How to work more efficiently with MultiView

If you work in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, you often have to compare large numbers of documents at the same time. Revu’s MultiView feature makes this task more manageable.

MultiView turns your monitor into a versatile workspace for any situation. Have you ever wanted to compare two different floorplans, each with two different versions, at the same time? MultiView allows you to do that and much more.

Best of all, MultiView comes with a number of complementary features and shortcuts that make it even easier to work with. Master these, and you’ll be more efficient in no time.

Activating MultiView

There are two main functions that activate MultiView:

Split Horizontally (Ctrl+H) – splits your open tab across a horizontal line.
Split Vertically (Ctrl+2) – splits your open tab across a vertical line.

The buttons for these functions are found in the Command Bar under the Window group, as well as the Navigation Bar. Essentially, theseBoth of these two functions do the same thing, only simply in different layouts. Deciding between them is largely a matter of your monitor’s vertical or horizontal space, the type of document you’re viewing, or personal preference.

Once activated, your screen will look something like this:

Once you have activated the shortcut, Revu will duplicate your active tab, allowing you to view multiple areas of the same document from different splits. To create more splits, simply activate the shortcut again. Revu supports up to sixteen individual splits.

If you need to view multiple documents at once, open a new document. You can then click and drag on the split tabs to arrange them as needed. Tabs may be placed anywhere, including another split.

Revu will not allow the same documents to be placed in the same tab area.

MultiView Extended

You can even create a separate window by clicking and dragging the tab away from the main Revu window. (Alternatively, you can right-click, then select Detach). Hold down Ctrl while dragging on a document tab to create a duplicate tab in a separate window.

Once detached, these windows may be dragged and resized like any other window. Each window may contain multiple document tabs.

Detached tabs are particularly useful for multi-monitor setups.

Additional Features and Shortcuts

Once you have successfully mastered the basics down, try outconsider these more advanced tricks:

Synchronize Views

Revu allows you to sync your panning and zooming across splits. This is particularly helpful when you have multiple versions of a document to compare. Toggle this mode by clicking Sync in the Status Bar. The button will be outlined in blue while active.

You can also access this button from Settings > Synchronize Views.

Toggle Split Orientation

After activating MultiView, quickly toggle between horizontal or vertical splits with Ctrl+I.

This is different from using Split Vertical (Ctrl+2) or Split Horizontal (Ctrl+H). Using one of these shortcuts a second time creates an additional vertical or horizontal split, respectively.

Reset View

Lost your place in your documents? Press Shift+F12 and Revu will reset the view for every split.

Unsplit

Once you’re done with a split, click Unsplit, or use shortcut Ctrl+Shift+2 to remove your active tab from MultiView.

This is not the same as closing the tab. The unsplit tab is returned to the original tab row.

Switch Tabs to Different Splits

To quickly move your active tab to a different split, hold Ctrl, then press 1 as needed to shift the tab to the desired split. (The tab is shifted over, not copied. It’s like clicking and dragging the tab to another split, only faster.)

You can also right-click on a tab and select Switch to use this command.

Other Helpful Features and Shortcuts

Since many of these features affect the active tab, try using Ctrl+Tab to switch your active tab. If you hold Ctrl and repeatedly press Tab, you can quickly cycle through all of your tabs, even across splits.
Hover over a document tab to see a document tab preview. This preview window will display the first page of the document, as well as the file path where the document is saved.
You can right-click on any document tab to open a context menu containing many of the commands mentioned here, including Split Vertical, Split Horizontal, Switch, and Detach.
On the right side of every tab row, there is a gray arrow and a blue X:

  • Click on the gray arrow to display a list of document names within the split.
  • Click on the blue X to close the active document tab.

If you use a lot of splits, you may notice that Revu truncates document names in order to save space. Depending on your settings, the document tab will be truncated from either the beginning or end of the file name.

To change this setting, go to Settings > Preferences (Ctrl+K) > General > Tab Truncation. Select Start or End from the dropdown menu there.