Upgrading from 2018 (Standard version)

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  • Upgrading from 2018 (Standard version)

    Posted by Sharlene Howland on April 21, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Hello Everyone.

    My workplace has been using Bluebeam Revu Standard since 2018 as a mark up tool to show architects and associated professionals where they need to provide disability access. One problem we have with our version is that the markups disappear when we send the pdf to a colleague for QA review. At the moment our workaround is to open the pdf in Adobe. Not ideal, I know. We have our own set of custom tools we use for mark ups given our specialised work in disability access.

    I’ve been tasked with investigating solutions.

    My questions are:
    1. Is there a better solution to our Adobe workaround? (I think I know what the answer will be…)

    2. Is it better to upgrade to Revu 2020, (skipping 2019) and if so, are there any snags?

    I’ll be monitoring replies closely, so if there is further information I can supply, please let me know.

    Thanks in advance!

    Sharlene Howland replied 1 year, 3 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • David Cutler

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    April 22, 2021 at 5:54 am
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    Welcome to the group Sharlene!

    Your question about markups disappearing is an interesting one! Luckily I haven’t had that problem, but I expect someone here has and will be along soon to offer a suggestion.

    With regards to versions I would suggest going to the newest version available and purchasing the maintenance package so that you stay up to date going forward. Bluebeam is constantly adding features and fixing issues so having the most up to date version makes your life easier. On top of that it’s frustrating when you see a new tool when you attend training – or see a tip here – that your version of the software doesn’t support.

    • Sharlene Howland

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      April 22, 2021 at 2:22 pm
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      Hi David, Thank you for the welcome!

      I am inclined to go for the newest version, and indeed it is more than a little frustrating to see a new feature in tips and training and not be able to use it!

      Thank you for your response.

  • Roye Arie

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    April 22, 2021 at 1:52 pm
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    Hey Sharlene, and welcome to the group.

    It is an interesting concept that you have markups disappearing on you. I emailed countless of PDFs and never heard that the markups disappeared. Are you utilizing Studio and/or Session to review collaborate with a QA/QC, or are you marking up directly on the PDF, save it, and then send it away.

    Are you colleagues working with you in the same company and using Revu or are they working in a different company?

    I think if the company you work for is contemplating updating Revu, I would encourage upgrading to 2020 with the maintenance plan (if budgets allow of course).

    • Sharlene Howland

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      April 22, 2021 at 2:32 pm
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      Thank you for the welcome Roye!

      In answer to your question, we do not yet utilise Studio or Session internally for QA; we mark up directly onto the pdf and then email to a colleague to review. We all have the same version of Revu, and mark ups that clients see are flattened before emailing. We have also eliminated our project management software system as a factor in the disappearing mark ups.

      It looks like upgrading is the way to go, which suits me fine as I think we have barely scratched the surface for what Revu can do for our workflow.

      Thank you for your response, and have a great day!