As a Bluebeam Certified Instructor, I’ve run across many daily users of Bluebeam Revu who taught themselves how to use the program just through trial and error. Although Revu’s interface and accessibility of tools definitely makes the program easy to navigate without the need of a structured training session, there are many reasons why even intermediate to advanced users could benefit from attending a Bluebeam Revu Training course. For those of you who think you know all you need to know about Revu, here are ten reasons why attending a Bluebeam Revu training course may be useful for increasing the efficiency of your workflows.
1. You’ll learn about all sorts of Keyboard shortcuts, tips, and tricks
Bluebeam Revu features a variety of keyboard shortcuts and tools that can help with project efficiency and accuracy. Many of these keyboard shortcuts are not immediately apparent from Bluebeam Revu’s interface, and most users would not know about these useful tools without being told about them. In both our Bluebeam Revu Essentials and Advanced training courses, we go over all of the ways you can utilize your keyboard to speed up processes- such as using the shift key to keep a straight line for accurate measurements or using the ctrl key to switch between PDF navigation defaults.
Tip: Holding down the shift key will keep your lines at 90 or 45 degree angles when placing markups or taking measurements!
2. You may find an easier way to do what you do
One thing I’ve learned through teaching Bluebeam Revu is that no matter what you are doing, there is probably a faster way to do it in Revu. The program gives a variety of different ways to perform any one task, such as the many ways you can access your markup tools or the multiple methods you can use to customize your count tool. The great thing about Revu is that you get to choose the way you want to do the work you do- and knowing what method is most efficient for you is best done once you are aware of all your options. In all of my Bluebeam Revu training courses, I highlight the many different ways to do any one task so you can be sure that you know which way is preferable in your workflows.
Tip: There are 3 ways to access any of your markup tools – the toolbar, the Tools dropdown menu, and the keyboard shortcuts!
3. You’ll learn how to customize your interface to fit your work
One of the most unique aspects of Bluebeam Revu is the way in which you can customize just about every aspect of the interface to make it as efficient and easy to use as possible. Not only can you use Profiles for any of your specific workflows, the toolbars, panels, and tool sets are all completely customizable and can be turned on or off and be moved around with ease. Even if you are a user who is already familiar with customizing profiles, in my Bluebeam Revu Essentials Training course we will review every way that you can customize Revu for your specific needs – including some methods that would not be immediately apparent. Before becoming a Bluebeam Certified Instructor, I was familiar with customizing the viewing space by moving toolbars and panels, but I had no idea you could go further by splitting each panel space. The amount and depth of customization in Revu is something you can properly leverage by taking a Bluebeam Revu Training course.
Tip: You can split the panel space by clicking and dragging another panel tool into the open panel. You can do this multiple times to have several Panel Access buttons be visible at once.
4. You’ll be able to connect with other users and share experiences
What I love about teaching Bluebeam Revu courses is interacting with people from a wide variety of different industries and learning how they use the program. Revu was designed to be malleable and accommodate many different backgrounds and workflows, and even allows users to be creative. Users often discover ways of manipulating the software to accommodate their everyday tasks that aren’t taught by Bluebeam. Connecting with other users in a training environment, allows people to share and discover workflows and tips that they have uncovered – some of which may be useful for others to utilize as well.
Tip: The default Revu profile features several preloaded tool sets made for different industry reviews, including Architect, Engineer, and Contractor tools.
5. You’ll have direct contact with a Bluebeam Certified Instructor
Have you ever been working in Bluebeam Revu and wondered if you can perform a certain workflow or modify a tool in a way that would benefit your projects? You could go through pages and pages of Google to possibly find that answer- if it’s even there. By taking a Bluebeam Revu training course you’ll have direct access to a Bluebeam Certified Instructor to whom you can ask those questions, Instead of having to do all of this work yourself. At any point during the training, I take any and all questions and demonstrate any workflows students may be curious about. Additionally, at the end of the training I always save time for Q&A, so there will always be an additional opportunity to ask questions.
Tip: Did you know you can access the internet directly from Revu? Open up a Web tab from the Window dropdown menu or by using CTRL+T.
6. You’ll learn tips and tricks for navigating through PDFs in Revu
The first time I took a Bluebeam Revu training course, the thing that blew me away the most was how intuitive the navigation defaults were when zooming and panning through PDFs. The depth of navigation features available would be impossible to discover by just exploring the program myself. Revu tries to make every process as easy as possible to ensure that you are able to do your work efficiently, and navigating through PDFs is no exception. In my Bluebeam Revu Essentials training course, I go through how the navigation defaults change depending on the size of your document so you are able to understand and utilize these features. Additionally, I also cover how to change these defaults to ensure that students are always able to look through their documents the way they’d like.
Tip: The navigation defaults will change depending on the size of the document you’re working with – but you can switch the navigation mode by holding down the Ctrl key while rolling your mouse’s scroll wheel.
7. Your contact with a Bluebeam Certified Instructor won’t end after class is over
Something I want to emphasize is that as your Bluebeam instructor, our contact does not have to end after the course is over. At the end of my Bluebeam Revu training courses, I will always provide my email for all participants as I want to continue to help them throughout their exploration of the program. I will always take any questions about Bluebeam Revu, whether it’s how to perform a process or solving issues that may arise, and I am always happy to provide as much extra support as I can. By attending a Bluebeam Revu training course, in addition to gaining the skills needed to excel in the program, students will have access to a Bluebeam Certified Instructor who will continue to be supportive even after the course has ended.
Tip: Did you know you can email PDFs directly from Revu? If you use a local email client, you can share PDFs via email from the File dropdown menu without even needing to leave Revu.
8. You’ll find out about tools you didn’t even know existed
Beyond just the Markup Tools and Stamps, Bluebeam Revu features an immense selection of different tools that can be used for tracking changes in revisions, editing aspects of your PDF, performing estimations, and so on. With a program so fully loaded with different tools and functions, it would be difficult to navigate to all of these, or even know about them, without some guidance. In both my Bluebeam Revu Essentials and Bluebeam Revu Advanced training courses, we will go over a wide variety of these tools and how to use them. This will allow you to know exactly what tools are available for you and where to locate them when using Bluebeam Revu within your own work.
Tip: If you want to be able to use tools over and over again without deselecting the tool, you can turn on Reuse in the Tools menu. This will allow you to continue placing the same markup without pause.
9. With Revu, there is always more to learn
I cannot stress enough that although Bluebeam Revu is intuitive and features a clean and simple interface, there are numerous features loaded into the program that allow you to perform functions that you may not even be aware were possible. No matter how much you think you know about Revu, there is always more to learn! Even as a Bluebeam Certified Instructor and a daily user of the program, I continue to learn new things about Revu just about every time I use it. By taking a Bluebeam Revu training course, you can cut down the learning curve and have what you need to do your work.
Tip: You can switch between Symbol view and Detail view in the Tool Chest by selecting the Tool Set Property cog button. This can be useful for symbol tool sets if you don’t know exactly what the symbol meant to show.
10. You’ll understand how to put all of the pieces together
One of my favorite parts of teaching Bluebeam Revu training courses is the fact that I can show how all of the aspects of the program fit together and relate to each other. The course is designed to highlight specific features, such as the Markups List and Profiles, and then show how all these features work together within the program. Although it may be easy to learn about individual features like the Tool Chest and Markup Tools on your own, the challenge Bluebeam Revu training alleviates is using these tools with efficiency. Once you understand how these tools relate to each other, you can begin using them with the ease Revu is known for and increase your productivity.
Tip: The profile you are in will not only affect the set up of the toolbars and panels, but it will also change the Tool Sets available to. Switch between the different preloaded profiles to find the tool set you need – or make your own!
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Lauren Hecker is a Bluebeam Certified Instructor and teaches Onsite Bluebeam Certified Courses, virtual Bluebeam Basics and Advanced courses, and custom onsite or virtual courses. To see her next open enrollment course, please visit our calendar. To schedule an onsite or custom course, please contact us!