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Everything you need to know about Bluebeam Studio

Bluebeam offers two different versions of Studio. Although both versions provide the same core functionality for sharing and marking up documents with your co-workers, each of them has different administrative functions.

Bluebeam Studio

What is Bluebeam Studio? How much does Studio cost?

Bluebeam Studio is the free cloud-based version included with every copy of Bluebeam Revu.

Built into Bluebeam Revu, Studio enables powerful document management and real-time collaboration.

Studio Projects give you a single centralized location to store documents—even entire building projects—in the cloud. And Studio Sessions let project teams review, mark up and update the same files at the same time.


What are Studio Sessions?

Sessions enable document-based online real-time collaboration. They are accessible through the Revu interface. Only the host needs a Revu license to initiate a Studio Session, and all invited attendees can participate in the Session through Revu or Revu for iPad. If collaborators do not have a license of Revu, they can use Revu in View Mode or Vu for 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.

Collaborators who do not own a license of Revu can access the files using Revu in View Mode or Vu for iPad. Or, you can send them password-protected Share Links, which allow them to download a local copy of the files.


What type of permissions are available in Bluebeam Studio?

Bluebeam Studio—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. Learn more here.


Do I need to own Revu to access Bluebeam Studio?

You can access Studio and unlock the industry-standard markup tools in Revu without owning a license of the software. Download a trial of Revu to use in View Mode, or download the free Vu app for iPad.

Studio Session and Projects Comparison

Bluebeam Studio Prime

Studio Prime is a subscription-based cloud solution, offering administrative functions and access to external applications using the Bluebeam Studio API.

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 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
    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
    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 studio.bluebeam.com.


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 predefined 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

If you have any questions about Bluebeam Studio or Bluebeam Studio Prime, contact us at bluebeam@microsolresources.com.

If you want to have additional information about Bluebeam Studio Prime, click here to review our product page.

 

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Enscape’s newest version, 2.9, is now available! Create Unique Design Experiences

The latest version of Enscape is now available, bringing more new features to help improve both your visualizations and design workflow. This latest version of Enscape focuses on providing you with the tools needed to create and deliver unique design experiences.

What’s new?

Custom Asset Library

You already have access to over 2,000 stunning assets that are ready to drop into your scenes. But there may be times when you have a specific object or person that you need to utilize.  

With the new Custom Asset Library, you can import your own models into Enscape and create personalized design experiences. With Enscape 2.9 is now possible to use bespoke furniture, branded items, or even a specific species of tree within your visualizations.

Custom Asset Library

This expert feature can be accessed via the original Enscape Asset Library in the new Custom Assets tab. It is possible to import single or multiple models with a file format of OBJ, FBX, and GLTF. These models can then be edited from within the Asset Library once they have been uploaded into Enscape.

Video Textures 

Enscape’s new animated video textures will help you introduce more unique elements and experiences to your design.   

 

Imagine an interior living space or office with a working TV, or an urban scene with large digital displays like you see at London’s Piccadilly Circus, New York’s Times Square, and the Las Vegas Strip. With Enscape’s video textures, you can fill your projects with a new animation level together with the perfect illumination. 

Adding a video texture to a surface, your TVs, monitors, and large out-of-home digital displays can showcase your video animations day and night, on a continuous loop.  

Displacement Maps 

Displacement maps in Enscape will give your surfaces a greater sense of depth and definition.

Your surface textures will appear even more realistic and will automatically include self-shadowing, without having to make specific changes within your model. Think cobbled streets, tiled roofs, and beautiful brick walls with a tremendous level of realism.   

Displacement Maps

Normal, bump, and displacement maps can be accessed via the Enscape Material Editor, under ‘Type’ in the group ‘Height’. This appears once you have uploaded a displacement texture.  

For Revit, you will need to go to the Revit Material Editor, where you’ll need to increase the bump value to over 500 to utilize the displacement maps.  

Fitness Assets 

A new release would not be complete without the addition of new assetswhich this time, is a fitness-themed asset package that consists of 119 sport-related items in total. 

Fitness Assets

Our design team has created an incredible array of gym equipment and accessories, plus a collection of active people who you can use in your fitness studios, parks, outside gyms, and anywhere else you may wish to feature such activities. 

In addition to this fitness package, you will also find 175 new assets, including new people, accessories, vehicles, lighting, and furniture, bringing the total number of Enscape assets to over 2,000! Every one of Enscape’s assets is created to an extremely high standard and always with the end performance in mind, to help your project look and work just the way it should. 

Vectorworks 2021 Support 

Following a successful Beta, Enscape is now supporting Vectorworks 2020 and 2021, allowing users to rapidly create renders in real-time and benefit from virtual reality to help improve the entire design workflow and review process.

Vectorworks users can utilize all of the available features with Enscape – including the integrated Asset Library, which contains over 2,000 ready-to-use models, Materials EditorCollaborative Annotations, the various export functions, video editor, and of course, VR.  

Additional New Features in Enscape 2.9:

  • Offline Asset Library: Access assets when you’re working offline. Simply download the assets one time, and you’ll be able to store them locally – making them always accessible, whether you’re connected to the internet or not.  
  • Localized EXE standalone: Allow your clients to review EXE standalone files in the language of their operating system, helping to ensure that language is never a barrier. 
  • Rest Mode disable feature: See continuous animations, even if you’re not active in Enscape. This setting can be found in General Settings > Performance. 

Ready to try Enscape for free for 14 days? If you’re curious to see how Enscape can help you improve your design workflow and quickly transform your projects into fully rendered visualizations and virtual reality experiences, send us an email at enscape@microsolresources.com, and we’ll be happy to help you get set up with a trial version!

Want to see how Enscape can improve your workflow? Check out our previous webinar below to continue your training.

Generate Renderings, Animations & Real-Time VR Walk-Throughs using Enscape. 

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V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max is now available!

V-Ray for 3ds Max is an Academy Award-winning, production-proven rendering software. Known for its versatility and ability
to handle any type of project, V-Ray is considered an industry-standard in architecture, advertising, design, and visual effects.

WHAT’S NEW IN V-RAY 5 FOR 3DS MAX?

V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max is the most complete 3D rendering software for artists and designers. V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max’s modern and efficient material library workflow, faster look-development with material presets, and flexible post-processing features can save users time, take them beyond just rendering and help them focus on artistic exploration — from a single creation tool.

KEY FEATURES IN V-RAY 5 FOR 3DS MAX

Light Mixing

Light Mix

Explore lighting possibilities interactively in real-time. Use LightMix in the new  V-Ray Frame Buffer to freely experiment with lighting changes after you render, save out permutations, and push back improvements you’d like to have in your scene.

Layered Compositing

Layered Compositing

The new Layer compositor lets you fine-tune and finish your images directly in the new V-Ray Frame Buffer — without the need for a separate post-processing app.

Material Manager

Material Library and Browser

Efficiently browse from a library of over 500 render-ready materials
including metals, glass, wood, and more.

Material Presets

Hair_Presets

Save time creating common materials with presets for aluminum, chrome, glass, and more. Presets for most used hair colors have also been added.

Material Previews

MaterialPreviews

New rendered material swatches show you exactly what your materials will look like.

Coat Layer

Material_New_Coat_Layer

Add reflective coatings directly in the updated V-Ray Material, saving you both material creation and rendering time vs. using Blend material.

Sheen Layer

Material_Sheen_Layer

Create soft microfiber fabrics like velvet, satin, and silk with the new Sheen options in the updated V-Ray Material.

Texture Randomization

Randomization Options

Add variety to your scene with the new VRayUVWRandomizer map and enhanced VRayMultiSubTex controls.

Stochastic Texture Tiling

Stochastic Tiling

Automatically remove texture tiling artifacts with the new Stochastic tiling option on the VRayUVWRandomizer.

Extended V-Ray Dirt

ExtendedVRayDirt

Weathered streaks and dirt in crevices are easy with the enhanced V-Ray Dirt, which now employs both ambient and inner occlusion.

New Sun and Sky Model

Improved_Sun_and_Sky

Reproduce the subtleties of twilight when the sun is below the horizon with the new Sun and Sky model.

Other Features in V-Ray 5 Include

  • Light path expressions. Use the behavior of light, rather than just geometry, to produce flexible masks for very efficient compositing. Built-in presets make getting started easy, while scripting is there for ultimate control.
  • Blue-Noise sampling.  Achieve better noise distribution with fewer samples.
  • Native ACEScg support. Select industry-standard ACEScg for rendering with automatic color space adjustment for textures, dispersion, sun & sky, and light temperature colors.
  • Initial out-of-core. Initial out-of-core implementation to handle your largest scenes.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE V-RAY 5 FOR 3DS MAX?

  • The redefined V-Ray Frame Buffer means users can now use one tool for rendering and basic compositing without going back and forth between different apps.
  • Access to the material library means users can jump-start their custom materials in no time.
  • Users can automate their lighting and shading process with a selection of tools and presets for faster results with fewer clicks.
  • The latest V-Ray GPU enhancements in V-Ray 5 allow users to fully utilize their hardware for maximum performance.
  • V-Ray 5 introduces even quicker ways to handle tasks, such as with the newly added material presets.
  • Artists can now manipulate different lighting scenarios interactively and even after rendering, without having to render again.
  • Users can easily avoid seams in their textures with texture randomizations.

If you would like to upgrade your V-Ray Next for 3ds Max licenses to V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max, please contact us at vray@microsolresources.com.

If you are not sure about upgrading your licenses, you can request a free 30-day trial, to get an overview of its new features and functionality.  You can test it out with your team and find out how this new version will improve your workflow.

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