Backing up, resetting & restoring your Revu preferences, tool sets & profiles | Revu 2017 & below

Revu offers several ways to customize your settings to ensure a perfect fit.

Once you’ve configured Revu exactly the way you want — with custom Profiles and tool sets— you should back up these settings so you always have a copy to revert to in case you have computer issues, or if you migrate to a new computer.

If you’re backing up your settings because you’re moving to a new PC or Windows tablet, you should also take a look at Transferring Your Bluebeam Revu License to a New Computer.
 
For information about backing up stamps, see Backing up stamps.

Backing Up and Restoring Revu Settings, Tool Sets, Profiles & Templates

The Bluebeam Administrator includes a quick way to back up all Revu configuration settings at once. This includes Profiles, tool sets, and hatch and line patterns, which are all put into a single Zip file that can be stored on your network or backup drive. You can also back up individual Profiles and tools sets within Revu, but the Administrator lets you back them up all at once.

To back up the settings using the Bluebeam Administrator:

  1. Make sure Revu is currently closed.
  2. Go to Start > All Programs > Bluebeam Software > Bluebeam Administrator.

    In Windows 10 and 8.1, click or press Start and type Bluebeam Administrator.

    -Or-

    Go to Help > Administrator in Revu.

    If running Revu in a side-by-side installation, always open the most current version of the Bluebeam Administrator.
  3. Click the Revu tab.
  4. Click Backup Settings, and choose a location to save the resulting Zip (.zip) file in.
  5. Click Save.
Only files in this folder are backed up. Profiles and tool sets that are stored in another location, such as another folder or on a server, are not included.

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Manually Backing Up Your Settings

You can also back up the entire folder manually or add the folder to your backup routine. It’s located in

C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Bluebeam Software\Revu.

Once you’re inside the Revu folder, you’ll see a sub-folder named after the current version of Revu that’s installed on your machine. For example, version 10 users will see a folder called 10, and Revu 2017 users will see one called 17.

This folder also contains at least one database of the Recents list and the Pinned files that appears on the File Access tab. In Revu 12.5 and above there are three files that are used for this purpose, called RdbFileAccesses.dat, RdbPinnedFiles.dat, and RdbRecentFiles.dat. In Revu 12.1 and below, you’ll find a single file called Recents.db.

When backing up this folder, it’s important to remember that these files aren’t compatible between Revu versions, and Revu may not open if the wrong file is imported.

Resetting Your Settings

Before proceeding with these instructions, make sure to back up your settings following the instructions above. This is a precaution in case resetting your settings does not produce your desired result.

  1. Make sure Revu is currently closed.
  2. Open the Bluebeam Administrator:

    For side-by-side installations: Make sure you select the latest version of the Bluebeam Administrator.
    • If Revu is currently open:

      Go to the Menu Bar and click Revu > Administrator , and then close the Revu application.

      The Bluebeam Administrator is a separate application and should still be open at this point.

      – Or-

    • If Revu is not open:

      In Windows 10 and 8.1, click Start, type Bluebeam Administrator 2018, and then press Enter.

      Windows 7 users should go to Start > All Programs > Bluebeam Software > Bluebeam Administrator.

  3. Click the Revu tab.
  4. Click Reset Settings.
  5. Select Yes to reset your settings.

Restoring Your Settings from a Backup

  1. Make sure Revu is currently closed.
  2. Go to Start > All Programs > Bluebeam Software > Bluebeam Administrator.

    In Windows 10 and 8.1, click or press Start and type Bluebeam Administrator.

    -Or-

    Go to Help > Administrator in Revu.

  3. Click the Revu tab.
  4. Click Restore Settings, and then locate and select the Zip (.zip) file of the backup.
  5. Click Open
  6. Close the Bluebeam Administrator by clicking Apply and OK.
You can import individual tool sets (.btx files) or Revu Profiles (.bpx) by opening the Zip file and double-clicking them.

Advanced Settings

You only need to complete these steps if you’ve configured these options in Revu or the plugins.

If you need to move these items to a new PC or Windows tablet, make sure you copy them into the corresponding locations on the new device.

Custom Page Sizes for the Bluebeam Printer and plugins

  1. Open the Bluebeam Administrator.
  2. Click the Net Config tab.
  3. Double-click on the path next to Printer Driver.
  4. Copy the file prtPages.xml to the same location as the rest of your backup.

Custom Page Setups for the plugins

  1. Open the Bluebeam Administrator.
  2. Click the Net Config tab.
  3. Double-click on the path next to Global Page Setup.
  4. Copy the files *.plugin.xml to the same location as the rest of your backup.

E-mail Templates

  1. Open the Bluebeam Administrator.
  2. Click the Net Config tab.
  3. Double-click on the path next to E-mail Templates.
  4. Copy all the files in the folder to the same location as the rest of your backup.

Exporting and Importing a Digital ID

Digital IDs cannot be backed up in the same way as tool sets, profiles, and other Revu settings. However, some Digital IDs can be exported as .pfx files, then imported to a new computer. Please note that this is a manual process.

To get started, identify the type of Digital ID that you have from the list below:

  • Personal Information Exchange (*.pfx) file.
  • Windows Certificate Store ID
  • Third Party Certificate Authority (CA)

If you have a .pfx certificate file, then you can export that file by saving it locally on your machine. If you have a Windows Certification Store ID, it may be exported from the Certificate Export Wizard. For any third party CA certificates, please contact the CA for their preferred method of transfer and import.

Exporting a .pfx File

  1. Find the location of the certificate file on your PC.
  2. Copy the file and save it to the other machine.

Importing a .pfx File

  1. Locate the certificate .pfx file on your machine.
  2. Open the file. This will produce the Windows Certificate Import Wizard.
  3. Under store location, select Local Machine and click Next.
  4. Specify the file name in the correct field. Click Next.
  5. If applicable, enter the Password and select the import options. Click Next.
  6. Specify additional settings (if applicable) and click Finish. Your certificate is now imported.
Appearance customizations made to your digital signatures are not transferable and will need to be recreated on the new PC. Any images referenced in your digital signature will need to be transferred as well.

An Important Suggestion

Even if you’re not moving to a new machine immediately, it’s a good idea to save a copy of the backup to a location other than your local hard drive, so it can be found in the event of a hard drive failure.


Once you’ve customized Revu, you should back up your settings in case you have computer issues or need to migrate to a new computer. Read on to learn how.

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