CET Designer

Configura announces April webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—April 4, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free April webinars:

 

Tools for Working in CET Designer: Favorites, Blocks & Alternatives 
April 7 – 4 p.m. ET
April 29 – 11 a.m. ET

 

Getting Started with CET Designer 
April 8 – 11 a.m. ET
April 16 – 4 p.m. ET

 

Photo Lab and Rendering 
April 11 – 11 a.m. ET
April 28 – 4 p.m. ET

 

The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808. Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com. ###

Configura opens new CET Designer Marketplace

Virtual site is a “design center” for manufacturers and designers

LINKÖPING, SWEDEN – March 10, 2014 – Configura today opened a new online Marketplace where manufacturers can publish and market their CET Designer Extensions and Catalogues to interior designers who use CET Designer, Configura’s space-planning software.

Like a bricks-and-mortar market that might have multiple vendors and myriad shoppers, Configura’s online Marketplace provides a virtual space where manufacturers of office furniture, kitchen and bath and other products – and the designers who specify these products – can meet as sellers and buyers.

“Marketplace is the hub for everyone and everything related to CET Designer,” Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said. “And, it’s designed to grow. We’ve created a system and user interface that can handle a huge amount of products. This is a great opportunity for manufacturers and designers.”

For manufacturers

Marketplace is open to all manufacturers that have or want their products in CET Designer, offering incredible product exposure to potentially thousands of interior designers around the world. Manufacturers can control who has access to their CET Designer Extensions and Catalogues.

Extensions and Catalogues are among the solutions that Configura offers to the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Industrial Machinery and Material Handling industries. Extensions and Catalogues work in conjunction with CET Designer. Catalogues, which Configura launched in November 2013, is a fast-track way for manufacturers to get their products into CET Designer.

For designers

With Marketplace, interior designers benefit from one easy-to-use online location to browse, buy and manage their licenses for CET Designer Extensions and Catalogues.

The Marketplace experience is customized. Each user has a personal CET Designer page; from this page, a user can easily install, uninstall and manage licenses.

“Marketplace is easy for users to navigate and find exactly what they’re looking for. Users can search for specific product lines, and can use filters and key words to refine searches. Plus, we’ve added a feature which highlights the manufacturers that a specific user might be interested in,” Configura Communications Manager Jon Lindholm said.

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About the company

Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

 
About CET Designer®

Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

Configura announces March webinars:

This month's rendering was created by our user of the month Leslie Gruber from Furniture Marketing Group in Dallas.

Getting Started with CET Designer
March 10 – 1 p.m. ET
March 12 – 4 p.m. ET

Edit Graphics
March 10 – 4 p.m. ET
March 12 – 1 p.m. ET

Reconfiguration Tool
March 13 – 11 a.m. ET
March 17 – 4 p.m. ET

The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808. Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com.

Configura announces February webinars

 
This rendering was created by our user of the month Mariciel Villafañe, senior manager and designer at AFD Contract Furniture of Puerto Rico Inc.

Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free February webinars:

 

Calculation View
Feb. 10 – 1 p.m. ET
Feb. 25 – 4 p.m. ET

 

Edit Graphics
Feb. 13 – 11 a.m. ET
Feb. 19 – 4 p.m. ET

 

Getting Started with CET Designer
Feb. 12 – 4 p.m. ET

 

The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808. 

Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com. 

Configura announces January webinars

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Jan. 2, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free January webinars:

Reusable Files and Key Bindings
Jan. 9 – 11 a.m. ET
Jan. 15 – 1 p.m. ET
Jan. 21 – 4 p.m. ET
 
Getting Started with CET Designer
Jan. 7 – 11 a.m. ET
Jan. 22 – 4 p.m. ET

Photo Lab and Rendering
Jan. 10 – 1 p.m. ET
Jan. 23 – 11 a.m. ET

The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at

www.configura.com/cet/training

. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at

www.configura.com

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Configura announces December webinars

Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free December webinars:
 
Special December Webinar:
Installation Documents and Titleblocks
Dec. 4 – 1 p.m. ET
Dec. 10 – 4 p.m. ET
Dec. 18 – 11 a.m. ET
 
Getting Started with CET Designer
Dec, 2 – 4 p.m. ET
Dec. 23 – 11 a.m. ET
 
Reconfiguration Tool
Dec. 4 – 4 p.m. ET
Dec. 11 – 11 a.m. ET
 
The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808. View Configura’s CET Designer 2013 training calendars at www.configura.com/calendar.

 

 

Configura releases CET Designer 4.2

Release includes Catalogues, the fast track for getting products into CET Designer


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Nov 18, 2013—Configura released CET Designer 4.2 on Nov. 18 and, with the release, Configura launches the anticipated new solution Catalogues.

Catalogues

A Catalogue is a collection of a manufacturer’s products, stored in an online database managed by Configura and made available to thousands of CET Designer users around the world. For manufacturers, Catalogues is a fast way to get products into CET Designer; for users, Catalogues will expand the number and diversity of manufacturers’ products available.

“Users will be able to view all public Catalogues, making the solution a great channel for manufacturers to reach new customers,” Configura Vice President of Business Development Peter Brandinger said.

Configura is asking CET Designer users to suggest the manufacturers whose products they want in Catalogues. Users can suggest a manufacturer here. Manufacturers can learn how to get started with Catalogues at www.configura.com/catalogues.

 

“Humans” Extension and other features

CET Designer 4.2 also includes the new, free Extension “Humans.” The Extension lets users place icons representing humans into drawings for scale comparison. “Humans” will help drawings to come alive with even more realism. Additional new functionality in CET Designer 4.2 includes the ability to open and see outlines of unknown objects, a changed behavior on how to apply schemes to frozen objects and blocks, and improvements to Paper View. Colorful new icons are also available in CET Designer 4.2. The full list of updates is available at http://configura.com/cet/whats-new.

CET Designer is a visual tool for designers to specify contract furniture products in 2D and 3D. It is an-all-in one tool that enables users to create layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, installation drawings, movies and reconfigurations.

 

Configura announces November webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Nov. 1 2013—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free November webinars:

 

Getting Started with CET Designer
Nov. 7 – 11 a.m. ET
Nov. 11 – 1 p.m. ET

 

User Conference Tips & Tricks
Nov. 5 – 1 p.m. ET
Nov. 6 – 11 a.m. ET
Nov. 7 – 1 p.m. ET

 

Special November Webinar:

What’s New in CET Designer 4.2
Nov. 18 – 1 p.m. ET
Nov. 20 – 1 p.m. ET
Nov. 21 – 1 p.m. ET

The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808. View Configura’s CET Designer 2013 training calendars at www.configura.com/calendar.

Configura wraps sold-out CET Designer User Conference in Grand Rapids

Company unveils major new product – Catalogues – and makes plans to hold 2014 event in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Oct.11, 2013—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, held its sixth annual CET Designer User Conference this week, a major learning and networking event for users of CET Designer software. The sold-out conference in Grand Rapids drew almost twice the number of attendees than the previous year’s conference. More than 225 people – office furniture manufacturers, dealers and interior designers – attended the two-day event at DeVos Place Convention Center. Some came from as far away as Hawaii, Mexico and Canada.

“Grand Rapids is the right place to be,” Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said. “We were thinking of ‘floating’ the conference to a different city next year, but everyone said they want it again in Grand Rapids, and we plan to do that.”

The previous five years, the conference had been held in Las Vegas. Sweden-based Configura opened its North American office in Grand Rapids in 2006 and held its first user conference in the United States in 2008.

“We were thrilled with the response to our conference,” Configura Training and Support Manager Tracy Lanning said. “This was our first year holding the conference in Grand Rapids, and the turnout was the best yet. Plus, major office furniture manufacturers such as Steelcase and Haworth are right here in West Michigan.”

Both manufacturers held special designer-dealer sessions at their respective headquarters in the days leading up to Configura’s conference.

“The conference was a home run from our point of view,” Steelcase’s Steve Eriksson said.

Catalogues unveiled

At the conference, Configura unveiled Catalogues, a brand-new solution that will enable manufacturers to get started with CET Designer faster than ever before.

Conference attendees got a first look at the new solution for entering a manufacturer’s products into CET Designer through industry standard code.

“The new solution will make the process faster than ever and will also make manufacturers’ products available to thousands of CET Designer users around the world,” Grand Rapids-based Vice President of Business Development Peter Brandinger said.

Catalogues officially releases on Nov. 18.

Nationally known “simplicity” expert presented

New York City-based simplicity expert Irene Etzkorn keynoted the conference.

“Simplicity is about shortening the distance between the company and the customer … and it’s about the company taking on the burden of complexity so the customer doesn’t have to,” Etzkorn said to a packed room that included not only user conference attendees but also West Michigan business community leaders who were invited to attend.

Etzkorn, along with SiegelVision colleague Alan Siegel, co-authored the book Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity.

“Usually we work with companies to simplify something that has become complicated, so it is a pleasure to find a company that was founded on the ethos of simplicity and has continued to maintain it. As the keynote speaker at Configura’s CET Designer User Conference, it was delightful to be surrounded by people who have benefited from the principles of simplicity and to meet a CEO who believes that simplicity is the key to his company’s success,” Etzkorn wrote in a recent blog.

Spring Lake, Mich.-based izzy+ CEO Chuck Saylor gave a “State of the Furniture and Design Industry.” Saylor is also the current president of the Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association. He has made his entire professional career in the furniture and design industry.

“A decade from now, the most important people on the planet in our industry are going to be people like you,” he said to the interior designers in the audience.

Longtime CET Designer users Jason Lund and Kari Anderson with Target Commercial Interiors also talked about the future and what it means for designers.

“Customers want to be part of the design experience – they want to be entertained and impressed,” Lund said.

Lund and Anderson began their presentation by having everyone don 3D glasses to view how a rendering, created in CET Designer, could “pop” into space.

Sheryl Miller, director of design for General Office Products in Minneapolis, said the conference was a “fantastic use of time for getting ideas to help streamline the design and sales process.” She added: “Keeping up to date with technology like CET Designer is critical.”

Conference attendees were eligible for Continuing Education Units accepted by IDCEC-participating organizations, including ASID, IIDA and IDC.

Configura to unveil new Catalogues solution during CET Designer User Conference

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Oct.4, 2013—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, unveils a brand-new solution – Catalogues – at its sold-out CET Designer User Conference next week in Grand Rapids, Mich. Catalogues will enable manufacturers to get started with CET Designer faster than ever before.
 

Conference attendees – office furniture manufacturers and dealers that have invested in CET Designer – will get a first look at Catalogues, which is a new solution for entering a manufacturer’s products into CET Designer through industry standard code. The new solution will make the process faster than ever and will also make manufacturers’ products available to thousands of CET Designer users around the world. Catalogues officially releases on Nov. 18.


“Catalogues is a fast, affordable solution for manufacturers that want to get their products into CET Designer,” Configura Vice President of Business Development Peter Brandinger said. “It’s never been so easy to get started with our solution for simplifying the way office furniture products are sold.”


CET Designer simplifies the sales, design and order process for manufacturers and their dealers by reducing, even eliminating, the need for other specification software. It is one solution for layouts, quotes, renderings, installation drawings, movies and reconfigurations. 

Learn more about Catalogues at www.configura.com/catalogues.

CET Designer User Conference sold-out and hits new record in attendees

Configura recently announced that its 6th annual CET Designer User Conference has sold out, with 200 people slated to attend the event Oct. 9-10 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"We're thrilled with the response to our conference," Configura Training and Support Manager Tracy Lanning said. "After five years in Las Vegas, this is our first year in Grand Rapids, and the turnout is our best yet."

Configura also received a record-number of submissions to this year's Best of CET Designer Awards program, held in conjunction with the conference. Winners will be announced Oct. 10.

CET Designer User Conference updates, including presentations, photos, awards submissions and winning entries, will be available via http://www.configura.com/userconference.

Configura announces October webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Oct. 4, 2013—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free October webinars: 

Getting Started with CET Designer
Oct. 14 – 1 p.m. ET
Oct. 22 – 4 p.m. ET
 
Rendering in CET Designer
Oct. 16 – 2 p.m. ET
Oct. 24 – 1 p.m. ET
 
Special October Webinar
Reconfiguration Tool
Oct. 15 – 2 p.m. ET
Oct. 17 – 1 p.m. ET
Oct. 30 – 4 p.m. ET
 
The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808. View Configura’s CET Designer 2013 training calendars at www.configura.com/calendar.

 

 

CET Designer is the key for Tranquil Systems International to triumph in a competitive marketplace

Tranquil Systems International chooses CET Designer to efficiently visualize and explain the design value of their wall systems to the market.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – September 23, 2013 – Configura, creators of CET Designer, recently signed their newest client, Tranquil Systems International, to assist them in filling a gap in the growing marketplace around demountable walls. Tranquil Systems International is a provider of tranquil, movable walls in the North American market and Configura will provide their CET Designer solution for designing, specifying and visualizing their wall systems.

 “Our distribution partners favored this solution, and we recognized the value it brings,” said Kyle Camp, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Tranquil Systems International. “It will help us to effectively and with great reward help the marketplace visualize, and understand the design value and options of our Wall Systems.”

Today, CET Designer helps thousands of users all around the world to improve accuracy in the design and order process of office design and material handling, a system Tranquil Systems International now will be a part of.

 “We are really excited to be working with Tranquil Systems International,” said Peter Brandinger, Vice President of Business Development at Configura. “We believe they will increase their chances and quickly take market shares through the power of CET Designer.”

Implementation of TSI’s products into CET Designer started last week and the first release is planned for February 2014.

 

 

Configura

Configura is a globally operating company and leading software developer in the office furniture, kitchen and space planning industry. Their mission is to simplify the design, sales and order process of complex and configurable products. The company’s products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 9,000 people in leading companies around the world. More information at http://www.configura.com

 

Tranquil System International
Tranquil System International’s demountable walls are designed by acoustical engineers and architects to provide quiet and secure space division without compromising aesthetics. It is a reusable system with low install cost and high acoustic value. Tranquil was recently accepted by Google as a provider of demountable walls and are now in its Library of Sustainable Products. More information at http://www.tranquilsystems.com/

“Last call” to enter Best of CET Designer Awards Program, register for 6th annual user conference

Dealine is Sept. 30 to submit entries to Best of CET Designer Awards

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Sept. 13, 2013—CET Designer users have just a couple more weeks to submit entries to the annual awards program, sponsored by Configura, which honors the top winner with a new computer and software. The deadline to submit entries to the 6th annual Best of CET Designer Awards Program is Sept. 30.

Entrants and winners will be showcased at the 6th annual CET Designer User Conference. There is no cost to enter the awards program, and entrants don’t need to attend the user conference to enter.

The 6th annual CET Designer User Conference is being held Oct 9-10 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. Conference registration is open at www.configura.com/userconference/.

The conference’s keynote speaker is Irene Etzkorn, chief clarity strategist for SiegelVision based in New York City. Siegel co-wrote the book Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity.

The conference also includes a special presentation by 2013 Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) President Chuck Saylor on the State of the Furniture and Design Industry. Saylor is the founder and CEO of izzy+ in Spring Lake, Michigan.

The conference offers manufacturer-partner breakout sessions for Steelcase, Haworth and Teknion.

The complete schedule is here: http://configura.com/userconference/schedule.

View the complete Awards Program details and enter at http://www.configura.com/userconference/awards.

Winning Best of CET Designer entries from 2012 can be viewed at http://www.configura.com/userconference/2012.

Configura announces September webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA - Aug. 29, 2013 - Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free September webinars:

 

Getting Started with CET Designer
Sept. 10 - 11 a.m. ET
Sept. 19 - 1 p.m. ET

 

Edit Graphics
Sept. 17 - 1 p.m. ET
Sept. 25 - 11 a.m. ET

 

Special September
Webinar Calculation View

Sept. 11 - 2 p.m. ET
Sept. 19 - 11 a.m. ET
Sept. 23 - 1 p.m. ET

 

The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on "Join Webinar Now" at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808. View Configura's CET Designer 2013 training calendars at www.configura.com/calendar.

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