparison. Create calibrated polygons, rectangles, ellipses, and polylines.
  • Cloud: Upload files to the cloud and synchronize PDFs on your local system.
  • Create: Create and batch PDFs directly from Microsoft® Office and Outlook®. Convert any Windows® file to PDF. Optimize file sizes.
  • Collaborate: Create, mark up and manipulate 3D PDFs from industry foundation class (IFC) open file format or universal 3D (U3D) compressed files. Integrate with SharePoint® and ProjectWise®. Share markups to collaborate on PDFs in real time.
  • Search: Search local drives and pin files in categories.
  • Protect: Apply password protection and permissions, digital signatures and digital IDs.

Revu CAD

Designed specifically for CAD users, this version includes smart plugins for 2D and 3D PDF creation. Revu Standard is best for design professionals, such as architects or engineers, who require the additional plugin functionality to complement the CAD software they use. It includes all Revu standard features plus:

  • Plugins for 2D PDFs: One-click creation and batching of 2D PDFs directly from AutoCAD®, Revit® and SolidWorks®.
  • Plugins for 3D PDFs: One-click creation of 3D PDFs directly from AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks®, and SketchUp® Pro.
  • Convert: Batch convert to PDF, TIF, JPG, BMP, PSD, PNG, PCL, GIF, EMF, and WMF files. Convert Revit Rooms to Revu Spaces. 

Revu eXtreme

This robust solution is for power users who want to automate complex processes and make the most of document collaboration. Revu eXtreme is best for automating complex processes, whether you’re an architect, engineer, contractor, or estimator. It includes all Revu Standard features and Revu CAD features, as well as:

  • Form Creation: Automatically create forms from PDFs.
  • Scripts: Implement scripting commands.
  • Batch Link®: Automatically generate navigational hyperlinks across a specific group of documents.
  • Batch Slip Sheet: Automatically insert new page revisions or replace pages with revised versions over a group of documents. Redact content permanently.
  • OCR: Transform scanned images into text-searchable and selectable PDFs using optical character recognition.
  • Batch Sign and Seal: Apply a digital signature or professional seal across a batch of multiple files.
  • Quantity Link: Seamlessly link measurement totals from a PDF to an Excel® spreadsheet in real time.

Perhaps the best way to decide among Bluebeam versions is to test drive the one that seems to best fit your workflows. You can see firsthand how Revu enables increased collaboration and will help you get more done in less time.

If you’re ready to take your projects to the next level, try Bluebeam Revu for yourself with a full working version on a 30-day free trial. When it’s time to convert that 30-day trial to a subscription or perpetual license, contact Applied Software and talk to a Bluebeam expert about your firm’s specific needs.



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