Using Google Maps for measurement estimation | Revu 2017 & below

Using Google Maps, or other online satellite imaging, is a quick way to do estimation in Revu. Images can easily be copied from the browser and pasted into Revu, where you can use the Measure tool to determine distances and area. We have heard from Bluebeam users who are using this method to find out how many solar panels can fit on a roof or to find the size of a lot for paving estimates. You may also want to find the length of a road or driveway, etc.

First, create a new PDF file in Revu

  1. Start Revu.
  2. Create a new PDF with a landscape 24″x36″ or A1 page.
  3. Change the display scale to 25% or 50%, so the pasted image will fit the page.

Second, copy the image

  1. Open your browser and go to maps.google.com or your favorite mapping site.
  2. Change to Satellite or Aerial view.
  3. Find the area where you need to take measurements.
  4. Open the Snipping Tool that is included in Windows. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool.
  5. Click New, and then Rectangular Snip.

  6. Draw a rectangle in the map for the area you want to copy. Include the scale in the bottom corner so you can use it to calibrate the scale in the PDF.
  7. Click Edit and then Copy in the Snipping Tool.

Third, paste the image into Revu

  1. Return to Revu.
  2. Place the cursor in the lower left corner and press Ctrl+V to paste the image.
  3. Lock or Flatten the image so it isn’t accidentally moved or resized.

Finally, calibrate and measure the area

  1. Press M or Alt+U to open the Measurements tab.
  2. Click the Calibrate button and use the scale in the corner of the image.

  3. Create the area or length measurements that are needed.

Tips

  • Make sure you are viewing a flat map (i.e., a view from directly above) and not a tilted or 3D view. A tilted image is distorted and the measurements would be incorrect.
  • Any method of capturing the image is fine. You can use Alt + Print Screen or another screen capture tool.
  • Use the Crop Image tool if you want to crop the pasted image.
  • Press Ctrl+0 in your browser to make sure that it is displaying at 100% instead of being zoomed in or out.


Using Google Maps, or other online satellite imaging, is a quick way to do estimation in Revu. Images can easily be copied from the browser and pasted into Revu, where you can use the Measure tool to determine distances and area. We have heard from Bluebeam users who are using this method to find out how many solar panels can fit on a roof or to find the size of a lot for paving estimates. You may also want to find the length of a road or driveway, etc.
First, create a new PDF file in Revu

Start Revu.
Create a new PDF with a landscape 24″x36″ or A1 page.
Change the display scale to 25% or 50%, so the pasted image will fit the page.

Second, copy the image

Open your browser and go to maps.google.com or your favorite mapping site.
Change to Satellite or Aerial view.
Find the area where you need to take measurements.
Open the Snipping Tool that is included in Windows. Click > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool
Click , and then Rectangular Snip

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