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  • Configura releases CET Developer, platform to create CET Designer Extensions

    New development environment provides complete control – from a project’s beginning to the release and maintenance of an Extension

    LINKÖPING, SWEDEN—January 15, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the release of its new programming environment: CET Developer. CET Developer is a complete development environment with all of the necessary tools that programmers and developers need to create their own CET Designer Extensions.

    What makes the CET Developer environment unique is it enables manufacturers to have complete control over all of their content, from the beginning of the project to the release and maintenance of the finalized Extension. Customers can now publish their Extension independently of Configura or still choose to work with Configura for developing and publishing the Extension.

    “With CET Developer, we empower not only our internal developers but also future and current independent partners to develop, publish and make a profit with their own Extensions,” Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said. “Our business model is based on partnering with others, and the strength of CET Developer is that it enables them to handle the entire process, from start to finish, without having to rely on our internal developers. This opens up new possibilities for external manufacturers and developers who want to partner with Configura and invest in CET Designer.”

    CET Designer is Configura’s all-in-one space planning software that simplifies the specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. An Extension adds products or functionality to the program. Furniture manufacturers such as Steelcase and Haworth are currently entering their products into CET Designer through their Extensions.

    CET Developer simplifies the previous process of creating an Extension by collecting all necessary programs and tools into the same environment. It will enable developers to spend less time on administration, and more time creating features, as programmers have instant access to everything needed to create and publish an Extension.

    “CET Developer will enable developers and testers to focus on what they do best, which is to create great software,” Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten said. “It ties together the development environment for CET Designer developers and automates many of the tasks that were previously performed manually.”

    Through the cloud-based Developer Center, which is a part of the CET Developer package, developers and manufacturers can access the developer documentation and handle all billing information, user permissions, release notes and Marketplace information for their Extension, from anywhere in the world. This gives the owner full control over who can access the entire Extension or, for example, just region-specific parts of the Extension.

    Dagersten explained: “The sophisticated system controls more than permissions to each Extension. A global company uses, for example, different pricelists in different countries. Our system allows them to develop one Extension for all and then easily change and distribute access to the different pricelists through the cloud-based Developer Center. It’s a really powerful tool.”

    In conjunction with CET Developer, Configura also releases premium support for developers. Premium support for developers is an additional support service that includes immediate chat and phone support, access to the CET Developer Briefcase and discounts on CET Developer Conference and CET Designer User Conference.

    CET Developer was released on January 1, 2015, at configura.com/developer. It can be purchased at www.configura.com/marketplace.

    Read the recent blog post on CET Developer here: http://bit.ly/17LNdtd.

    Configura also recently announced that it will hold its annual Developer Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on March 10.

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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 CLEO as new Catalogues customer

    CLEO cabinet specified in CET Designer.
     

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Dec. 31, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer™ software, announces CLEO™ as a new customer in Configura’s Catalogues solution.

    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 expands the number and diversity of manufacturers’ products available in CET Designer.

    “The new CLEO Catalogue makes it easier than ever to give contract-furniture clients a design solution that fits their kitchen and break room needs as well as offers additional options for the workplace,” CLEO Designer and Product Manager Amy Edington said.

    CLEO cabinet furniture is a full line of free-standing, custom-manufactured, commercial-grade cabinets and countertops made in Michigan and sold across the Midwest. The company plans to expand into dealerships across North America.

    Configura’s Catalogues solution will help CLEO to expand even farther – in fact, globally.

    “Catalogues is a fast-track way for manufacturers to make their products accessible to any designer, dealer, salesperson or specifier – anyone, anywhere in the world who uses CET Designer,” said Brooke Snow, business development manager, Configura.

    Manufacturers control who has access to their products in CET Designer and, when updating products, also can instantly publish without involving Configura. For example, Haworth and Steelcase both independently manage their own Catalogues, making their products loaded into Catalogues available to their respective dealers.

    In CLEO’s case, the company plans to make its products available to anyone using CET Designer. Users simply download the CLEO Catalogue from Configura’s website and into CET Designer’s Catalogue Browser Extension to begin specifying CLEO products.

    “We see our new Catalogue as a growth tool for CLEO because it instantly gets our products in front of a huge number of decision-makers – especially those who may be looking for cabinet solutions that are not your typical built-ins,” Edington said.

    CLEO cabinets are not anchored; rather, like furniture, CLEO base cabinets are free standing, and upper-wall cabinets are free hanging with a wall-mounted track that eliminates the need for direct anchoring.

    “CLEO cabinets are flexible and customizable – easy to specify, reconfigure, move, add to, change, re-design, etc. – which makes Catalogues coupled with CET Designer an ideal specification solution for the system,” Edington said.

    CET Designer users can quickly and accurately specify products, create 2D and 3D layouts and complete price quotes, and even make changes on-the-fly – from sizes to finishes to hardware. This work can be done in collaboration with customers, significantly shortening the design and decision-making process. The software also produces photorealistic renderings and videos as well as bills of materials and installation documents.

    “The best thing about CET Designer is it gives designers and salespeople the opportunity to speak to clients in a language they understand – images. Images speak volumes to clients because they can visualize and feel comfortable with what they are ordering,” Edington said.

    There are two ways that manufacturers can get products into Catalogues: use Configura’s Catalogue Creator software or have Configura create the Catalogue. Manufacturers can learn more at www.configura.com/catalogues.

    CET Designer users can view and download publicly available Catalogues and the Catalogue Browser at Configura’s online Marketplace at www.configura.com/marketplace.

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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.

    About CLEO™

    CLEO™ products are designed, produced and marketed by Viable and distributed through a network office furniture dealers and kitchen cabinet distributors. The full line of standalone cabinet furniture delivers with more storage, more style, more quality and more flexibility to configure (and reconfigure) at work or home. More information at www.cleocab.com

  • Configura announces free January CET Designer webinars

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Jan. 2, 2015—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free January webinars:

    Edit Graphics in CET Designer
    Jan. 5 – 4 p.m. ET
    Jan. 19 – 4 p.m. ET

    Getting Started with CET Designer
    Jan. 12 – 4 p.m. ET
    Jan. 21 – 1 p.m. ET

    Material Lab
    Jan. 13 – 2 p.m. ET
    Jan. 29 – 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 December webinars

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Dec. 3, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free December webinars:

    Getting Started with CET Designer

    Dec. 3 – 1 p.m. ET
    Dec. 16 – 4 p.m. ET

    Installation Documents and Titleblocks

    Dec. 4 – 1 p.m. ET
    Dec. 18 – 4 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 signs Maars Living Walls for CET Designer Extension

    Netherlands-based company will add all of its product lines

    Linköping, Sweden—November 28, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces a collaboration with Maars Living Walls of the Netherlands. The company is a leading partition-walls manufacturer serving global customers. For more than 65 years, Maars has offered standard and customized solutions for offices, airports, factories, cinemas, shops, hotels, hospitals, public institutions, universities and schools.

    “After having done extensive research on several software programs, we have decided to collaborate with Configura and implement CET Designer software,” Maars Living Walls CEO Menno de Vries said. “Doing so will not only lead to an even more professional way of presenting our products; it will also contribute to a better support of our dealers throughout the world. Providing this tool will help them to respond to customer needs in a quick and professional way.”

    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 and more accurate.

    Maars will add all of its product lines to CET Designer: String², Panorama, lalinea, Metaline, Styleline and Glassline, according to Maars Living Walls Project Manager Erik Maat.

    “CET Designer is able to handle the complexity of Maars’ products with ease,” Configura Project Manager Daniel Andersson said. “That’s a key reason that Maars chose Configura’s solution.”

    The CET Designer Extension will be available for Maars Living Walls’ product collection in phases starting in 2015.

    Said Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn: “Maars and all of our customers are collaborators with us in the process of bringing a truly comprehensive design and specification solution to the entire contract furniture industry. Together, we’re simplifying the manufacturing and sales process.”

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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.

    About Maars Living Walls

    Maars is the world market leader in the field of partition walls. They combine years of experience by effortlessly merging special innovations, aesthetics and performance. Maars pushes the boundaries, continually making progress in the fields of design, soundproofing, multimedia and fireproofing. The integration of new high-tech systems and intelligent solutions in walls creates a wealth of new opportunities. Maars brings walls to life with the unique concept of Maars Living Walls.

    Maars offers both standard and customized solutions in, for example, offices, airports, factories, cinemas, shops and hotels. Also in the public sector Maars has taken the lead with applications including hospitals, public institutions, universities and schools.

    More information at www.maarslivingwalls.com and download the Maars app in the App Store or Google Play.