Bluebeam Tip: Efficient Management of Large Format Drawings in Bluebeam Revu: Tips and Techniques

June 26, 2024 2 min read

Bluebeam Tip: Efficient Management of Large Format Drawings in Bluebeam Revu: Tips and Techniques


Handling large format drawings can be a challenge, but with Bluebeam Revu, you can manage and navigate these documents efficiently. Here are some practical tips to help you effectively work with large format drawings:

  • Use the Thumbnails Panel: To quickly jump to different sections of your large drawing, use the Thumbnails panel. You can click on the thumbnail images to move through your document without having to zoom in and out repeatedly.
  • Employ the Pan and Zoom: Use the Hand Tool to pan across the document and the Zoom Tool to focus on specific details without losing your place. Remember that keyboard shortcuts can speed up this process - try using the shortcuts 'H' for the Hand Tool and 'Z' for the Zoom Tool.
  • Split Screens: If you need to compare different areas of your large drawing or cross-reference details, consider using Bluebeam’s Split Screen feature. It allows you to view different sections of your document simultaneously.
  • Utilize The Markups List: For tracking annotations and notes on your drawing, the Markups List is invaluable. It helps you itemize every single markup, providing a summary that’s easy to navigate and manage.
  • Calibrate Your Document: Ensure that your measurements are accurate by calibrating your document to the correct scale. The Calibration Tool in Bluebeam Revu will help you set the scale using a known measurement or standard sheet size.
  • Manage Layers: To keep your large drawing organized, use layers to control the visibility of different elements within your PDF. You can show or hide annotations, details, or other parts of your drawing as needed.
  • Create Hyperlinks: When dealing with multi-page large format drawings, consider using hyperlinks to connect various elements of your drawing to other sheets or documents, making navigation seamless.

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