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Hi, I downloaded Aris Express on my Mac, running Java 7 and OS X Lion, but when I launch the software, I got an error. Java cannot compile, and I can't use it. Here is the stacktrace:


jnlp spec="1.6+" codebase=""



    <title>ARIS Express 2.3</title>

    <vendor>Software AG</vendor>

    <homepage href=""/>

    <description>Model your business by using ARIS Express.</description>

    <description kind="short">Model your business by using ARIS Express.</description>

    <icon kind="shortcut" href="alogo.ico"/>

    <icon kind="splash" href="splash.gif"/>


    <shortcut online="false">


      <menu submenu="ARIS Express"/>


    <association extensions="adf" mime-type="x-application/adf">

      <description kind="short">ARIS Document File</description>

      <icon href="adf.ico"/>







    <property name="jnlp.packEnabled" value="true"/>

    <j2se version="1.6+" initial-heap-size="64m" max-heap-size="512m"

java-vm-args="-Dsun.java2d.d3d=false -XX:MaxPermSize=96m"/>

    <jar href="PngEncoder.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="activation.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="antlr.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="aris71db2.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="aris_loader.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="arismethod.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="cl_locale.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="cl_locale_de.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="cl_locale_en.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="client.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="cltech.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="common.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="commons-beanutils.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="commons-codec.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="commons-collections.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="commons-configuration.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="commons-digester.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="commons-io.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="commons-lang.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="commons-logging.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="commons-pool.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="components.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="components2.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="express_embedded_de_help.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="express_embedded_en_help.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="expresslauncher.jar" main="true" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="filters.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="hsqldb.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="itext.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="itextasian.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="jdom.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="jh.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="jide.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="js.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="jxlayer.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="log4j.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="mail.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="rapidSpell.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="saaj-api.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="saaj-impl.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="serializer.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="server.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="server_locale.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="server_locale_de.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="server_locale_en.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="server_method_oem04.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="timingframework.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="ws-commons-util.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="wsdl4j.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="xalan.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="xercesImpl.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="xml-apis.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="xmlrpc-client.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="xmlrpc-common.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-annotations.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dictionaries.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dl-core.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dl-mapping-asa.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dl-mapping-db2.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dl-mapping-derby.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dl-mapping-hsqldb.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dl-mapping-lidl.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dl-mapping-mssql.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dl-mapping-olite.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dl-mapping-oracle.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-dl-mapping-pg.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-domhelper.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-graphics.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-graphlayout.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-guiframework.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-lipo.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-reportexecution.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-reportoutput.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-spellchecker-dictionaries.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-spellchecker.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y-utils.jar" download="eager"/>

    <jar href="y.jar" download="eager"/>


  <update check="background" policy="prompt-update"/>










java.lang.ClassCastException: java.util.HashMap cannot be cast to java.awt.RenderingHints

       at com.jidesoft.swing.JideSwingUtilities.<clinit>(Unknown Source)

       at com.jidesoft.plaf.vsnet.VsnetMetalUtils.initComponentDefaults(Unknown


       at com.jidesoft.plaf.LookAndFeelFactory.installJideExtension(Unknown Source)

       at com.jidesoft.plaf.LookAndFeelFactory.installJideExtension(Unknown Source)

       at com.jidesoft.plaf.LookAndFeelFactory.installJideExtension(Unknown Source)





       at com.idsscheer.framework.gui.plaf.ALookAndFeel.installLookAndFeel(Unknown

















       at com.idsscheer.aris.client.arisloader.AAbstactLoader.start(Unknown Source)

       at com.idsscheer.aris.expresslauncher.AExpressLauncher.startClient(Unknown


       at com.idsscheer.aris.expresslauncher.AExpressLauncher.main(Unknown Source)

       at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)





       at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(

       at com.sun.javaws.Launcher.executeApplication(Unknown Source)

       at com.sun.javaws.Launcher.executeMainClass(Unknown Source)

       at com.sun.javaws.Launcher.doLaunchApp(Unknown Source)

       at Source)



I'd like to be able to use it.

It'd be great that the devs fix this.


by Frank Weyand
Posted on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 10:39


There is a bug in the new Java version 7, which prevents ARIS Express to start.…

If you installed the new version, maybe per automatical update, you need to go back to an older version of Java.

Sorry for any inconveniences. I hope, the new JRE version, where the bug have been fixed, will be released soon.

In your case, you would need to download the JRE version for Mac, which can't be found in by link above.



by Francois BAUX
Posted on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 19:38



aris express 2.3 on Moutain lion 10.8.2 with Java 1.6 only

1) Remove the the existing symbolic link:

sudo rm /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin

2) Create a new symbolic link:

sudo ln -s /System/Library/Java/Support/Deploy.bundle/Contents/Resources/JavaPlugin2_NPAPI .plugin /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin

downolad  this : Télécharger,  install (last apple java 1.6)

With the Terminal open, type in java -version then press Enter.  Then retrieve the current java version, in this example being 1.6.0_xx 

if not start again

open java preferences, (préférences java mountain lion)

network part

delete cache quit

try to launch Aris express


by Loc Pham
Posted on Sun, 06/07/2015 - 17:53

I'm using Java 8 Update 45 after almost 3 years since this question was posted and still receiving the same error on my Macbook Yosemite.

by Pete Cornish
Posted on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:59

This is still an issue on OS X Yosemite.

by Marco Mantovaninni
Posted on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:52

Java 8 update 60

Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.5

same issue

by Yaman Mazyed
Posted on Mon, 09/14/2015 - 00:56

In reply to by mantova

I am having the same issue :( 

Did you find a way?


by Adam Suskiewicz
Posted on Mon, 11/30/2015 - 12:55

OS X El Capitan

Java 1.8.0_66

Aris Express doesn't work, the same issue:

 java.util.HashMap cannot be cast to java.awt.RenderingHints

Are You sure, that problem is in JRE? The other java applications work perfectly.

by Sergii Kukhariev
Posted on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 08:35

3 year old issue, maybe someone can fix it finally?

by Maryori Hernandez
Posted on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 17:06

Hi, I have the same issue. I have installed JAVA 8. Please, could you update how resolve this issue. Thanks in advance. Regards.


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