Introduction to Legends

Revu’s Legends feature is a great way to quickly explain to a reader what the annotations on a document mean. Legends can be customised to suit your particular needs for various workflows.

What is a Legend?

Just like a legend on a map, Revu Legends quickly explain what the symbols on a drawing stand for. They’re very easy to work with: while you are creating a legend, it will automatically update as annotations are added to, or removed from the document. Legends can be re-sized, copied, customised and saved to the Tool Chest like any other annotation.

Creating a Legend

The method you use to create a legend will determine many of its properties:

Adding Annotations to a Legend Individually

A legend can be created from a manual selection of annotations on the document. Annotations that have the same type and appearance properties as the selections are automatically added to this legend. If you want your legend to include one or two annotation types from several different tool sets, this will be the best method for you.

To add selected annotations to a legend:

  1. First, select the annotations you need in the legend, either by clicking and dragging a rectangle around them, or by using Shift + Click on each of the annotations.
  2. Right-click on any of the annotations, then click Legend > Create New Legend.
  3. Click on the document to place the legend.

Creating a Legend from a Tool Set

Legends can be created from a particular tool set or tool sets. A legend like this will detect any new annotations from the specified tool sets and automatically add information from those annotations. This method is great for adding annotations to a legend in bulk.

To add a tool set to a legend:

  1. Click View > Tabs tabs > Tool Chest tool-chest . or, simply press Alt + X.
  2. Next to the name of the desired tool set, click Properties properties . From the dropdown menu, click Legend, then Create New Legend.
  3. Click on the document to place the Legend.

There are benefits to both of these methods. Let’s determine which is best for you:

Add a tool set to a legend if:

  • You want to place a legend before adding annotations and update your Legend as you go.
  • You are using many of the annotations in the tool set or tool sets.
  • You only have a few annotations to copy to your main tool set(s).
  • It will take too long to specify all of the annotations you need to add to your legend.
  • You prefer a more automated process.

Add individual annotations to a legend if:

  • Creating a legend from a tool set requires a significant amount of rearrangement in the Tool Chest tool-chest.
  • You only need a few, specific annotations.
  • Your annotations come from several different tool sets.
  • You don’t know which tool sets the annotations are from.
  • The annotations were created by multiple people.
  • You prefer to create your legend after your annotations have been placed.
  • There are annotations you want to exclude from your legend.
  • You prefer to edit your legend manually.

Note: Generally, you will probably choose one of these methods over the other. But should the need arise, you can always create a legend utilising both methods.


Because a legend is a kind of annotation, it can be customised extensively via the Properties properties tab. If you are used to customising your annotations, you will be familiar with the options listed here. There are also new properties that are unique to Legends. You can quickly get up to speed with Changing a Legend’s Appearance in the Revu Help file.

Saved Legends

After configuring the properties of the legend to include the information you need, you can save it to the Tool Chest tool-chest, so you can quickly reuse it on another page or document. Simply right-click on the legend, then click Add to Tool Chest tool-chest and select the desired tool set.
To use the legend, click on its icon in the Tool Chest tool-chest and place it on the document the same way you would with any other annotation.

Legends in Action

The picture below displays a legend utilising many of the customisation options available in the Properties tab, including the Vertical table style, wider margins, larger symbols, and a lower opacity. This legend also features annotations from a variety of tool sets.

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Notice that Legends will also take properties like colour into account. The two length measurements are on separate lines because they are different colours. If they were the same colour, they would be included on the same line and their measurement values would be totaled.

More Information
If you are interested in learning workflows involved with Legends, Bluebeam has videos demonstrating how to do Takeoffs and more. For even more information about Legends – such as options in the Properties properties tab and methods of copying Legends – please read the Legends section of the Revu Help file.

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