Compatibility / FAQs

General Questions

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, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Batch Link®, Batch Slip Sheet, Batch Sign & Seal, linking real-time data from measurement markups to Excel® worksheets and more.

You can compare all three editions of Bluebeam Revu here.


Can I transfer Revu from one computer to another?

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


What operating system does Revu run on?

All editions of Revu run on Windows®.


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

Please contact the Bluebeam 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.

With automatic form creation in Revu eXtreme, you can create forms from scanned or digital documents. Then, Revu will automatically detect fields such as signatures, date 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 customised training sessions. All our training offerings help you or your entire organisation 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 the unique markup features of Revu is by opening the PDF in Revu. Your clients who do not have Revu have two options: They can download Revu for Windows® and use the free View Mode; OR, if they are iPad® users, they can download the Bluebeam Vu app from the iOS store. Both options allow users to view PDFs and participate in Studio Sessions.


Where did Bluebeam Vu go? Is View Mode similar to Bluebeam Vu?

With the release of Revu 2018, the functionality of our free viewer, Vu, is now available via the View Mode built into Revu. View Mode allows project collaborators to view PDFs and access Studio Sessions and Studio Projects, even if they don’t own a licence of Revu. To use this functionality, download a free trial of Revu. When the trial expires, you can continue to use View Mode indefinitely.

With the release of View Mode within Revu, Vu will no longer be maintained and updated as a separate product. Vu 2017 and earlier versions are still available on our Downloads and Updates page.


Is Revu localised in other languages?

Revu is localised in English (UK), Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Korean.

How to Purchase Revu

Do I need to purchase a subscription?

Bluebeam Revu is available to purchase via two different licencing options: Perpetual Licencing and Open Licencing. Perpetual Licencing is a one-time licence purchase, with volume discounts provided on a per transaction basis, while Open Licencing is an annual subscription, priced according to volume. You can find pricing for both licencing models here.


Do you offer discounts on bulk purchases?

We offer volume discounts for purchases of 50 seats or more. For more information, please fill out the enterprise form.


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

Yes! Bluebeam offers a free 30-day trial of Revu eXtreme, our robust solution for power users, which you can download here.


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 licences of Revu CAD.

Visit our Bluebeam Academic page for more information.


How do I buy an older version of Revu?

You may only purchase the latest version online. If you need to purchase an older version, please email us at sales@bluebeam.com or call us at 866-496-2140 Opt. 1. You may also purchase older versions of Revu through an authorised reseller.

How to Upgrade Revu

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 licence, you can upgrade to version 2017.5 or any other version 2017.x release at no additional cost. Download updates by visiting our Support page or going to Help > Product Updates in Revu.


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 2017 to Revu 2018. To purchase a major version upgrade, email sales@bluebeam.com or call +1 626.788.4100 Opt. 1. Users with active Maintenance do not need to purchase the major upgrade, as you receive that year’s upgrade free of charge. If you have active Maintenance and would like to upgrade, visit our Upgrade Page


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. View our complete Software Requirement Chart to check if your design software is compatible with your version of Revu.


How do I upgrade my current Revu edition to a different one?

This would be considered a crossgrade. A crossgrade is changing product editions within the same version year (i.e., Standard 2018 to eXtreme 2018). Crossgrades are limited to the CURRENT version. Any other upgrades from a previous version to a current version would be a regular upgrade (i.e., Standard 2016 to eXtreme 2018). For more information please contact sales@bluebeam.com.

Compatibility and Integrations

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.

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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 file storage. Additionally, Studio Prime subscribers can use the Studio API to facilitate integrations with other systems. Find more information about the Studio API on the Bluebeam Developer Network page.


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 Licence Agreement), you must purchase as many seats as there are Revu users in your organization.

Note that Windows Server 2008 R2 and above are supported under Citrix environments.

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General Questions

What is Bluebeam Studio? How much does Studio cost?

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

Studio Projects give you a single centralised 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 licence 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 licence 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 licence 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 organisations 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 organisation. 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 licence 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

SessionsProjects
How many attendees can join?500 Unlimited
How many files can we upload? 5,000 Unlimited
What files does it support?PDF Any file format
How big can the files be?1 GB each Unlimited
How big can the markups be? 10 MB eachUnlimited
How much space can we use?UnlimitedUnlimited
Can attendee access rights be managed?Yes Yes
Can previous file revisions be viewed and restored? NoYes
Can we receive notifications about file and user activity?Yes Yes
Can we send and receive markup alerts?Yes No
Do all attendees need a licence of Revu?NoNo

Studio Prime

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 organisation 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 site managers, specialty contractors 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 colours
  • 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
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General Questions

Why was Revu for Mac discontinued?

Bluebeam has stopped offering and has discontinued development of Revu for Mac®. We’re committed to building a new cloud-based ecosystem of solutions that delivers powerful features, tools and workflows accessible from any device and from any location. Discontinuing development of Revu for Mac will allow us to invest in creating solutions accessible to all users.


Can I still use my licence of Revu for Mac?

While there will be no new development of additional features, you can continue to use your existing licence of Revu for Mac. For more information on support options please see our support article.

The End User Licence Agreement for Revu for Mac is available here.


Can I install Revu on a Mac using Parallels or other virtual machine tools?

While we’ve heard some customers have successfully utilised Parallels or Boot Camp, we don’t endorse or provide support for these solutions.

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Perpetual Licencing

Perpetual Licencing is a licencing system that requires companies to purchase and register Revu on a per workstation basis using a serial number and product key. Perpetual Licencing is available for Revu Standard, CAD and eXtreme and may include Maintenance. Volume discounts are provided for 50 seats or more.

Open Licencing

Open Licencing is an annual subscription that allows companies to authorise concurrent access to Revu eXtreme for any user in their company from a shared pool of seats. Open Licencing brings flexibility and the benefits of volume software licencing to organisations of all sizes, anytime, anywhere.

Seats may be added to an existing Open Licence at any time, and they will be prorated based on the renewal date. Active subscriptions are entitled to free upgrades and Maintenance, with access to our Technical Support team by phone and email.

How does Open Licencing work?

  1. Simply launch Revu to request a seat from the Bluebeam Gateway, a web-accessible portal where licences are hosted and managed.
  2. If a seat is available, the Gateway automatically allocates it to the user and authorises Revu to run on that computer.
  3. Once all available seats are in use, the Gateway limits further requests for Revu to run.
  4. When an active user closes Revu, the Gateway automatically retrieves the seat and immediately makes it available for others to access.

What are the Administrator capabilities for Open Licencing?

  • Access to the Bluebeam Gateway
  • Count active Revu users versus available seats
  • View usage trends over a selectable calendar period
  • Access historical data of overages
  • Export logs, registered computers and username data
  • Manage multiple seats through a single interface
  • Invite additional Administrators to assist in managing active users

Which versions and editions of Revu are supported by Open Licencing?

Open Licensing supports Revu eXtreme, version 2017 and above.


What happens if an Open Licence user loses internet access?

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


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

Administrators have the option to log in to the Gateway and manually release any user whose status is inactive. If the Administrator releases a seat while a user is working in the programme, 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 Licence seat to continue working with Revu.


How are upgrades within Open Licences managed?

We understand that fully upgrading software within an organisation takes time. If you own an Open Licence and an upgrade to the next version 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.

Enterprise Licencing

How does Enterprise Licencing work?

An Enterprise Licence is a special licence 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 licencing 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 Licence, it will periodically ping Bluebeam's Licencing 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 licence 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 licences" warning will appear, and further installations will be restricted.

The benefit of Enterprise Licensing is that there’s no longer a need to manually uninstall or release seats from workstations that are being transferred, phased out or re-imaged, which ensures that your licensed seats are fully utilised. You can view or manage your Enterprise License at any time through our web portal, the Bluebeam Gateway.


What are the Administrator capabilities for Enterprise Licencing?

  • Access to the Bluebeam Gateway
  • Count active Revu users versus available seats
  • Manage multiple seats through a single interface
  • Invite additional Administrators to assist in managing active users

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

With an Enterprise Licence, you gain access to the Bluebeam Gateway, a web portal for viewing and managing both Enterprise and Open Licences. 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 licence, 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 licences from computers as needed. Any new seats purchased may take up to 24 hours to update and appear in the Gateway.


I logged in to the Bluebeam Gateway and I can’t find what I’m looking for.

We’ve recently consolidated individual licences into single accounts tied to organisational domain names to provide a simpler and more customer-friendly experience. Please reference our support article for more information.


Why can’t I access the Bluebeam Gateway with my existing login information?

As we strive to provide a better customer experience, we’ve created Bluebeam ID, which allows users to seamlessly access multiple Bluebeam applications, including Bluebeam Gateway and Bluebeam Studio. To get you set up, we’ve sent out an email to the Gateway admin listed in our system to create a Bluebeam ID. Please remember to check your spam folder. If you can’t find the email or are still having trouble, please reference our support article.


What is a Bluebeam ID (BBID)?

Bluebeam ID is the login that allows you to seamlessly access multiple Bluebeam applications, including Bluebeam Gateway and Bluebeam Studio. If you already have a Studio account, you can use the same email address and password for your Bluebeam ID. If you do not use Studio, you can use the email address associated with your existing Gateway account to create a Bluebeam ID.


How do I qualify for Enterprise Licencing?

There are a couple requirements for Enterprise Licencing. First, your licences must be consolidated into a single licence key by product. Second, your annual Maintenance must be current and maintained. Please note, Enterprise Licences are not intended for Citrix or other terminal server environments.


How much does Enterprise Licencing cost and how can I find out more?

For information about Enterprise Licencing, please contact sales@bluebeam.com or +1 626.788.4100 Opt. 1

Professional Home Use Licence

What is a Professional Home Use licence?

Professional Home Use (PHU) licences are for people who use Bluebeam Revu at work and would like to use Revu on their home computer as well. Bluebeam offers Professional Home Use licences at a discounted price to employees of companies that already own seats of Revu.


How do you qualify?

Employees are eligible to purchase one PHU licence for each seat of Revu their employer has purchased. Purchases for home use can be made at any time after your employer purchases a regularly priced seat of Revu.

The following purchase rules apply for all PHU licences:

  • PHU licences are available solely for employees of companies that own seats of Revu to purchase for their home use.

  • All purchases must be made directly through Bluebeam with a personal credit card.

  • A valid company email address is required for each PHU licence.

  • Only one PHU licence per customer email address, per version is allowed.

  • Student/Education licencees do not qualify for PHU licences.

  • A PHU licence may be installed on one machine.

To take advantage of this offer or for additional information, email our Account Services team at sales@bluebeam.com.

Licencing Policy

All users authorised to make changes to licences or seats must have their name and email address included on the licence registration. For verification purposes, all licence change requests must be submitted via email from an authorised contact on the licence. If you reformat your computer, you must uninstall Revu beforehand, or your registration will not be released and therefore cannot be transferred to another computer.

Note: Authorised users may include third-party IT management companies.

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General Questions

What is included when I purchase Maintenance?

Users with active Maintenance receive free upgrades to the latest version of Revu, as well as direct phone and email assistance provided by our experienced Technical Support staff during regular business hours.


How can I purchase Maintenance?

Maintenance is available at the time of purchase and renewable every year. Maintenance is available through our web store at time of purchase. Please email us at sales.@bluebeam.com or contact your reseller if you have forgotten to purchase Maintenance.


Does Maintenance include training?

No it doesn’t, however there are free training videos on our Support site, as well as free webinars held on an ongoing basis.

If you are looking for something more personalised, we also offer both self-paced and instructor-led training options.


How do I know if I have Maintenance?

If you have Maintenance, it will be listed on the licence certificate you received when the software was purchased. If you are unable to find this email, you can use our Licence Key Lookup Page or contact us.


What are my support options without Maintenance?

1. For as long as your software is in Core Support, you will have access to any bug fixes released on that version.
Please refer to our Technical Services Overview for more details about our Product Support Tiers.

2. You will have access to our growing database of how-to, troubleshooting and training materials located on our Support Site, as well as our free webinars.

3. You can submit a Support Ticket via our support site.


Is Maintenance available for purchase on Revu for iPad?

Revu for iPad is supported with regular updates and by searching our online help files. Phone support is not provided for the Revu for iPad app. If you need technical assistance beyond our online help files you can email us at support@bluebeam.com.


I have a PHU or academic licence. What are my technical support options?

Users with a PHU or academic license are eligible for free email support and have access to our extensive Support Site, which includes FAQ, guides, tutorials, videos and webinars.

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Bluebeam University

I purchased Bluebeam University. How do I start taking courses?

When your order is processed, you will receive a welcome email with the subject line “Welcome to Bluebeam University.” It will come from training@bluebeam.com. This email will give you a link to log in and set your password before you can get into your Profile and begin taking courses.

If you purchased Bluebeam University from the shopping cart, you will receive an email shortly after purchasing to get instant access.

You can also purchase Bluebeam University when you purchase seats of software from our website. This method does not give you instant access. We’ll need to manually process the order, which can take up to two business days. If you've made a purchase and cannot find the welcome email from Bluebeam University, check your spam folder. If you still do not see it, please contact training@bluebeam.com and we’ll investigate for you.

You access courses from your profile, which you can find in the top right menu when you are logged into Bluebeam University. You can also log in to courses directly from the home page if you are enrolled in them.


I’ve already received my welcome email and set up my password for Bluebeam University, but I forgot the URL.

You can go to bluebeamuniversity.com and click on Sign in in the top right corner.


What do I get when I purchase Bluebeam University?

You get one year’s access to the package you purchased. If you are a new user and just want to get your feet wet, you might just need our eight-hour foundational course, Bluebeam Basics. If you want to find out more about using Revu in more advanced workflows, you’ll want our Power Package. This includes all the courses currently available through Bluebeam University.


Do I need Revu to take courses at Bluebeam University?

Technically, no, but we highly recommend it. All the coursework at Bluebeam University is completed via a web-based interface. There are interactive software simulations built into the web interface where you can try out features in Revu. However, we also have a number of downloadable exercises you need Revu to complete.


I only need one of the courses in the Power Pack. Can I purchase it separately?

The only course we sell separately is the Basics. We hear most of our users find value in the bundled Power Pack to deepen their knowledge of Revu.


Do I get a completion certificate when I complete a course?

Yes. You should see it on your Profile once you have completed a course.


I purchased a licence for Revu. Does Bluebeam University come with it?

No, Bluebeam University is a separate purchase from the software. You can purchase Bluebeam University subscriptions here.


Can I use Bluebeam University on an iPad?

Yes, you could watch the course on an iPad. However, you’d want a full version of Revu to do the downloadable exercises. Some customers with iPads like to watch video tutorials on the iPad and follow along on their Windows laptop using the full version of Revu.


What actions do I need to take for the course to show as completed?

You need to click through each lesson of the course and pass the final test at the end of the course. Once you pass, you will be able to download your completion certificate. If you do not pass, then you will be able to retake the test.


How do I get the new courses that come out in the Power Pack?

Once the course is released, it will show up in your Profile automatically. If you have questions that were not answered here, please email training@bluebeam.com.


If you have questions that were not answered here, please email training@bluebeam.com or visit the Bluebeam University Page.

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