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3D PDF’s in Revu

Plugins within Revu® enable you to convert files to PDF’s with the simple click of a button. 3D PDFs allow you to create, share, and edit documents rich with CAD data that any stakeholder can access. With 3D PDFs, files are no longer exclusive to their original programs, allowing for easy sharing between teams and users of Revu.


To begin, you must first confirm that the plugins are active. This is done by opening the Bluebeam Administrator application. From here, you can see which plugins are active and which aren’t. Select the checkmark () to activate the plugins.


With these plugins active, you can create PDF files or 3D PDF’s. In our recent How to with Revu webinar session example, we took a look at creating a 3D PDF from Revit. There is a tagged location for Bluebeam under the Add-Ins.


Open up a 3D view and select Create 3D PDF.


3D PDF’s have their own toolbar specific for 3D drawings. 


  1. This section manages the views in Revu. You can create a different view to walk through the document in a sequence. Other views are listed in the drop-down.
  2. This symbol manages the way your left click and drag motion behaves. You can zoom, rotate, pan, etc..
  3. This section allows you to change perspectives of the model. You can also manage how the model is rendered from the drop-down icon. From here, you can select how you would like to render the model while viewing in Revu.
  4. This section controls the lighting on the model.
  5. From here, you can change the page’s background color behind the model. The default is set to white.
  6. This icon allows you to open a few cross-section axes. This enables you to cut and view inside the model by taking a cut section out.

Picture6At the bottom panel on your screen, near the markups list, you can see the 3D Model Tree panel. This section allows you to view specific information on the elements in the model. In the example above, you can view each door element in the model. The best part is it gives us a quick glance at the data related to the door.


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Alex Arriaga is a Bluebeam Design Technology Specialist at MG AEC Technology Partners. Alex is a Bluebeam Certified Instructor, Bluebeam Certified Support Representative and a member of the Denver Bluebeam User Group. He works with organizations and individuals in furthering their workflows with and knowledge of Bluebeam Revu.

Bluebeam Revu is a registered trademark of Bluebeam, Inc., used under license.

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