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How to use Revu for sketching

Bluebeam Revu has proved to be an invaluable tool for architecture, engineering and construction professionals. But what many don’t realise is that Revu can also be used as a tool for sketching.

Bluebeam Revu has proved to be an invaluable tool for architecture, engineering and construction professionals. But what many don’t realise is that Revu can also be used as a tool for sketching.

Set up templates

Templates are a great way for users to standardise sketch documents.

To set up a template, users can take their title block from AutoCAD and create a PDF with a blank background. Save that as a sketch template.

Each time a user goes to create a sketch, click on that template from the menu.

Build out custom tool sets

Users can then build out custom tool sets so that the same symbols they use in other plan documents are replicated.

Use Revu’s snapshot feature to create custom symbols from drawing content on the PDF. These can then be saved in a user’s custom tool set for sketching.

To help distinguish the custom symbols for sketching, consider changing their colours to red or another preferred colour. This way others reading the sketch will know what’s it’s a markup.

Use snapshot function

The snapshot tool doesn’t end with building custom tool sets.

Snapshots can also be used in sketching when communicating proposed changes to a larger plan.

Use the snapshot tool to capture plan details and put it onto a blank PDF using your sketching template. This allows vector content to be maintained, allowing users to see sketch elements in detail.

Users can then use the snapshot tool to add new plan components. The ability to use the snapshot image to sketch and markup drawings on a detailed level is like working in a slimmed-down CAD environment.

Maximise markup tools

The markup tools in Revu are also valuable for creating sketches.

Users can change markup properties, create custom line styles and use markup alignment tools to create sketches.

Users can also sketch to scale with markup tools, ensuring that sketches are more accurate than those on paper.

Start using Revu for sketching today.

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