In Bluebeam Revu 2018 and 2019, you are able to manipulate pages within a PDF with ease. The options for doing so may however not be readily apparent to a new user. It may be a user’s intuition to add a blank page in between pages by using the ‘document’ drop down menu on the menu bar, since other options for manipulating pages, such as replace pages, are located in this menu. This will prove frustrating for a new user since most of the options on the documents drop down menu affect all the pages in PDF, and none of the other drop down menus indicate where to find the tools to manipulate individual pages. The options for adding blank pages and reordering pages are actually hiding in plain site on the panel access bar (commonly located to the left of the application window) in a panel access menu called ‘Thumbnails.’ In this article I’ll be going over some of the tools in the Thumbnails panel menu, specifically those that aren’t available in the Document drop down menu. In these examples I am using the 64x Bluebeam Revu 2018 eXtreme edition.

First, I’d like to point out that you are easily able to add a blank page at the end of a PDF document using the blank page icon on the toolbar, which looks like a page with an addition symbol next to it, and appears when a document is open:

Insert blank page option in Bluebeam Revu 2019

To add blank pages between certain pages, or reorder pages, navigate to the panel access bar and select the thumbnails panel, which looks like a window with four window panes.

Open thumbnails panel in Bluebeam Revu 2019

The Thumbnails Panel Access menu will open, showing the individual pages in the document as thumbnails in a grid. The first page of the document starts at the top left and moves to the right and then down to the left thumbnail on the next row.

To add a blank page in between two existing pages, first select the ‘add a blank page’ icon. A blank page will be added.

Add blank page from Thumbnails panel in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Now reorder it. To reorder pages, select a thumbnail and drag it, much like moving an application shortcut on your desktop.

Reorder pages in the Thumbnails panel in Bluebeam Revu 2019

You can open the documents drop down menu from within the panel access menu by selecting the word ‘Thumbnails’ at the top of the panel.

Thumbnails panel menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

You can expand or contract the thumbnail sizes by dragging the slider left or right respectively on the bottom of the panel.

Change thumbnail size in Bluebeam Revu 2019

You can hide or show page labels by selecting the icon to the right of the word ‘Thumbnails.’

Show page labels in Thumbnails panel in Bluebeam Revu 2019

And you can create page labels by selecting the icon further to the right, which will open a dialogue window to create page labels.

Create Page labels in Bluebeam Revu 2019

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9 Comments

  1. isaac

    trying to drag pages to reorder and it is not working. every time i try to drag the circle with a diagonal line symbol keeps popping up and i cant move the page.
    please help

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    • Dylan Harvey

      Hi Isaac,

      Are you using Revu in Markup mode? When Revu is in View mode you are unable to edit PDF documents. Let me know if this is not the case and I can look into it further.

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      • Keri

        Did you find a solution to this? I am having the same problem. Revu is set to Markup mode.

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        • Dylan Harvey

          Hi Keri, I never got a response back from Isaac, so I’m not sure if he was in Markup mode or not. If you go to Document on the menu bar, and then to Security…, can you see if everything is set to “allowed” in the security tab of the dialogue box? Let me know and I can investigate further.

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          • CHRISTIAN CERDA

            I AM CURRENTLY ON MARKUP MODE, EVERYTHING SET TO ALLOWED AND I AM GETTING THAT CIRCLE WITH DIALOGUE LINE NOT ALLOWING ME TO REORDER PAGES

          • Dylan Harvey

            Hi Christian, does this happen for all documents or just one? What edition and version are you using (for example, eXtreme 2019)?

          • Lauren Hecker

            Hi Christian, I’ve run across several issues with this issue and unfortunately there is not a clear cut solution as of yet. I would recommend trying to Reset you settings within Revu – this is a general cure-all for issues you may run into. Let me know if that helps.

        • Lauren Hecker

          Hi Keri, I’ve run across several issues with this issue and unfortunately there is not a clear cut solution as of yet. I would recommend trying to Reset you settings within Revu – this is a general cure-all for issues you may run into. Let me know if that helps.

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Isaac, I’ve run across several issues with this issue and unfortunately there is not a clear cut solution as of yet. I would recommend trying to Reset you settings within Revu – this is a general cure-all for issues you may run into. Let me know if that helps.

      Reply

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