Who is behind the software?
The pCon products are the work of the German software company EasternGraphics, manufacturer of the standard software for office and public area planning, pCon.planner. This software company has bridged the gap between the planning office on the one hand and the dealer/end consumer on the other and has rolled out an updated smartphone app (pCon.box) and a digital, mobile furniture catalog (pCon.facts).
How much do they cost to use?
The apps are free to download and use. There are two versions of the pCon.planner: “MA” and “Pro”. MA stands for “marketing (edition)” and is free. The Pro version costs EUR 990 to buy (plus maintenance costs).
What happens to the data created when I use the apps?
Your data is stored on German servers that are run in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR). The data is analyzed solely for the purpose of providing the service itself and improving the platform.
What does OFML mean?
OFML stands for “Office Furniture Modeling Language” and denotes the universal data standard for the office furniture industry. OFML data sets contain 2D and 3D views of products, configuration info, product texts, prices. All pCon products work with OFML data.
What does pCon mean?
pCon stands for “product Configuration”.
Where does the content come from? Who keeps it updated?
All content comes from manufacturers, who continuously add to and maintain their data sets. Walter Knoll, for example, has opted to make its entire product portfolio, including configurations, available in the pCon tools.
Are there data sets from other furniture-makers?
Yes. Many furniture-makers publish their data in pCon.planner and increasingly in pCon.box – but the quality and completeness of this data tends to vary.
How compatible is it with other programs?
OFML is industry standard. The 3D data, for example, is compatible with conventional CAD programs (dwg, dwt, dxf, sat, sab, 3ds, skp). As a development partner of EasternGraphics, Walter Knoll has moved all its data sets (products, accounting, and logistics) to a single OFML platform. The goal: to offer architects, dealers, planners, and customers perfect, standardized data sets.
Does everything work in virtual reality and augmented reality environments?
In virtual reality (VR), customers can explore virtual room and furniture plans using data goggles. In augmented reality (AR), 3D graphics can be placed and arranged in a room in real time on your smartphone or tablet. Augmented reality currently works in pCon.box and pCon.facts. The virtual reality component is still at the planning stage.