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Our office uses Bluebeam PDF Revu.  It is (much) less in cost than Acrobat, and much easier to work with.  It's relatively easy to mark up.  Add your own or create your own "review" stamp, drag and drop onto the drawing, then "flatten" the markups.  Once you protect the sheet/file, the mark-ups cannot be edited after the fact.
As for printing in-house, we're passing the costs along to the client or contractor with our fees for printing or scanning.  We keep up-to-date with the local price-gouging repro services...

On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 8:03 AM, Jan Blok <JBlok(--nospam--at)> wrote:
We receive most of our shop drawings now electronically in pdf format.  We currently use Autodesk Design Review to mark these up.  We are considering purchasing Adobe Acrobat to mark up these submittals.  But electronic mark ups are still more cumbersome than hard copies.

1. How are firms reviewing these drawings electronically?
2. What programs are being used to mark up drawings?
3. How are you dealing with review when looking at multiple sheets to coordinate between them is required?  Using a larger monitor?  Using multiple monitors?  Printing hard copies?
4. Is anyone charging the contractor or client for printing or other costs?


Jan I. Blok, S.E.
The Structural Group, Ltd. |

707 Lake Cook Road, Suite 107
Deerfield, IL  60015
P:  847.562.1977 x 103 | F:  847.562.1978

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