Feb 9, 2010

Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 Debuts Must-Have Tools for Digital Workflows

Bluebeam Software’s PDF editor goes beyond PDF and provides a fully-integrated solution for accessing and managing files.

Pasadena, CA: Bluebeam® Software announced today Bluebeam PDF Revu® 8, the newest version of the leading PDF editor for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Revu 8 is a turnkey solution for integrating best-in-class PDF creation, markup and editing into digital workflows with amazing new features for customization and improved access to files. Among the new features are integration into Microsoft® SharePoint® and Bentley® ProjectWise®, a file management tab and a revamped, customizable interface.

“Forget what you know about PDF and what it can do for your projects. With Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 your life will never be the same,” said Richard Lee, President and CEO of Bluebeam Software, Inc. “This new release is propelling PDF from a format for digitally reviewing and editing project data into a completely integrated command center for electronic workflows. Revu 8 is an innovative, must-have tool for enterprises going digital, and it’s unmatched by anything else on the market.”

The timing for this new release is impeccable. The once paper-based AEC industry is rapidly adopting PDF to reduce printing and shipping costs and promote green project communication. But, firms are still taxed with lost productivity from time wasted searching for and managing project files.

Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 is the first to fill this need introducing the File Access tab for searching local and network drives for PDF files, as well as organizing and managing recent files directly within Revu. By combining file access and PDF editing into one desktop application, Bluebeam is simplifying the way users get the information they need, when they need it.

Plus, Bluebeam seamlessly integrates into Microsoft SharePoint and Bentley ProjectWise so users can retrieve, edit, and check PDF files back in without jumping through hoops. Revu is also debuting a Revit® plug-in for one button PDFs, leveraging the same PDF creation technology that AutoCAD®, SolidWorks® and MS® Office users have relied on for years.

As far as looks go, Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 has a slick new interface that users can make their own. Revu 8 toolbars are fully customizable and the popular Markups list has undergone a true metamorphosis. Users can now add custom columns with formulas, drop-down menus, check boxes and more. No longer just a tracking tool, these enhancements make the Markups list a fully-integrated worksheet for performing calculations.

Revu 8 also enables users to let their true colors shine through via Color Processing. Now, users have the power to change vector and image elements in PDFs and annotations to any color in the rainbow. And, innovative improvements to Bluebeam’s PDF markups make the redlining tools incredibly savvy. Now, any markup saved in Bluebeam’s exclusive Tool Chest can be assigned an action, such as a hyperlink, or auto-numbering to provide an updated count every time it’s used.

A dedicated partner to the AEC industry since 2002, Bluebeam Software is proud to offer Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 and its smart, new features at the same affordable price. Bluebeam PDF Revu Standard Edition (for general CAD and Offices users) is available for $149, and Bluebeam PDF Revu CAD Edition (for Revit, AutoCAD and SolidWorks users) is available for $199.