First let me say that the PROMISE of this program IS awesome, but for now it's really just that, a promise.
I am a professional estimator that opted to switch to Bluebeam because the ERP software we chose for the company was not compatible with the software I was using a few months ago. I began using this software with great expectations, it looked TERRIFIC! ALL THOSE FEATURES!! Well, little did I know how poor the back-end was constructed. It seems Bluebeam has become FAR too large to actually give a $&*@ about their small percentage of clients that are power users. They have also fallen prey to what I call 'Microsoft Syndrome' where you release new versions with more and more 'features', but the one feature that's most important (you know, like stability? Functionality?) are left behind since "..hey, really what percentage of our users use THAT much, right?" has become the watch-word for software developers the industry over.
Let me expound further;
The last version of 2018 Extreme had an issue with the 'last view' function. Literally the 'go back' button would bring you to random drawings after about an hour or so in a drawing. You would need to restart to fix it...for a time. It also could not save and retrieve the order of the columns. Kind of, but not really. It misses (seemingly randomly) every so often and mixes them up.
The new version crashes after 15-20 'actions' in the Markups list. I use the markup list to add short comments, change descriptions, etc. Sometimes its a lot of cut and paste, paste, paste to multiple lines. After 20 or so 'actions' the program 'not in the markups list' crashes (if you click on any other part like the drawing or menu bar) and cannot be recovered short of shutting down with the task manager. This started immediately after loading the newest update to Revue.
Tech help is mostly useless. They have NO escalation process. You get who you get, and if they cannot answer you (usually by rummaging through...
A few of the OCR features are a little unfortunate to be tied to this version of Bluebeam. It would be nice if OCR was in the lower versions of the software.
Works as a charm
I was introduced to Bluebeam through my former employer, and it is far and above other .pdf softwares. I purchased the Bluebeam Revu eXtreme 2016 for my personal use.
I got introduced to this product by a colleague with a quick demo, then I did some investigation of my own (lots of youtube demo support). When I saw the price, my decision to follow through with acquisition was immediate; multiple processing power at a fractional cost, all relevant to my profession (measurement, sorting, pricing, calibration of any PDF drawing, paperless accurate work). Less than a month and Bluebeam Revu eXtreme 2015.5 has already taken over as my primary go-to utility for quantity checking, verification and take-off. Within the first two weeks of purchase I had already put through three (3) large projects in less time than before...quick, fast and in a hurry with full confidence in work accuracy. Now I have more time to enjoy life. NOVEDGE handled the all-electronic sale/delivery process with the smoothest efficiency. They did what the said they were going to do, without a hitch. I certainly scored a win