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  • 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.

  • Configura announces special Catalogue Creator workshop

    One-day course will be held at Configura’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May 13, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces a special Catalogue Creator workshop – a one-day, in-person course offered twice, June 10 and June 19, at Configura’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, office.

    The course is designed for data / product managers with companies that manufacturer furniture and fixtures for office, healthcare / lab, industrial machinery, material handling, and kitchen and bath.

    Configura launched Catalogues as a way to help manufacturers “fast track” their products into CET Designer, which is space-planning software used by manufacturers and dealers worldwide to specify products. In short, a Catalogue is a collection of a manufacturer’s products and prices, stored as drawing components in an online database managed by Configura. Catalogues is ideal for so-called solitary products such as chairs, desks and cabinets.

    Catalogues helps manufacturers to get the benefits of CET Designer and also instantly get their products in front of the thousands of interior designers who use the program.

    The Catalogue Creator enables manufacturers to create their own Catalogues. The tool makes it easy and efficient to structure and process the product data.

    The one-day Catalogue Creator workshop will train users in how to quickly create their own product symbols and Catalogue.

    The workshop will be led by Shi Jia Ooi, who will guide participants through every step in the process. A 3D designer based in Configura’s Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, office, he is an expert in product, industrial and furniture design as well as product data formats and Catalogue creation.

    “We’re excited for Shi Jia to teach this workshop in Grand Rapids. This is a great opportunity for manufacturers to learn about Catalogues and how to quickly get their products into CET Designer through the Catalogue Creator,” Configura Business Development Manager Brooke Snow said.

    The cost for the workshop is $200 per person and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Participants can register at www.configura.com/catalogues or www.configura.com/cet/training

    Please contact Brooke Snow with questions at brooke [dot] snow [at] configura [dot] 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 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 plans for 8th annual CET Designer User Conference

    Early registration starts during NeoCon; also, Configura will give away a free conference registration during NeoCon

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May 11, 2015—Configura announces plans for its 8th annual CET Designer User Conference – to be held Oct. 28-29 in Orlando – with designer Debbie Millman keynoting the event that’s expected to draw hundreds of design professionals and office furniture manufacturers.

    NeoCon early registration opportunity

    During NeoCon (starting June 15), Configura kick-starts conference registration with an “early bird” special: $350/person for the first 50 designers and dealer representatives who sign up to attend the conference (regular price after June 21 is $400/person). The cost for manufacturer representatives is $750/person. User Conference details and registration information are available at http://www.configura.com/userconference. Space at the conference is limited to the first 300 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 15-17 to register for a chance to win a spot at the 8thannual CET Designer User Conference in Orlando. The winner will be drawn June 17 at NeoCon. The winner does not need to be present to win. CET Designer users who aren’t attending NeoCon can also participate by tagging themselves on the CET Designer Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cetdesigner with a short comment explaining why they think it’s important for dealers and designers to attend the conference. The picture to tag oneself will be posted on June 8. 

    Conference to be held in Orlando

    After two years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and, before that, five years in Las Vegas, the annual conference heads to the East Coast. This year’s event will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

    “We’ve held our conference out west and also in the Midwest, so it’s good to have our conference on the East Coast too. Orlando’s a great city that’s convenient to get to, and it offers so many attractions. Plus, our host hotel is offering a great room rate. We’re hoping our attendees will be able to spend more time in Orlando before or after the conference, maybe make it a vacation for the family,” Lanning said.

    A pre-conference welcome event for attendees will be the evening of Oct. 27.

    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.)

    About the keynote speaker and other presenters

    Debbie Millman is founder and host of Design Matters, the world’s first podcast about design, which has garnered millions of downloads and a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. She is also president of Sterling Brands where she has worked on redesign projects for more than 200 global brands, including P&G, Colgate, Nestle, Kraft and Pepsi. Graphic Design USA named Millman one of the most influential designers working today. She has authored six books, including two collections of interviews that extend the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits.

    “We’re thrilled to have Debbie speak at our conference,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said. “Our attendees are always looking for the broader design trends and implications – what’s timeless, and what’s next on the horizon. A gifted presenter on a multitude of design topics, Debbie will offer great insights at our conference.”

    Additional speakers slated for the conference to date include American Society of Interior Designers CEO Randy Fiser, Chad Bewley of Business Interiors of Idaho, Jason Lund of Target Commercial Interiors, Amy Helm of Hannahers and Amy Wright of Encompas. The conference will include a state-of-the-industry presentation and breakout sessions for designers, IT professionals and dealer management. Also, CET Designer “power-user” instructors will share their techniques and best practices in using the software.

    Best of CET Designer® Awards Program

    CET Designer users are encouraged to share their best work created using the software, with the chance to win a high-end laptop and a free CET Designer license plus other great prizes.

    Categories:

    • Best Success Story
    • Best Video
    • Best Rendering

    Winners will be announced at the 8th annual CET Designer User Conference. Entrants don’t need to attend the conference to enter the awards program. Submission details are at www.configura.com/userconference.

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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 announces CET Designer for A+D firms and facilities managers

    Free licenses through 2015 for architects, designers and facilities managers

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—April 24, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the opportunity for architecture and design firms and facilities managers to receive free CET Designer licenses through the end of 2015.

    CET Designer is primarily used by designers and salespeople at dealerships for space planning, product specification and ordering. Making the software easily available to A+D firms and facilities managers benefits them and their dealer partners.

    “We’re seeing more and more dealerships, A+D firms and facilities managers collaborate using CET Designer,” said Kendra Steinhaus, a training and support specialist and interior designer at Configura. “The software streamlines how they communicate and work together to provide the best solutions for their customers.”

    CET Designer is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products. The rules-based program helps designers to eliminate errors and work faster to produce more for clients. CET Designer is an all-in-one solution for creating layouts, quotes, renderings, installation drawings, fly-thru videos and reconfigurations. The software integrates with Revit®, AutoCAD® and SketchUp®.

    Configura is offering A+D firms and facilities managers:

    • Free licenses through 2015
    • Free virtual training with one of Configura’s CET Designer specialists during 2015
    • Free chat, phone and email support for CET Designer-related questions

    Learn more at www.configura.com/a+d

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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’s Niclas Tilly named 2015 OFDAxml committee chair

    Tilly hosts an OFDAxml planning meeting at Configura’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office on April 13, 2015

     

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—March 24, 2015—Configura Strategic Development Manager Niclas Tilly has been named the 2015 OFDAxml committee chair.

    The purpose of the OFDAxml (extensible markup language) initiative is to establish a common platform for receiving and sending content in the commercial office furniture industry.

    “With his many years of industry knowledge, Tilly will make an excellent chair of the committee,” said Rod Manson, president, IOPFDA.

    Tilly has worked for Configura since 1998. The company 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. Configura’s software solutions include Configura, CET Designer and InstantPlanner.

    The OFDAxml industry standard provides a technology umbrella for sustained schema development and offers a unified way of communicating information throughout the entire order fulfillment process: from the publishing of manufacturer catalogs to the placing and shipping of customer orders.

    “Traditional formats such as SIF, CSV and EDI ended up being specific to particular accounts and having multiple versions, causing companies to spend time and resources reading and writing to various formats. The XML schemas allow for a standard platform that everyone can use while still accommodating specific usages to better integrate with individual requirements,” Tilly said.

    For example, a manufacturer may only read a portion of the elements available in the order entry schema, but those elements are still common to everyone. This standardization allows developers to provide industry-wide solutions to their customers, and assures companies that any integration with the schemas is sustainable over the life of their business. Online, interactive applications using the OFDAxml schemas become easier to integrate into business requirements, improving communication and providing the information required to properly communicate with customers for all of their business needs.

    “Dealers who represent many product brands can select the software applications that meet their needs and still do business with all of their suppliers with a single work-order process flow. For office product dealers, the days of only being able to integrate with primary suppliers should be in the past,” Manson said.

    To learn more about the OFDAxml standard, please visit http://iopfda.org/?page=OFDAXmlCatalog.

    Tilly will host an OFDAxml planning meeting at Configura’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office on April 13, 2015. During the meeting, the committee will outline its scope of work for 2015 and beyond. Those interested in attending the planning meeting can contact IOPFDA Managing Director Paula Kreuzburg at paulak [at] clemonsmgmt [dot] com (paulak [at] clemonsmgmt [dot] com). Read more about the meeting at http://bit.ly/1xdmotv.  

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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 OFDA

    In January 1904, a group of 80 office product, equipment and furniture dealers gathered in Chicago to lay the groundwork for a national association, the National Association of Stationers and Manufacturers. The association grew over the years into what is now known as the Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA). Celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2014, IOPFDA offers two interactive divisions based on the dealers' primary offering: the National Office Products Alliance (NOPA) and the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA). The association represents over 1,200 members including dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, manufacturers representatives and industry service providers.