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  • Configura releases CET Designer 7.5

     

    The newest version of the award-winning space-planning software solution lets users produce 360-degree renderings for export to use with smartphone virtual reality kits and viewing in MyConfigura briefcases (visit the CET Designer Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CETDesigner/ on Nov. 21 for an example 360-degree rendering). Virtual reality capabilities also have been enhanced through a collaboration with Yulio.

    Also with CET Designer 7.5, users will see improvements to CET Designer’s Movie Studio and will enjoy more accessory options.

    Configura regularly polls users for feature requests. This release’s top request is an added dimension tool on the 2D toolbar. Users also requested a spell-check / auto-correct tool and the ability to add sliding doors to a Walls tab, both of which have been added.

    “We’re about optimizing CET Designer for our users so they can create incredible space-planning experiences for their customers,” Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten said.

    RevLink – the CET Designer Extension that integrates with Revit – now has upgraded integration. Also, a new SketchUp export option has been included with the release of CET Designer 7.5.

    The ability to customize the visibility of features, functionality and elements in the CET Designer interface – showing or hiding parts of the program depending on a user’s needs – has been made possible through the Work mode editor in the newest version of CET Designer. Changes can be saved as different presets, which can be switched between as needs change during a project.

    “It’s about making CET Designer seamless for each user,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said.

    Configura Training Specialist Kelsey Debruin recently held a Facebook Live event about CET Designer 7.5 features; the video can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/CETDesigner/videos/10154337934748052/.

    CET Designer users can participate in free upcoming webinars to learn more about what’s new in CET Designer 7.5:

    Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. ET
    Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. ET
    Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. ET
    Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. ET
    Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. ET

    Users can receive 0.1 continuing education units (CEU) per webinar via the Interior Design Continuing Education Council.

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. For webinars and additional training information, go to www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

    Learn more about additional courses, educational opportunities and CEU credits at www.configura.com.

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 CET Designer webinars

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Oct. 28 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free November webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    Getting Started with CET Designer

    Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. ET
    Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. ET

    What’s New in CET Designer 7.5

    Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. ET
    Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. ET
    Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. ET
    Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. ET
    Nov. 27 at 9 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.

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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, OFS Brands announce launch of First Office STAKS product series in CET Designer

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Aug. 4, 2016—Configura and OFS Brands have announced the launch of OFS Brands’ First Office STAKS product series in CET Designer.

    The product series – STAKS Crossover Casegoods – is used in work environments of all kinds, from private offices to open-plan workspaces. Because of CET Designer’s rules-based programming, designers now can specify STAKS up to 60 percent faster, ensure specification accuracy, and visualize configurations much more easily with CET Designer’s photorealism rendering and fly-thru video capabilities.

    "Understanding how important time, rapid product adaptation and accuracy are to designers and specifiers, we continue to expand our presence in CET Designer by adding intelligence to products for the most efficient specification. Via the CET platform, our goal is to make the OFS Brands user experience as simple and user-friendly as possible," OFS Brands Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Menke said. "Integrating intelligence with a highly specified product like STAKS epitomizes our pursuit to be extremely easy to do business with and deliver value to our dealer-partners."

    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 became a Configura partner in June 2015 and launched its CET Designer Extension in November 2015. The company partnered with Configura because the CET Designer platform offers a simple approach to specifying option-rich products. The addition of STAKS in CET Designer opens up new possibilities for designers.

    "CET Designer delivers a straightforward yet highly versatile tool for designers to clearly communicate their intent, further instilling confidence and clarity as they tailor solutions for their customers," OFS Brands Technology Manager Wes Harper said. "One of our biggest goals is to make sure we’re giving our dealers and designers the most productive tools they need to be able to specify our products, and CET Designer is perfect for that."

    Configura had surveyed its CET Designer users around the globe, and many said they wanted OFS Brands included in CET Designer.

    "We’re excited that OFS Brands continues to expand its product offerings in CET Designer," Configura Vice President Peter Brandinger said. "More products in CET Designer give dealers and customers more choices to meet their space-planning needs."

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 makes furniture and develops logistics solutions for office, healthcare, education, government and home office markets across the world. 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, Indiana, USA, OFS Brands is a family owned corporation. More at www.ofsbrands.com.

  • Configura announces free August CET Designer webinars

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Aug. 1, 2016—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free August webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    Getting Started with CET Designer

    Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. ET
    Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. ET

    Edit Graphics in CET Designer

    Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. ET
    Aug. 24 at 4 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.

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 dates, location and keynote presenters of 9th annual CET Designer User Conference

    Early bird registration happens the week of NeoCon, June 13-17

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 9, 2016——Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the dates, location and keynote presenters of its 2016 user conference.

    The 9th annual CET Designer User Conference will be held Oct. 18 and 19 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A pre-conference welcome event for attendees will be the evening of Oct. 17. The conference previously was held in 2013 and 2014 in Grand Rapids – the city known as the office furniture capital of the world. It has also been held in Las Vegas and Orlando.

    Our users especially love Grand Rapids. It’s where Configura’s U.S. office is based, and our major manufacturer customers are headquartered in West Michigan,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said. “The city has a vibrant arts culture, and its architecture is gorgeous.”

    Color expert Laura Guido Clark will keynote the conference that’s expected to draw hundreds of design professionals and office furniture manufacturers. International Association of Interior Designers CEO Cheryl Durst will also speak at the conference.

    Laura Guido Clark

    Laura Guido Clark, principal of Laura Guido Clark Design based in Berkeley, California, specializes in the skin of products – their colors, materials and finishes. Her expertise extends from manufacturing work for such clients as Toyota, Samsung, LG and Hewlett-Packard to textiles and pattern design for FLOR, HBF, Pallas and Uncommon. In 2011, she founded Project Color Corps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to painting urban neighborhoods with color and pattern to convey messages of optimism and hope.

    Cheryl Durst

    Cheryl S. Durst, Honorary FIIDA, LEED AP, is the executive vice president and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) where she leads the board and members of the organization, and champions and elevates the profession of interior design. Part of the IIDA team since 1997, Durst started her career in sales at Knoll and in marketing at The Washington Design Center in Washington, DC. She is a sought-after speaker on “The Future of Design” and other explorations into the value of design as a social, cultural and economic force. She is the creator and curator of IIDA’s innovative What Clients Want publication series that examines the designer-client relationship. Durst has been called by Interior Design magazine “an ambassador for innovation and expansion, and a visionary strategist.”

    In conjunction with the CET Designer User Conference, Configura will also host a developer conference.

    “The goal is to bring designers and developers together, so they can talk with each other about what’s possible with the software. Their conversations will be the start of new ideas and features for CET Designer,” Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten said.

    Both conferences will also include breakout sessions and tracks specific to space planning and design, and IT and software development. Full conference programming will be announced soon.

    Early registration opportunity during NeoCon

    During the week of NeoCon (June 13-17), Configura kick-starts conference registration with an “early bird” special: $400/person for the first 50 designers and dealer representatives who sign up to attend the conference (regular price after June 17 is $450/person). The cost for manufacturer representatives is $750/person. Attendees can sign up at Configura’s NeoCon booth 7-4129 or online at www.configura.com/userconference. User Conference details and registration information are available at www.configura.com/userconference. Space at the conference is limited to the first 350 registrants. People with questions are welcome to contact Configura toll free at 866-922-2200 or by sending an email to hello [at] configura [dot] com.

    Contest during NeoCon to win a free registration to the CET Designer User Conference

    Configura invites CET Designer users to stop by its NeoCon booth June 13-15 to register for a chance to win a spot at the 9th annual CET Designer User Conference. The winner will be drawn June 15 at NeoCon, with the drawing live-streamed at 10 a.m. Chicago (Central) time on Configura’s CET Designer Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cetdesigner. The winner does not need to be present to win. CET Designer users who aren’t attending NeoCon can enter to win starting June 12 on the CET Designer Facebook page with a short comment under the user conference photo explaining why they want to attend the conference. 

    Free subscription to CET Designer

    Configura is offering a free, one-year new subscription to CET Designer for each dealer that sends a user to the conference, a value of $1,000. (Extensions not included; offer applies to additional, new subscriptions only, not renewals. Limit of one free subscription per dealership.)

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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.