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Converting PDFs to AutoCAD DWGs Using Adobe Illustrator - open PDF in Illustrator, export to AutoCAD DWG file format, Donnie Gladfelter, The CAD Geek, Sep 9, 2015

Bluebeam Revu Tips: Aligning and Flipping Markups - align markups left justified using alignment toolbar, flip or mirror markups, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, July 22, 2015

Theorem Solutions Publish 3D - Publish 3D helps prepare interactive 3D PDFs; Publish 3D On Demand batch processes CAD data, publishes it to multiple templates in single job; server-based, full-scale enterprise version Publish 3D Automated supports high volumes of data creation, tight integration with enterprise systems, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, July 23, 2015

Pulling Data from a Scanned PDF into Excel - scanning document to PDF, export to Excel workbook using Bluebeam Revu, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, July 1, 2015

PDF Converter Elite - converts PDF files to DWG, DXF, XLSX, HTML, DOCX, operates in manual, batch modes, has optical character recognition module, available for $100, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine News, June 30, 2015

Bluebeam Revu Tips: Estimating Wall Area - generate custom wall tools for common wall heights, reuse tools without entering depth field each time, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, June 24, 2015

Theorem Solutions Bring 3D PDFs to NX - Publish 3D v18 offers multi-template PUBLISH mechanism, enhanced wireframe support, added controls for lighting, rendering, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, June 22, 2015

New TurboPDF from IMSI/Design Makes PDF-Based Workflow More Affordable - priced at $99, TurboPDF can create, edit, modify PDF content, add password protection to any existing PDF document, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, May 5, 2015

PDF Collaboration -  Bluebeam Revu 15 has 'batch overlay, compare documents' utility to simplify process of overlay comparisons, sketch tools to draw polygons, polylines, rectangles, ellipses on PDF documents to scale, David Chadwick, CAD User, Mar 2015

Bluebeam Tip: Adding a Responsibility Column with a Choice to Your Worklist - creating responsibility list to import, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Mar 26, 2015

Bluebeam 2015 Tip: How to Add Cloud+ to Profiles, Tool Chest and Tool Bars - Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Feb 25, 2015

9 of the Best New Features in Bluebeam Revu 2015 - attach images into markup with capture 2.0, keep files up-to-date with batch slip sheeting, 'batch compare and overlay' feature, cloud+, markup tooling scaling, sketch tools, sets 3.0, spaces 2.0, studio enhancements, CloudsCarsCameras.com, Feb 5, 2015

Review: Able2Extract PDF Converter 8 - converts PDF documents into wide range of formats: Microsoft Office, images, html, AutoCAD DWG, previews PDF with ability to select objects to convert, available for Mac, Linux,Windows at $99, but no recognition of layers, dimensions, text, or hatch patterns, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Nov 5, 2014

Nemetschek AG will Acquire Bluebeam Software, Inc. - Q&A with Sean Flaherty about PDF solution for collaboration, improvement by acquisition, Bluebeam availability for sale to other legacy customers, sample workflow involving Bluebeam and Vectorworks, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Oct 16, 2014

Annotation Changes in Vectorworks 2015 - elevation benchmark now has offset mode, Archoncad, Oct 21, 2014

ODA Releases 3D PDF Component - 3D PDF component will allow Teigha based applications to convert 3D data in DWG or DGN file to 3D PDF file, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Sep 23, 2014

Bluebeam Tips: Presentations without PowerPoint - create new document, chose custom slides template, copy, paste, use markups, snapshot tool to create slides, use presentation mode to run presentation, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Sep 18, 2014

Latest PDF3D Version is Standalone for 3D PDF Conversion - Q&A with Ian Curington of PDF3D about compression of PRC, ease-of-use of PDF3D ReportGen, functionality available to user after receiving PDF3D file, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Sep 8, 2014

Bluebeam Trick: Handwriting to Text Comment on Tablet - Bluebeam Revu automatically recognizes handwriting before placing markup while using pen tool, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Sep 2, 2014

Review: PDF to AutoCAD iOS App - integrated into iOS, free 'PDF to AutoCAD (dwg)' utility app from Cometdocs has minimal interface, converts PDF into AutoCAD-compatible DWG easily, Stefan Boeykens, CAD, BIM & 3D, Aug 25, 2014

Create Free 3D PDF Output Files from Any CAD Software - using free apps like Meshlab, MikTEX, CADforum, Aug 23, 2014

Bluebeam Tip: Autosequencing for RFI Text Box Markups - create text box with no text, open toolchest to drag it in tool set, adjust color, fill preferences before defining numbering sequence, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Aug 14, 2014

App Review: Able2Extract 8 - Extract CAD Drawings from PDF - simple to use, 3-step conversion to any of available output formats, customizes conversion output prior to conversion, saves time while adjusting output settings, available for $100 on Windows, Mac, Linux platforms, Gil Cordle, CAD Clues, July 28, 2014

Bluebeam Tip: Multiple Monitors for Estimating Take-Off Productivity - maintain Revu in large monitor before moving independent window into smaller monitor, visit Bluebeam support extensions page to list multiple monitor profile in profile drop down choices, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, June 6, 2014

Bluebeam Tip: When Keyboard Shortcuts Don't Work - open preferences settings in Revu, click on forms or general on left side depending on Revu version used, check 'enable single key shortcuts with form fields' checkbox, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, July 2, 2014

Collaborate and Estimate with Bluebeam Revu - YouTube, July 1, 2014

A Review - Able to Extract PDF Converter - converts PDFs into editable formats easily, except PDFs created as raster images, has logically laid out icons, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, June 13, 2014

Using Bluebeam Page Label Tool - turn on thumbnails tool to check order of pages, open page labels tool to set page region, range, click on 'create bookmarks tool' to create bookmarks in Bluebeam, Jarod Schultz, June 10, 2014

Bluebeam Revu Tip: Convert Multiple Files to PDF with Stapler - multi select files, Stapler identifies application associated with each file type, controls order of conversion, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, May 5, 2014

Splitting PDF Documents with Bluebeam Revu - rename sheets to their page number, their sheet name, pick range of pages to change, select 'extract pages' from document menu, Bill Debevc, CloudsCarsCameras, May 7, 2014

Bluebeam Revu Tip: Text Box and Callout Markups - press ctrl+K shortcut to open preferences options, choose markup, check box next to 'autosize text box and callout markups' before clicking ok, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Apr 8, 2014

Bluebeam Tip: Show All Measurements in Estimating Take-Off - manage columns, check off fields, select 'show all measurements' in properties of measurement or in custom measurement item in tool set, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Mar 20, 2014

PDF to DWG Converter - easy-to-use Able2Extract PDF Converter 8 converts PDF files to AutoCAD files accurately, has option to batch process multiple PDF files, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Mar 6, 2014

Bluebeam Revu Idea: The Ultimate Home Builder As-Built - select file, click on plan set location to embed icon, include legend to explain meaning of symbol/icon, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Dec 3, 2013

Bluebeam Tip: Make Your Construction Punch Process Faster with Spaces - apply spaces feature in Revu to log location automatically with punch item or markup, generate nested spaces to create spaces inside spaces, hyperlink punch items on report to corresponding punch symbol, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Oct 30, 2013

Autosize Text Boxes and Text Size in Revu - set properties of textbox to automatically resize when creating callout, type comments in callout generated, select text box portion of callout, right click to choose 'autosize text box' option, The PDF Insider, Oct 30, 2013

Bluebeam Revu Tips for iPad: Add Audio, Video and Perform Field Measurements  - insert audio recording, video clip or photo in PDF, add, manage accounts, access existing account in iPad, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Sep 18, 2013

Beam Me Up - PDF-based collaboration tool, Bluebeam Revu 11 has intuitive interface, multiple levels of markup with ability to adjust properties of cloud curves, can import IFC files, has iPad enhancements, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2013

Bluebeam Revu for iPad - PDF-based document viewer can access PDF-based CAD drawings, markup, redline documents, collaborate with others in real time using Bluebeam Studio, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, May 14, 2013

3D PDF Viewing Goes Mobile - 3D PDF Reader supports 3D data encoded in PRC format, Evan Yares, 3D CAD Tips, Oct 22, 2012

Bluebeam Revu iPad - offers suite of redlining tools, shareable libraries of custom markups, but no measurement tools, digital signatures or support for 3D PDFs, inability to insert, delete or reorder multi-page PDFs, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, Aug 21, 2012

News From the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress - 3D PDF has universal access, good compound document, infrastructure availability, neutral format, superior value, Evan Yares, 3D CAD Tips, May 23, 2012

3D PDF Technology - understanding obstacles to collaboration, advantages for product development, collaboration, intellectual property, application examples, PROSTEP, May 2012

Acrobat X Pro and Tetra 4D's 3D PDF Converter - Acrobat X Pro helps inspect feature tree of imported assembly models, add comments, annotations, share, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Mar 14, 2012

PDF to DXF/DWG Converter - Able2Extract Professional offers ability to use optical character recognition for text documents, captures geometry, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Feb 8, 2012

3D PDF Technology - Where It Fits In - advantages of using 3D PDF technology: standardization, reduction in total cost of ownership, long term archival and retrieval solution, Jyotirmoy Dutta, puthimaas - PLM Blog, Nov 7, 2011

The Future of 3D PDF - with other firms, Adobe launched 3D PDF Consortium to help guide development of 3D PDF, PRC file format, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, July 25, 2011

Bluebeam PDF Revu 9.0 - capable set of markup tools, ability to customize, re-use markups, comments, full set of measurement tools, area cut out tool, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, May 27, 2011

Adobe Acrobat X Pro and Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 - capabilities for creating, editing, collaborating on PDF documents, visual search capability in Revu, advanced options for creating PDF portfolios in Acrobat, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, May 10, 2011

Should We 'Pack' PLM into 3D PDF? - 3D PDF can be used to make information available downstream in organizations, Oleg Shilovitsky, PLM Think Tank, May 4, 2011 

Extreme Measures - Bluebeam Revu 9 Extreme views 3D models, searches PDFs of drawings for symbols/text, translates mark-ups to mainstream languages, David Chadwick, CAD User, Mar/Apr 2011

The 3D PDF Consortium - Adobe promoting 3D PDF as standard, being member of consortium, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Apr 23, 2011

3D File Format for Long Term Storage - Adobe 3D format,3DM, now an ISO standard, is probably best bet for archival longevity, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Dec 16, 2010

Obtain Vector Information from PDFs Using Free Tools - installing Ghostscript/GSView/pstoedit, opening PDF file using GSView, choosing dxf_s, adding driver options, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Nov 1, 2010

A Bluebeam Trick for Finding PDFs Faster - right-clicking document tab of open PDF, selecting copy path, file access tab, explorer sub-tab, Karen Tantzen, The PDF Insider, Oct 4, 2010

How to Convert Your PDF to AutoCAD DWG for Free - ConvertPDFtoAutoCAD.com, fast option, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Aug 25, 2010

Adobe Outsources 3D to Tech Soft 3D - proliferating 3D PDF into manufacturing to promote use of LiveCycle portfolio, automating processes, improving communication, Deelip Menezes, May 25, 2010

Revu Review - Bluebeam's Revu 7 is compatible with AutoCAD, SolidWorks, ability to transfer hyperlinks, measure profile tool, produces multi-document PDFs of drawing sets, David Chadwick, CAD User, Sep/Oct 2009

PDFs Ready to Enter the 3D - Adobe Acrobat 9.0 makes image interactive, allowing user to rotate model, pan horizontally or vertically, zoom, changing background color, Hugh Davies, Building Design, Dec 19, 2008

PLM Persistent Content and Dynamic 3D PDF - CAD vendors using file format for data storage with special add-ins to create, publish content, Oleg Shilovitsky, Daily PLM Think Tank, Jan 7, 2009

PDF Portfolios in Manufacturing Companies - share 3D data, outside of technical areas, ease of use, Doug Halliday at Adobe PLM, July 17, 2008

Adobe Expands LiveCycle Enterprise Suite - includes content services and new solution accelerators to expedite deployment of enterprise applications, DE Editors, Desktop Engineering, Jun 24, 2008

Open Any File with Acrobat Pro Ext 9 - opens STEP, STL, PRT, DWG, even Pro/E and IGES (takes longer), Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 6, 2008

Adobe Acrobat 9 - industry support for 3D PDF from SolidWorks, PTC, Lattice, Right Hemisphere, QuadriSpace, Bentley, Seemage and Actify, Deelip Menezes, June 2, 2008

A Fast, Light and Free PDF Viewer: Fox-It PDF Reader - just 2.2 MB software, better alternative,Elena Brezhneva, Daily Autocad, May 30, 2008

Creating PDF's from DWG's Without AutoCAD - using Acrobat 8 Professional and Acrobat 3D v8 to create 2D/3D PDFs, Tim Huff of Adobe, I didn't Know Acrobat Could Do That!, Sep 2, 2007

Adobe, CAD, Blogs, and Marketing - is blogging just a marketing tool for Adobe?, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, March 28, 2007

PDF and DWF - Adobe plans to standardize PDF file format specifications by ISO, Deelip Menezes, January 30, 2007

Creating a PDF Document with Level Control and Password Protection - Jerry LaVoi-Wiemer, MicroStation Connections, January 3, 2007 (requires free registration)

Automatic Comparison of Two PDFs - comparing the two different sets of construction documents and highlighting the changes using Adobe Acrobat, John TeSelle, AECbytes, December 28, 2006

New Adobe Tool Offers Web-Based File Control - Web-based service to provide security for PDF, Word and Excel files, plus LiveCycle Policy Server to provide security features to CATIA V5 documents, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst, November 15, 2006

Create Custom 3D PDF Templates Inside Acrobat 3D with Right Hemisphere's PDF Publishing and PMI Modules - Lars Olson, Pro/E Community, November 1, 2006 (requires free registration)

Adobe's Lightweight PDF Reader - Digital Editions from Adobe labs displays 2D PDFs of CAD drawings quickly, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, October 24, 2006

Right Hemisphere Has Solutions Part 1 - creating a 3D PDF from a CAD model using Adobe Acrobat 3D Toolkit and Right Hemisphere PMI Module and PDF Publishing Module plug-ins, Lars Olson of Right Hemisphere, CATIA Community, June 29, 2006 (may require free registration)

Right Hemisphere Has Solutions Part 2 - creating a 3D PDF from CATIA v5 assembly using Adobe Acrobat 3D Toolkit and Right Hemisphere PDF Publishing Module plug-in, Lars Olson of Right Hemisphere, CATIA Community, June 29, 2006 (may require free registration)

Combining Several PDFs on One Page in Adobe Acrobat Professional - importing PDFs and repositioning them on a larger layout page of the main document, John TeSelle of LineType Software, AECbytes, May 24, 2006

Make Large-Format Documents Feel Small - Acrobat 7.0 Professional has text search, pan, zoom, and bookmarking tools helpful in searching PDF documents, Michael Dakan, Cadalyst (advertising), March 2006, pdf

From Rhino to 3D PDF in Just a Click - create PDF of your 3D model in Rhino using new Acrobat 3D 1.0, NOVEDGE, March 2006

Engineers Weigh in on Acrobat 3D - new, faster and better Acrobat 3D makes the exchange of files easy inside and outside the company, Don Fluckinger, PDF Zone, February 8, 2006

Flattening PDF Annotations in Adobe Acrobat - disabling the interactivity of annotation to make it a simple graphic that is not easily deleted or changed, John TeSelle of LineType Software, AECbytes, January 19, 2006

Is Gates and Windows Going to Take the 64-Bit Crown and Kill Our Lovely PDF - instead of wasting time and effort to push Metro in competition with Adobe, Microsoft should concentrate on making Windows secure and more trustworthy, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, April 29, 2005

PDF/E Draft Standard Speeds Toward ISO - this week represents a milestone for PDF/E, Don Fluckinger - PDFZone, Yahoo News, March 14, 2005

3D PDFs from MicroStation - Bentley has a new Web page that features animated 3D scenes created by MicroStation, exported in U3D format and then imported into PDF, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, February 1, 2005

Adobe Aims Acrobat at Autodesk - with its latest release, version 7, Acrobat incorporates features that Autodesk once criticized the software for lacking, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, November 16, 2004

PDF/E for CAD Documents - an official committee has been formed to help make the portable document format (PDF) friendlier towards CAD drawings - with the goal of creating an ISO standard by 2006, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, March 2, 2004

Shrinking the Files - originally founded to help develop Mars exploration rovers, Bluebeam Software now enables architectural design and engineering companies to share complex CAD drawings electronically in very small files through its Pushbutton PDF program, Andrew Blazier, Pasadena Star-News, February 12, 2004

DWF Writer from Autodesk - stepping up its competition with Adobe's PDF file format, Autodesk has just launched DWF Writer, a printer driver that allows any software package to generate DWF files, and also plans to release DWF Compose, a tool for electronic review and mark-up capabilities, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, February 10, 2004

Reducing the Size of CAD PDF Files - tips on various tools to help make CAD PDFs smaller while maintaining quality images, PDFZone.com, January 7, 2004

Bentley and Adobe Webcast Recording Now Available - register to listen to the December 4 webcast in which Bentley and Adobe outlined their initiative to optimize PDF for the AEC industry, Bentley.com, December 10, 2003

Executives Shed More Light on Adobe-Bentley Deal - this development deal may turn many current paper processes into PDF-based ones, PDFZone.com, November 4, 2003

Document Formats for the Web: PDF, DWF, and CMS - explores formats that serve as alternatives or complements to the ubiquitous PDF, Phillip D. Long, Syllabus, November 2003

PDF vs. DWF - a report on the battle between Adobe and Autodesk to win the engineering publishing format war, Martyn Day, CADdigest.com, October 29, 2003

Adobe e-Doc Format Under Siege - Adobe Systems' portable document format is under fire from competitors such as Autodesk and Macromedia who want to muscle in on the electronic document market, David Becker, CNET, September 18, 2003

Adding Redlines and Comments to PDF Files - how to use Adobe Acrobat's extensive commenting and markup tools to extend the usefulness of PDF files created from CAD drawing, John TeSelle, CADdigest.com, August 27, 2003

Importing PDF into CAD Drawings - tutorial explores several methods for importing a PDF into a CAD document, including the use of Adobe Acrobat and conversion utilities, John TeSelle, CADdigest.com, August 25, 2003

Using PDF to Import Text Pages into Drawings - tutorial explores a method of using Adobe Acrobat to import individual PDF pages into a PDF drawing file, bypassing the CAD application and its inefficiencies in handling text imports, John TeSelle, CADdigest.com, July 21, 2003

AutoCAD Searchable Text in PDF Files - explains how to search a single sheet or an entire project for specific terms or material designations, John TeSelle, CADdigest.com, July 10, 2003

AutoCAD and PDF: Printing and Page Orientation - tips on getting a large-format plot correctly oriented in a PDF file, John TeSelle, CADdigest.com, July 9, 2003

Acrobat 6.0 Tips and Tricks for the CAD Professional: Creating Large-Format Adobe PDF Documents - Quynh Nguyen, CADdigest.com,  July 3, 2003

Acrobat 6.0 Tips and Tricks for the CAD Professional: Combining Different Types of Documents into One PDF - Quynh Nguyen, CADdigest.com,  July 3, 2003

PDF in the Engineering Environment - PDF is the ideal format for practically every stage of the engineering document process, from document creation through document management to output and archiving, CADserver, May 15, 2003

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