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  • Primo Orpilla to keynote 7th annual CET Designer User Conference

    Conference is in Grand Rapids, Mich., for second year in a row

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 9, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announced today that Primo Orpilla will keynote its 7th annual CET Designer User Conference.  Orpilla is a cofounder and principal of Studio O+A, a San Francisco-based interior design firm known for technology clients eBay, Facebook, PayPal and Yelp.

    “Primo is a leader in changing workplace design – we’re so excited for him to keynote our user conference,” Configura Support and Training Manager Tracy Lanning said.

    Orpilla will talk about how technology and demographics in the last decade have converged to change the way people work and live. He will address that change in his wide-ranging review of the workplace typologies, the varieties of space types and architectural motifs that contribute to a successful work environment.

    In 2011, Contract magazine named Studio O+A Designers of the Year.

    Orpilla is a leader in “democratic design,” with an emphasis on each client’s workplace culture.

    “I think a good designer is a storyteller, ideally a ‘ghostwriter,’” Orpilla said. “In many ways, clients want to weave the fabric of their story into their space. A designer should have many voices and points of view.”

    Configura made the announcement during the annual NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago. Orpilla, at NeoCon to present at the show, stopped by Configura’s space at NeoCon to meet with company leaders and showroom visitors.

    CET Designer users at NeoCon can stop by Configura’s space, 8-3062, to enter to win a free trip to the user conference.

    The 7th annual CET Designer User Conference will be held Oct 22-23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. This is the second year in a row that the conference will be held in West Michigan, which is home to the world’s largest office furniture manufacturers, including Steelcase and Haworth.

    Additional conference highlights include a state of the industry presentation and breakout sessions for designers, IT and dealer management. CET Designer “power-user” instructors will share their techniques and best practices in implementing and using the software.

    User Conference details and registration information will be available at

  • Configura exhibits at NeoCon 2014, Booth 8-3062

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May/June 2014—Configura, maker of award-winning CET Designer® software used by Haworth, Inscape, KI, Steelcase, Teknion and other major contract furniture manufacturers, exhibits at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair June 9-11 in Chicago.

    Visit Configura at Booth 8-3062

    Highlights include demos of CET Designer 5.0 and the new Catalogues solution (media: see press releases in Configura’s NeoCon Newsroom at Visitors to Configura’s NeoCon space will experience renderings so real they look like photos. Big-screen, high-definition TVs will display Configura’s software solutions in action.

    NeoCon contest – trip to 7th annual CET Designer User Conference

    Configura invites CET Designer users to stop by its NeoCon booth on June 9-10 to register for a chance to win a trip to the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. The winner will be drawn June 11 at NeoCon. The winner does not need to be present to win.

    Relax in Configura’s new space on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart

    NeoCon attendees are invited to mingle with Swedish software super-geeks, fashionable designers and office-furniture aficionados in Configura’s larger, redesigned NeoCon exhibition space, 8-3062. Swedish coffee and cocktails will be served.



  • Configura’s new showroom at NeoCon 2014

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA – May 28, 2014 – Configura moves to a new space on the eighth floor of the Merchandise Mart for NeoCon 2014. The larger space, Suite 8-3062, was designed by U.S.-based interior designer Kendra Steinhaus in collaboration with Sweden-based designers Lars Lanhed and Elisabeth Sivertsson.

    The space features four different demo stations where visitors can learn more about Configura’s software solutions.

    Coffee in the morning and, later in the day, additional Swedish refreshments, will be available at a bar area with stools. Additional high and low seating invites visitors to stay and relax.

    To learn more about Configura at NeoCon, please visit the company’s virtual NeoCon Newsroom at

    A rendering of Configura’s new space for NeoCon 2014 at the Merchandise Mart.


  • Configura releases CET Designer 5.0

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA – May 19, 2014 – Configura released CET Designer® 5.0 on May 19 with new and enhanced features.

    “With a clean, modern look, CET Designer 5.0 is about personalizing and improving the way designers work and present,” Configura Support and Training Manager Tracy Lanning said.

    The 3D PDF Extension launching with CET Designer 5.0 lets users save and email 3D versions of PDF drawings created in CET Designer. Users – and their customers who receive the PDF – can spin and rotate drawings from varying angles to totally visualize their space. The feature is in addition to CET Designer’s existing presentation features, which include Photo Lab (photorealistic rendering) and Movie Studio (fly-thru video) capabilities.

    “When the ability to quickly email and view a drawing is critical, the 3D PDF Extension is a huge time-saver,” Lanning said.

    Watch the video: Behind the scenes at Configura: CET Designer 5.0 3D PDF Extension -

    Work Modes is a new a feature in CET Designer 5.0 that lets the user select which task buttons should be visible. This feature is especially beneficial for salespeople using CET Designer who may not need all task buttons. Watch the video: Behind the scenes at Configura: CET Designer 5.0 Work Modes Tool -

    Additionally, users can skip a few clicks and speed up workflow by creating a custom, free-floating toolbox with one’s favorite tools and products. It’s also possible to pin favorite component tabs to the top for easy access. Watch the video: Behind the scenes at Configura: CET Designer 5.0 Toolbox and Pinning -

    The new Align Tool in CET Designer 5.0 makes non-smart objects smarter. Product symbols imported from Trimble Building’s SketchUp and Configura’s Catalogues can get the “snapping together” behavior that CET Designer is known for.

    The new Align Tool helps designers to quickly and easily align and place objects in their drawings. Now even non-smart SketchUp objects can snap right into place,” Lanning said.

    Watch the video: Behind the scenes at Configura: CET Designer 5.0 Align Tool -

    CET Designer 5.0 also features enhancements to the RevLink Extension, the CET Designer connection with Autodesk’s Revit that creates “component families” and synchronizes drawings between Revit and CET Designer. RevLink lets dealers and architects collaborate on projects with a single solution. The RevLink enhancement lets users exchange files between Revit and CET Designer offline: It’s much easier than before; users just save and import without the need for synchronization.

    Configura also launches a 64-bit version for CET Designer 5.0 at the end of May. This version enhances performance of CET Designer on today’s high-end computers. 64 bit can handle very large drawings without slowing down because more system memory can be used. CET Designer still supports 32 bit.

    “For those who work with very large drawings, 64 bit is a great option,” Lanning said.

    Users who would like to try out the 64-bit version before it’s fully released can sign up here:

    Catalogue Creator (part of Configura’s Catalogues solution) officially launches later in June as part of the CET Designer 5.0 release. Catalogue Creator lets manufacturers create their own Catalogue, a fast and easy way into CET Designer. 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. (Learn more about Catalogues at Catalogues and Catalogue Creator, along with all of the features of CET Designer 5.0, will be demo’ed at NeoCon.

    To learn more about CET Designer 5.0, please visit or watch the overview video:

    Visit Configura at NeoCon June 9-11, 2014, at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, Showroom 8-3062. Or, visit the company’s virtual NeoCon Newsroom and book a demo at


    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

    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


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