Bluebeam Revu comes stocked with a useful stamp tool, which can add a “rubber stamp” comment on a drawing. Revu comes preloaded with a library of commonly used text stamps, such as “DRAFT” and “FOR REVIEW” which can be quickly placed on PDFs to convey important project information. Stamps, when placed on a PDF, will act similarly as a markup, and as such, will have editable appearance properties and show up on the Markups list.

It may be useful to create your own custom stamp tools, especially if you are planning on reusing them often. Some of the most popular common custom stamps that can be made are stamps featuring your company’s logo, your own signature, or any other information you’d like to place over and over again.

In addition, Bluebeam Revu allows you to add Dynamic Text to stamps. Dynamic text is automatically updated when the stamp is placed in a PDF, allowing you to update your stamp with the date it was placed or with the author who placed the stamp.

This article will show you the basics of creating and using Stamps within Bluebeam Revu, including those with Dynamic Text. These examples are taken using the 64x Bluebeam Revu 2019 eXtreme edition, but these functionalities are available within all versions of Revu.

With Revu open, navigate to the Tools dropdown menu and select “Stamps” to access the library of premade stamps that Revu has to offer.

To create your own custom stamp, navigate down the menu to the Create Stamp option.

Create Stamp Menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

A dialogue box will open with the preliminary options available for your stamp. From here you can adjust your Stamp’s subject, which will determine its name within the dropdown menu, and other options regarding your Stamp’s appearance. Select OK to continue.

Create Stamp Menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

A document tab will open with a specified space for you to edit you Stamp. From here, you can add any Images, Markups, Snapshots, or text to your Stamp and adjust the size of your Stamp by using the blue control points.

Create Stamp Menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

I will be making a Stamp of my company’s logo so that I can use it over and over again easily. To do this, I will add an Image to my Stamp by using the Image Tool, found in the Markups section of my Tools dropdown menu. I will select From File to upload an image from my computer.

Create Stamp Menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

I’ll find the Image I need on my computer, and place it within my Stamp’s editing space.

Create Stamp Menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

I now want to add some Dynamic Text to my Stamp, and I’ll do this by adding a Text Box markup to my Stamp, and selecting the Dynamic dropdown menu that appears below. This Dynamic dropdown menu will only appear after you have placed a Text Box within your Stamp space.

Create Stamp Menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Several Dynamic Text options will appear in the dropdown, including options to add User, File Name, and Time variants to your Stamp. Each of these options will fill in dynamically once the Stamp is placed on a PDF.

For my Stamp, I’m going to select User and Date so that my Stamp will automatically tell me which User placed the Stamp on the PDF and the date that they placed it.

Create Stamp Menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

The Dynamic Text options will appear as shown on your Stamp. This text will fill in automatically once the Stamp is placed. Once you are finished with your Stamp, go up to the File dropdown menu and Save your Stamp.

Create Stamp Menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Now, you will be able to find your newly made Stamp listed in the under the Stamps menu in your Tools dropdown menu. It will be listed by the Subject you set for your Stamp when you first created your Stamp.

Create Stamp Menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Once you select your Stamp, you can now place it on a PDF. A Stamp will be placed just by clicking once in the area you want to put your Stamp. If you set any Dynamic Text, that text will automatically be filled in.

Create Stamp Menu in Bluebeam Revu 2019

As I had chosen to add User and Date Dynamic Text options, my Stamp’s text filled in with the name of the User who placed the Stamp, along with the Date that they placed it.

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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!

18 Comments

  1. Andrew Bustraan

    Awesome presentation.

    Is there a way to add the Date as a picker (not a text box that I have to type it in, or the “current” date I’m stamping the document?)

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Andrew, unfortunately the only options within stamps is to use a text box to type in a date, or use the Dynamic text option to have the current date display.

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  2. Peter Moser

    Is there a way to create a stamp from a PDF file, and have a popup that prompts the user to do the following in order:

    1) place a check mark in one of three fields (typically Approved, Approved As Noted, or Revise and Resubmit)

    2) prompt the user to input text for their initials

    3) prompt the user to input text for a date

    We have a working solution for this in Adobe Acrobat, using JavaScript within a PDF file that gets saved to the “Stamps” folder. I wonder if a similar approach is possible in BlueBeam, but I haven’t been able to get JavaScript prompts to pop up when placing a PDF-based stamp into another PDF.

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    • Dylan Harvey

      Hi Peter, Lauren is currently working on an article that addresses your question, since it is difficult to explain without showing examples. Check back soon!

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      • Betsy Kirtland

        Hi Dylan, is there any update on this topic? Can you link to the article Lauren wrote, if she completed it?

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        • Lauren Hecker

          Hi Betsy,

          The easiest way to do this is to start with an already created Interactive Stamp and simply adjust the look of the Stamp and the Javascript properties to fit your needs. On the Bluebeam website, there are several Interactive stamps that can be downloaded that you can find here.

          Select the Interactive Stamp that best fits your needs – you can always adjust the look of the stamp and the popup after the stamp is imported. Just download that file, extract it, and import it into Revu. In that folder, there will be an Instructions PDF that will go over how to import the stamp into Revu, how to adjust the look of the stamp, and how to adjust the Javascript properties.

          Hope that helps!

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Peter,

      The easiest way to do this is to start with an already created Interactive Stamp and simply adjust the look of the Stamp and the Javascript properties to fit your needs. On the Bluebeam website, there are several Interactive stamps that can be downloaded that you can find here.

      For what you’re describing, I think the Submittal Status stamp would work best. Just download that file, extract it, and import it into Revu. In that folder, there will be an Instructions PDF that will go over how to import the stamp into Revu, how to adjust the look of the stamp, and how to adjust the Javascript properties.

      Hope that helps!

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  3. Dirk Westercamp

    Peter – we are wanting to do about the same thing. Let me know if you hear from Lauren or find another way.
    Dirk

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    • Dylan Harvey

      Hi Dirk, Lauren is currently working on an article that addresses Peter’s question, since it is difficult to explain without showing examples. Check back soon!

      Reply
    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Dirk,

      The easiest way to do this is to start with an already created Interactive Stamp and simply adjust the look of the Stamp and the Javascript properties to fit your needs. On the Bluebeam website, there are several Interactive stamps that can be downloaded that you can find here.

      Select the Interactive Stamp that best fits your needs – you can always adjust the look of the stamp and the popup after the stamp is imported. Just download that file, extract it, and import it into Revu. In that folder, there will be an Instructions PDF that will go over how to import the stamp into Revu, how to adjust the look of the stamp, and how to adjust the Javascript properties.

      Hope that helps!

      Reply
  4. Jack

    Hello- I regularly use stamps with dynamic text (date), and use this stamp on every page of documents. Is there a quick way to group update the dates on all of these stamps in the document?

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Jack, there is no way to group update stamps as the stamp will display the date the stamp was intially placed. To do this, you will most likely need to remove the previous date stamps (this can be done quickly using the Markups List). You can then replace the stamps using the Batch Stamp tool, if you use Revu eXtreme. This will replace all the stamps with the current date.

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  5. Ken Armstrong

    Hi Lauren – the interactive submittal stamp works okay for me – however the date is in US format and in Australia we use dd/mm/yyyy so it is confusing.
    I would also like to delete a couple of the fields but it wont let me.

    using revu standard 2018

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Ken,
      The Date dynamic field can’t be adjusted, but you can accomplish this by adding dynamic fields for Day, Month, and Year with slashes in between each dynamic field selection. This will place the date in the dd/mm/yyyy format.

      To delete stamps, please refer to this article.

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  6. Luma

    Is there a way to limit the amount of letters in the file name

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Luma,
      No, there is currently not a way to do this.

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  7. Micco

    Hi!

    Is there a way to specify the page label as the dynamic text?

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Micco,
      Unfortunately there’s no option to use the page label as Dynamic Text. My advice would be to set the file name to the option you want to set the Dynamic Text to, and then use the File Name dynamic text option.

      Reply

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