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  • 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.

     

  • 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 teams with Inscape and KiSP to create Inscape’s new F.I.R.E. solution

    New integration with multiple software solutions will create a customer-centric experience unlike any other in the marketplace

     
    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—October 29, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces a major technology collaboration with Inscape Corporation (TSX: INQ) and KiSP Inc. for the development of Inscape’s new F.I.R.E. (Fully Integrated Resource for Enterprise management) solution.
    The collaboration will build on Inscape’s existing CET Designer Extension, and integrate new Configura and KiSP technologies, to create a customer-centric solution unlike any other. It will result in a single, seamless solution for dealers specifying Inscape products and will transform client engagement and enterprise management experiences.
     
    “F.I.R.E. will position us at the forefront of the customer experience in our industry and greatly reduce redundancies. Our dealers will benefit from reduced errors, greater efficiencies and improved margins,” said Jim Stelter, CEO, Inscape.
    Configura first collaborated with Inscape several years ago to create Inscape’s CET Designer Extension, which enables Inscape and its dealers to quickly and accurately specify and order Inscape’s Addwall product.
     
    F.I.R.E. brings Inscape’s investment to the next level: It will incorporate not only Configura’s Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC) technology but also its newest product, Catalogues, as well as KiSP’s KITS collaborator™ mobile platform, in order to create a total solution for client engagement and enterprise management.
     
    “We’ll be working with KiSP to create a unique solution so the user can seamlessly get the benefits from both technologies,” said Tim Deemter, production team leader, Configura. “Our Catalogues technology will be the backbone of how this new Extension is implemented. The goal is that the results and successes of this project will be extended to other software platforms.”
     
    The Configura project team will also work closely with Inscape and KiSP leaders to streamline procedures in the total selling process, from specification to ordering. It is an important opportunity to look at previous experiences in order to develop improved software solutions, according to company leaders.
    CET Designer is Configura’s “core” PGC-based software platform; an Extension is an addition to the program with functionality that incorporates all of the rules, parts and pricingof a given manufacturer’s products. Manufacturers invest in proprietary CET Designer Extensions to make selling products easier and more accurate.
     
    Configura’s Catalogues solution is another way for manufacturers to get products into CET Designer; it is a step before the full PGC-based 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.
     
    KiSP’s KITS Collaborator is a mobile concept ideation, budgeting and rendering tool that works with modern tablet devices such as the iPad. Designed specifically for the furniture sales professional, this powerful yet intuitive application provides instant access to help find, visualize and quote product solutions when working with customers.
     
    “This collaboration takes the best of each partner’s capabilities to create efficiencies for our dealers, and it will help designers to visualize solutions quickly and without the encumbrance of existing processes,” said Phillip Damianidis, director of information technology, Inscape. “F.I.R.E. will help designers and dealers focus on the design solution and not worry about the technology or product rules – creating a true collaborative process that delivers a better result for everyone.”
     
    Said Rob Kendal, managing director, KiSP, Inc.: “By partnering closely with our industry friends at Configura, we’re giving Inscape dealers and customers access to a seamless integration of these leading-edge technologies to dramatically reduce cycle times, error rates and duplication.”
    F.I.R.E. will be available for Inscape’s product collection in June 2015.
     
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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 Inscape
    Inscape makes smart workspaces – thoughtfully designed spaces that perform beyond expectations. For over a century, we have collaborated with our clients to provide customized solutions based on their individual needs. Our meticulously engineered system, storage and wall products provide unparalleled flexibility to create unique applications at a lower cost of ownership. Easy reconfiguration and seamless integration with other products means our smart applications will work today and tomorrow. And they look fabulous. Discover more at inscapesolutions.com.
     
    About KiSP, Inc.

    KiSP creates, develops and provides client-facing solutions to manufacturers, dealers, interior designers and customers in the office furniture industry. Founded in 1993, KiSP is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with additional offices in Costa Rica and Argentina. More at http://www.kisp.com/

     

  • 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.

     

     

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