Revu 21 Starter Kit
We're here to help you get started with Bluebeam Revu 21.
First, make sure Revu is installed on your computer. Check out our step-by-step installation guide.
After installing Revu 21, let’s open it up, sign in with your Bluebeam ID (BBID), and explore the interface. For more information about signing into Revu 21, see this article.
This short introductory video will show you how to navigate Revu’s toolbars, panels and the main workspace.
To start using all these tools, let’s open a PDF. You can open one by going to File > Open . You can also make Revu your default PDF viewer, so you can select any PDF on your computer and automatically open it in Revu.
Tip: Once a file is open, you have two options for how to use your mouse wheel: zooming and scrolling. If you hold the Ctrl key while scrolling, you can quickly switch between both. You can also configure your mouse wheel to your liking.
For a more comprehensive overview of Revu, check out our free online training course, Revu Essentials.
Make comments and markups
Now that you have the interface basics down, let’s start adding markups like clouds, comments and callouts to your document.
Here’s an overview of the different kinds of markups you can create in Revu.
Here are a few ways to make adding and managing markups even simpler:
- Add a cloud to your drawing by pressing C on your keyboard and clicking-and-dragging around the specified area.
- Double-click any markup and type your comment into the text box that appears. You can later review your comments in the Markups List.
- The Markups List (Alt+L) is where you can view and interact with all the markups on a page. Right-click a markup within the list to add a reply, status, and more. You can even filter each column to view markups by type, approval status, or author.
Tip: Want to use different shapes, colors and styles to represent different people, issues or disciplines? You can customize your markups and stamps to best fit your workflow. For ease of use later on, save them to your Tool Chest (right-click > Add to Tool Chest).
Now that we know how to add markups, let’s start collaborating in Studio!
Collaborate in the cloud with Studio
Did you get invited to a Studio Session or Project?
Studio is our collaboration feature that allows your team to review, mark up, and update the same files at the same time (Sessions) or manage and share your documents online (Projects).
Learn how to log in to Studio with your Bluebeam ID (BBID) and join a Session or a Project to collaborate with your team.
If you want to learn even more about Studio, register for our free online training course, Collaborating with Studio.
Need to do takeoffs? Watch this video for an overview of how measurements work in Revu.
Learn how to choose your preferred units, set the scale for your document and calculate length and area.
You can customize your measurements from the properties toolbar or expand the measurements panel for additional options. You can even set a separate scale on your drawing using viewports.
Learn how to measure curved shapes and use custom columns for quantity takeoffs (for Core and Complete subscriptions only).
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