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Bluebeam Revu 20 comes in three different editions: eXtreme, CAD and Standard. Each version features different capabilities and all are available for different price points. This can make it confusing for new users to know which program is right for them. For those interested in purchasing Bluebeam Revu, but are unsure of what version you should get, here is a quick breakdown and comparison of Bluebeam Revu eXtreme, CAD, and Standard.
Bluebeam Revu eXtreme
This is the top-tier version of Bluebeam Revu, and includes all of the capabilities of Bluebeam Revu Standard and CAD. Bluebeam Revu eXtreme features additional tools that aid in automation and document collaboration.
Bluebeam Revu eXtreme is best suited for power users who want to automate complex processes for more efficient workflows.
Key features of Bluebeam Revu eXtreme include:
- All features available in Bluebeam Revu Standard and Bluebeam Revu CAD
- Batch Link: automatically generate unlimited hyperlinks based on file name, page label, or page region
- Batch Slip Sheet: automatically match new revisions with their corresponding current sheets and carry over all markup data
- OCR: transform scanned PDFs into text-searchable and selectable files
- Quantity Link: a powerful tool that seamlessly links measurement totals from multiple PDFs to Excel
- Automatic Form Creation: automatically create PDF forms from scanned or digital documents
- Batch Sign & Seal: quickly apply a digital signature (or professional seal) across a batch of multiple files
Bluebeam Revu CAD
This is the mid-tier version of Bluebeam Revu, and includes all of the capabilities of Bluebeam Revu Standard. Additionally, Bluebeam Revu CAD includes solutions for CAD users with smart plugins for PDF creation.
Bluebeam Revu CAD is best suited for design professionals who will be using Revu to compliment the functionality of various CAD programs.
Key features of Bluebeam Revu CAD include:
- All features available in Bluebeam Revu Standard
- Plugins for 2D PDFs: create PDFs from AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks, Navisworks Manage, Navisworks Simulate, and SketchUp Pro
- Plugins for 3D PDFs: create 3D PDFs from Revit, Navisworks Manage, Navisworks Simulate, Sketchup Pro, and any IFC file
- Batch Creation: convert an unlimited number of files from CAD programs and apply stamps, cover sheets, headers, footers, and more
Bluebeam Revu Standard
This is the most basic version of Revu, and comes at the lowest price point. Revu Standard is the base edition of Revu, and both CAD and eXtreme build upon the features within this program.
Bluebeam Revu Standard Standard features a variety of PDF markup, editing, and collaboration tools, and is best fit for those who only require the core features of Revu.
Key features of Bluebeam Revu Standard include:
- PDF Creation and Editing: quickly create and edit PDFs to your specific needs
- Markups: redline your PDFs with a variety customizable tools
- The Markups List: a powerful feature that tracks annotation data within a customizable list
- Measurement Tools: take accurate calculations from your PDF and easily track that information
- Bluebeam Studio: a cloud-based version of the program that allows for powerful document management and real-time collaboration on drawings. Bluebeam Studio includes both Studio Sessions (which allows project teams review and mark up documents simultaneously) and Studio Projects (which allows unlimited document hosting space, ensuring all your documents are accessible from one space)
For more help determining which version of Bluebeam Revu you need, check out the key feature comparison below:
|Redline PDFs with customizable markup tools and save custom tools for easy access|
|Track and manage annotations|
|Upload files to the cloud and sync PDFs locally|
|Collaborate on PDFs in real time with shared markups|
|Access and view recent PDFs|
|Search local drives and pin files in categories|
|Integrate with SharePoint® and ProjectWise®|
|Create customizable keyboard shortcuts for your most-used tools|
|Create, mark up and manipulate 3D PDFs from any IFC or U3D file|
|Create and batch PDFs directly from Microsoft® Office and Outlook® and convert any Windows® file to PDF|
|One-click 2D PDF creation and batch directly from Revit®, AutoCAD® and SolidWorks®|
|One-click 3D PDF creation directly from AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks® Manage, Navisworks Simulate and SketchUp® Pro|
|Use Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Automatic Form Creation, Quantity Link, Scripting, Batch Sign & Seal, Batch Link®and Batch Slip Sheet|
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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 schedule an onsite or custom course, please contact us!