How to use MultiView

Applies to:

  • Revu 20
  • Revu 2019
  • Revu 2018

Bluebeam Revu contains many intuitive features that allow you to easily zoom, pan and view multiple pages of your PDF file. One of the more popular viewing features in Revu is MultiView. This feature splits your main workspace screen so that you can work with multiple documents at the same time. In fact, you have the option of viewing up to sixteen files at once, or sixteen areas of the same PDF.

How to split and unsplit the view

You can access the MultiView options in Revu from four different places:

  • The View menu (at the top of the Revu window).
  • The Navigation bar (at the bottom of Revu workspace).
  • Keyboard shortcuts (see below).
  • The Document tab context menu.

Listed below are all of the Split View keyboard shortcuts:

  • Split Vertical (Ctrl+2): Splits the screen vertically.
  • Split Horizontal (Ctrl+H): Splits the screen horizontally.
  • Unsplit (Ctrl+Shift+2): Closes the selected split.
  • Toggle (Ctrl+I): Toggles between Split Vertical and Split Horizontal.
  • Switch (Ctrl+1): Switches or moves a document between splits.
  • Balance (Shift+F12): Returns the view to equally sized splits.

Opening documents and moving them to another split

Once your MultiView preference has been selected, you can resize the split by clicking and dragging on the divider bar in the center to the desired location. To resize splits equally, select Balance from the View menu.

Once you have selected your preferred split, you can then choose which file you want to display in each split. To do this, click on a Document tab within the split where you want the file to appear and open a PDF file as you normally would. Upon opening, the PDF will appear in the activated split. If you ever have a PDF in the wrong split, simply click and drag the file’s Document tab to the desired split.

Document tabs are located at the top of the Revu window between the toolbars and the main PDF workspace. A tab will display for each document that is open in Revu. Click on tabs to quickly switch between open files.

You can also split the screen by right-clicking on a Document tab, and selecting Split Vertical or Split Horizontal . This will split the view and copy the selected tab to the new split:

Turning Synchronize Views on and off

Synchronize Views allows you to pan and zoom the splits in unison. This is useful for comparing two different PDF files. You only have to pan, zoom or change pages in one of the splits, and the other split will automatically perform the same function.

There are two different synchronization options: Synchronize Document and Synchronize Page. Selecting Synchronize Document syncs document pages by page index, so if you are on page 1 in document A, document B will automatically go to page 1.

Selecting Synchronize Page synchronizes the pages currently being viewed, regardless of page index. This method is best if you are looking at multiple documents, or multiple pages of a single document.

You can find the synchronize options in View > Synchronize Document/Synchronize Page or the Sync button in the Status Bar.

To the right of the Sync button is a small arrow. Clicking this arrow allows you to choose if you want to sync the Document or Page. The Sync button in the Status Bar will be highlighted in blue when activated. If the Status Bar isn’t displayed on your screen, press F8.

You can find even more information on how to use MultiView–including the Sync feature, moving documents across splits, and MultiView Extended—in the Revu Manual.

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