ARIS Express 2.1 offers the following new features compared to the previous version:

Simplified link entry

When linking objects with other files or documents you can directly enter a title for the link, for example in order to directly place it into the model per drag and drop.

New symbols: Process interface and location

On popular demand, process interfaces and locations can now be modelled in business processes. The Location symbol is now also available in organizational charts.

Extended BPMN modeling support

The Mini toolbar now provides better support when placing symbols. The selection and order of the symbols available there was adapted to the requirements of BPMN modelers.

Add more lanes

You can add several new lanes simultaneously.

Model additional lanes

You can add additional lanes.

Place attributes for horizontal pools/lanes

You can place attributes for horizontal pools or lanes.

Transform sequence flow to default sequence flow

You can transform a sequence flow to a default sequence flow.

Transform the sequence flow to a conditional sequence flow

You can transform a sequence flow to a conditional sequence flow.

Transform the sequence flow to a normal sequence flow

You can transform a sequence flow to a normal sequence flow.

ARIS Express poster

A poster gives you an overview of the available model types and symbols. Click on Help/ARIS Express poster to call it.


At certain points ARIS Express informs you using balloons and refers for example, to the Insert SmartDesign button in the toolbar. If desired you can turn off these tips at any time.

The following was already implemented in ARIS Express 2.0:

Use models from ARISalign

You can open models created in ARISalign in ARIS Express.

Spell check

You can check entered text for correct spelling.

Insert graphic from the clipboard

You can directly paste graphics that you copied to the clipboard without using the Paste/Object menu.

Import graphics

You can import graphics in the formats emf, png, jpg, and gif into a model. Use the File/Import/Graphic menu or the pop-up menu.

Exporting graphics

You can save objects and models as a file in the formats EMF (Windows Enhanced Metafile), PNG (Portable Network Graphics), or JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group).

Model information page

If you open a model's properties, the Information option is available. If you enable this option, the Information page displays the model type, file path, and model language of the model. For example, this is how you can quickly find the location where your model is saved.