“Photobucket” is not allowing 3rd party hosting on free accounts

Hello there. I trust you are having a great day.

Today I’ll talk about 3rd party image hosting. When I started building my Power BI dashboard, it looks cool to have images attached. The 3rd party image hosting website I’m taking about is “Photobucket”.

Please continue reading from here for more info: http://blog.photobucket.com/please-review-latest-changes-photobucket/

My Power BI dashboard really works well having images on it that links interactively with your data until one time I received an email from “Photobucket” informing me that “third party hosting isn’t allowed” anymore on free accounts, you must pay $400 annual subscription in order for your image URL links to work. I just realised the effect of this when I opened my Power BI file to update the information on my dashboard.

Here is my previous Power BI dashboard I built last month.

Here it is now after 3rd party hosting is removed.

As you can see from the above image, my image URL link is now broken. To make it work, I need to find a place to store my images wherein it can provide me a URL link. What I’ll do sometime next week is to remove all my images on Photobucket and since I do not have any intention to pay $400 annual subscription fee, I will also close my account.

As a replacement to “Photobucket”, I found a site called “ImgZeit”. Here is the welcome page when you visit the website  https://imgzeit.com/

I hope ImgZeit will give me free subscription by mentioning their site in this article, finger crossed (“,).

I only have 40 images stored on “Photobucket” as of this moment and therefore it does not cost me much of a headache. I imagine how infuriated those who have been using this website to store their images for their blogs that have been running for 2 years, 3 years or some maybe even more than 5 years.

I’m not in a rush to look for free website to host my images. Anyone is free to recommend one if you know of any by leaving your comment below. Your feedback is highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Have a great day ahead.


Allan Cantos

Revit Extension Part 2 – Content Generator

Hey there! In my previous post, Revit Extension Part 1 – Content Generator”, I discussed about how to use Revit Extension “Content Generator” tool. Most of the time, we are using standard structural sections which we have in our family library, however if you want to create a family for non-standard structural section, “Content Generator” is a great tool.

Software was supposed to improve and get better with new releases. However, for whatever reason, “Content Generator” is no longer available in Revit 2017.

So what now? For some of you who will be working with Revit 2017, the temporary fix is to create your custom section using “Content Generator” in Revit 2016.

Here is the element I created from my previous post using “Content Generator” in Revit 2016.

Let me edit the family by clicking on “Edit Family” icon.

Save it on your local drive or project folder.

Then open it on Revit 2017.

Then load it to your Revit 2017 project.

Your custom family is now in Revit 2017.

For now this is the interim solution.

That should be it. As before, if you now a better way, please let me know and help me in spreading the knowledge.

Have a good day.


Allan Cantos


Hello there.

If you are one of those Technicians who are producing drawings from a reference view Revit models, this Revit topic is for you.

Now here is the situation, the project has 3 separate models; each one has its own Revit file.

Then there is a Revit file called “Sheet Model” where these 3 models are referenced in.

The views were generated by mimicking the levels of each building to the new “Sheet Model” Revit file and use these views to create the sheets shown below.

We managed to issue the drawings last March 2017 without any problem with the views and after that, because I got busy with another project, this project have been transferred to another Technician.

I got a call from this Technician asking for help wherein he was having a problem with a reference view of a general arrangement or plan view not appearing properly on his “Sheet Model” after doing some updates. He spent an hour trying to figure out how to fix the issue.

Here is the view we wants to appear on the “Sheet Model” that he fixed at the “Sports Hall” Revit model.

And here it is when you are on the “Sheet Model”. The “green area” on the lower right hand corner seems missing or might be a view range issue.

He looked at “View Range” and made it sure that the settings he has in “Sheet Model” Revit model matches the one he has in “Sports Hall” Revit model and both were the same.

So what could be the problem why the views are not the same considering that both models are now using the same “View Range” values?

Ok, here is the solution. If this view can’t be fixed by adjusting the “View Range” from the “Host View” (Sheet Model Revit model view range settings), then I will use the “Linked View” (Sports Hall Revit model view range settings) instead.

I started looking at the “Visibility Graphics” by clicking “Edit” or type “VG” on your keyboard.

Then go to “Revit Links” tab and click on “Custom”

Look for the “View Range” and instead of “By host view”, select “By linked view”


Click “Apply” then “OK” and another “OK” and voila! Our view is now fixed!

Here is the view that my colleague wants to achieved on his “Sheet Model” Revit model.

I hope you’ll find this trick useful. If you think I can be of help on your project, don’t hesitate to drop me an email on my “Contacts” section. I welcome your feedback, comments, questions, corrections and additional information relating to this article. If you know a better way, please leave your comment; by all means let me know. Thanks.

Have a great day!


Allan Cantos

Revit Extension Part 1 – Content Generator

Hello there. I trust you are having a great day. Yesterday, a colleague of mine in the office reminded me about one of the Revit Extension tools that are useful when creating your own families. I’m taking about “Content Generator” Revit Extension Tool.

I’ll run you on how this Revit Extension tool works. For today’s demonstration, let me create a custom angle section shown below.

Normally, when creating a custom section like the one shown above, some technicians and that includes me, do not use “Content Generator” Revit Extension Tool but rather use “Model In-Place”. Though I used this before but honestly I have forgotten about it.

The problem with modelling an in-place family is that you can’t add them to your schedules.

Let us have a look for instance this beam where I’ll attach a custom 140×150 angle, 10mm thick as shown.

Let me re-create this in-place family. First, click on “Model In-Place”

Next, set the “Family Category and Parameters” to “Structural Framing” and click on “OK”

Assign a name for the custom family. I’ll call it 140x150x10 custom angle

Make sure that I am on the right work plane. I’ll go ahead and click on “Set”

Next I’ll pick a plane

Then I’ll pick the plane at the end of the beam shown


Next, go to “Forms” panel tab and select “Extrusion”. This will bring me to sketch mode.

Go ahead and sketch the angle profile using any appropriate “Draw” panel icons.

Click the green check icon shown once the profile is completed

Next, drag the one of the end of the extrusion shape handle to the opposite direction

And you should have something like this

Continue dragging the extrusion shape handle until I reach the desired length of the custom element.

Next, I’ll assign a material by clicking the icon shown below

Assuming I do not have the “Structural Material” as my existing family parameters, to create one, click on “Add parameter”

Call it “Structural Material” and click “OK”

Next, select “the newly created parameter which is “Structural Material” and click “OK”.

At this point I am now ready to accept the changes by clicking on “Finish Model” and click anywhere on the working area to deselect the element.

And click on “Finish Model”

By selecting again the newly created custom angle element, you can now assign a material on it.

Now here is the problem, if I look at the properties of this element by clicking on “Edit Type”, I don’t see any useful information such as the size and weight and therefore, if I have lots of model in-place on my model and I want to get the building tonnage, I will have the wrong calculated value because these elements will not be part of the calculation.

To fix this, creating a custom family using “Content Generator” Revit Extension tool will come into handy. To create one, on your “Menu” options, look for “Extensions”

Go to “Tools” and select “Content Generator” from the drop down list.

Go to “File” menu and select “Regional settings”

Select the location, in my case “UK” and click “OK”

Go to “Parametric section” and click “Add”.

I am creating a custom framing element and therefore under “Element Types” I only selected “Framings”.

Follow the settings below

Click “OK” and I will have the information shown below

Update the dimensions and click “OK”

The newly created custom framing family is now available to use.

And let’s have a look at the properties. You can rename the family to suit your needs.

Now I can get something useful and it is parametric. I’ll change the sizes to check if the “Structural” parameter information will update.

Ops…. It did not. Let me edit the family to investigate why it did not update automatically after changing the dimensions to a new sizes by clicking on “Edit Family”

However, it’s not a problem. For instance, the weight “W”, you can add formula to calculate the weight based on the dimensions given or you may add a “Volume” parameter then use this value to calculate the weight. I’ll leave it to you to update the structural parameters to suit your needs and that should be it.

Next time I’ll tell you how to install Revit Extensions on Revit 2017.

Have a great day.



My Autodesk Revit Live Experience

Today I’ll talk about my Autodesk Go Live experience from installation to uploading my Revit model.

For more information, please visit the Autodesk website at https://www.autodesk.com/products/revit-live/overview

Out of my curiosity, I decided to document the process of bringing my Revit model to Autodesk Go Live. So let’s begin.

I started by visiting the link I provided above and signed in using my Autodesk account. If you haven’t got one, you’re free to create one by clicking on the “Create Account” button.

Type in my username

Type in my password

And I can begin to download the 30 days free trial of Autodesk Revit Live by clicking on the “Begin Download” button.

Next is to read the terms and conditions that will pop up on the screen

I’m happy with all that is written, as if I have any other choice, tick the box required and click on “Continue”

The setup file is now downloading and once done, I’ll click on the downloaded file on the lower left hand corner and select “Run” to start the installation.

You may need to ask you IT to have it installed on your machine if you do not have admin rights.


Just click “Yes”

Next is to click “Install” to begin the installation

Tick the “Accept” button after reading the “License and Services Agreement” and click “Next”. No other choice than to accept it anyway if I want it to be installed on my machine.

Since I have it installed already previously, I’ll cancel the installation. However click on “Install” button to continue with the installation process if you don’t have it installed yet on your machine.

Once the installation is finished, I can see a new plugin on my “Add-ins” menu options called “Revit Live” on my Revit panels tab.

Here is the Revit model I would like to upload on Autodesk Live.

Click on “Go Live” button under “Revit Live” panel.

Revit Go Live will try to list down any problem with the model, it will be listed here if I have some. I have to fix those problem first before moving on to the next step. In this example, I’ve got a “Visual Style” warning only and therefore I can carry on sending my structural model to Revit Go Live. Now click on “Save and Go”.

Good to see that is it working. Uploading begins….

The Revit Live service is preparing my model to be available to view in Revit Live.

The model is being sent back to me under .lvmd file extension

I received a confirmation email of what to do next once the file is downloaded on my machine.

Now I am ready to open my .lvmd file to “Autodesk Live Editor”.

This window will pop up, just click on “x” button on the upper right hand corner.

Autodesk Live Editor is now loading.

Now we are at the “Project Area” where all previous file you worked on will appear here. To open that .lvmd file, you can click on “Select file” or just drag and drop on the box I highlighted in “Red”.

Importing Step 1 of 2

Importing Step 2 of 2

The file is now in Autodesk Live. Happy to see its working.

Video link for Autodesk Go Live test on my structural model:

And here is the link with Architectural model attached. I realized that architectural walls were missing from the Architectural Revit model, I made a wrong choice of sample model, nevertheless I’m happy that it works.

Thanks for dropping by.


Allan Cantos

Revit Plan Region for Beginners

In this article, we are going to look at Revit’s “Plan Region” tool. This is for beginners, however some experienced technicians still don’t know or haven’t used this tool since they have started using Revit and may have forgotten about it. I ‘ve created this article to share with people who may have questions about how to deal with a view range problem with which the “Plan Region” tool could be an answer. This is one of the Revit tools under the “View” menu options and “Create Panel” Tab which can be useful if you know how to use it. I’ll demonstrate the type of problem that the “Plan Region” tool was created to solve.

For instance, we’ll use one of the projects that I’m working on. There are two buildings, side by side, that are of different structural slab level or SSL. We first set up the cutting plane with reference to the building at the right where the SSL is higher than the building on the left.

I have highlighted the yellow area shown below because I would like to have it hatched like the building on the right and the only way for me to do this is to apply a “Plan Region” on that area. So, what exactly is a “Plan Region”? Well a “Plan Region” is a small section of a plan view that has its own specific “View range” settings. Another way to think of it is a method of applying “View Range Overrides” to an area of our plan.

To add one, under “View” menu options, go to “Create” panel tab and click on “Plan Views”.

Then select “Plan Region”

Upon doing this, we are immediately put into “Sketch Mode”. Go ahead and draw a boundary around the core in question.

Trace the boundary using one of the icons under “Draw” panel tab.

Once done, accept the traced boundary by clicking the green tick icon labelled “Finish Edit Mode”.

But still the wall isn’t hatched yet! That’s because we need to override the “View Range” by clicking on “Edit”.


We may need to play around with the levels especially if we have set up a level for the building on the right, another level for the building on the left and another level which both buildings can use to create your plan.

Click “Apply” and “OK” to accept the changes and we should be able to see those walls hatched similar to the building on the right.

Then we go to the next floor level above and add another “Plan Region” so we’ll be able to show the Lift Overrun Structural Slab or Structural Capping Slab. We can copy the one below to make sure that it aligns on both levels.

Then we’ll paste it to the current view which will be the floor above.

Update the “View Range” settings until you reach your desired result. A sample shown below.

By default, we will be left with a dotted magenta line showing the boundary of the “Plan Region”. If you’d prefer not to see the boundary, just uncheck the “Plan Region” under category on the “Annotation Categories” tab of the “Visibility Settings” panel.

“Visibility/Graphics” can be accessed under “View” menu options or by typing “VG” on the keyboard.

Go to “Annotation Categories” tab and uncheck “Plan Region”

Here is the section of the building running through both those buildings elevator shafts.

There are not as many differences in terms of levels and these can be resolved by just hiding the elements. However, some buildings have a level difference of up to 1000mm and using Plan Region will be a big help if we want to override the view range for just a specific view on the plan.

Here is another section from a different building where Plan Region can be of help to make your plan look consistent in terms of showing a hatched wall.

That should be it and thank you for dropping by.


Allan Cantos

Dynamo Hackathon Challenge 01: And the winner is…..

Recently, I posted about Dynamo Hackathon Challenge we are having in the company which you can find HERE.

And the winner is…..


Here are the entries submitted:


Entry 01


Entry 02


Entry 03


Entry 04


Entry 05


Entry 06

As you can see, each group have their own way of modeling this simple structure. One group made it a bit different.


And here is my Dynamo Graph.

I welcome your comments, questions, corrections and additional information relating to this article. If you know a better way, please leave your comment, by all means let me know.

Unless you try
to do something beyond
what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 – 1882, American essayist, lecturer and poet)


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Topping Out Ceremony

Great to see one of the project I’m involve with reached this milestone.

Here are some of the photos from earlier’s celebration.




Architectural rendering from Shepherd Robson.

Congratulations to all who are involved in creating this new landmark in Spitalfields area.

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Filtering sheets to print using Revit RTV Xporter Tools

Filtering sheets to print using Revit RTV Xporter Tools

Hello there, I trust you all are well.

Someone with in the company asked if he can print PDF’s using dynamo with the current revisions of the drawings? I said yes but instead of using Dynamo, why don’t you use RTV Xporter tools? Most of us have this tool installed anyway on our machine. However, some do not know how to use it.

If your company don’t have the license for this tool, why don’t you give it a try by availing the 30 days free trial? Here is the link where you can download the “RTV Xporter” Revit plugin.


I know some of you who have been using Revit for number of years find this not interesting but for those who are just starting to learn Revit, carry on reading this post.

Today I will talk about how to add parameter which you can use as filter in selecting the drawings you want to print using RTV Xporter Tools add-in in Revit.

This is just one way of extracting PDF/DWG/DWF/ etc. in your Revit model and, honestly,  it works for me well.


I will add an additional text parameter for the sheets. As you can see here, I only have Graphics and Identity Data as my sheet parameters.

Let me first create a Shared Parameter.


Save it to the project folder or you can open your company Shared Parameter and add this to that, if it allows you to do so, if not, just create one and save it to your project folder.


For this demonstration, I save it on My Documents folder as shown below then create a new Group.


Add the Parameter Group Name


Here you’ll create your new parameter. I called it “Print_Date” under “Text” type parameter.


Click OK then OK.


Next, I will add this new text parameter as one of our Project Parameters. Click on Project Parameters under Manage tab.


Click Add…


Choose Shared Parameter and only choose “Sheets” under categories


Select the newly created text parameter then click OK.


Click OK to exit the Parameter Properties window.


As you can see, the new text parameter is now added as one of your Sheet Parameters.


Now, I’ll highlight all the sheets I wish to print and put any value on the Print_Date parameter. For this exercise, I will use today’s date.


Next, go to RTV Tools tab and click on Xporter icon.


A getting started with RTV Xporter will pop up and I encourage you all to visit each section to help you familiarize with its interface and functions. If you do not want to see this window the next time you open RTV Xporter, just untick “Show at startup”.

Next, click “Close” and it will bring me to the RTV Xporter interface.


Go to Project Parameters tab and click on Parameters


Make sure the newly added parameter is checked.


Then I have to close the RTV Xporter window in order for the new parameter to take effect. Click “Exit” which can be found in the lower right hand corner.


Open again the RTV Xporter tools.


As you can see, Print_Date is now added in one of the columns. You just need to scroll right to find this column.


And here, I have the ability to filter all the drawings as shown.


All the drawings with 20170704 Print_Date parameter value will be filtered as shown.


And here is where I configure your printing settings and output. This section should be covered in the video tutorial that you can be accessed in the RTV Xporter Startup window or You Tube icon located in the upper right hand corner.

Let me use Bluebeam PDF as my PDF Printer.


It will be annoying if you have 100 sheets to print and you need to click Save button for each individual file.

To fix it, jump to your Bluebeam and follow the procedure below.



Then un-check the option saying “Promt for File Name”


That should be it. The next time you print using RTV Xporter Tools, you don’t need to hit save for each individual drawings.

Again, this is just one of the options in exporting PDF/DWG/DWF etc. if you have RTV Xporter. If you don’t have one, printing can be accessed in the Revit menu options.


Sharing will enrich
everyone with more knowledge.

Ana Monnar

(*1954, Cuban-born, founder of Readers Are Leaders U.S.A.)


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