A couple years ago, I put together a post on how to make your Bluebeam faster. It has since turned into my number one post. So it thought I should spend a few minutes updating the post for Bluebeam 2018. My understanding is that this should be a lot better in Bluebeam 2019.
From what I have seen is that Bluebeam's default preferences (the render setting) are supposed to make viewing faster, but typically slows it down. By changing your rendering settings in preferences, you can increase the speed at which your pages typically load. See below for details how to update your preferences. I have also included a couple other preferences changes I recommend.
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One of the myths I hear all the time is that "wet" signatures are more valid than digital signatures. It's simply not true. The American Bar Association has had guidelines in place for digital signatures since 1996. They state "A verified digital signature… generally equals or surpasses the comparable assurance provided by writing on paper." Using digital signatures rather than "wet" signatures has helped me to optimize my paperless workflows removing the need to print a document only to sign it and scan it back in. See below for instruction for how to make your digital signature in Bluebeam.
If you are like me, after you are finished marking up a set of drawings, it's difficult to tell which side is up because page is just covered. What I have found though is using the Note (N) markup tool with its collapsible comments really helps. And so that every single markup doesn't look the same, I recommend changing the icon and color. I encourage you to come up with a standard legend for what each icon means for your team. This standard icon list can then be saved as tool set to be shared with other team members. Find out more details on the Note (N) markup tool below.
If you have ever manually created a hyperlink inside of Bluebeam, you know it can take forever. Thankfully, Bluebeam created batch link (video, pdf) to make things a little easier. But sometimes you want to link to a spec or another document that is not a plan that can easily be referenced with the title block and page label. Sure you can use the hyperlink tool under Markup --> Hyperlink, but then you have to click open, the ellipsis (3-dots) and locate the file. That is a lot of clicks. Below are instructions for how to create a link even faster if the file has been recently opened.
Have you ever had a PDF in Bluebeam that seemed to take forever to load? Well this is most likely due to one of Bluebeam's default preferences (the render setting) that is supposed to make viewing faster, but typically slows it down. By changing your rendering settings in preferences, you can increase the speed at which your pages typically load. See below for details how to update your preferences. I have also included a couple other preferences changes I recommend.