Bluebeam Revu’s Count tool is a measurement markup that allows you to keep a running tally of items in your PDF. You can use the Count tool to track quantities of items – such as the number of lighting fixtures in an electrical plan. Each time you place a Count, Revu will track the number of items selected when using the tool.

Like all markup tools, you can modify Count markups by adjusting their visual properties. You can make basic adjustments – such as changing the color and shape of the tool. You can even create customized Count tools from other markups by adding them to the Tool Chest.

In this article, we will cover how to use and customize Count markups within Bluebeam Revu. The following examples are from Bluebeam Revu 2019 – but the process will be the same for all versions.

Using the Count Tool

To access the Count tool, select the Tools dropdown menu. Navigate down to Measure, then select Count from the list of Measurement Tools. Like with all measurement tools, you will need to make sure that a scale is set before using Counts.

Click the cursor on the document to place a count. A running tally of the number of clicks, or counts taken, will appear in the Markups List and the Properties toolbar. Once you’re done with the Count, press the ESC key on your keyboard to complete it. 

Using the count measurement markup tool in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Adjusting the Appearance of the Count Tool 

By default, the Count tool will appear as a red check mark on the PDF. Like all markups tools, you can adjust the appearance of the Count using either the Properties toolbar or the Properties panel.

With a Count markup selected, open the Properties panel to customize it. Under the Appearance section, there are several preloaded options to choose from. Not only can you adjust the color of the Count, but also the shape. Beyond the checkmark, you can choose to use a circle, rectangle, or diamond variation.

Using the count measurement markup tool in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Creating Custom Count Tools

There may be times when the preloaded Count options don’t fit the needs of your project. If you need to customize your Count tool even further, Revu lets you turn any markup tool into a Count. To create your own custom Count tool, first you’ll have to figure out what you want your Count to look like.

In this example, I want to take a count of all doorways within the floor plan. To best show this, I’ll create a customized door symbol to use for the counts. To create a customized Count tool, first start by creating the markup you want to use for the Count. I’ll create this door symbol using a Rectangle markup. Using the Properties toolbar, I’ll adjust the appearance of this symbol by filling it in with brown and adding a vertical line hatchmark.

Using the count measurement markup tool in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Once you’ve created the desired symbol, you can turn it into a Count by adding it to the Tool Chest. First, I’ll open up the Tool Chest panel from the Panel Access bar.

Using the count measurement markup tool in Bluebeam Revu 2019

From the Tool Chest, Revu gives you the ability to turn any tool into a Count measurement. To do this, you will need to add the markup to a toolset. I’ll add my door symbol to the My Tools tool set by right clicking on the tool and selecting Add to Tool Chest > My Tools.

Using the count measurement markup tool in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Once the markup is in the tool set, right click on the tool. From the dropdown menu, select Create Count. A new version of the tool will appear in the same tool set with a Count symbol affixed to it. This customized tool has been converted into a Count measurement. You can now grab your custom tool and start counting items. Like all Counts, Revu will keep a running tally of each item you select.

Using the count measurement markup tool in Bluebeam Revu 2019

If you open up the Markups List, you’ll see that the custom symbol you created is being tracked as a Count measurement. In this same manner, you can create a variety of custom Count tools to represent all items you need to count.

Using the count measurement markup tool in Bluebeam Revu 2019

Conclusion

The Count measurement tool in Bluebeam Revu allows you to tally values based on mouse clicks. Each time you click the mouse, a count will be added – and a running tally will track the total for the drawing. You can customize the appearance options of counts several ways. There are default options, such as changing the color or shape of the tool. However, you can even create your own customized Count tools using any markup – even groups of markups. By adding a markup to the Tool Chest, you can quickly create any Count symbol desired. With the ability to turn any markup tool into a Count tool, the customization options are essentially limitless.

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Lauren Hecker is a Bluebeam Certified Instructor and teaches onsite and virtual Bluebeam Revu training courses. To see her next open enrollment course, please visit our calendar. To schedule an onsite or custom course, please contact us!

2 Comments

  1. Peter Deniet

    It appears that the Count tool tallies items per page, with each page having its own total. Is there a way to generate a tally total for the entire document, including multiple pages?

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    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Peter,
      You can’t tie the Count Tool to tally across pages – as you switch to a new page, a new Count will be created. However, from the Markups List, if you have the “Count” column displaying, you will be able the total tally across the entire document. This total, which will appear at the top of the Count column, will give you the total of all counts across the document’s pages.

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