GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA – May 19, 2014 – Configura released CET Designer® 5.0 on May 19 with new and enhanced features.
“With a clean, modern look, CET Designer 5.0 is about personalizing and improving the way designers work and present,” Configura Support and Training Manager Tracy Lanning said.
The 3D PDF Extension launching with CET Designer 5.0 lets users save and email 3D versions of PDF drawings created in CET Designer. Users – and their customers who receive the PDF – can spin and rotate drawings from varying angles to totally visualize their space. The feature is in addition to CET Designer’s existing presentation features, which include Photo Lab (photorealistic rendering) and Movie Studio (fly-thru video) capabilities.
“When the ability to quickly email and view a drawing is critical, the 3D PDF Extension is a huge time-saver,” Lanning said.
Watch the video: Behind the scenes at Configura: CET Designer 5.0 3D PDF Extension - http://youtu.be/7SUkieRUOWQ.
Work Modes is a new a feature in CET Designer 5.0 that lets the user select which task buttons should be visible. This feature is especially beneficial for salespeople using CET Designer who may not need all task buttons. Watch the video: Behind the scenes at Configura: CET Designer 5.0 Work Modes Tool - http://youtu.be/T1rrOoy8Lx0.
Additionally, users can skip a few clicks and speed up workflow by creating a custom, free-floating toolbox with one’s favorite tools and products. It’s also possible to pin favorite component tabs to the top for easy access. Watch the video: Behind the scenes at Configura: CET Designer 5.0 Toolbox and Pinning - http://youtu.be/y1KxlH5cB-s.
The new Align Tool in CET Designer 5.0 makes non-smart objects smarter. Product symbols imported from Trimble Building’s SketchUp and Configura’s Catalogues can get the “snapping together” behavior that CET Designer is known for.
“The new Align Tool helps designers to quickly and easily align and place objects in their drawings. Now even non-smart SketchUp objects can snap right into place,” Lanning said.
Watch the video: Behind the scenes at Configura: CET Designer 5.0 Align Tool - http://youtu.be/IwAjbYxKwuA.
CET Designer 5.0 also features enhancements to the RevLink Extension, the CET Designer connection with Autodesk’s Revit that creates “component families” and synchronizes drawings between Revit and CET Designer. RevLink lets dealers and architects collaborate on projects with a single solution. The RevLink enhancement lets users exchange files between Revit and CET Designer offline: It’s much easier than before; users just save and import without the need for synchronization.
Configura also launches a 64-bit version for CET Designer 5.0 at the end of May. This version enhances performance of CET Designer on today’s high-end computers. 64 bit can handle very large drawings without slowing down because more system memory can be used. CET Designer still supports 32 bit.
“For those who work with very large drawings, 64 bit is a great option,” Lanning said.
Users who would like to try out the 64-bit version before it’s fully released can sign up here: http://on.fb.me/1eqcieq
Catalogue Creator (part of Configura’s Catalogues solution) officially launches later in June as part of the CET Designer 5.0 release. Catalogue Creator lets manufacturers create their own Catalogue, a fast and easy way into CET Designer. 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. (Learn more about Catalogues at http://bit.ly/SxHlfV.) Catalogues and Catalogue Creator, along with all of the features of CET Designer 5.0, will be demo’ed at NeoCon.
To learn more about CET Designer 5.0, please visit https://www.configura.com/cet/whats-new or watch the overview video:http://youtu.be/LTjBmG1IMZw.
Visit Configura at NeoCon June 9-11, 2014, at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, Showroom 8-3062. Or, visit the company’s virtual NeoCon Newsroom and book a demo at http://www.configura.com/neocon.
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.