Trying to quickly locate all plumbing fixtures in a drawing set? You can quickly find all fixtures using the Visual Search tool. Here’s how to do this using Bluebeam Revu 2018 and 2019. For this example I am working in Windows 10, and this is the eXtreme edition of Revu 2018. Visual Search is available for all editions of Revu.

With a drawing set or document open, select the Search icon on the Panel Access bar. The Search panel will open.

Search Panel in Bluebeam Revu 2019

The Search Panel menu has options for performing a text search or a visual search. When you select the Search icon from the Panel Access bar, the panel will open with the Text Search option tab selected. Select the Visual Search tab, which shows a magnifying glass icon over a photograph icon. The Visual Search menu will display.

Visual search in Bluebeam Revu 2019

From the Visual Search menu, you are able to select which document to perform the search on using the first drop-down menu on the panel. You have the option of searching on the Current Document, Current Page, Open Documents, Recents, and Folders. By default, Current Page will be selected. For this example, I am just searching the current page, so I’ll keep the default selection.

Select pages for visual search in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Under the search selection drop-down menu are visual search Options. These options include Sensitivity, which determines how exact each match must be, and options to Search Multiple Rotations, Filter by Color, Include Markups, and Search for Fine Details. I am going to perform a basic visual search, and will leave the default selections selected.

Visual search options in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Now, locate one of the plumbing fixtures (or whatever you are trying to search for in your drawing set). Select Get Rectangle in the visual search menu, and draw a rectangle around the plumbing fixture by clicking, holding and dragging the selection. Your selection will show up next to the get rectangle option in the visual search menu.

Get rectangle for visual search in Bluebeam Revu 2019

You also have the option to Refine Colors. Since this is a black vector drawing I don’t need to worry about this option, but this is what the menu looks like. It shows your selection (Search Template) and the scope the search can perform based on the line sensitivity you selected (Refine Template). Notice that the Refine Template window looks choppier than the selection, this is because I kept the line sensitivity low. This will make sure that any nuances in each fixture are ignored and show up in my search results. Below the Template window is the option to filter out colors, and I only have black as an option.

Refine colors option for visual search in Bluebeam Revu 2019

If you are satisfied with your selection, locate Search in the visual search menu and select it. Depending on the size of the document and the number of possible results, it could take a few seconds to a couple minutes to perform the search. For the sake of brevity, I have edited this GIF representing the time for Revu to perform the search, but it took under 30 seconds to perform the search.

Visual search results in Bluebeam Revu 2019

The results for the search will show under the visual search options. An icon representing a result will display next to each result, and if you select one, Revu will jump to the result on the document, zoomed in so you can see it well on your screen.

Visual search results in Bluebeam Revu 2019

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Lauren Hecker is the instructor for the Bluebeam Revu Basics and Advanced courses. To see her next open enrollment course, please visit our calendar. To schedule an onsite or custom course, please contact us!


  1. Jennifer Donelli

    Is there a way to export this information to excel? Or anything else that can be done with the information once the search is complete?

    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Jennifer, unfortunately you won’t be able to export the search results but what you can do is perform an action on all of the search results, such as placing a Count Measurement on them. You can then export the Markups List as a CSV Summary report which will give you a summary of all of the Counts in the drawing. You can see how to create a CSV summary in this article:


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