CET Designer News
- Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free December webinars:Special December Webinar:Installation Documents and TitleblocksDec. 4 – 1 p.m. ETDec. 10 – 4 p.m. ETDec. 18 – 11 a.m. ETGetting Started with CET DesignerDec, 2 – 4 p.m. ETDec. 23 – 11 a.m. ETReconfiguration ToolDec. 4 – 4 p.m. ETDec. 11 – 11 a.m. ETThe free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808. View Configura’s CET Designer 2013 training calendars at www.configura.com/calendar.
Release includes Catalogues, the fast track for getting products into CET Designer
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Nov 18, 2013—Configura released CET Designer 4.2 on Nov. 18 and, with the release, Configura launches the anticipated new solution Catalogues.
A Catalogue is a collection of a manufacturer’s products, stored in an online database managed by Configura and made available to thousands of CET Designer users around the world. For manufacturers, Catalogues is a fast way to get products into CET Designer; for users, Catalogues will expand the number and diversity of manufacturers’ products available.
“Users will be able to view all public Catalogues, making the solution a great channel for manufacturers to reach new customers,” Configura Vice President of Business Development Peter Brandinger said.
Configura is asking CET Designer users to suggest the manufacturers whose products they want in Catalogues. Users can suggest a manufacturer here. Manufacturers can learn how to get started with Catalogues at www.configura.com/catalogues.
“Humans” Extension and other features
CET Designer 4.2 also includes the new, free Extension “Humans.” The Extension lets users place icons representing humans into drawings for scale comparison. “Humans” will help drawings to come alive with even more realism. Additional new functionality in CET Designer 4.2 includes the ability to open and see outlines of unknown objects, a changed behavior on how to apply schemes to frozen objects and blocks, and improvements to Paper View. Colorful new icons are also available in CET Designer 4.2. The full list of updates is available at http://configura.com/cet/whats-new.
CET Designer is a visual tool for designers to specify contract furniture products in 2D and 3D. It is an-all-in one tool that enables users to create layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, installation drawings, movies and reconfigurations.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Nov. 1 2013—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free November webinars:
Getting Started with CET Designer
Nov. 7 – 11 a.m. ET
Nov. 11 – 1 p.m. ET
User Conference Tips & Tricks
Nov. 5 – 1 p.m. ET
Nov. 6 – 11 a.m. ET
Nov. 7 – 1 p.m. ET
Special November Webinar:
What’s New in CET Designer 4.2
Nov. 18 – 1 p.m. ET
Nov. 20 – 1 p.m. ET
Nov. 21 – 1 p.m. ET
The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808. View Configura’s CET Designer 2013 training calendars at www.configura.com/calendar.
Company unveils major new product – Catalogues – and makes plans to hold 2014 event in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Oct.11, 2013—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, held its sixth annual CET Designer User Conference this week, a major learning and networking event for users of CET Designer software. The sold-out conference in Grand Rapids drew almost twice the number of attendees than the previous year’s conference. More than 225 people – office furniture manufacturers, dealers and interior designers – attended the two-day event at DeVos Place Convention Center. Some came from as far away as Hawaii, Mexico and Canada.
“Grand Rapids is the right place to be,” Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said. “We were thinking of ‘floating’ the conference to a different city next year, but everyone said they want it again in Grand Rapids, and we plan to do that.”
The previous five years, the conference had been held in Las Vegas. Sweden-based Configura opened its North American office in Grand Rapids in 2006 and held its first user conference in the United States in 2008.
“We were thrilled with the response to our conference,” Configura Training and Support Manager Tracy Lanning said. “This was our first year holding the conference in Grand Rapids, and the turnout was the best yet. Plus, major office furniture manufacturers such as Steelcase and Haworth are right here in West Michigan.”
Both manufacturers held special designer-dealer sessions at their respective headquarters in the days leading up to Configura’s conference.
“The conference was a home run from our point of view,” Steelcase’s Steve Eriksson said.
At the conference, Configura unveiled Catalogues, a brand-new solution that will enable manufacturers to get started with CET Designer faster than ever before.
Conference attendees got a first look at the new solution for entering a manufacturer’s products into CET Designer through industry standard code.
“The new solution will make the process faster than ever and will also make manufacturers’ products available to thousands of CET Designer users around the world,” Grand Rapids-based Vice President of Business Development Peter Brandinger said.
Catalogues officially releases on Nov. 18.
Nationally known “simplicity” expert presented
New York City-based simplicity expert Irene Etzkorn keynoted the conference.
“Simplicity is about shortening the distance between the company and the customer … and it’s about the company taking on the burden of complexity so the customer doesn’t have to,” Etzkorn said to a packed room that included not only user conference attendees but also West Michigan business community leaders who were invited to attend.
Etzkorn, along with SiegelVision colleague Alan Siegel, co-authored the book Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity.
“Usually we work with companies to simplify something that has become complicated, so it is a pleasure to find a company that was founded on the ethos of simplicity and has continued to maintain it. As the keynote speaker at Configura’s CET Designer User Conference, it was delightful to be surrounded by people who have benefited from the principles of simplicity and to meet a CEO who believes that simplicity is the key to his company’s success,” Etzkorn wrote in a recent blog.
Spring Lake, Mich.-based izzy+ CEO Chuck Saylor gave a “State of the Furniture and Design Industry.” Saylor is also the current president of the Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association. He has made his entire professional career in the furniture and design industry.
“A decade from now, the most important people on the planet in our industry are going to be people like you,” he said to the interior designers in the audience.
Longtime CET Designer users Jason Lund and Kari Anderson with Target Commercial Interiors also talked about the future and what it means for designers.
“Customers want to be part of the design experience – they want to be entertained and impressed,” Lund said.
Lund and Anderson began their presentation by having everyone don 3D glasses to view how a rendering, created in CET Designer, could “pop” into space.
Sheryl Miller, director of design for General Office Products in Minneapolis, said the conference was a “fantastic use of time for getting ideas to help streamline the design and sales process.” She added: “Keeping up to date with technology like CET Designer is critical.”
Conference attendees were eligible for Continuing Education Units accepted by IDCEC-participating organizations, including ASID, IIDA and IDC.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Oct.4, 2013—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, unveils a brand-new solution – Catalogues – at its sold-out CET Designer User Conference next week in Grand Rapids, Mich. Catalogues will enable manufacturers to get started with CET Designer faster than ever before.
Conference attendees – office furniture manufacturers and dealers that have invested in CET Designer – will get a first look at Catalogues, which is a new solution for entering a manufacturer’s products into CET Designer through industry standard code. The new solution will make the process faster than ever and will also make manufacturers’ products available to thousands of CET Designer users around the world. Catalogues officially releases on Nov. 18.
“Catalogues is a fast, affordable solution for manufacturers that want to get their products into CET Designer,” Configura Vice President of Business Development Peter Brandinger said. “It’s never been so easy to get started with our solution for simplifying the way office furniture products are sold.”
CET Designer simplifies the sales, design and order process for manufacturers and their dealers by reducing, even eliminating, the need for other specification software. It is one solution for layouts, quotes, renderings, installation drawings, movies and reconfigurations.
Learn more about Catalogues at www.configura.com/catalogues.