Bluebeam vs. Adobe

Bluebeam helps you work smarter, not harder.

Bluebeam takes the effort and guesswork out of working with PDFs, combining powerful PDF editing, markup and collaboration technology with reliable file creation directly from Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Revit and more. See how our file conversion and collaboration solutions stack up against comparable products from Adobe.



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Bluebeam® Revu® Standard vs Adobe® Acrobat® Standard DC

Feature Bluebeam Adobe

One-button PDF conversion from Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

PDF to Microsoft Office conversion

Output scanned PDFs as editable Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents

Markup 3D PDF views

Track markups and comments placed on PDFs

Create a PDF summary of all markups and comments

PDF text editing

PDF text stamping

Apply Bates stamps to PDFs

PDF file embedding

Insert, extract, replace, delete, rotate or reorder pages in a PDF file

Combine PDF files

Attach files to PDFs

Automatic PDF bookmarking

Add digital signatures and time stamps to PDFs

Password protection and security

Cloud-based light document management system

Customizable toolbars

Search for symbols in a PDF

Create and save custom interface profiles and markups

Add arcs and curved lines to PDFs

Create polygons, polylines, rectangles and ellipses based on a PDF’s calibrated scale

Take measurements using different scales in the same PDF

Calibrate tool sets to automatically resize on documents with different scales and viewports

Manage markups in layers

Compare drawings of different sizes and scales with overlay pages

Auto-match batch comparison files by file name, page label or page region

Customize columns in Markups list

Set separate XY scales

Embed photos and video into markups that display in a pop-up viewer

Edit individual markups in a group without ungrouping

Automatically add bookmarks and page labels using PDF content

Move and rotate captions in measurement annotations

Generate a dynamic Legend to display markups and measurements

Create markup summary reports across multiple files

View and navigate an unlimited number of source file as a single document in a single tab using Sets

Automatically tag files with project information to easily sort and navigate Sets documents


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Bluebeam Revu CAD Plugins vs. Adobe Acrobat DC Plugins

Feature Bluebeam Adobe

One-button conversion from AutoCAD

Batch DWF conversion within AutoCAD

PDF text stamping for AutoCAD

PDF file embedding from AutoCAD

Automatic PDF bookmarking from AutoCAD PDFs

PDF security from AutoCAD

Batch PDF conversion from AutoCAD

One-button conversion from SolidWorks

Batch PDF conversion from SolidWorks

PDF security from SolidWorks

PDF text stamping from SolidWorks

PDF file embedding from SolidWorks

Automatic PDF bookmarking from SolidWorks PDFs

One-button conversion from Revit

PDF security from Revit

PDF text stamping for Revit

PDF file embedding from Revit

Automatic PDF bookmarking from Revit PDFs

One-button 3D PDF creation from Revit, Navisworks Manage, Navisworks Simulate and SketchUp Pro 2013

Integrates with 64-bit version of AutoCAD, SolidWorks and Revit

Presets for MicroStation, Pro/Engineer, Unigraphics and other CAD applications

Automatic PDF resizing without CAD page setup adjustments

Generate searchable, selectable text from SHX fonts


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Bluebeam Revu eXtreme vs. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Feature Bluebeam Adobe

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for scanned documents

Permanently redact sensitive information

Create forms with a form editor

Streamline your stamping and other processes with Scripting Commands

Batch create hyperlinks to link together large document sets

Add complex, hierarchical bookmarks using dynamic components

Automatically slip-sheet complex file sets

Simultaneous horizontal and vertical OCR for searchable complete text


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Bluebeam Vu vs. Adobe Reader DC

Feature Bluebeam Adobe

View 3D models

Track markups and comments placed on PDFs

Fill in and save PDF forms

Sort and filter markups and comments by author, date, page and type

Join online, real-time collaboration sessions

Access project files in the cloud

Search for symbols in PDFs

Split screen/views

Pin files and folders and preview PDFs from the interface

Microsoft SharePoint integration

Bentley ProjectWise integration