Sharing Your Tool Sets in Bluebeam Revu

The Tool Chest™ in Bluebeam Revu comes with a number of useful tool sets and collections of annotations, but you can also create and share your own tool sets full of customised annotations and measurements. Custom annotations can be saved in the pre-created “My Tools” tool set or in your own custom tool set.

Read on to learn how you can share your tool sets with colleagues around the world by exporting and importing them, including Revu iPad.

Sharing Tool Sets

Each tool set is stored as an individual file with a .btx file extension that can be exported from Revu and shared. All your colleagues or project partners need to do is import or add the file to their own Tool Chest. However, there’s an important difference in where the tool set file will be stored. By importing, the tool set will be copied into your local Revu environment. Adding links to the tool set where it currently resides, like on a network drive, will allow multiple users to access the same tool set so everyone has immediate access to new or updated symbols as soon as the tool set is updated.

Revu has a locking mechanism for shared tool sets that prevents two people from updating the tool set at the same time. The “Managing Tool Sets” topic in Revu Help has additional information about working with shared tool sets.


The first step of sharing a tool set is to export it. To export a tool set:

  1. Click the tool set’s Settings and select Export.
  2. Select the folder where you want to store the file and click Save.


Importing a tool set copies the tool set .btx file into your local Revu environment.

The easiest way to import a tool set is to double-click on the tool set file. You can also choose multiple files in Windows Explorer, right-click and select Import to import them all at once. Dragging the tool set files from Windows Explorer into the Revu window will also import them.


To add a tool set that is stored on a network:

  1. Open the Tool Chest.
  2. Click the Manage Tools Sets at the top of the Tool Chest tab.
  3. In the Manage Tool Sets dialog box, click Add.
  4. In the Add Tool Set dialog box, click Existing.
  5. Click Browse to select the file, then click Open.
  6. Check the Display and Show in All Profiles boxes.
  7. Click OK to exit the Add Tool Sets dialog box.
  8. Click OK.

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