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Sifu

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ALSO, Jar. Awesome idea for a new forum. The one area I think BB is weak is in training. Much of what I have learned I did so by trial and error....and google. So this will be a valuable forum for all of us who are using it.
 

fatboy

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Community Development "TRAKiT" is a start to finish solution, Planning projects, permitting from applications, uploads through CO's, including payments, inspection results. Code compliance and citizen complaints.......
 

FM William Burns

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Hi Guys,
Just saw this section..... been doing electronic plan review for about 10 years. I’ve used it (BB extreme) for 4-5 years with my old jurisdiction on the fire side and now privately in my consulting. Referencing others, it intergraded great with the BSA software our building department used. Marking up individual sets for revision needs then flattening (locking your markups) on your plan page or set to save, name and secure is easy. Layering and using multiple profiles (tool sets and functions) are easy. You can save what you need by removing or inserting plan pages as needed for a individual, field set or split sets by disciplines in large sets you may receive. It’s very intuitive and their support (if needed) is fantastic. The Studio function is great for use when multiple users are needed at one time from anywhere in the world with internet for discussing a set of plans during a review such as interfacing equipment and controls. It is great for presentations and conference reviewing and revising on the fly for time saving or fast track needs.
It’s a great tool but if you do the trial version or vu remember to go back into your (pdf) settings and remove BB as the default because it used to take over or reset your OS to become the default (pdf) viewer. I can say with confidence, after you use it you won’t want to use anything else. I still only use about 50 % of what it can do.... I don’t work for them either
 
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Pcinspector1

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FM, Jar,

What would you say the estimated cost for set up and support, other requirements would be? Working on budget items.

Just wondering, might get approval for a larger monitor only. :(

I can only dream....
 

jar546

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I pay $365 per year, per seat plus $99 per year per seat for support. For 2 seats I spend just under $900 per year. I use a dual monitor with two 32" screens which helps a lot.
 

mtlogcabin

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$349.00 for the initial license and $99.00 for the annual license. We have 16 licenses with the city so we got a discount on the initial license fee. The annual maintenance is optional. However it includes all updates when they happen
 

ADAguy

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Do you know what Bluebeam does?

Easier markups, overlays to see what has changed on the drawing, ability to see who has changed what, ability to lock a drawing down, not allowing further changes?

That is just as few of the top of my head. Why wouldn't a department use it, if it is available?

Think REVIT on steroids.
 

ADAguy

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Old Dog having to accept that "now, as in Bluebeam" is here.

Using 2019 Revu, not as initially intuitive but I'm coming around to it.
In many ways it is faster then paper . More tools then you can imagine.
Infinitely flexible but you will need high speed internet connection if operating at home.

If teleworking type of browser you use must be compatible with office.
Be sure to set computer refresh time to never or at least longer than 1 hour.
 

Sifu

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I use an extended screen off of my laptop. It is a 49" hi-def. Took a bit of configuring but it works well....when it works. I remote into my desktop at the office, and when the server traffic is heavy (ENDLESS amounts of people using webex to hear themselves talk really seems to eat the server) the extended screen suffers since it is only my laptop driving it. When that happens I just use it in single screen and it is faster. I have about the largest laptop display known so its not too bad. At some point I will get a better machine to drive it but for now this works. I will probably stay remote (fully or partially) even after the restrictions are eased, so I will see how the servers act with less traffic once that happens before I get a new system. The advantage of using the laptop to drive is I can remote in from anywhere I can carry it. If I can ever get them to learn and use the studio functions I won't even need the remote to do reviews.
 

my250r11

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Just getting acquainted with it. The BO will hate it, he's not very tech sieve. I'm the tech guy of us and I'm a bit lost, only because I can do a few more things on a computer. It will get better at some point but trying to get the new software working and learn it and blue-beam all at once is a nightmare.
 

steveray

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I use an extended screen off of my laptop. It is a 49" hi-def. Took a bit of configuring but it works well....when it works. I remote into my desktop at the office, and when the server traffic is heavy (ENDLESS amounts of people using webex to hear themselves talk really seems to eat the server) the extended screen suffers since it is only my laptop driving it. When that happens I just use it in single screen and it is faster. I have about the largest laptop display known so its not too bad. At some point I will get a better machine to drive it but for now this works. I will probably stay remote (fully or partially) even after the restrictions are eased, so I will see how the servers act with less traffic once that happens before I get a new system. The advantage of using the laptop to drive is I can remote in from anywhere I can carry it. If I can ever get them to learn and use the studio functions I won't even need the remote to do reviews.

On the "Monitor" theme....min size recommendations and cheap options?
 

Sifu

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I have two 27s at the office and they aren't big enough. The 43 (I said 49 earlier but that was an error) at home works very well. A lot depends on placement (how close your are, angle etc), and how much you need to zoom in and out. The bigger the screen, the less moving around. To me, a 43 is the smallest size that can approximate the size you would get with a set of papers on a desk. I use the laptop a lot when the system bogs down. It has an 18" display, it works but on a big review the in-and-out gets really old. When I can use two screens the laptop works nicely for the permit software and code related look-ups. But never for non-work related internet surfing or solitaire.
 
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