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  • Configura announces free July CET Designer webinars

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 26, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free July webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    Getting Started with CET Designer

    July 1 at 4 p.m. ET
    July 8 at 2 p.m. ET
    July 13 at 10 p.m. ET
    July 27 at 10 p.m. ET

    Reconfiguration Tool

    July 6 at 4 p.m. ET

    Photo Lab and Rendering

    July 9 at 1 p.m. ET
    July 13 at 2 p.m. ET

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Please call 877-568-4106 and click on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

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

    About Configura

    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare 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 OFS Brands as new partner

    Configura will develop a CET Designer Extension for OFS Brands’ products

    OFS Brands Technology Manager Wes Harper, Configura Vice President Peter Brandinger, OFS Brands Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Ryan Menke.

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA—June 15, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, today announced a collaboration agreement with global office furniture designer/manufacturer OFS Brands based in Hungtingburg, Indiana. OFS Brands makes furniture and develops logistics solutions for office, healthcare, education, government and home office markets across the world. Configura will develop a CET Designer Extension for OFS Brands product lines.

    We partnered with Configura because the CET Designer platform offers a simple approach to specifying option-rich products. All projects are unique, and designers need user-friendly, accurate tools to tailor solutions for their customers. CET Designer delivers this straightforward yet highly versatile tool for designers to clearly communicate their intent, further instilling confidence and clarity for their customers, OFS Brands Technology Manager Wes Harper said.  

    CET Designer helps manufacturers and their dealers and designers to more quickly bring product to market by providing a single software solution for accurately designing, specifying, rendering, ordering and creating installation documents.

    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, faster and more accurate.

    “OFS Brands products are ideal for a CET Designer Extension, which will simplify specifying and selling of the products. We had surveyed our CET Designer users, and many said they wanted OFS Brands included in CET Designer. We’re excited about this partnership and welcome the company to the Configura family of manufacturers,” Configura Vice President Peter Brandinger said.

    OFS Brands’ CET Designer Extension is planned to launch later this year.

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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, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare 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 OFS Brands

    OFS Brands is comprised of five distinct brands – OFS, First Office, Loewenstein, Carolina and Highmark – that provide furniture to a wide range of contract interior environments. OFS and First Office produce a wide range of furniture and accessories for the office environment, from technology-savvy mixed-use collections to casegoods to modern lounge pieces. Loewenstein primarily caters to lifestyle interiors, while Carolina is best known as a provider in the healthcare market. Highmark is a leading provider of ergonomic seating. Based in Huntingburg, IN, OFS Brands is a family owned corporation.

  • Configura and OFS Brands to make announcement about new collaboration at NeoCon

    Media Advisory

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, and OFS Brands, a global contract furniture maker, will make a special announcement on Monday, June 15, at 4:30 p.m. in OFS Suite 1132 at The Merchandise Mart during OFS Brands’ showroom party. If your schedule allows, please join us for the party and the announcement!

    WHERE

    OFS Brands Suite 1132
    The Merchandise Mart, Chicago

    WHEN

    Monday, June 15, 2015
    Showroom party starts at 4 p.m.
    Announcement is at 4:30 p.m.

    MEDIA CONTACTS

    Configura
    Molly Klimas
    M: (616) 443-4647
    klimas [at] intentpr [dot] com
    klimasmolly [at] gmail [dot] com
     
    OFS Brands
    Reva Revis
    M: (312) 929-5025
    revarevis [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Configura to unveil Virtual Reality for CET Designer at NeoCon

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 5, 2015—Configura will unveil Virtual Reality for CET Designer at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair, June 15-17 in Chicago. Visitors to Configura’s booth at NeoCon in The Merchandise Mart are invited to experience design in a whole new way – a way that puts the designer or the customer “into” the space that he or she is creating or buying.

    Virtual Reality for CET Designer is for anyone who designs interior spaces and specifies products that go in the designed space,” Configura Business Development Manager Brooke Snow said. “With this technology, they can create incredible options for customers, and their customers can experience their planned space before they even buy the furnishings. The technology is amazing for truly demonstrating proof of concept and for decision-making.”

    Designers and salespeople at office furniture dealerships and A+D firms are among those who will benefit from this solution. The Virtual Reality technology will be an Extension to CET Designer, Configura’s intelligent space-planning software that simplifies the sales and ordering process.

    Here’s how it works: The user creates a drawing using CET Designer, designing a space filled with manufacturers’ products (office furniture, walls, etc.). The Virtual Reality for CET Designer Extension, combined with Oculus Rift glasses worn by the user, helps the user to see the designed space – even “walk around” inside the space. The user can look around the room by simply moving their head to “look” in different directions; “walking” is handled with remote control or joystick.

    Whoever wears the glasses when using the Extension will be able to experience the space. The technology currently works with Oculus Rift glasses, but more brands will be supported as they become available on the market.

    “Seeing is believing but seeing is also understanding. VR makes it a lot easier to understand and explore space planning. I’m convinced this technology will have a major impact on the space-planning industry,” said Jimmie West, one of the developers behind VR technology for Configura.

    Virtual Reality for CET Designer is another tool in the CET Designer “arsenal” that helps designers and salespeople to really show their customers their planned space. Other tools include Photo Lab, which helps designers to create photorealistic 2D and 3D renderings, and Movie Studio, which lets designers create fly-thru videos of designed space.

    Virtual Reality for CET Designer is the first immersive, industry-wide VR solution on the market that supports multiple manufacturers’ products and then allows the furniture buyer to virtually walk through their space before they purchase. CET Designer supports more than 100 manufacturers’ product lines through different Extensions.

    “CET Designer lets any drawing be converted into a virtual-reality experience,” Snow said. “This technology opens up huge possibilities for manufacturers and for the dealers and designers who specify their products. It’s a whole new way to design and sell.”

    Watch the preview video at www.configura.com/neocon.

    Visit Configura at NeoCon in booth 8-3064 to experience Virtual Reality for CET Designer.

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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, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare 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 releases CET Designer 6.0

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May 20, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, has released CET Designer 6.0. CET Designer is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries, including contract furniture.

    CET Designer 6.0 incorporates feature requests from users, improvements to Movie Studio and more tools to aid in designing in collaboration with others.

    Configura surveyed CET Designer users about which new features they would like to see incorporated into CET Designer, and users chose the ability to create custom shapes as their top choice.

    “We listened and are pleased to launch the Custom Shape Tool in CET Designer 6.0. Users can create their own shapes and objects such as work surfaces and countertops,” Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said. “This is just one of many enhancements to the software.”

    Additional enhancements in CET Designer 6.0 include:

    • Movies created in CET Designer’s Movie Studio Extension can now render in the background as users continue to work on projects in the program. Users also can pause and resume video rendering without losing data. Also, video quality and lighting features have been improved. The video format has been updated from .wmv to .mp4.
    • Users can now get high-quality preview renderings in 3D view.
    • The 3D Clipping Tool has been upgraded so it’s now easier to include and exclude objects in renderings. 
    • Users can now preview shadows in CET Designer’s Photo Lab Extension to see how shadows will behave – and can make adjustments – before they spend time on a full-blown render.
    • It’s now easier to move objects in a straight line without having to resort to tools. This new aid is triggered automatically when moving objects horizontally or vertically in a straight line.
    • The Calculate Area function has been improved so users can add or remove points to an existing shape, create curves and freely move around the text.
    • Users can now pick a custom point to rotate an object around instead of the usual center-based rotation.

    More information about CET Designer 6.0 is available at http://www.configura.com/cet/whats-new and http://www.configura.com/cet/support/cet-designer-version-6-0/.  

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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, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare 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.