Drawings are a big part of any structural steel project, whether viewed on paper prints or an electronic device. Bluebeam Software, which specializes in PDF platform technologies that provide a smart, simple solution to creating, marking up, editing and managing PDF files, introduced its newest tool drawing view and review tool — version 9 of its PDF Revu — on March 22 at ConExpo 2011. The program works in concert with CAD and Microsoft Office programs, and this new release incorporates more than 30 enhanced features to expedite working with drawings electronically. For example, Revu 9’s new 3D PDF viewing capability enables users to navigate through complex models on screen and rotate, spin and zoom to gain a dynamic view of the project.
A new VisualSearch function allows users to highlight a specific element or symbol to find and the program then searches for instances of that element across the current document, all open documents, recent documents or files in a specific folder. It also allows users to instantly apply markups and hyperlinks simultaneously to all identified VisualSearch results, eliminating a time-consuming manual process.
This latest version also allows users to seamlessly convert PDF documents back to their original native MS Office file formats as well as html. And for those craving more control, Bluebeam offers PDF Revu Extreme, which adds optical character recognition for scanning and converting paper documents to text searchab