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Configura CET Designer in the Americas - Our Top 10 for 2010


2.       Welcomed new clients KI, Inscape and Aurora Storage Products.
5.       Had a standing-room-only NeoCon party and great booth traffic; gave away two trips to the User Conference plus an iPod.
6.       Released CET Designer 2.4 and CET Designer 2.5.
8.       Announced 2011 training in Grand Rapids.
9.       Received industry recognition, with major articles in MMQB, officeinsight and OFDealer.
10.   Launched improvements to www.configura.com and connected with more people via www.facebook.com/cetdesigner and www.twitter.com/cetdesigner.
Looking forward to an awesome 2011!

User Conference recap

Our 3rd annual User Conference is now behind us (wow - that went fast!), but I find myself reflecting on this one a lot more than I did the others. I think it's because this conference really seemed like a reunion - lots of familiar faces from the past two conferences, plus friendships forged on Twitter and solidified on Facebook; lots of things now in common to talk about. It wasn't just the usual shaking of hands - people were hugging each other hello and, three days later, hugging goodbye (and calling to each other, "See you next year!").

It felt great. Energy and excitement were in the air - intangible but, just the same, you could sense them. Like we were - are - on the cusp of something big. 

Are you ready to be a part of it? 

About 100 attendees joined in this year's conference. There are many more users who weren't able to attend because of other business obligations or the economy's continuing challenges. We hope the spirit of this year's conference is contagious and encourages even more people to become part of this wonderful experience. 

With Haworth, Mepal, Spacefile, Steelcase, Teknion and now KI and Inscape on board, it's only going to grow! 

What's 140 Characters Long?

If you guessed a Twitter post is 140 characters long, you're right ... but Twitter really just a pipeline - a tool to get your message out there and to engage in conversations with others - our User Conference keynote speaker Peter Shankman said (http://petershankman.com and www.twitter.com/petershankman).

But 140 characters is also the maximum length of a text message on a cell phone. Short, sweet and capable of holding the attention of the typical person for the typical 2 seconds. 

So, in honor of short messages, this blog post today will also be short! ... And also because I need to dart down to our Day 2 Luncheon at which the winners of our Awards Program will be announced.

Still working on the videos - lots of good stuff, but it needs to be synthesized into smaller nuggets - because, you know, that 2-second attention span thing! :-)

More photos are up on our Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/configura - awesome day-into-night, it was! What happens in Vegas ... it's all good.

First day - well, the day before the first day - of the 3rd annual CET Designer User Conference

Welcome to a few blog posts, Live from Las Vegas - site of our 3rd annual North American CET Designer User Conference! Once again, Configura welcomes CET Designer users and dealers from across the USA and Canada for several days of learning, networking and having fun. If you're joining us here in sunny City-in-the-West-that-Never-Sleeps, welcome! You're in for a great conference. If you weren't able to attend this year, you can still follow the events on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/cetdesigner), on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/cetdesigner) and on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/configura) ... we hope to be uploading some video soon too! Stay tuned for more!

More CET Designer case studies available

Lou Ruvo Brain Institute exterior, photo by Jay Abramson

Do you wonder who uses CET Designer and how they use it? We have now updated the website with a few more case studies. If you have visited this website before you have probably read how Damon Andrews and Abby Stevenson used CET Designer to design the 31,000 square-foot of iconic Lou Ruvo Brain Institute.

At the moment we have also three other stories from CET Designer users, where they share their thoughts and usage of the software. Have a look at them at our case study webpage.

Are you a CET Designer user and want to share you thought or perhaps made some incredible renderings to show the world? You can now use this form to add your own story!

Part Search for ProjectSymbols Catalog Viewer = Fix available now

We've just issued the fix in the image below.  It should be in your CET Designer Message Center now. 

CET Designer Message regarding the fix for the Part Search feature in the Catalog Viewer for the ProjectSymbols Extension for CET Designer.

If you use the Steelcase catalog in the ProjectSymbols Extension for CET Designer it is recommended that you install the update.  You can download the the update at the following link:


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Welcome to the blogs of Configura and my blog.  We are very excited about our new web site, our ability to blog, our software and our company!

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As you may guessed by the code above I am one of the programmers at Configura.  I work in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office, which we like to say is the "Furniture Capital of the World".  I grew up in the town where Herman Miller was founded and its classic furniture provided a lot of influence on my appreciation for design.  Being more technical and growing up framing houses I went into the technical side of architecture.  I spent nearly 20 years drawing buildings, many needing office furniture but always utilizing AutoCAD.
Having an ease with computers since my start with them I eventually began to customize AutoCAD and make it more efficient.  Eventually my career crossed paths with Configura and the dream of working on intelligent software came true.
I hope through my blog you learn more about our software, our company and maybe even a little about me. If you ever have any comments please leave them and we'll respond.
Thanks for stopping by!
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