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The new CET Designer version comes with a redesigned e-newsletter

Last week the CET Designer version 2.5 was released and it seems to be yet another good release. For this new release we have also redesigned our e-newsletter. Gone is the blue header and replaced with a purple one, along with a dark grey background. The idea behind this redesign is make the e-newsletter stand out a little bit more than it did before, to be a little more edgy. Another new thing is that we now send it under the name Configura, instead of CET Designer as it was before.

Here is the first e-newsletter with the new design, click the image to open it.

Configura Newsletter

Didn’t you get it to your inbox? Sign up for the Configura Newsletter here.

A few updates to Configura.com

Yesterday we launched a new version of the front page of Configura.com. We have added one more “box” and change the content it the others. Now it’s more graphics and less text; the idea is to simplify and make it less cluttered. Two of the boxes have new content: A new online demo of CET Designer is online and we have also launched a new section called Configura TV.

Configura TV

In the brand-new section Configura TV you will be able to see clips with users, interviews with Configura employees and a lot more. We will keep update it continuously with new and fresh videos so check it out now.

Follow-up the User Conference

Did you miss this year’s User Conference? Now we’ve published all the presentations, Awards Program winners and on Flicker you will find a lot of photos from the conference. We´re also working on some videos that just need some editing before we will publish it.
 
If you haven’t done it yet, I recommend you to read the winners’ success stories; Jennifer Newton won the grand prize with her story of how she used CET Designer to complete a 450-workstation project.
 
Here are some useful links if you are interested what happened during the CET Designer User Conference:
 

Configura 20 years

Last weekend Configura celebrated its 20th anniversary. The celebrations took place at the historical village Medevi Brunn, about 10 km outside Motala, Sweden. Medevi Brunn is famous for their water, which was used as medical treatment for a couple of hundred years. Medevi Brunn was founded 1678 and was in use as a medical treatment place until 1982.

The celebration party included excellent food, a magician and music. We created a photo gallery so you who weren’t here can see it for yourselves.

Grand prize in the User Conference Awards program

Here is this year’s grand prize in the User Conference Awards Program. This year we decided to have a laptop plus an extra monitor as our grand prize. If you want to have the chance to win this top of the line computer, just follow these simple instructions that you’ll find here and submit your entry.
 
Here are the specs for this computer:
  • Laptop Nine Series
  • Display:   17” 1920x1200 WUXGA LCD Active Matrix Display
  • Display 2: 24” 1920x1200 WUXGA with Height Swivel Tilt & Pivot Adjustable LCD Monitor
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-960, 8Mb L3 Cache, 3.2Ghz (Desktop CPU)
  • Memory: 6GB 6144MB, PC3-10660/1333Mhz DDR3 – 3SO-DIMM
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 285M 1GB GDDR3
  • Hard Drive 1: 160GB Intel X25-M SATA2 SSD Drive
  • Optical Drive: 8X Multi-DVD+/-R/RW RAM Dual-Layer Drive
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (Discs includes 32 and 64 bit)
  • Wireless: Intel Ultimate-N 802.11 A/B/G/N LAN and Bluetooth Card
  • Warranty: 3 Year Ltd. Parts and Labor Warranty with 24/7 USA-Based Support
  • Extras included:
  • *Software and Driver CD
  • *Integrated 3.0 Megapixel Web Camera With software
  • *Integrated 7 in 1 Card Reader
  • *Standard Black Carrying Case

 

The door is open for this years’ User Conference webpage

You have probably seen it in different media, e-newsletters and social media sites, that we have announced the 3rd annual CET Designer® User Conference. You will find the webpage (and the sign up form) for the user conference here, and if you are interested in what happened last year the material from that conference it is still available here.

Here are the official photos from last year, presented in a slideshow.

Learn more about our Extensions

As you probably know, there are a lot of nice Extensions to CET Designer. For a while ago we updated the Extensions Web page and made it easier to overview. At this Web page you can read about our partners Extensions as well as our own Utility Extensions, which are free to download by the way.

So check out the new Extensions Web page, if you haven’t done it before.

Collaboration will improve your work

Jeremiah Owyang, a well known web strategist, writes in his blog about support communities, and how these platforms are about to change. He means that now is a time where there are a lot of opportunities to start using these communities in a way that will strengthen both the value for the users and the strength of the brand of the company that runs the community.

I think that an important thing is to see the users’ needs and create the community from those needs: “Community members first, company second”, as Owyang put it. This means that it should be easy to use and easy create content, from a user’s perspective.

By collaborating you can get ideas from other people and develop a wider knowledge about your work and possibly also increase the speed in your daily work. We are trying to see what our customers want and do things from that. Hopefully we can take advantage of the creativity you as a user of our software’s have and do something unique of it.

Enhanced download for CET

When you visit the download webpage for CET Designer you will now have an option where to download from. You will see a drop-down list with two alternatives: North America and Europe. Choose the one that is closest to your location. This will enhance the download speed and you will be able to get the application a lot faster.

CET Download

Here's where you'll find your alternatives.

A good year for Configura.com and an even better to come

This has been a really good year for configura.com. In late January this year we released our new website; a major goal for us was to bring our three websites to one. Now when we are looking back on the result, we are more than happy.
 
First of all our visiting rate has increased with over 300%, which is incredible. We added some new features on the website, such as blogs, a developer center and much more. Many of you followed our blogs from the User Conference and viewed the photos from Vegas, which is great. The newsroom has also been updated more actively, with articles, press releases and videos.  
 
We believe that videos are a good way to process information and this year we have added a lot of video tutorials to our CET Designer video tutorial archive – and there are more to come. Our Youtube account has made it easier for us to publish videos and more accessible for you to see our them, for example our CET Designer demo for kitchen design has been seen over 15.000 times.  
 
For the next year we will conduct a series of updates and improvements to our website.  We are also working on some really cool features that will really enhance your way of working with Configura software’s.
 
Finally, I wish you a happy holiday and a happy new year.

 

Get our newsroom feed to your mailbox

RSS feed is something really nice and it really help you to follow a lot of websites and blogs without you having to visit every single one of them to get the latest updates. Here at Configura.com we love RSS and you can find a number of different feeds here.

A new cool feature I’ve added is that you now can get the latest updates from our Newsroom directly to your mailbox. Just go to our RSS page, where you’ll find all our feeds, there is a link where you can sign up for email updates – or just follow this link and fill out your email address.

And if you haven’t understood the good thing with RSS, take a look at this video from commoncraft:

 

Back in our daily routine

Now we are back into the daily routine after User Conference. We have a lot of interesting materials from the conference with us back home and we are working at full speed to make it available to you. The various breakout sessions were something that was appreciated of you who attended and Maureen Soules, Paul Riches and Raza Syed did a very good job. We hope to soon be able to publish videos from these sessions.

Brian Bosley did an interesting and very nice presentation of how to courage to change, Molly has written about this earlier. Brian's presentation will also be available here at configura.com. Did you find anything especially interesting or any special presentation that you would like to see? If so, just let me know and I'll see what I can do .

In the meantime, I recommend you to take some time and look at all the nice renderings that were submitted to rendering contest.
Or you can take a look at our gallery from the conference.

Looking forward to the second day of the user conference

Today is the second and final day for the user conference and we are looking forward to another exiting day with a lot of interesting presentations. Yesterday was a really good day and I think that all of us that attended the sessions and the presentations are satisfied how the day went on.

Last night we ended the day with cocktails and then dinner. Everybody seemed to have a really good time; the food was good as well as the Swedish flaggpunsch that we had. It was also nice get to talk with the user of CET Designer and get to know them a little bit better.

Here are a few photos from day one; more will be uploaded later on.

First day in Vegas – tomorrow the conference starts

Today was the first day in Las Vegas. After having checked in at the hotel, The Palazzo, we went straight to set up the conference rooms for tomorrow's conference. Everything seems to have gone well and the technology works properly, so the conditions for tomorrow´s events are perfect.

Also I can gladly say that Molly Klimas will be guest blogging here at configura.com from the conference. You can find her blog here.

Below are a couple of today's events in pictures.

Palazzo

Arrived in Grand Rapids

Today a group of four from Sweden arrived to the office in Grand Rapids. To get here included a lot of waiting and full flights, which meant that we had to spend the Sunday night in a hotel in Amsterdam. After some hassles we finally came all the way to the office, even if somewhat delayed.

Tomorrow we’re going on to Las Vegas and The Venetian hotel to put everything in order for the upcoming User Conference, which begins on Wednesday. There is much to be done for everyone who is there and much planning to do, but it looks like this user conference will be a success.

You will be able to follow the conference here on configura.com, so be sure to come back here the next few days.

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