Bluebeam Revu on a Mac

Revu for Windows - on a Mac

Bluebeam Revu is (in my slightly biased opinion) the best PDF mark-up, creation, collaboration, and editing tool there is.  There are so many functions within Revu which make it invaluable people working with PDF’s who need to not only measure & mark up but extract useful data too.  Although Revu is now only available for the Windows PC, we receive requests every week from Mac users wanting access to this powerful tool.  So here’s a light-weight (not too technical) how-to guide to having Revu running on your Mac alongside your other favourite mac apps.

What you’ll need:

  1. Your Mac!
  2. Bluebeam Revu: 30-day trial or, if you already know the product, you can buy online
    (Note that this method works for all editions of Revu, from “Standard” through to “eXtreme” and “Open” licenses. If you need help deciding which is best for you, contact me using the feedback field below.)
  3. A license for Windows 10
  4. VMWare Fusion or Parallels
  5. A moderate level of computer ability, or a friendly, helpful local reseller…


Step 1: Make space on your Mac

Installing Bootcamp

Mac’s come with a tool called “Bootcamp Assistant”. Bootcamp allows you to split your mac’s hard drive into separate partitions, and use that part of the disk for another operating system – in this case, Windows. Be sure to make enough space available! Windows 10 system requirements say 20GB, plus space to install Revu (and any other Windows apps you may need). I would suggest a minimum of 50GB.  If you plan to install other Windows-only applications, then make sure you have enough free space before starting.  As a guide, most Windows PC’s come with at least 128GB hard disks.



Step 2: Install either VMware Fusion or Parallels – and Windows 10

Installing Windows on the macBoth VMware Fusion and Parallels provide a mechanism to run Windows on your Mac.  There’s plenty of discussions online about which is ‘best’, so the choice is up to you.  You will notice from the screenshots in this post that I use VMware Fusion – and that’s because we already own other virtualisation tools from VMware.  Note that VMware Fusion is a “perpetual” license at about AU$230, whereas Parallels (for business use) is a subscription at about AU$140/year.

Both Fusion and Parallels allow you to install Windows onto the partition created in step 1 above.  So if you’ve made it this far, it’s time to install Windows 10.


Step 3: Install Bluebeam Revu

You can download the 30-day trial of Revu eXtreme here on our website.  As part of the “onboarding”, we’ll email you some “quick start” guides to follow which should get you up to speed faster than clicking around to see what happens.


Step 4: Unity mode!

You can, of course, run Windows full-screen mode if you want to – but that defeats the purpose of having Revu appear alongside your Mac applications!  Once you have installed Windows 10 and Revu, you will find something called “Unity mode” as part of the VMware tools.  This hides the Windows 10 interface, and present the application (like Revu) just like any other Mac application:

Revu for Windows - on a Mac

Since you are here on the CADPRO website reading this blog, you may be wondering if you can run Revit, AutoCAD – or any of your other Autodesk tools this way.  Of course!  (Although Autodesk does have a native Mac version of AutoCAD LT and the “full” AutoCAD product.)

It is worth noting that if you have been through steps 1 and 2, then you can boot straight to Windows by holding the “Option” key when you restart your Mac.  Although you don’t get access to any of your Mac applications, you do allow Windows full access to all the hardware resources of your Mac – like the graphics card, RAM, and processor – so you can expect better performance than running everything under the Mac operating system.

Having run the dual operating system myself with VMware as my virtual Windows PC, and using Unity mode for all my Windows apps, I have become spoilt by having the best of both worlds (Mac and PC).

The official Revu for Mac may have been discontinued over two years ago, but long live Revu for the Mac!

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