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  • Configura announces September CET Designer Webinars

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free September webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    CET Designer Tools
    Sept. 29, 11 a.m. EDT

    Introduction to Configura and CET Designer for Manufacturers
    Sept. 19, 1 p.m. EDT

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

  • Configura announces keynote and details of 10th annual CET Designer User Conference

    Conference returns to Las Vegas and features keynote presenter Suzette Subance Ferrier, Contract Magazine's Designer of the Year

    CET Designer User Conference Press Kit
    https://goo.gl/3UYTEY

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Aug. 3, 2017—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the keynote presenter, speakers and other details of the 10th annual CET Designer User & Developer Conference being held Nov. 8-9 at The Venetian Hotel and Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

    Configura anticipates nearly 500 people – interior designers, dealer principals, software developers and representatives from leading global commercial furniture manufacturers – at the event that has become tradition in the CET Designer community.

    “For many of our users, it’s like a big reunion – and for this milestone year, we’re excited to bring the user conference back to where it all began – Las Vegas,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said.

    Speakers and presentations
    “We’re thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker is Contract magazine’s 2017 Designer of the Year Suzette Subance Ferrier,” Lanning said. “Suzette is one of North America’s leading designers, and her message about how design shapes the workplace will inspire our attendees, many of whom design workspaces themselves.”

    A studio design director at New York City-based TPG Architecture, Subance Ferrier, specializes in workspaces that combine sophisticated design sensibility with practical business strategy and application. Her vision and team-centered design instincts have led her to create workplace interiors that reflect the best attributes of her clients – infused with her artful, unique touch.

    At the CET Designer User Conference, Subance Ferrier will share insights from some of her favorite projects and inspiration for designing innovative spaces.

    “The workplace can transform people, companies and brands,” says Subance Ferrier, whose recent clients have included Time Inc., FCB, Forbes Media and Weber Shandwick/Axis, as well as a new home for the Institute of Culinary Education.

    Joining Subance Ferrier as a leading speaker at the conference will be Kadie Yale, editor-in-chief of interiors+sources magazine. Yale will share her expertise and insights on the importance of design through history, including present day. Her presentation will talk about how design impacts – and has been impacted by – technology, scientific studies, globalization and even media coverage.

    American Society of Interior Designers’ Susan Wiggins also joins the speakers’ slate. Wiggins, a senior strategic advisor for ASID, will discuss the latest trends and outlook for the A&D community and the contract furniture market.

    Other speakers, presenters and workshop leaders include Lisa Blackman, Emily Cooper, Paul Riches, Jason Lund, Donald Stratton, Lorna Marcuzzo, Cate Sword, Tracy Helmus, Abby Stevenson, Kaylie Tucker, Marcos Arizpe, Andreas Ekbom, Brooke Snow, Kelsey DeBruin, Danielle Hirka, Hanna Fägersjö, Emma Johansson, Kendra Steinhaus, Jack Brick, Curtis Kuipers, Yudishtra Selvaratnam and Audrey Moore.

    Breakout sessions at the conference include such topics as Budgeting in CET Designer, Management Best Practices, CET Designer Roundtable, IT Best Practices and Hardware for CET Designer, Close the Deal with Live Design, Rebel Design, Intro to Edit Graphics, Putting Plans Together, Advanced Rendering in CET Designer, Intro to CET Designer, CET Designer and Universities, Virtual Reality and 360 Renderings, New Tools Demo, CET Designer and Architecture, Chat with the Programmers, Tips and Tricks from the Help Desk and CET Designer Jeopardy.

    “It’s an opportunity to learn new features and best practices from CET Designer pros and industry professionals so you can design faster and more efficiently,” Lanning said.

    A number of the sessions are approved for Continuing Education Units by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).

    Developer conference
    In conjunction with the CET Designer User Conference, Configura will also host a developer conference – the third year in a row that Configura has commingled the conferences.

    The CET Developer Conference is an opportunity to meet and share experiences with other CET (Configura Extension Technology) developers, explore the CET Developer community and learn about new topics. It’s also an opportunity for designers and developers to get together so they can talk with each other about what’s needed and what’s next in CET Designer.

    “Putting users and developers together helps us to shape the future of the software,” Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten said.

    An opportunity to have fun, meet others, be creative
    Configura infuses its Swedish philosophy of intentional opportunities to meet, mingle and collaborate throughout the conference as a way of inspiring creativity and fresh ideas.

    “Innovation requires incubation,” Lanning said, “and we’re pleased to offer Welcome Events as well as a special 10-year anniversary party, plus meals and networking opportunities.”

    Attendees can choose from one of four Welcome Events happening Nov. 7: Las Vegas Road Rally, Dessert and a Show, Dinner at Tao or Dinner at Lavo. Then, on Nov. 8, Configura hosts A Night to Remember – an elegant, red-carpet event that encourages guests to dress to the nines and celebrate in the glitz-and-glamour style of Hollywood.

    “The night will entertain and be full of fun and surprises – and prizes,” Lanning said.

    Registration and costs
    The cost for user conference dealer representatives is $475/person and for manufacturer representatives is $775/person. The cost for developer conference attendees is $475/person. Space is limited to the first 450 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. Register and learn more, including info on hotel room rates, at http://www.configura.com/userconference.

    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.)

    Best of CET Designer Awards
    The Best of CET Designer Awards honors best practices in use of the software. Although the awards program is held in conjunction with the user conference, attendance at the conference isn’t required to enter the awards program. Configura will announce details of the 2017 Best of CET Designer Awards and submission process in August.

    Sponsors
    The 10th annual CET Designer User Conference is sponsored by Diamond Sponsors Allsteel and Open Systems Technologies; Gold Sponsors Herman Miller, National, HID Evolution, Officeinsight, ProjectMatrix, OFS Brands and Steelcase; Silver Sponsors American Society of Interior Designers, interiors+sources and My Resource Library; and Bronze Sponsors Bellow Press and TPG Architecture.

  • Configura announces August CET Designer webinars

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free August webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    MyConfigura
    August 4, 11 a.m. EDT
    August 9, 4 p.m. EDT

    August 30, 4 p.m. EDT

    Getting Started with CET Designer
    August 10, 4 p.m. EDT
    August 23, 4 p.m. EDT

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

  • Configura announces July CET Designer webinars

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free July webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    Working with Blocks
    July 6, 4 p.m. EDT
    July 25, 4 EDT

    Getting Started with CET Designer
    July 7, 4 p.m. EDT
    July 24, 4 p.m. EDT

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

  • Configura heads to NeoCon with 360-degree video technology

    Configura heads to NeoCon with 360-degree video technology

    CET Designer 8.0 lets designers create 360-degree walk-thru videos. Experience the technology at NeoCon 2017 in Configura's space, 7-5129.

    NeoCon Press Kit
    https://goo.gl/QAfKdy

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 1, 2017—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, heads to NeoCon 2017 this June 12-14 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago ready to exhibit 360-degree walk-thru videos for its space-planning solution, CET Designer.

    CET Designer 8.0 includes the new technology.
    Configura recently announced the release of CET Designer 8.0, which includes the ability to create 360-degree walk-thru videos. Also with CET Designer 8.0 are enhancements to Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension. The VR Extension along with a VR headset (such as HTC Vive or Oculus Rift) offers an immersive, virtual reality experience of a designed space. Support for HTC Vive headsets launched with CET Designer 8.0 and will be demo’ed by Configura at NeoCon. Oculus Rift headsets already are supported by the Virtual Viewer VR Extension.

    “Democratized” VR and Google Cardboard headsets giveaway plus Yulio drawing.
    Meanwhile, Configura’s recent collaboration with Yulio “democratizes” VR through the use of inexpensive 3D headsets such as Google Cardboard. Configura will demo the Yulio technology and be giving away Yulio-supported Google Cardboard 3D headsets at NeoCon. Visitors to Configura’s booth also can enter a special Yulio-sponsored drawing for a Samsung Gear VR headset and a yearlong Yulio subscription.

    Speaker reveal for Configura’s 10th annual CET Designer User Conference
    On Monday, June 12, at 3 p.m., Configura will welcome to its NeoCon booth a special guest – the keynote speaker for the 10th annual CET Designer User Conference (the conference is Nov. 8-9 in Las Vegas). NeoCon attendees are invited to attend this special announcement and meet the speaker – a leader in the international design community.

    During NeoCon, Configura will open up “early bird” registration for discounted pricing to the user conference. Users also will have the chance to win a free registration to the user conference, a $475 value. The winning name will be drawn Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. in Configura’s NeoCon booth. (Entrants need not be present to win. Some restrictions apply.)

    Global manufacturers, thousands of users.
    CET Designer is used by thousands of designers, specifiers and salespersons around the world. Global office furniture manufacturers and suppliers that have invested in CET Designer Extensions for their companies and dealerships include AJ, Allsteel, Aurora Storage Products, Bisley, Carvajal Espacios, ChargeSpot, Chief, Connectrac, Dekko, Euro Chair, Haworth, Herman Miller, HON, Inscape, iTab, KI, Kimball Office, Maars Living Walls, Midmark, National, OFS Brands, Oi Furniture, Solinoff, Spacefile, Steelcase, Sunon, Teknion and Tranquil Systems International. Several of these manufacturers will be demo’ing their CET Designer Extensions at NeoCon.

    Configura will demo CET Designer 8.0 and related technologies at NeoCon 2017 in space 7-5129 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

     

  • Configura announces June CET Designer webinars

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free June webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    Allsteel CET-Beyond Webinar: Proposal, Shop and Installation Drawings
    June 1, 3 a.m. EDT
    June 1, 11 a.m. EDT

    360 Rendering
    June 1, 4 p.m. EDT
    June 20, 4 p.m. EDT

    Getting Started with CET Designer
    June 5, 4 p.m. EDT
    June 15, 4 p.m. EDT

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

  • Configura releases CET Designer 8.0

    Configura releases CET Designer 8.0

    New with CET Designer 8.0 is the ability to create 360-degree movies

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May 18, 2017—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the release of CET Designer 8.0. The latest version of the award-winning space-planning software includes the ability to create 360-degree movies, enhancements to the Virtual Viewer VR Extension and other improvements making it easier than ever to produce photorealistic, panoramic renderings.

    “CET Designer 8.0 offers amazing visualization capabilities for designers,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said. “Our software helps people bring spaces to life like no other design-and-specification tool.”

    CET Designer 8.0 details:

    • The ability to create 360-degree movies. With the release of 8.0, the CET Designer Movie Studio Extension will enable users to create and render 360-degree, panoramic videos – offering an incredibly expansive view of a designed space. View a 360 Video. 
    • Enhancements to Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension. Support for HTC Vive headsets launches with CET Designer 8.0; meanwhile, Oculus Rift headsets already are supported by the Virtual Viewer VR Extension. Plus, Configura’s recent collaboration with Yulio “democratizes” VR through the use of inexpensive 3D headsets such as Google Cardboard. Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension along with a VR headset offers an immersive, virtual reality experience of a designed space. This year at NeoCon (June 12-14 in Chicago), Configura will demo these VR technologies and be giving away Yulio-supported Google Cardboard 3D headsets.
    • Additional enhancements coming with CET Designer 8.0:
      • Improvements making it easier than ever to produce photorealistic renderings and 360-degree panoramic renderings
      • The ability to do “custom shape tagging” – a popular request made by CET Designer users
      • Added support to the CET Designer “Edit Graphics” (Meshes) tool for mirroring parts and whole objects
      • Updates to the Stairs Extension – expanded styles, materials and abilities to attach staircases and adjust railings
      • A new “omni” light source in the Lights Extension
      • More kitchen and home accessories

    CET Designer has become one of the leading space-planning solutions used today. It is used by thousands of designers, specifiers and salespersons around the world. Global office furniture manufacturers and suppliers that have invested in CET Designer Extensions for their companies and dealerships include AJ, Allsteel, Aurora Storage Products, Bisley, Carvajal Espacios, ChargeSpot, Chief, Connectrac, Dekko, Euro Chair, Haworth, Herman Miller, HON, Inscape, iTab, KI, Kimball Office, Maars Living Walls, Midmark, National, OFS Brands, Oi Furniture, Solinoff, Spacefile, Steelcase, Sunon, Teknion and Tranquil Systems International.

    Configura will demo CET Designer 8.0 at NeoCon 2017 in space 7-5129 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

  • NeoCon 2017 Product Profile

    Configura offers NeoCon preview, announces enhancements to CET Designer

    New: Ability to create 360-degree movies

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—April 11, 2017—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces enhancements and new functionalities with the release of CET Designer 8.0, unveiling this spring and showing at NeoCon:

    • The ability to create 360-degree movies. With the release of 8.0, the CET Designer Movie Studio Extension will enable users to create and render 360-degree, panoramic videos – offering an incredibly expansive view of a designed space.
    • Enhancements to Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension. Support for HTC Vive headsets launches with CET Designer 8.0; meanwhile, Oculus Rift headsets already are supported by the Virtual Viewer VR Extension. Plus, Configura’s recent collaboration with Yulio “democratizes” VR through the use of inexpensive 3D headsets such as Google Cardboard. Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension along with a VR headset offers an immersive, virtual reality experience of a designed space. This year at NeoCon, Configura will demo these VR technologies and be giving away Yulio-supported Google Cardboard 3D headsets.
    •  Additional enhancements coming with CET Designer 8.0:
      • Improvements making it easier than ever to produce photorealistic renderings and 360-degree panoramic renderings
      • Enhanced collaboration possibilities for large drawings where different users can work on separate parts of the same drawing and see each other’s work
      • The ability to do “custom shape tagging” – a popular request made by CET Designer users
      • Added support to the CET Designer “Edit Graphics” (Meshes) tool for mirroring parts and whole objects o Updates to the Stairs Extension – expanded styles, materials and abilities to attach staircases and adjust railings
      • A new “omni” light source added to the Lights Extension
      • More kitchen accessories o More home accessories

    Configura will demo CET Designer 8.0 at NeoCon 2017 in space 7-5129 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

  • Configura announces May CET Designer webinars

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free May webinars with CET Designer instructors: 

    Getting Started with CET Designer
    May 3
    May 31

    CET Designer 8.0 Update
    May 15
    May 16
    May 17
    May 18
    May 19
    May 23
    May 24
    May 26

    Kom igång med CET Designer (Swedish)
    May 29

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

  • Configura partners with AJ Products

    Configura partners with AJ Products to develop a CET Designer software extension to simplify warehouse planning

    AJ Products will use its CET Designer Extension to simplify how warehouse spaces are designed

    LINKÖPING, SWEDEN—Mar. 1, 2017— Configura, the creator of CET Designer space-planning software, announces partnership with Sweden based AJ Products to create a CET Designer Extension. AJ Products manufactures and sells material handling solutions and is one of the first companies in the material-handling industry to join the CET Designer community.

    Configura, a Linköping-based company, is the leading provider of design, specification and ordering software that enables 2D and 3D design, photorealistic renderings, fly-thru videos, virtual reality experiences, instant bills of materials and installation documents. The company offers software solutions built with Configura Extension Technology (CET), which enables manufacturers to create their own Extensions to be plugged into the core software CET Designer.

    Configura’s solutions are used by Kinnarps, Marbodal, Kvik, Bisley, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Haworth, KI, Inscape and dozens of other office furniture and kitchen manufacturers. More than 10,000 designers and salespeople around the world use Configura’s software solutions.

    AJ Solutions Business Area Manager Erik Einarsson decided to invest in a CET Designer Extension because he saw a need for an all-in-one tool for internal employees to design warehouse spaces using AJ Products’ line of products.

    Having previously worked with Configura, Einarsson knew the company understood the intricacy involved in designing a warehouse space. It’s a process than can be time-consuming and complicated – one requiring an intelligent tool that can handle complex product configurations in large drawings.

    “To be able to help our customers plan and visualize their interiors, we needed a competent tool,” said Einarsson. “I chose to partner with Configura because I know they can deliver what we need, and they understand the complexity of these systems.”

    An Extension is a collection of manufacturer’s products that they want to use in CET Designer. The products within an extension can contain programming code, which allows the product to be smart. Manufacturer’s such as AJ Products create a CET Designer Extension to have rules built into the product so the user doesn’t have to know how the product can be configured and is visually presented with all options on the screen. The product can be stretch and configured based on the rules that have been programmed.

    “With CET Designer’s amazing ability to handle calculations at the same time as it does space planning and visualizing, it will be a great tool to streamline and simplify the quotation and sales process for companies in the field of material handling” Tobias Wester, Chief Information Officer for Configura said.

    AJ Products tentatively plans to launch its Extension in March 2017, with the goal to simplify the selling process and make it easier to help plan and visualize its customer’s interiors.

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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 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 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 AJ Products
    Since 1975, AJ Products has been the leader in the office, warehouse and industry interior market. By combining design, innovation, manufacturing and working with handpicked partners, AJ Products offer a broad range of products that fits the need for all its customers. AJ Products’ is headquarter in Halmstad, Sweden. AJ Products operates throughout 19 countries in Europe. More at www.ajproducts.com.

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