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What’s new in ARIS 7.1 service release 5?

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by Sebastian Stein in ARIS BPM Blog posted on 2010-03-03

Some weeks ago, we released a new service release of our ARIS Platform products. Service release sounds like just fixing some bugs. Well, in this case the new release contains many new and important features. In fact, there are so many enhancements that we could have also released a new major version.

Sometimes, it is a little bit tricky to find out what’s new. You might discover new functionality just by accident or you will never get aware of it. To overcome this problem, we start today with a little series of articles – “Features en detail”. All articles are written by our leading development experts of the respective ARIS components.

Here, in this post I will just collect the links to the published articles. We won’t post the articles to the blog, because people might not be interested in. Instead, the articles are posted to ARIS Support group within ARIS Community. You can subscribe to the feed of this group or visit this post from time-to-time to get updated on the latest features.

Here is a list of features, which my colleagues will discuss in the coming weeks here in ARIS Community:

As you can see, there are many new cool features in the latest ARIS release. If you haven’t done so, you should upgrade now!

Another article describes the most important terms used in the articles above like explorer, designer, module, symbol bar, etc.

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Александр Чередниченко posted on 2010-03-03


You forget about hotspots :)
Can you describe the next feature more detailed:
• integrated document management system (DMS) search


Martin Berger posted on 2010-03-03

Hi Sebastian,

my question concerns the import of ARIS Express models into ARIS:

How does ARIS import models from ARIS Express and which attributes etc. are lost?

Does ARIS import hyperlinks in ARIS Express models?

best regards


Frank Weyand posted on 2010-03-03

Hi Martin,

just by right clicking onto a group in the Business Architect, you can import ADF files. This work for the new Service Release 05.

Next days, an article describing the procedure in detail will be set online.



Martin Berger posted on 2010-03-03

Hi Frank,

thank you for your answer. Unfortunately I cannot test the import functionality in ARIS yet. Since I already have started to model in ARIS Express, it would be great to know if the hyperlinks connecting my diagramms will be imported into or transformed to fit the full version of ARIS.

best regards


Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-03

Indeed, hotspots or mini toolbar as we call it now, is also part of the latest release. They are already described very well in the past in the following article:

Ron van der Lem posted on 2010-03-03

if you can deliver some experiences with rcm connected with procesweb

in the versions 7.02 and 7.1 i would appreciate that

best regards ron

Frank Weyand posted on 2010-03-04

Hi Martin,

the links are imported into the ARIS Business Server as well, but they are not transferred or changed. So, if you link ADF files, you need to create assignments after import manually.



Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-08

For those monitoring this thread, the post about Microsoft Visio import in ARIS Business Architect is now available.

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-10
Kathryn Barry posted on 2010-03-11


These new features look really good and I would love to take advantage of them. However, I have just gone through an upgrade from 7.04 to 7.1423484 which was a real mission (for our IT guys). We had someone come down from IDS Scheer to assist our IT Partner.

Any advise on how to make a smooth transition from our current version to Release 5? Is there any information that can walk them through it. I have visions of me asking our IT to upgrade again and them having nervous fits.

Yours hopefully


Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-11

Hi Kathryn,

the upgrade from your 7.1 version to the latest service release will be much easier, because it is not a completely new version. Still, such an upgrade should always be tested carefully. On the installation DVD, you can find documents how to upgrade. I think those documents might be most helpful for your IT people.

Kathryn Barry posted on 2010-03-11

Many thanks Sebastian.

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-17
Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-22

Sascha shows in his recent article the new "easy search" feature allowing you to directly search in models and attributes.

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-24

Michal just published a new article about SmartDesigns in ARIS Business Architect/Designer.

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-24

Today seems to be a busy blogging day. Jens shares some details about the integration of ARIS and webMethods BPMS over at the ARIS BPM Blog. I linked this post here too, even though it is a little bit more highlevel compared to the other "features en detail" posts.

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-25

I just wrote an article describing the most important terms used in the ARIS feature articles. You might be interested to read it in case terms like exlorer, designer, WYSIWYG editor, mini toolbar, fragments, etc. are unfamiliar to you.

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-29

Fritz just published an article describing how to use symbols to make diagrams more visually expressive. This is not a completely new feature, but still very good to know!

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-03-31

Fragments were already introduced in the first release of ARIS Express, but they are now also available in the ARIS Platform products. Check out this new article by Frank to see what you can do with fragments in ARIS Business Architect.

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-04-06

In a recent post, Lars shows us how to use the clipboard to create ARIS content quickly. For example, paste a complete list of words to create an object for each word. You can also paste images into ARIS diagrams.

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-04-08

Sometimes, the small new features are most valuable to ARIS users. Ralf shows us how to export ARIS models as PNG or JPG images.

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-04-19

Ok, here comes the final article. Actually, it is not just a single article, but another sequel about BPMN 2 support in ARIS and ARIS Express.

Saraswathi Culathore posted on 2010-04-29

Please let me know when is the Service Release 6 expected

Sebastian Stein posted on 2010-04-29

Hi Saraswathi,

just to be sure, all feature description linked here in this post are already available with Service Release 5. SR5 was made available some months ago.

Omar Chaudhry posted on 2011-04-04

Hello Dr. Stein,

Do you have a delta paper for ARIS SR4 to ARIS SR7? Thanks

Sebastian Stein posted on 2011-04-04

@Omar: Our releases are available on There, you will always find a "release newsletter" including all changes done compared to the prior release.