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What are the differences between Revu Standard, CAD and eXtreme?

With Revu Standard, you have access to a complete set of markup, editing and collaboration features, as well as plugins for Microsoft Office and the Bluebeam PDF printer for easy PDF creation.

Revu CAD includes everything in Standard, plus additional plugins for creating PDFs from AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks Manage, Navisworks Simulate, SketchUp Pro and SolidWorks. You can also create 3D PDFs from AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks and SketchUp Pro.

Revu eXtreme includes everything in CAD and Standard, plus advanced features such as scripting, automatic form creation, OCR+, Batch Link®, Batch Slip Sheet, Batch Sign & Seal and more.

Can I transfer Revu from one computer to another?

Yes. For more information about transferring your license of Revu to another computer, please read this Support article.

What do I do if my hard drive crashes and I need to reinstall Revu?

Please contact the MasterGraphics Support Team for assistance and include your Revu serial number along with a brief description of the problem.

Does Revu support PDF forms?

Yes, Bluebeam Revu supports creating, viewing and filling AcroForm form documents. Revu also has full support for viewing and filling static XFA forms, and Dynamic XFA functionality continues to be updated as part of our ongoing development efforts.

Bluebeam Revu eXtreme 2017 features Automatic Form Creation. You can create forms from scanned or digital documents, and Revu will automatically detect fields such as signatures, dates and checkboxes.


How can I learn more about Revu training programs?

Bluebeam offers a variety of training options, from self-guided online training courses to instructor-led customized training sessions. All our training offerings help you or your entire organization master Revu in no time. For more information, visit our Training page.


My clients do not have Revu. If I send them a file, will they be able to view my markups in another PDF viewer?

Yes. Bluebeam Revu follows the PDF standard, which allows markups made in Revu to be visible in other PDF viewers. However, the only way to use Revu’s unique markup features is by opening the PDF in Revu. Your clients who do not have Revu can download Bluebeam Vu, our free PDF viewer and collaboration tool for iPad and Windows.


Is Revu localized in other languages?

Yes, Bluebeam Revu is localized in twelve languages. (English, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean)

Do I need to purchase a subscription?

Bluebeam Revu is available to purchase via two different licensing options: Perpetual Licensing and Open Licensing. Perpetual Licensing is a one-time license purchase, with volume discounts provided on a per transaction basis, while Open Licensing is an annual subscription, priced according to volume.


Can I use a trial version of Revu prior to purchase?

Yes, Bluebeam offers fully functional 30-day trials for all editions of Revu. Download a free trial of the edition of your choice.


Does Bluebeam offer any educational discounts?

Bluebeam offers educational discounts on Revu to current students and educators from accredited campuses and universities. Bluebeam also supports school and university campus labs by providing free licenses of Revu CAD.


What is included when I purchase Maintenance?

You can enroll in Maintenance to receive free annual upgrades, as well as premium phone and email technical support for one year. Maintenance is available for all users and is renewable every year.

What is a minor upgrade?

We release minor upgrades to Revu when we make small enhancements to the latest version of the software. For example, if you purchased a Revu 2017 license, you can upgrade to version 2017.5 or any other version 2017.x release at no additional cost.


What is a major upgrade?

We release a major upgrade to Revu each year with significant enhancements and features. An example of a major upgrade would be an upgrade from Revu 2016 to Revu 2017. Users with active Maintenance do not need to purchase the major upgrade, as you receive that year’s upgrade free of charge.


What if I upgrade AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks or SolidWorks and do not have the latest version of Revu?

If you upgrade to the latest version of AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks Simulate, Navisworks Manage and/or SolidWorks but do not have the latest version of Bluebeam Revu, you can still create PDF files using the Bluebeam PDF printer. For full access to the AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks and/or SolidWorks plugin, an upgrade of Bluebeam Revu may be required.


How do I upgrade my current Revu license to Revu eXtreme?

If you have a license of Revu Standard or CAD, you can purchase an upgrade to Revu eXtreme at the same price as a major version upgrade.

Does Bluebeam Revu work with CAD and Microsoft Office applications?

Revu CAD and Revu eXtreme include plugins for AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks Manage, Navisworks Simulate, SolidWorks and SketchUp Pro. All editions of Revu include Microsoft Office plugins (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) for one-button PDF and batch creation.


Does Bluebeam Revu integrate with any Document Management System (DMS)?

Bluebeam Revu offers direct integration with SharePoint and ProjectWise for seamless access to files stored in these document management systems. Revu also includes Bluebeam Studio Projects for unlimited file storage. Additionally, Studio Prime subscribers can use the Studio API to facilitate integrations with other systems.


Is Revu compatible with Mac?

Bluebeam Revu Mac offers core PDF editing and markup capabilities to enhance your paperless workflows. Mac users can also run Bluebeam Revu or Bluebeam Vu using Windows running in Boot Camp, or a Fusion or Parallels virtual machine.


Can Revu run in a Citrix environment?

Bluebeam Revu is certified Citrix Ready for XenApp 6.5-7.6 and XenDesktop 7-7.6. In order to stay compliant with our EULA (End User License Agreement), you must purchase as many seats as there are Revu users in your organization.

General QuestionsStudio PrimeStudio Enterprise

What is Bluebeam Studio? How much does Studio cost?

Bluebeam Studio connects you with your project partners in real time on the same set of centralized documents, enabling streamlined communication. Studio is included with Revu, and it offers two ways to collaborate: Studio Sessions and Studio Projects.


What are Studio Sessions?

Sessions enable document-based online collaboration, and they are accessible through the Revu and Vu interface. Only the host needs a Revu license to initiate a Studio Session, and all invited attendees can participate in the Session through Revu, Revu for iPad, or even our free PDF viewer, Bluebeam Vu for Windows and iPad.


What are Studio Projects?

Studio Projects enable streamlined document management by allowing you to store and manage your project files, including PDFs and other file types, in one place through the Revu interface. Teams can work with Project files regardless of internet access—simply sync files locally from a Project before going offline and re-sync any updates once you reconnect.

Team members who do not own Revu can access the files using our free PDF viewer, Bluebeam Vu for Windows or iPad. Or, you can send them password-protected Studio Links, which allows them to download a local copy of the files.


What type of permissions are available in Bluebeam Studio?

The entire Bluebeam Studio Platform—which includes options for organizations to have more administrative control over their Sessions and Projects—offers varying levels of permissions, from limiting the level of collaboration for internal users to managing participants outside of the organization.


Do I need to own Revu in order to access Bluebeam Studio?

You can access Bluebeam Studio and unlock Revu’s industry-standard markup tools without owning a license of the software. Download our free PDF viewer, Bluebeam Vu for Windows or iPad. You can also access Studio when you use a 30-day trial of Revu.


Studio Session and Projects Comparison

What is Studio Prime?

Studio Prime is a subscription that gives companies additional administrative and user management control over their Studio Projects and Sessions. Administrators can access Studio activity reports through the online Studio Prime Portal, as well as Folder Automations functionality and the Bluebeam Studio API for external application integrations.


Do I need to own Revu to manage a Studio Prime subscription account?

No, you do not need to own a seat of Bluebeam Revu or Vu to manage a Studio Prime account. You can access the online Studio Prime Portal to control user access and pull reports on user activity.


What are the different types of users within Studio Prime?

A Studio Prime subscription makes it easier to collaborate with outside vendors and project partners, giving your organization more control over each Studio participant. There are two types of users within Studio Prime: Members and Collaborators.

    Members are users who are invited to join your Prime account. They could be employees, joint venture partners, or anyone who needs to become a managed user.
    Collaborators are external users that Members invite to attend managed Projects and Sessions. Collaborators could be superintendents, subcontractors, or anyone who needs access to a Studio Project or Session within the Studio Prime account. Prime Administrators can control Collaborators’ access to Members’ managed Projects and Sessions.

When invited to the Studio Prime account, Members give Administrators the ability to manage their Studio account and associated Projects and Sessions. Collaborators, on the other hand, maintain control over their personal Studio account when joining or leaving a Project or Session within the Prime account.


How does an Administrator access the Studio Prime Portal to manage users and generate reports?

Administrators can access their Studio Prime account through the online Studio Prime Portal at


What is the Bluebeam Studio API?

The Bluebeam Studio API lets Studio Prime subscribers create applications to manage their Studio Projects and Sessions. These applications can leverage Bluebeam Studio in a number of ways, including:

  • Studio Projects and Sessions: add and create.
  • Project folders: add or delete Project folders and manage folder permissions.
  • Studio files: add, update, download, and delete Project and Session files, and restore file revisions.
  • Studio users: invite or add users to Projects and Sessions, and manage user permissions.
  • Studio permissions: manage Project and Session permissions.
  • Session activity: get a report on all Session activity and create chat messages in a Session.
  • Studio jobs: execute file-processing jobs on Project files.


What is Folder Automations?

Folder Automations is a feature in Studio Projects that allows Studio Prime subscribers to streamline repetitive PDF-based workflows across a large number of users. Subscribers can automatically perform a set of pre-defined actions to files in a Project folder, including:

  • Converting files
  • Delete pages
  • Export form data
  • Export markups
  • Extract pages
  • Flatten
  • Add headers and footers
  • Import custom columns
  • Insert blank pages
  • Insert pages
  • Process colors
  • Reduce file size
  • Repair page content
  • Reverse pages
  • Rotate pages
  • Stamp
  • Unflatten markups
  • Create PDF/A report
  • Save as PDF/A


What are the available file conversions supported by Studio Prime’s Folder Automations?

  • DWG to PDF
  • Word to PDF
  • Excel to PDF
  • Image (JPEG, TIFF, etc.) to PDF
  • PostScript to PDF

What is Studio Enterprise?

Studio Enterprise is for companies that need to host Bluebeam Studio Sessions and Projects on their own locally hosted server, behind their own firewalls. IT administrators can set the preferences for variables such as number of Session attendees and the size of files stored on the server.


If my company has Studio Enterprise, can I join Studio Sessions on my iPad using Bluebeam Vu iPad or Bluebeam Revu iPad?

You can join existing Studio Sessions created by Studio Enterprise, as well as create new Sessions using Revu iPad. You will need to purchase an SSL certificate from a certificate authority in order to configure Studio Enterprise on your iPad.


How long does a Studio Session or Project remain active on Studio Enterprise?

Studio Enterprise retains all Session data by default, unless it is archived or deleted. Project files and their revision histories are also automatically saved. The server can be configured to remove deleted Project files and revision histories.


Can I prevent users from creating new Projects and Sessions on Studio Enterprise?

You can set up default permissions for users when they create accounts. This gives you control over who can access the server and create Sessions and Projects. These defaults can be applied to both your Active Directory users as well as users with specific email domains.

Bluebeam Revu Mac Questions

General QuestionsPurchasing Revu Mac

What features are included with Revu Mac?

Bluebeam Revu Mac delivers core PDF editing, markup and collaboration capabilities to enhance your paperless workflows. Revu Mac does not currently include all the same features found in Bluebeam Revu, but active development to bring parity with Revu is ongoing.


Is Revu Mac 64-bit compatible?

Yes, Revu Mac is 64-bit compatible.


Which operating system is Revu Mac compatible with?

Revu Mac is compatible with these operating systems:

  • macOS Sierra (10.12)
  • OS X El Capitan (10.11)


Can I use Revu Mac on my iPad?

Bluebeam’s PDF viewing, markup, editing and collaboration apps, Revu iPad and Vu iPad, are both available on the iOS App Store.


Does Revu Mac work with CAD applications and document management software?

Revu Mac does not currently offer any plugins for CAD applications or document management software.


What do I do if my hard drive crashes and I need to reinstall Revu Mac?

Please contact MasterGraphics support for assistance and include your Revu Mac serial number along with a brief description of the problem.


My colleagues do not have Revu or Revu Mac. If I send them a file, will they be able to view my markups in another PDF viewer?

Yes. All Bluebeam products follow the PDF standard, which allows markups made in any variation of Bluebeam Revu to be visible in other PDF viewers. However, the only way to use our unique markup features is by opening the PDF in any variation of Bluebeam Revu. Clients that do not have Bluebeam Revu, Revu Mac or Revu iPad, can download Bluebeam Vu, our free PDF viewer and collaboration tool, for iPad and Windows.


Is Revu Mac localized in other languages?

Revu Mac is localized in English, German and Swedish.


Is Revu Mac available in Standard, CAD and eXtreme editions?

No, Revu Mac is only available in one edition.


Does Revu Mac support PDF forms?

Revu Mac does not currently support the creation of PDF forms.


Where can I learn more about Revu Mac?

Check out the complete online Help Guide for Revu Mac. For videos about specific workflows and features, visit our Free Training Materials page, which focuses on Revu for Windows but covers many of the features available in Revu Mac.

How much does Revu Mac cost and how can I purchase?

Revu Mac is available for $199, with $39 optional Maintenance. Bluebeam does not currently offer any volume discounts for Revu Mac. And to purchase, please contact a MasterGraphics representative.


Does Bluebeam offer any educational discounts on Revu Mac?

Yes, Revu Mac is $99 for students and educators, and is limited to one per customer. Academic verification is required, and you must use your current academic email address (alumni addresses do not qualify) when purchasing.


Can I use a trial version of Revu Mac prior to purchase?

Yes. Bluebeam offers a fully functional 30-day free trial of Revu Mac.


How is Revu Mac licensed?

Revu Mac is available via Perpetual Licensing: a one-time license purchase that is charged on a per-transaction basis.

Licensing Questions

Open LicensingEnterprise Licensing

What is the main benefit of Open Licensing?

With Open Licensing, companies do not need to purchase a seat for every computer Bluebeam Revu is installed on. They can install Revu on multiple machines, sharing the same pool of seats, while only paying for the amount of total active users they want to allow at any given time.


Which versions and editions of Revu are supported?

Open Licensing supports Revu eXtreme, version 2015.5 and above.


What happens if an Open License user loses internet access?

For situations when internet connectivity is unavailable, or if a computer is outside of the office and cannot connect, Open License seats will switch to offline mode. In offline mode, each device is granted three days to use the program before it is required to connect to the Bluebeam Gateway.


What happens if all the seats in my Open License pool are checked out but someone urgently needs to use Revu?

Administrators can log in to the Gateway and manually release any user whose status is inactive (usually someone who is away from their computer). If the Administrator releases a seat while a user is working in the program, we release the seat but also protect the active user by allowing them to continue working so that they will not lose their work. Only when they close and reopen Revu again will they need an available Open License seat to continue working with Revu.


How are upgrades within Open Licenses managed?

We understand that fully upgrading software within an organization takes time. When an upgrade becomes available, both the current and new versions will continue sharing the same pool of seats. This allows for ultimate flexibility when your environment requires incremental upgrades.

How does Enterprise Licensing work?

An Enterprise License is a special license key of Bluebeam Revu designed to help manage computer turnover. It does two things:

  1. Automatically releases registered computers that have failed to communicate with our licensing server for 15 days.
  2. Provides a temporary 5% overage of the total number of allowed installations.

In other words, once a machine takes up a seat by registering to an Enterprise License, it will periodically ping Bluebeam’s Licensing Server to confirm that it is still active. If the machine fails to communicate with the server for a period of 15 days, it will automatically be released from the license key, freeing up the seat to be registered to another machine. The 5% overage, or cushion, allows for the lag time between re-imaging workstations or releasing inactive seats. If you exceed the overage allowance, an “exceeded licenses” warning will appear, and further installations will be restricted.

The benefit of Enterprise Licensing is that there is no longer a need to manually uninstall or release seats from workstations that are being transferred, phased out or re-imaged. This Enterprise Licensing option takes care of that for you, ensuring that your licensed seats are fully utilized. Plus, because it is managed with Bluebeam servers, there is no need to install or maintain anything locally.


How do I know if I have used all of my licenses? Is there a charge for going over?

With an Enterprise License, you gain access to the Bluebeam Gateway, a web portal for viewing and managing both Enterprise and Open Licenses. The Bluebeam Gateway allows you to view how many seats of each version and edition you own, how many computers, or “seats,” are registered to each license, and which computers they are.

As long as your total number of registered machines per edition does not exceed the total number of seats allowed plus the 5% overage allowance, you are good! If you are approaching or exceeding your limit, you can purchase additional seats or unregister licenses from computers as needed. Any new seats purchased may take up to 24 hours to update and appear in the Gateway.


How do I qualify for Enterprise Licensing?

There are a couple requirements for Enterprise Licensing, which you must fulfill to qualify. First, your licenses must be consolidated into a single license key by product. Second, your annual Maintenance must be current and maintained. Please note, Enterprise Licenses are not intended for Citrix or other terminal server environments.


How much does Enterprise Licensing cost?

An Enterprise License is an additional cost per seat annually and is co-termed with your current Maintenance date.

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