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  • 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.