Introduction to Legends in Bluebeam® Revu® 2018 New


An introduction to the features and customization options available with Revu’s Legends tool.

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Revu’s Legends feature is a great way to quickly explain to a reader what the markups on a document mean. Legends can be customized to suit your particular needs for various workflows.

What is a Legend?

Just like a legend on a map, Revu’s Legends quickly explain what the symbols on a drawing stand for. They’re very easy to work with: while you are creating a legend, it will automatically update as markups are added to or removed from the document. Legends can be resized, copied, customized and saved to the Tool Chest  like any other markup.

Creating a Legend

The method you use to create a legend will determine many of its properties:

Adding Markups to a Legend Individually

A legend can be created from a manual selection of markups on the document. Markups that have the same type and appearance properties as the selections are automatically added to this legend. If you want your legend to include one or two markup types from several different tool sets, this will be the best method for you.

To add selected markups to a legend:

  1. First, select the markups you need in the legend, either by clicking and dragging a rectangle around them, or by using Shift + Click on each of the markups.
  2. Right-click on any of the annotations, then click Legend > Create New Legend.
  3. Click on the document to place the legend.

Creating a Legend from a Tool Set

Legends can be created from a particular tool set or tool sets. A legend like this will detect any new markups from the specified tool sets and automatically add information from those markups. This method is great for adding markups to a legend in bulk.

To add a tool set to a legend:

  1. Go to Window > Panels > Tool Chest . Alternatively, press Alt+X to open the Tool Chest.
  2. Next to the name of the desired tool set, go to Properties . From the drop-down menu, click Legend > Create New Legend.
  3. Click on the document to place the legend.

Which Method is Best?

There are benefits to both of these methods. Let’s determine which is best for you:

Add a tool set to a legend if:

  • You want to place a legend before adding markups and update your legend as you go.
  • You are using many of the markups in the tool set or tool sets.
  • You only have a few markups to copy to your main tool set(s).
  • It will take too long to specify all of the markups you need to add to your legend.
  • You prefer a more automated process.

Add individual markups to a legend if:

  • Creating a legend from a tool set requires a significant amount of rearrangement in the Tool Chest .
  • You only need a few, specific markups.
  • Your markups come from different tool sets.
  • You don’t know which tool sets the markups are from.
  • The markups were created by multiple people.
  • You prefer to create your legend after your markups have been placed.
  • There are markups you want to exclude from your legend.
  • You prefer to edit your legend manually.
Generally, you will probably choose one of these methods over the other. But should the need arise, you can always create a legend utilizing both methods.


Because a legend is a kind of markup, it can be customized extensively via the Properties  panel. If you are used to customizing your markups, you will be familiar with the options listed here. There are also new properties that are unique to Legends. You can quickly get up to speed with the Changing a Legend’s Appearance section in the Help file.

Saved Legends

After configuring the properties of the legend to include the information you need, you can save it to the Tool Chest so you can quickly reuse it on another page or document. Simply right-click on the legend, then click Add to Tool Chest and select the desired tool set. To use the legend, click on its icon in the Tool Chest  and place it on the document the same way you would with any other markup.

Legends in Action

The picture below displays a legend utilizing many of the customization options available in the Properties  panel, including the Vertical table style, wider margins, larger symbols and a lower opacity. This legend also features markups from a variety of tool sets.


Notice that Legends will take properties like color into account. The two length measurements are on separate lines because they are different colors. If they were the same color, they would be included on the same line and their measurement values would be totaled.

Click here for a video demonstrating how to use Legends in Revu. For more information about Legends – such as options in the Properties tab and methods of copying legends – please read the Legends section of the Revu Help file.




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