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Llian
Newcomer
Hi,
Not sure if this is the best place, but will give a try.
Bluebeam ditched Mac and now there is Bluebeam for iPad.
Then there is PDF Expert for Mac.
I need an app to do punch list on my plans on site.
Any recommendation?

Thanks in advance,
Lilian Seow
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Interior-Architecture and BIM Management
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Eduardo Rolon
Moderator
Check out Goodnotes.
eduardo rolón AIA NCARB
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Tylerbar
Newcomer
Llian wrote:
Hi,
Not sure if this is the best place, but will give a try.
Bluebeam ditched Mac and now there is Bluebeam for iPad.
Then there is PDF Expert for Mac.
I need an app to do punch list on my plans on site.
Any recommendation?

Thanks in advance,
I think you should check planRadar app which you can easily find on app stores.

Anonymous
Not applicable
We have been using PlanGrid for the last few years, and I personally haven't had any complaints.

Steve Jepson
Enthusiast
Llian wrote:
Hi,
Not sure if this is the best place, but will give a try.
Bluebeam ditched Mac and now there is Bluebeam for iPad.
Then there is PDF Expert for Mac.
I need an app to do punch list on my plans on site.
Any recommendation?

Thanks in advance,
I am still using a .pdf program that does everything I need it to do - and then some. And there is no Subscription Fee! This is why I am still using Adobe Acrobat Pro 10.
9 Pro Extended had some really great features but was for use with Windows XP or I would still be using that.

These are the programs that were the inspiration for Bluebeam. Now it is on par or may have surpassed them in some ways that may or may not matter to me. I don't know. I just try to avoid Subscriptions whenever possible.
I have not found any way to generate a .pdf faster than the ArchiCAD Publisher, so I use it to generate the .pdf's and then open it in the Acrobat Pro for adding all the other important content any hyperlinks.

It seems to me that nothing ever gets any better - it's just different -- and more expensive to use.


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Lingwisyer
Virtuoso
Steve wrote:
This is why I am still using Adobe Acrobat Pro 10
Great program, but it is no longer supported (2015) and I do not believe there is anywhere that you can still purchase a legit copy of it. We were using it until we updated to Win10, at which point it became extremely buggy to the extent of being unusable... If it still works without issue on OSx then maybe it is worth going out of your way to find a reputable seller or...



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Aaron Bourgoin
Booster
We looked very seriously at a product called PDF Expert as it had all the tools for reading and marking up drawings without Adobe's subscription.

All but one. Archicad PDFs are fat and publishing a large set of drawings typically requires running them through an optimize routine in Acrobat Pro, which will shrink them by up to 60% without screwing up the vectors. There is no Vector Graphics preset In Acrobat Pro and the parameters for creating a custom preset are not altogether clear. It is possible to tweak the settings to the point. that the graphics are compromised and wanted lines and fills are removed from the final optimized file.

We contacted the PDF Expert developers who confirmed that their optimize routines have nothing for dealing with vector graphics. Until we find one, w're stuck with the bloated code and the memory leaking "Industry Standard".
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Eduardo Rolon
Moderator
Aaron, to compress PDFs I use Affinity Designer which usually it is discounted to $30 but regular price is $50 which is not bad for a perpetual license. Conceptually is like using Illustrator to compress instead of Acrobat.
eduardo rolón AIA NCARB
Another of the forum moderators.
Macbook Pro 2.4 i9 32GB ram
OS X 10.XX latest
AC25 US/INT -> AC08

Aaron Bourgoin
Booster
Eduardo! Thanks for the tip. I have the whole Affinity Suite and think our office should as well. I will pursue this as a strategy.
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Aaron Bourgoin
Booster
Eduardo,

I have the whole Affinity Suite as well. Is there a specific command or sequence of steps you follow to compress PDFs? I will try this this week.
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Eduardo Rolon
Moderator
Nothing fancy. Open in Affinity and then Export, change settings from 300dpi to 144 and wait.
eduardo rolón AIA NCARB
Another of the forum moderators.
Macbook Pro 2.4 i9 32GB ram
OS X 10.XX latest
AC25 US/INT -> AC08

mikas
Advocate
I'm not sure you can compress vector graphics so much. I think vectors are allready that small they can be, or at least almost so small that they don't compress. Or if they are compressed, something will be gone, maybe distorted or somehow regenerated differently.

If one gets too big file sizes with vector graphic pdfs maybe one needs to go and edit the attributes in PLN, like fills or line types or so.

It's the pictures (png, tiff, jpg) which can be further compressed within pdfs.
I do own Affinity suite for both Mac and PC, but because I am mostly on Mac, I use quartz filters for compressing the pdfs containing compressable pictures. I can have the filters saved within export dialogue in MacOS Preview app.

Quartz filters are made in Quartz Composer app (included in OS installation). That's what several other forum members have used too, and are using still I can read from forum posts.

I might be wrong though, maybe there is bloat in pdf vector graphics too that can be compressed. I haven't been much succesfull either with that though.
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