I received an email today that has made me quite unhappy. Bluebeam has decided to drop Revu for Mac. Bluebeam never really put much effort into the Mac platform, their Revu was quite sub-par compared to the Windows version, but I was able to use it almost daily in my professional practice.
Since Bluebeam and Vectorworks are part of the same family, how did this happen? How does one part of the company drop Mac support when all their other applications (as far as I know) have Mac versions?
Here is a copy of the letter.
We’re writing to let you know that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop developing future versions of Bluebeam Revu for Mac. We understand that this decision will impact many users and organizations, and we’re committed to providing the support and resources required to keep you and your company on track during this transition. We’ll also release the Revu for Mac 2.1 update in Q2. This update includes improvements to our measurement tools and addresses some critical issues.
When we originally developed Revu for Mac, our intention was to extend the incredible efficiency and collaboration power of Bluebeam Revu to the Mac platform. While we pursued this multi-platform approach, advancements in cloud-computing redefined what was possible and provided an opportunity for us to reevaluate our strategy.
At the end of 2018, we committed to building a new cloud-based ecosystem of solutions that delivers powerful features, tools and workflows accessible from any device and from any location. You will first see this vision coming to life in new products like Bluebeam Atlas and features like Drawings. In order to invest in this long-term vision, we have made the decision to begin the process of winding down the Revu for Mac product.
We know that Revu for Mac provides specific benefits for your business. To minimize the disruption this decision may have, we will provide you with the following:
You can continue to use your existing license of Revu for Mac. To learn more about your support options, please read our support article.
All customers who are on Revu for Mac 2.0 will have access to the 2.1 release. Please note that we will not release any additional updates after March 2020.
Customers who are on Revu for Mac 1.0 will be able to purchase an upgrade for a limited time only (until 6/1/19) at a discounted price. If you’re interested, please reach out to email@example.com or your local reseller. Please note that this is only available for upgrades; as of today, Maintenance sales and renewals are no longer available.
Customers who are interested in Revu for Windows can purchase a Standard, CAD or eXtreme license for a special price. If you’re interested, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or your local reseller. Please note that Bluebeam does not provide support for Mac applications like Parallels or Boot Camp.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.
The Bluebeam Team
I found it humorous that they go on to suggest that customers could purchase the Windows version to continue using Revu.
I am severely disappointed in Bluebeam with this decision.