In my previous post I commented on how Bluebeam could be made a ‘little‘ bit more useful. It wouldn’t be that hard for the developers … surely.
For example, when you place a stamp you can have some dynamic fields on the stamp update as the result a calculation and/or prompt user for some input. With some imagination you can create something quite useful that has potential to make you a little more efficient.
So, let’s start with something simple…
Well for a start, you must have the Extreme version of Bluebeam. As far as I am aware this is the only version that allows you to access the form editing features. If you have the Standard or CAD versions, you’re out of luck unfortunately. However, you can do the same in Adobe as well as probably any other full featured PDF editor.
To access the editor functions you need to enable the forms Toolbar. Or access it through the Tools menu in the title bar.
Let’s do some examples to demonstrate what might be possible.
Example 1 – A Fillet Weld symbol that prompts the user for a size when placed
This one is a stamp that prompts the user for the weld size and populates a text field in the stamp with that leg size. Saves a little bit of time when marking up drawings I guess and makes an otherwise simple dumb stamp dynamic.
Create a new PDF and draw your weld symbol, freehand or using the mark-up tools. Once you’ve completed your masterpiece, save you new stamp in Bluebeam’s stamp folder.
If you now open your stamp through the stamps menu to edit it further. You will note that there are some handles at the edge of the PDF sheet that can be dragged around to set the view extent. Adjust these until they closely encompass your fillet weld mark-up like shown below: –
event.value = app.response("FW Size")
Then use the stamp in a PDF and you’ll be prompted for the fillet weld size: –
Your stamp should appear with whatever leg size you entered in the textbox. Champion.
You’ve created your first dynamic stamp. Engineer 1, Sheep 0!
Stay tuned for something a bit more complicated.