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Updated Measure Tools in Bluebeam Revu 2017

Bluebeam Revu 2017 has some major improvements which we listed in our previous blog post here. Below, we discuss the latest improvements to Revu’s measurement tools.


Revu’s Length  and Area  tools now have a built-in field for slope, adding a new dimension to your markup measurements. Slope may be defined by Pitch, Degree or Grade.

Slope is particularly useful for things like roof pitch (Pitch); roadways and onramps (Degree); or grading and earthwork while landscaping (Grade).
To use this feature:

  1. Place a Length or Area
  2. Select the measurement on the PDF, then open the Measurements
  3. Scroll down to the Slopedropdown menu. Select the type (PitchDegree or Grade), then enter the necessary values.

New Width and Height Columns

Width and Height columns have always been available in Revu, but they would only display the actual width and height of the measurements – the columns remained blank for markups. Now, Revu’s Width and Height columns will display scaled width and height measurements. Revu’s old width and height columns are now named Document Width and Document Height.

To use this feature:

  1. Place measurements on the workspace.
  2. Open the Markups List(Alt+L).
  3. If you have not turned on the Widthor Height columns, click Columns  and then select them from the dropdown menu.

Show Captions

You can control which measurement captions display on the page. In the Properties panel, the Edit dropdown menu (next to the Show Captioncheckbox) allows you to select the captions that you want to display. This replaces the single Show All Measurements checkbox in previous versions.

To use this feature:

  1. Select one or more measurements.
  2. Open the Properties tab (Alt+P).
  3. Check the box marked Show Caption. To specify which labels you want to appear on the drawing, click the Editbutton to the right of this text and specify the labels in the dropdown menu.

Units Display in Markups List

In the past, units for measurements were displayed in a separate Units column. In Revu 2017, units display within the same column as their respective values. A separate column for units will be included when the Summary is exported to CSV or XML format.

To use this feature:

  1. Place measurements in the workspace.
  2. Open the Markups List(Alt+L).
  3. Make sure at least one measurement-related Column is selected to see the difference:
  • Documents Width
  • Document Height
  • Length
  • Area
  • Wall area
  • Volume
  • Measurement
  • Height
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Rise/drop
  • Slope


Cutout Improvements

A few improvements have been made to the Cutout tool, making your workflows that much easier. Watch this tutorial  to see how they work.

Cutout Backfill

Cutout Backfill makes measuring Cutouts  as simple as clicking on them. After you have used the Cutout  tool on an Area  or Volume markup, hover over the cutout with the Area  or Volume  tool again, then click to measure it.

Tip: You can use Shift+click to fill all unfilled cutouts within a measurement!

Cut Over Edge

As long as you begin within a measurement, Revu will allow you to draw outside the edges of a markup with a Polygon Cutout .

Copy and Paste Cutouts

Copy and paste cutouts using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V (respectively), or Ctrl+click+drag.

Delete Cutouts

Right-click on the cutout you want to delete, then select Delete Cutout.

Ellipse Cutout Option

Ellipse-shaped cutouts can now be created. Click Cutout  > Ellipse .

Improved Scale Calibration

Various improvements have been made to Scale Calibration to ensure the accuracy of all measurements made in Revu. Moreover, scale calibration may now be applied to all pages in a document.

Count Enhancements

Check out this tutorial  to see the Count  tool enhancements in action.

Custom Count Symbols

Revu no longer limits you to basic count symbols. You can turn any markup into the custom count you need in just a few steps:

  1. Place a markup. Or, if you are using an existing markup, skip to step 3.
  2. Drag the markup from Recent Toolsto your tool set of choice.
  3. Right-clickCreate Count
  4. A copy of the markup with a overlay will be created at the end of the tool set it was created in.

Width, Height and Depth

Count  measurements now have their own values, enabling you to calculate total area or total volume across multiple counts. You can edit these values in the Markups List as long as you have an appropriate measurement column enabled.

  1. Place your Counts in the workspace.
  2. Open the Measurementspanel (Alt+U).
  3. From here, you can set the DepthWidth, and Height

Alternatively, if you have selected the desired measurement criteria from the Columns  menu, you can edit these values in the Markups List by double-clicking the value field.

Show Caption

Make your Counts  much more informative with measurement data or custom text within count measurements:

  1. Select the relevant Count
  2. Open the Properties panel (Alt+P).
  3. Select Show Caption(if it’s not checked already), then specify the labels to display using the Edit

Copy and Paste Improvements

If you have ever done takeoffs on a multilevel floorplan, you may find yourself placing your Counts  in more or less the same places each time. The ability to copy and paste Counts  between pages and files makes this process much quicker:

  1. Select the Count
  2. Right-click> Copy, or Ctrl+C from one file.
  3. Open or create a different file, then Right-clickPaste, or Ctrl+V.

Split and Merge

Counts  now have Split and Merge capabilities, similar to Split and Resume with Segments. These additions make takeoff workflows much more flexible. You can split up any count into separate groups, or merge them back to their original group at any time.

Split selected symbols to create separate counts:

  1. Select the symbols you would like to separate from the count.
  2. Right-click, then select Split. The markups with yellow control points will become their own count.

Split all symbols within a single count into individual markups:

  1. Select one of the items in the count.
  2. Right-click, then selectSplit All.
  3. All markups have now become their own separate count.

Merge Counts can be used to rejoin split counts, or to combine disparate counts into a single count:

  1. Select the Count markups you would like to join.
  2. Right-click, then select Merge. The markups will become a single count again.

Automatically Split Across Spaces

This feature keeps Space  information relevant to Counts  within the symbol itself. In the past, Counts  would only contain the Space  information where the first Count  was placed. Keeping this information within the symbol makes it much easier to keep track of your Counts .

To view Space information, make sure the Space column is selected in the Columns  menu, located in the Markups List.

If you have any questions regarding these features or your Bluebeam software, please contact Daniel Mertz at


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What’s New in Bluebeam Revu 2017?

Revu 2016 introduced many new features like Legends, Batch Markup Summary, Tags, improved text recognition with both AutoMark and OCR, and interface enhancements. Since then, Bluebeam has delivered even more innovative features to Revu 2017. Read on and follow the links below to learn more about all of the exciting new features now available in Revu.

  1. Dynamic Fill
  2. Quantity Link
  3. Automatic Form Creation
  4. Batch sign and seal
  5. Polylength
  6. Segments
  7. 360 photos
  8. 3D PDF Enhancements

Dynamic Fill

Dynamic Fill  is a simplification of the Takeoffs workflow, which involved carefully taking measurements one by one. Now, Dynamic Fill  recognizes the lines on your drawing, so you won’t need to select the individual points of your desired area. Then you can add a Space , multiple measurements, and markups all at once.

Quantity Link

Quantity Link  automatically transfers measurement data from Revu to Microsoft Excel. In Excel, select the cells where you want your data to appear, and Excel will update along with the data in Revu.

To use this feature:

  1. Place measurement markups on a PDF in Revu.
  2. Open a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
  3. Right-click on the cell you would like to transfer data to, then click Quantity Link Create . You can set Preferences  from this menu as well.

Automatic Form Creation

Creating PDF forms has never been easier . All you need is a PDF in a standard paper size. From there, Revu will detect where form text fields and check boxes should go, then create them automatically – all with the push of a button.

To activate Automatic Form Creation :
Open the PDF you want to turn into a form, then click Form (Alt+O) > Auto Create .

Batch Sign & Seal

Many architects and engineers are familiar with the challenge of signing approvals for large batches of plans. Batch Sign & Seal  improves this process by allowing you to add a signature, seal, and current date to multiple documents at the same time.

To use this feature:

  1. Click File Batch Sign & Seal 
  2. In the Batch: Sign & Seal dialog, you can use the Add button to create a batch from scratch. Or, use the Load Batch button to load an existing Batch file.
  3. Follow the instructions in the dialog to place your signature for all files. You can also designate the location of your signature on a per-file basis.


The new Polylength  tool is a type of perimeter measurement which displays the lengths of its individual segments, as well as the total measurement. A Rise/Drop may be added to these measurements in order to account for vertical length, which is normally missing from a 2D measurement.

With the Polylength  tool, you’ll be able to quickly and accurately measure MEP features like pipes, conduits and cables, which run vertically through walls.

To use this feature:

  1. Click MeasurePolylength .
  2. Select the points of your measurement, then double-click to complete the markup.


Segments  bring a new level of functionality to the Polylength , Area , Perimeter  and Volume  tools.

Show Segment Values allows you to see the length of each segment of these measurements.

Use Split to separate two segments of a measurement joined by a control point. Or, you can Split All parts into their own markups.

The Resume feature adds line segments to the beginning or end of any segment.

To Show Segment Values:

  1. Select a compatible markup.
  2. Open the Properties panel (Alt+P).
  3. Check the Show Segment Values 

To Split:

  1. Place a Polylength or Perimeter    
  2. Right-click on a yellow control point, then click Split to separate the segments at that control point. Or click Split Allto break up the entire markup.

To Resume:

  1. First, create a Polylength or Perimeter .
  2. Right-click on a yellowcontrol point, located at the beginning or end of the measurement.
  3. Click Resume to begin drawing new segments.

360° Photos

The Capture tool now includes support for 360° Photos . Photos must be JPG files taken in a 2:1 aspect ratio, using one of the cameras listed below. Among these cameras are two popular models: the Ricoh Theta S, and the Samsung Gear 360.

LG 360 Cam
Nikon KeyMission 360
Ricoh Theta S
Samsung Gear 360


To add a 360° Photo:

  1. Right-click on a markup.
  2. Select CaptureFrom File…
  3. Select the 360° photo from File Explorer.

3D PDF Enhancements

Revu 2017 comes with big improvements to 3D PDF viewing, including:

  • A new 3D Model Tree with improved navigation tools.
  • Automatic zoom, pan, and hide.
  • Ability to directly edit Object names, colors, and metadata.
  • Export metadata to CSV.

For more information, please contact Daniel Mertz at

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