Mar 27, 2011

Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 Launches with Enhanced Usability, Advanced Features to Streamline PDF-Based Digital Workflows

Pasadena, CA: Bluebeam Software has announced the launch of its new Bluebeam PDF Revu 9, the latest, fully-loaded version of its PDF platform technologies that provides a smart, simple solution to create, markup, edit and manage PDF files. Unveiled today at CONEXPO 2011, the premiere international gathering for the global construction industry, Revu 9 takes the quest for paperless construction projects to a whole new level with more than 30 enhanced features to streamline PDF markup, viewing, processing, collaboration and sharing.

"Revu 9 is truly fully loaded. We took everything our users love about Revu for project communication, incorporated their feedback and feature suggestions and made it better," said Bluebeam Software CEO Richard Lee. "The result is more power, more flexibility and enhanced usability to help our customers get their job done."

Revu 9's new 3D PDF viewing capability enables users to navigate through complex models on screen and rotate, spin and zoom to gain a dynamic view of the project. Using just a mouse, users can refine their perspective and vantage point, as well as isolate and view various specific elements, make transparent layers to drill down into masked details and even save these specific views in the document so that project collaborators can have the same perspective. Advanced animation features also make it easy to cycle through all 3D views within the document.

The exclusive new VisualSearch™ function adds a new dimension to document search capabilities over simple text-only search. Users simply highlight a specific visual element or symbol to find and Revu 9 searches for instances of that element across the current document, all open documents, recent documents or files in a specific folder. Even better, users can instantly apply markups and hyperlinks simultaneously to all identified VisualSearch results, eliminating a time-consuming manual process.

Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 also adds a highly-requested function to its takeoff tools - area cutouts. This feature is ideal for design and construction professionals to account for room obstructions in area measurements and create more accurate estimates.

Improved foreign language support has also been baked in to tear down communication barriers and enhance global collaboration. New Unicode text support enables users to add text-based markups in any left-to-right reading language. Additionally, a markup translation feature instantly translates markups to more than 55 languages. Users can even dictate their markups verbally through a microphone while Revu 9 converts them to text markups on any PDF.

The latest version also enables users to seamlessly convert PDF files back to their original native MS Office® file formats with export capability to Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as HTML for online use and search-ability. The MultiView™ Extended capability enhances productivity by allowing users to run multiple sessions of Revu concurrently and move document tabs dynamically between the sessions. Tabs can also be dragged and dropped to an attached second monitor for expanded viewing and more efficient review. When it's time for a clean slate, the new Erase Content option enables users to delete all unwanted text and images by simply selecting the desired area and clearing it all with a single click. For better issue tracking, Revu 9 has powered up the integrated Markups list by enabling users to assign custom statuses to markups. Statuses can even be assigned text and color properties that change depending on the selected state.

"Even with all these incredible new features and capabilities in Revu 9, we know that some users are craving more tools to push the limits of electronic workflows," Lee said. "For these PDF power users, we are introducing Bluebeam PDF Revu eXtreme™, a new edition of Revu with advanced functionality to satisfy tech-savvy professionals."

Revu 9 eXtreme adds optical character recognition (OCR) for scanning and converting paper documents to text searchable and selectable PDFs, PDF form creation capabilities, document redaction capabilities for added security and powerful scripting capabilities for automated batch-processing of multi-step desktop functions for even greater efficiency and time savings.

Bluebeam representatives will offer live demonstrations of Revu 9 at Booth #H-31711 throughout CONEXPO, which runs March 22-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. During a live press event at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, company officials will highlight some of the product's most innovative new features for media representatives. Immediately following the press event, a Project Director and Project Engineer from McCarthy Building Companies, one of the top 10 U.S. commercial builders and a long-time user of Revu, will be on hand to share case studies and insights about how the company uses Bluebeam to digitally manage documents throughout the life of a project.

Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 is available in three editions - Revu Standard for general CAD and Office users ($179 per seat), Revu CAD for AutoCAD®, Revit® and SolidWorks® users ($239 per seat) and Revu eXtreme for PDF power users ($299 per seat). Volume discounted pricing is available for multi-seat purchases. Bluebeam Software products are sold direct and through a global network of resellers.