Several years ago I was talking to a customer about quoting Adobe options when they politely declined, stating that they’re already using a superior product. Superior to Adobe?? No way! What is it? They told me about their history with Adobe, which led to a trial with Bluebeam, and eventually switched over to Bluebeam completely minus a few Adobe DC licenses.
At that time, I had never even heard of Bluebeam and assumed it was some new revolutionary product to look into, which was great as I’m in tech because of the constant change and innovation. But no, it was not new and had been around for a long time. Not only that, but for my customer needed was even a lower cost option.
Dumbfounded, I set out to learn about Bluebeam and what made it a reliable possible alternative to Bluebeam. Since then, whenever a customer complains about something with Adobe I point them to a Bluebeam free trial. Most often the customer picks up some licenses for select employees, and on occasion they convert a large portion of their company, or the whole company.
If you haven’t considered Bluebeam, and are not in love with using Adobe, here are the most popular differences my customers have liked.
Ease of use: many have said that the Bluebeam interface is much more intuitive than Adobe, so if you’re not already an Adobe expert (or find Adobe difficult to use), it may make your job easier. Or if it’s easier to use for employees at your company you may get less questions about pdf tools.
Customization: one limitation I always disliked was lack of customization within a pdf document. Adobe is very rigid, and it’s difficult to edit documents. I usually save a new version of a document so I have more editing freedom, which can create a lot of versions every time changes need to be made. On Bluebeam you have much more control of editing and would not need to create new documents to add/remove text seamlessly.
Symbol search: for my engineering and architecture clients, the ability to search for symbols instead of just words can save a lot of time. I haven’t used or needed this function but I can see where it could make a big difference to the higher-level users, unlike myself.
I found a really good review of Bluebeam from a tax professional, describing what it was like for their company to convert to Bluebeam here.
I also found a very in depth feature set review here. They are a Bluebeam focused seller, so they are obviously in favor of Bluebeam but they put together a great list and overview.
If you’re using Adobe and are interested in Bluebeam you can get a free 30-day trial for Revu, Revu eXtreme, and Revu CAD. I quote and sell both Adobe and Revu, without a personal preference for either as I focus on what my customers need for their company. If you need assistance quoting or comparing either, send me an email and I’ll do anything I can to help.