CET Designer

Configura releases CET Developer, platform to create CET Designer Extensions

New development environment provides complete control – from a project’s beginning to the release and maintenance of an Extension

LINKÖPING, SWEDEN—January 15, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the release of its new programming environment: CET Developer. CET Developer is a complete development environment with all of the necessary tools that programmers and developers need to create their own CET Designer Extensions.

What makes the CET Developer environment unique is it enables manufacturers to have complete control over all of their content, from the beginning of the project to the release and maintenance of the finalized Extension. Customers can now publish their Extension independently of Configura or still choose to work with Configura for developing and publishing the Extension.

“With CET Developer, we empower not only our internal developers but also future and current independent partners to develop, publish and make a profit with their own Extensions,” Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said. “Our business model is based on partnering with others, and the strength of CET Developer is that it enables them to handle the entire process, from start to finish, without having to rely on our internal developers. This opens up new possibilities for external manufacturers and developers who want to partner with Configura and invest in CET Designer.”

CET Designer is Configura’s all-in-one space planning software that simplifies the specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. An Extension adds products or functionality to the program. Furniture manufacturers such as Steelcase and Haworth are currently entering their products into CET Designer through their Extensions.

CET Developer simplifies the previous process of creating an Extension by collecting all necessary programs and tools into the same environment. It will enable developers to spend less time on administration, and more time creating features, as programmers have instant access to everything needed to create and publish an Extension.

“CET Developer will enable developers and testers to focus on what they do best, which is to create great software,” Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten said. “It ties together the development environment for CET Designer developers and automates many of the tasks that were previously performed manually.”

Through the cloud-based Developer Center, which is a part of the CET Developer package, developers and manufacturers can access the developer documentation and handle all billing information, user permissions, release notes and Marketplace information for their Extension, from anywhere in the world. This gives the owner full control over who can access the entire Extension or, for example, just region-specific parts of the Extension.

Dagersten explained: “The sophisticated system controls more than permissions to each Extension. A global company uses, for example, different pricelists in different countries. Our system allows them to develop one Extension for all and then easily change and distribute access to the different pricelists through the cloud-based Developer Center. It’s a really powerful tool.”

In conjunction with CET Developer, Configura also releases premium support for developers. Premium support for developers is an additional support service that includes immediate chat and phone support, access to the CET Developer Briefcase and discounts on CET Developer Conference and CET Designer User Conference.

CET Developer was released on January 1, 2015, at configura.com/developer. It can be purchased at www.configura.com/marketplace.

Read the recent blog post on CET Developer here: http://bit.ly/17LNdtd.

Configura also recently announced that it will hold its annual Developer Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on March 10.

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About Configura

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 CLEO as new Catalogues customer

CLEO cabinet specified in CET Designer.
 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Dec. 31, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer™ software, announces CLEO™ as a new customer in Configura’s Catalogues solution.

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 expands the number and diversity of manufacturers’ products available in CET Designer.

“The new CLEO Catalogue makes it easier than ever to give contract-furniture clients a design solution that fits their kitchen and break room needs as well as offers additional options for the workplace,” CLEO Designer and Product Manager Amy Edington said.

CLEO cabinet furniture is a full line of free-standing, custom-manufactured, commercial-grade cabinets and countertops made in Michigan and sold across the Midwest. The company plans to expand into dealerships across North America.

Configura’s Catalogues solution will help CLEO to expand even farther – in fact, globally.

“Catalogues is a fast-track way for manufacturers to make their products accessible to any designer, dealer, salesperson or specifier – anyone, anywhere in the world who uses CET Designer,” said Brooke Snow, business development manager, Configura.

Manufacturers control who has access to their products in CET Designer and, when updating products, also can instantly publish without involving Configura. For example, Haworth and Steelcase both independently manage their own Catalogues, making their products loaded into Catalogues available to their respective dealers.

In CLEO’s case, the company plans to make its products available to anyone using CET Designer. Users simply download the CLEO Catalogue from Configura’s website and into CET Designer’s Catalogue Browser Extension to begin specifying CLEO products.

“We see our new Catalogue as a growth tool for CLEO because it instantly gets our products in front of a huge number of decision-makers – especially those who may be looking for cabinet solutions that are not your typical built-ins,” Edington said.

CLEO cabinets are not anchored; rather, like furniture, CLEO base cabinets are free standing, and upper-wall cabinets are free hanging with a wall-mounted track that eliminates the need for direct anchoring.

“CLEO cabinets are flexible and customizable – easy to specify, reconfigure, move, add to, change, re-design, etc. – which makes Catalogues coupled with CET Designer an ideal specification solution for the system,” Edington said.

CET Designer users can quickly and accurately specify products, create 2D and 3D layouts and complete price quotes, and even make changes on-the-fly – from sizes to finishes to hardware. This work can be done in collaboration with customers, significantly shortening the design and decision-making process. The software also produces photorealistic renderings and videos as well as bills of materials and installation documents.

“The best thing about CET Designer is it gives designers and salespeople the opportunity to speak to clients in a language they understand – images. Images speak volumes to clients because they can visualize and feel comfortable with what they are ordering,” Edington said.

There are two ways that manufacturers can get products into Catalogues: use Configura’s Catalogue Creator software or have Configura create the Catalogue. Manufacturers can learn more at www.configura.com/catalogues.

CET Designer users can view and download publicly available Catalogues and the Catalogue Browser at Configura’s online Marketplace at www.configura.com/marketplace.

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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.

About CLEO™

CLEO™ products are designed, produced and marketed by Viable and distributed through a network office furniture dealers and kitchen cabinet distributors. The full line of standalone cabinet furniture delivers with more storage, more style, more quality and more flexibility to configure (and reconfigure) at work or home. More information at www.cleocab.com

Configura announces free January CET Designer webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Jan. 2, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free January webinars:

Edit Graphics in CET Designer
Jan. 5 – 4 p.m. ET
Jan. 19 – 4 p.m. ET

Getting Started with CET Designer
Jan. 12 – 4 p.m. ET
Jan. 21 – 1 p.m. ET

Material Lab
Jan. 13 – 2 p.m. ET
Jan. 29 – 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.

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

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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 December webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Dec. 3, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free December webinars:

Getting Started with CET Designer

Dec. 3 – 1 p.m. ET
Dec. 16 – 4 p.m. ET

Installation Documents and Titleblocks

Dec. 4 – 1 p.m. ET
Dec. 18 – 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.

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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 signs Maars Living Walls for CET Designer Extension

Netherlands-based company will add all of its product lines

Linköping, Sweden—November 28, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces a collaboration with Maars Living Walls of the Netherlands. The company is a leading partition-walls manufacturer serving global customers. For more than 65 years, Maars has offered standard and customized solutions for offices, airports, factories, cinemas, shops, hotels, hospitals, public institutions, universities and schools.

“After having done extensive research on several software programs, we have decided to collaborate with Configura and implement CET Designer software,” Maars Living Walls CEO Menno de Vries said. “Doing so will not only lead to an even more professional way of presenting our products; it will also contribute to a better support of our dealers throughout the world. Providing this tool will help them to respond to customer needs in a quick and professional way.”

CET Designer is Configura’s “core” Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC)-based software platform; an Extension is an addition to the program with functionality that incorporates all of the rules, parts and pricing of a given manufacturer’s products. Manufacturers invest in proprietary CET Designer Extensions to make selling products easier and more accurate.

Maars will add all of its product lines to CET Designer: String², Panorama, lalinea, Metaline, Styleline and Glassline, according to Maars Living Walls Project Manager Erik Maat.

“CET Designer is able to handle the complexity of Maars’ products with ease,” Configura Project Manager Daniel Andersson said. “That’s a key reason that Maars chose Configura’s solution.”

The CET Designer Extension will be available for Maars Living Walls’ product collection in phases starting in 2015.

Said Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn: “Maars and all of our customers are collaborators with us in the process of bringing a truly comprehensive design and specification solution to the entire contract furniture industry. Together, we’re simplifying the manufacturing and sales process.”

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About Configura

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.

About Maars Living Walls

Maars is the world market leader in the field of partition walls. They combine years of experience by effortlessly merging special innovations, aesthetics and performance. Maars pushes the boundaries, continually making progress in the fields of design, soundproofing, multimedia and fireproofing. The integration of new high-tech systems and intelligent solutions in walls creates a wealth of new opportunities. Maars brings walls to life with the unique concept of Maars Living Walls.

Maars offers both standard and customized solutions in, for example, offices, airports, factories, cinemas, shops and hotels. Also in the public sector Maars has taken the lead with applications including hospitals, public institutions, universities and schools.

More information at www.maarslivingwalls.com and download the Maars app in the App Store or Google Play.

 

Configura releases CET Designer 5.2

 Latest software release includes new Material Pack Extension, user-requested 2D Positions and wall transparency features

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—November 19, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, just released CET Designer 5.2, with most updates based on user feedback.

"Our users are collaborators with Configura in developing the most comprehensive space-planning software solution on the market,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said. “We’re excited to bring these latest features to market to make our users’ work even more efficient and rewarding.”

 

The new Material Pack Extension

CET Designer’s new Material Pack Extension offers more than 600 materials. Users can go to Configura’s Marketplace to install the new Extension. Upon download, materials will appear in the Material Explorer. Material Pack will automatically download new materials as they are released.

2D Positions

Configura asked CET Designer users to rank their feature requests in order of priority. 2D Positions received the most votes. With this feature, users can control the layer in which 2D images, such as lines and revision clouds, will appear. 

New options for wall transparency

In Configura’s user poll, transparent walls received the second-most number of votes. Transparent walls are now available in the 3D work area. Users can adjust the transparency on individual walls in order to easily see into individual rooms and make beautiful renderings.

 

Calculate areas

With the most recent update, rectangle-shaped and even odd-shaped rooms can be calculated.

 

Receive notifications from Briefcases

Briefcase notifications are now available from within CET Designer. Via Briefcases, users can receive weekly tips on how to use CET Designer more efficiently and get the latest updates about releases and training. 

Improvements in Photo Lab

CET Designer users can make presentations more impressive with a simple new feature that renders the drawing and automatically goes to full screen straight from Photo Lab. A clipping feature has also been added, which enables users to choose when walls and products should disappear from view as one zooms in. 


 

More information is at http://configura.com/cet/whats-new and the complete release notes are at http://www.configura.com/cet/support/cet-designer-version-5-2/.

 

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About Configura

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 November webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Nov. 5, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free November webinars:
 
Getting Started with CET Designer
Nov. 11 – 1 p.m. ET
Nov. 20 – 4 p.m. ET
 
What’s New in CET Designer 5.2
Nov. 17 – 11 a.m. ET
Nov. 17 – 4 p.m. ET
Nov. 18 – 11 a.m. ET
Nov. 19 – 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.
 
Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com.
 
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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 winners in 7th annual Best of CET Designer Awards

Grand-prize winner Isela Cadena receives a trip for two to Configura’s headquarters in Sweden

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—October 29, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the winners of the 7th annual Best of CET Designer Awards, a competition honoring best uses of the space-planning software used throughout the world by commercial interior designers, salespeople and facility planners. A record number of submissions were received this year, including 32 submissions in the Best Success Story category in which entrants showed how CET Designer resulted in major project wins with customers.

“We had a huge number of incredible submissions to review. The top entries especially had great stories of how CET Designer helped them to win major projects. From start to finish, the designers showed how CET Designer made their work seamless for their customers,” said Kendra Steinhaus, a support and training specialist and interior designer with Configura. Steinhaus coordinated the competition.

Fast and accurate renderings and bills of material sealed the deal for all three users’ projects.

Configura’s CET Designer software is an all-on-one tool that lets contract furniture dealerships and customers collaborate in order to quickly and accurately design spaces. The software enables users to draw and specify, render in 2D and 3D and video, order products and create complete installation documents.

Best Success Story category

Isela Cadena, a designer with Haworth by Papsa in Mexico, received first place in the Best Success Story category. As the first-place winner, Cadena will receive a trip for two to Configura’s headquarters in Sweden. Cadena also won top honors in the Rendering category.

Cadena was challenged to design and specify furnishings for a 13,500-square-foot corporate headquarters.

“CET Designer helped me from the beginning until the last step to close the deal,” Cadena said. “Using this solution can give you a huge advantage. The all-in-one tools [built into CET Designer] work really well together. The key for this project was time, and I had all of the tools to have a fast answer for my client’s needs. Specifically, the rendering capabilities are amazing, and the time you spend to produce a beautiful rendering is amazingly short.”

Second-place Best Success Story winner Chelsea Keiller, who is a designer with Red Thread, a Steelcase dealer with locations in Massachusetts and throughout the Northeastern United States, submitted an entry for a 13,000 square-foot project.

“CET Designer helped me to succeed with this project by quickly producing 3D photorealistic renderings; creating clear, concise presentations and accurate specials applications on the drawings and specifications; and producing elaborate installation drawings. Overall, CET Designer helped us to show the importance of our role [as designers] in creating functional, healthy and aesthetically pleasing work environments,” Keiller said.

Noura Salem, a designer with Empire Office, a Steelcase dealer in New York City with additional locations in Florida, received third place in the Best Success Story category. Salem designed and specified a 24,000 square-foot space in a very short timeframe using CET Designer.

“Creating convincing visuals was the main aim in the success of the project. CET Designer allowed me to show the varying features of the products and their customized aspects. The client was impressed with the software’s multiple features and capabilities in honing the design details. With the success of this project, we have been awarded several other locations. The account manager [on the client side] is excited about how CET Designer will allow Empire to develop and turnaround future spaces for them,” Salem said.

Video category 

Entrants’ submissions were created using CET Designer’s MovieStudio Extension. The winners in the Video category are:

Rendering category 

Entrants’ submissions were created using CET Designer. The winners in the Rendering category are:

All winning entries can be viewed at http://www.configura.com/userconference/2014/.

Winners were announced during the Best of CET Designer Awards Program held Oct. 23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference. Details of the 8th annual CET Designer User Conference and Best of CET Designer Awards Program will be announced in early 2015.

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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.

 

 

“Last call” to enter Best of CET Designer Awards Program, register for 7th annual user conference

Deadline is Oct. 10 to submit entries to Best of CET Designer Awards; conference is nearing capacity but there is time to register

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA—Oct. 3, 2014—CET Designer users have until Oct. 10 to submit entries to Configura’s annual Best of CET Designer Awards program. This year, the top winner will receive a trip to the company’s headquarters in Sweden. Entrants and winners will be showcased at the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Conference attendance is not required and there is no cost to enter. The categories are Best Success Story, Best Video and Best Rendering.

View the complete Awards Program details and enter at http://configura.com/awards/. Winning entries from 2013 can be viewed at http://www.configura.com/userconference/2013 and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/cetdesigner/.

Registration for the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference is nearing capacity, but there is still time to register. The conference is for contract furniture dealership interior designers, dealer IT professionals and office-furniture dealer management.

The conference unofficially opens the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 21, with a slate of welcome events designed to showcase Grand Rapids.

The conference officially opens Wednesday, Oct. 22, with presentations by Configura leaders offering an update on what’s new and upcoming in CET Designer. The day’s highlight is keynote speaker Primo Orpilla, the award-winning co-founder of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking workplace designs at Facebook, AOL, Microsoft, Yelp, Evernote, Cisco, Open Table and many other companies. Breakout sessions round out the afternoon, and a Halloween dinner and party is slated for the evening of Oct. 22.

The conference continues Thursday, Oct. 23, with a special presentation by Monday Morning Quarter Back Senior Reporter and Editor Rob Kirkbride who will join the conference from Orgatec via live-video stream. Orgatec in Cologne, Germany, is the largest contract furniture and facilities fair of its kind in the world. Kirkbride will give a virtual tour of what’s exhibiting at Orgatec and the global trends on the horizon. Thursday morning’s events continue with breakout sessions. Manufacturer-partner breakout sessions for Steelcase, Haworth and Teknion follow in the afternoon.

The winners of the Best of CET Designer Awards will be announced that same day, followed by official closing of the conference.

More information on the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference schedule and how to register is at www.configura.com/userconference/.

Social media hashtags are #CETDesignerUC and #CETDesignerAwards.

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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’s CET Designer User Conference sessions approved for CEUs

 GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA—Sept. 25, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, has been approved by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for continuing education units (CEUs) at its CET Designer User Conference this Oct. 22-23 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“We’re pleased to offer our attendees the ability to earn CEUs toward their professional accreditation and certification maintenance,” Configura Support and Training Manager Tracy Lanning said.

Interior design industry leaders, educators, Configura team members and CET Designer users will lead conference sessions.

The conference is for contract furniture dealership interior designers, dealer IT professionals and office-furniture dealer management.

Sessions include:

  • Keynote Presentation: Paradigm Shift (speaker: Primo Orpilla)
  • CET Designer as a Sales Tool
  • Tips and Tricks with CET Designer
  • Winning with CET Designer
  • Innovative and Advanced Ways to Use CET Designer
  • Revit 101 – A&D Perspective
  • Sustainable Materials – How to Make the Best Choices
  • Embracing Company Culture Through Design
  • SketchUp Fundamentals
  • Global Observations of the Office Furniture Industry
  • Edit Graphics
  • Photo Lab and Rendering
  • Material Lab and Lighting Techniques
  • CET Designer and Other Programs
  • RevLink
  • Intro to CET Designer
  • ProjectSymbols 

The 7th annual CET Designer User Conference will be held Oct 22-23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. Conference information is at www.configura.com/userconference/.

 

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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 call for entries for 7th annual Best of CET Designer Awards

Grand-prize winner gets a trip for two to Sweden

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Sept. 4, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the call for entries for the 7th annual Best of CET Designer Awards, held in conjunction with the annual CET Designer User Conference. 

CET Designer users are encouraged to share their best work created in CET Designer. It’s free to enter, and conference attendance is not required. The deadline to enter is Oct. 10.

Award winners will be announced during the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Oct. 21-23.

Categories:

1.     Best Success Story. Users can submit a success story – for example, a project completed in CET Designer that won a dealership work or particularly pleased a client.

2.     Best Video. Users can submit a fly-thru video created using CET Designer’s Movie Studio Extension.

3.     Best Rendering. Users can submit a high-resolution jpeg of a rendering created in CET Designer that demonstrates creativity with any size project and product.

This year, the top winner in the Success Story category will receive a trip for two to Configura’s headquarters in Sweden. The grand prize includes two roundtrip tickets and three nights at the Scandic City Hotel in Linköping. The winner and guest will meet Configura’s founders and the people who make CET Designer as well as have the opportunity to enjoy Sweden. 

“We’re encouraging projects of all sizes,” Configura Support and Training Manager Tracy Lanning said. “You don’t necessarily need to be a CET Designer expert to win. Although great renderings and videos created in CET Designer are awesome – and if you’ve got them, include them with your entry – what we’re really looking for in this category is a description about the challenge or opportunity, and how CET Designer helped overcome that challenge or met that opportunity.”

There are also prizes in the Best Video and Best Rendering categories. View the complete Awards Program details and enter at http://configura.com/awards/. Winning entries from 2013 can be viewed at http://www.configura.com/userconference/2013 and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/cetdesigner/. More information on the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference schedule and registration information is at www.configura.com/userconference/. Social media hashtags are #CETDesignerUC and #CETDesignerAwards.

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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 September webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Sept. 5, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free September webinars:

Getting Started with CET Designer

Sept. 10 – 4 p.m. ET
Sept. 16 – 1 p.m. ET

RevLink Demonstration

Sept. 17 – 4 p.m. ET
Sept. 18 – 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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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 complete schedule for 7th annual CET Designer User Conference

More speakers, breakout sessions – including internationally known designer Primo Orpilla and a live, virtual tour of Orgatec

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Aug. 6, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the complete schedule for the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference being held Oct 22-23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. Conference registration is open at www.configura.com/userconference/.

“We’re excited to offer more speakers, breakout sessions and variety,” said Configura Vice President Peter Brandinger, who heads up Configura’s Grand Rapids office. “With more than 20 sessions and events, we’re looking forward to the best conference yet.”

The conference is for contract furniture dealership interior designers, dealer IT professionals and office-furniture dealer management. Last year, people attended from all over North America and even parts of Central and South America.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and network with CET Designer ‘power-users’ and Configura team members,” Configura Support and Training Manager Tracy Lanning said. “We’ve designed the conference so people learn new skills and gain valuable information from industry leaders that is relevant to their daily work.”

This is the second year in a row that the conference will be held in West Michigan. It previously had been held in Las Vegas. Configura, a Sweden-based company, opened a Grand Rapids office in 2006 to be in the heart of the North American contract furniture industry. Such companies as Steelcase and Haworth, both located in West Michigan, and their dealers, use Configura software.

The conference unofficially opens the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 21, with a slate of welcome events designed to showcase Grand Rapids.

The conference officially opens Wednesday, Oct. 22, with presentations by Configura leaders offering an update on what’s new and upcoming in CET Designer, followed by Configura Co-Founder and Vice President of R&D Göran Rydqvist presenting Good Design and Why We Do What We Do!

The day’s highlight is keynote speaker Primo Orpilla, the award-winning co-founder of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking workplace designs at Facebook, AOL, Microsoft, Yelp, Evernote, Cisco, Open Table and many other companies. Orpilla will speak on The Paradigm Shift in workplace design.

    Breakout sessions that day include:
  • CET Designer as a Sales Tool
  • Tips and Tricks with CET Designer
  • Winning with CET Designer
  • Innovative and Advanced Ways to Use CET Designer
  • Special Tips for Haworth and Steelcase Users
  • CET Designer and Business Strategy Discussion
  • Developer Discussion
  • Revit 101 – A&D Perspective
  • Sustainable Materials – How to Make the Best Choices
  • Embracing Company Culture Through Design
  • Everyone Sells – What’s the Secret?
  • SketchUp Fundamentals
  • Using CET Designer in Universities

The day concludes with a dinner and Halloween-themed party at The B.O.B., a popular nightclub venue in Grand Rapids.

The conference continues Thursday, Oct. 23, with a special presentation by Monday Morning Quarter Back Senior Reporter and Editor Rob Kirkbride who will join the conference from Orgatec in Germany via live-video stream. Orgatec in Cologne, Germany, is the largest contract furniture and facilities fair of its kind in the world. Kirkbride will give a virtual tour of what’s exhibiting at Orgatec and the global trends on the horizon.

The morning’s events continue with such breakout sessions as Edit Graphics, Photo Lab and Rendering, Material Lab and Lighting Techniques, CET Designer and Other Programs, RevLink, Introduction to CET Designer and ProjectSymbols.

Manufacturer-partner breakout sessions for Steelcase, Haworth and Teknion follow in the afternoon.

The winners of the Best of CET Designer Awards will be announced that same day, followed by official closing of the conference. The call for entries for the awards program – which this year will feature a grand prize of a trip to Configura headquarters in Sweden – will be announced soon.

The complete schedule and registration information is at www.configura.com/userconference/. Social media hashtags are #CETDesignerUC and #CETDesignerAwards.

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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 August webinars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—August 8, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free August webinars:

Edit Graphics in CET Designer
Aug. 13 – 3 p.m.
Aug. 27 – 1 p.m.

Getting Started with CET Designer
Aug. 14 – 4 p.m.

Tools for Working in CET Designer: Favorites, Blocks & Alternatives
Aug. 21 – 11 a.m.
Aug. 25 – 1 p.m.

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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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 winner of free trip to 7th annual CET Designer User Conference

Conference is in Grand Rapids, Mich., for second year in a row

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—July 31, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the winner of the free trip to its 7th annual CET Designer User Conference being held in October in Grand Rapids, Michigan. CET Designer users were invited to stop by Configura’s booth at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago in June to register for the free-trip drawing.

The winner is Dana Diaz-Campos, an interior designer/space planner at Lincoln Office, a Steelcase dealer in Crown Point, Indiana.

“I’m looking forward to learning how to use CET Designer more efficiently with new tips and tricks,” she says. “I also want to meet other users,” Diaz-Campos said. She’s particularly interested in the CET Designer User Conference session Revit 101 through an A&D perspective with Laura Masters, and she hopes to learn more about the direction the A&D community is moving in.

The 7th annual CET Designer User Conference will be held Oct 22-23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is the second year in a row that the conference will be held in West Michigan, which is home to the world’s largest office furniture manufacturers, including Steelcase and Haworth. Additional conference highlights include a keynote presentation by designer Primo Orpilla, a state of the industry presentation and breakout sessions for designers, IT and dealer management. CET Designer “power-user” instructors will share their techniques and best practices in implementing and using the software. User Conference details and registration information will be available at http://www.configura.com/userconference.

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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.

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