Bluebeam Delivers PDF Editing, Markup and Collaboration in First Mac-Compatible Version

Bluebeam Launches Revu Mac

Pasadena, CA (April 12, 2016) – Bluebeam®, Inc., leading developer of PDF-based annotation and collaboration solutions for document-intensive technical industries, announces the release of their first Mac-compatible solution, Bluebeam Revu® Mac. Revu Mac delivers foundational PDF editing, markup and collaboration capabilities enabling architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals to streamline key functions and work processes across Windows and Mac operating systems. Bluebeam’s Studio Platform also now extends to Mac, allowing project teams to work together on the same documents in real time.

Revu Mac highlights include:

  • Studio Projects: Upload an unlimited number of PDFs and any other file types to the cloud and share Projects with project partners for simplified document management.
  • Studio Sessions: Invite attendees from anywhere to view, chat and markup the same PDFs together in real time, regardless of Internet access. All Session activity is tracked in a Record that links back to the PDF.
  • Markup Tools: Annotate PDFs with Revu Mac’s comprehensive collection of markup tools, including text, callouts, pen, lines, shapes, Cloud+, stamps, images and more.
  • Measurement Tools: Calculate length, perimeter, area and volume within drawings using Revu Mac’s measurement tools. The dynamic Markups list automatically calculates and tracks all related measurements to aid with estimations.
  • Overlay Pages: Compare two or more PDFs, even if they are skewed or different sizes. Overlay Pages allows you to pick points for comparison and assign different colors to each page so you can visually see the differences between each document.
  • Document Navigation: With tabbed document navigation, easily switch between tabs, or view them in their own floating window. Revu’s MultiView™ technology allows you to split your screen up to sixteen times and sync tabs to pan and zoom in unison. Create hyperlinks that jump to any page in the document, snapshot view or URL.
  • Document Editing: Easily edit PDF content by adding, deleting or rotating pages, combining multiple PDFs, or flattening your markups to make them a permanent part of the PDF. Users can even reduce the file size of documents to make them more suitable for email and sharing.

“Revu is about uniting teams through a common language of technology,” says Bluebeam President and CEO, Richard Lee. “By producing our first PDF solution for Mac, we are hoping to create a seamless user experience. Project teams can work how they’re used to, on their preferred hardware, while still collaborating on the same platform on the same documents. We’re excited to see how teams continue to leverage Revu and Studio to break down the barriers of what is possible with project communication.”

Revu Mac is available in English directly from Bluebeam and through a global network of Bluebeam Authorized Resellers on April 12, 2016. Localized versions of Revu Mac will launch before the end of the year. For more information, visit

About Bluebeam, Inc.

Bluebeam’s innovative desktop, mobile and cloud solutions push the limits of digital collaboration to enable professionals, who work in the most document-intensive industries, to do what they do, better. Bluebeam’s award-winning PDF solutions are used by the world’s top architectural, engineering and construction firms, oil and gas companies, manufacturers, government agencies and municipalities to reduce paper usage by more than 85% and to increase productivity by over 60%. The Bluebeam Account Services team and global reseller network have been solving customer challenges in over 100 countries for more than a decade. Visit for more on why Bluebeam is changing the status quo and setting a new standard. Bluebeam, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.

Our own Natalie Sideserf featured at the 10th Annual Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland

Natalie_profile-photoWe’re so proud of our creative, entrepreneurial employee and “Cake Queen”, Natalie Sideserf! Formerly a sculptor, Natalie launched her own cake business, Sideserf Cake Studio with great success and is considered to be one of the most talented young cake artists in the country at the forefront of realistic cake decorating.

Most recently, she was featured in a Huffington Post article podcast “A Fork on the Road” at the 10th Annual Food Show in Cleveland.  She was joined by celebrity guests Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Loren Hill, the $110k winner of the 2015 World Food Championship and discussed her all-cake LeBron James head sculpture.

She also exhibited using Miller IDS trade show signage!  To listen to the podcast, click here>>.  To read the article, click here>>. Congrats Natalie!

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About Sideserf Cake Studio

Owner of Sideserf Cake Studio, Natalie Sideserf gains global attention with her hyper-realistic sculpted cakes. Several have earned millions of views and acclaim from national and global news outlets. A sculpted cake she made resembling Willie Nelson reached the number one submission on the front page of Reddit and paved the way for features on American Idol, The Chew, and a number of Food Network programs.

Sideserf Cake Studio provides specialty cakes for local Austin events including SXSW and Moontower Comedy Festival. Natalie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the Ohio State University, where she learned to treat every cake as a custom ordered work of art.

Proud to Support Lights of Love 5K and Ronald McDonald House Charities

Miller IDS is proud to support the Lights of Love 5K run, an annual fundraising event for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC provides housing, support and resources for the families of ill and injured children. We also appreciate their kind words:

“We are so grateful to Miller IDS for supporting our families who rely on our “home-away-from-home” while their children heal in the hospital. Their generosity touches every family that walks through our door.

We are especially grateful for their support of our 8th Annual Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run. Their professionalism and timeliness has enhanced our ability to have a successful event.”

LightsofLove_RMH— Emily Franke, Development Coordinator



Brandon Lack Exhibiting in East Austin Studio Tour

"Tiny Bubbles" by Brandon Lack
“Tiny Bubbles” by Brandon Lack

Excited to see our Miller ISD September Featured Artist, Brandon Lack, exhibiting in this weekend’s East Austin Studio Tour at 1319 Rosewood! @eaststudiotour

We are proud support the tour and encourage you all to pick up a catalog of artists and a map to all exhibit spaces at any Austin public library – see you on the tour!

Event Horizon: The Impact of Industry Events on Austin

As we rev up for the fall festival season, here’s how the industry impacts Austin all year long.

36_ALIST_EventHorizon-6d6694b3According to the latest figures from the Austin Center for Events (ACE), there were 818 festivals or special events hosted throughout the city in 2013. While many residents may resent the throngs of eager attendees, the financial boon for the local economy cannot be denied.

In the 2013-14 fiscal year, Circuit of The Americas—home to Formula 1 and the X Games—had an economic impact totaling $897 million. South by Southwest added $315 million to the economy, with nearly 14,000 hotel reservations booked. That’s almost double the financial impact that the event had in 2011. (The SX economic impact report traditionally comes out in September, and traditionally, the amount goes up each year.)

Music events have shown the most growth: Between 2005 and 2010, the impact went from $582 million to $856 million. And now the most-attended music event in the city, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, has a combined weekend attendance of 450,000 with an impact coming in at almost $200 million.


Keeping the festival machine churning is the staff at ACE. “There are just no free weekends anymore,” says William Manno, special events program manager. Currently, he and his staff are hard at work drafting a Special Events Ordinance that pulls together various parts of the city code and redefines event parameters. The ordinance is helping to meet the goal of a resolution passed by the city council in 2012, directing the city manager to establish a team that would help implement a streamlined permitting process, whereas before the resolution, event organizers had to put out multiple applications to different departments for approval.

The ordinance also introduces a tiered system for applications based on factors such as the duration of an event and attendance. (As for a festival’s theme, the agency remains unbiased. “We don’t necessarily judge,” says Manno.) Ultimately, the changes will help the city with event planning and scheduling while making the process for organizers more efficient. Manno expects to have the ordinance on the city council’s agenda by the end of this month.


1 million square feet of office, multifamily, retail projects lined up at The Domain

homeaway-web-2-exterior 750xx800-450-0-96The Domain continues to draw new development — almost as much as downtown Austin, which is undergoing its own unprecedented construction activity.

Projects at The Domain in North Austin near Braker Lane and North MoPac Expressway range from a four-story Restoration Hardware store to an 11-story, 300,000-square-foot office building to an upscale multifamily development.

Developers include Austin veteran companies HPI Real Estate Services and Investments and Endeavor Real Estate Group. Here’s a look at what’s in play: Read full article>>

A History of Graphic Design As Told By 18 Classic Posters

1237901778426625424GIFs are funny but fleeting; websites might convey more information—but if you really want to make a point, you design a poster. A new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt focuses on the cultural impact of this persuasive graphic design medium and the science behind what makes posters in particular pack their visual punch.

125 posters from the Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection are featured in How Posters Work, which opens at the New York museum on May 7. “A true visual feast,” says director Caroline Baumann, from the “hard-edged designs of Ladislav Sutnar to the ever popular psychedelic posters of the 1960s, which epitomize sensory overload.” Read full article>>

5 Tips to Improve Your Design Business

DesignDollarsYou probably became a designer because you’re a talented artist or graphics professional, not because you like the business side of things. But a designer without clients is like a chef without customers – they can cook all they want, but they won’t be able to pay the bills. With that in mind, here are five tips to keep your design business humming:

  1. Get Personal. Networking is key to any small business, but especially one in which it’s sometimes hard to distinguish quality producers from wannabes. When you open your business, or expand, or introduce a new service, let everyone know through a targeted, personal email. Sure, you can mention your new business on your website and Facebook page, but nothing beats the personal connection. And don’t forget the “ask” – “Do you know of anyone who might need such-and-such service? If so, please recommend me.”
  2. Network Your Suppliers. Too often a networking effort, such as described above, is limited to obvious candidates such as friends and former clients. Thing bigger. Who else in your world is connected? Probably the most connected people you are in contact with are your suppliers and their salespeople. That nice guy at the art supply store? He probably personally knows half the designers in town, and would be a perfect conduit for spreading the word about a new service you’re offering. The key to tapping your network of suppliers is courtesy – when salespeople email, call, or visit, resist the natural urge to blow them off and instead give them a few minutes of your time. When you turn the tables and contact them about your new services, they’ll remember that courtesy.
  1. Forget Competing on Price. If you think you’re going to land that new client because you’re cheaper than the other five designers in your neighborhood, visit one of those online freelance design marketplaces, such as or, and see what some of those designers charge. There’s simply no way you can compete on price with a talented overseas freelancer who feels $5 an hour is a great wage. Instead, compete on skill, personal service, or a specialty (see next tip).
  1. Don’t Be All Things to All People. Book covers are not magazine covers, and websites are not Facebook pages. You might think you’re talented and versatile enough to design anything – and maybe you are – but most clients typically work on one project at a time and want a designer who specializes in that type of project. If a family counselor needs a designer to make a snazzy cover for a book she’s writing to promote her services, she is more likely to choose the designer whose portfolio contains book covers and book-related marketing ancillaries than a designer who has a hodge podge of random designs. Find what you do well and promote it.
  1. Partner With a Trusted Print Supplier. The final product of your design probably will be some kind of printed piece, say a banner, brochure, or poster. Don’t let all the work you put into the design go to waste by choosing a fly-by-night, low-budget print provider. Show your client that you care about quality throughout the project, and insist on printing your work with a top-quality provider.

Designing For Large Format Printing

Canon-inkjet-printerWhen it comes to file preparation of large-format imaging, there’s a different mode of thinking.

The traditional rules of file dimension and resolution used in standard offset printing don’t necessarily apply. Where traditional print methods have you working in the 300-dpi (dots per inch) range, large format basically reverses that thinking altogether.

This is where a number of traditional print designers and desktop publishers find themselves in unfamiliar territory. There’s a common misconception that bigger files need more resolution than normal print jobs—this is simply not true. All this does is give you a really huge file size.

The Eye Plays Its Part

When you’re getting started on a large-format project, the very first thing you must consider is how you got into this mess (just kidding)! No, you must first consider the viewing distance, which is perhaps the most critical aspect of how you go about preparing your file. When I was working in large format several years ago, this was always one of my first questions to the client. So let’s consider the aspect of “viewing distance” for a moment.

The human eye is a curious and fascinating piece of biology: perhaps one of our most sophisticated and, at the same time, one of our most flawed organs. That’s because the human eye is easily fooled, especially when it comes to viewing color and tones. Consider a rainbow, for example: When you see a rainbow in the sky, it really isn’t there. The mist in the air from a rainstorm is bending the light that’s passing through it (like a prism), which in turn makes the spectrum visible. But here’s the kicker: It’s only visible to a processing system like the human visual system, which can detect the sporadic wavelengths of light and generate the multicolored rainbow that we all know. The point is that our visual system is responsible for meeting us halfway by processing and rebuilding what we see. Everything we see in the world is merely reflected or transmitted light. The dimension and color of objects is the result of varying wavelengths of light that enter the eye. Read full article>>

*Source: By in Columns, Layers Magazine