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Aris Express non compliant with the BPMN specification

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by Friederike Schröder-Pander in ARIS Express posted on 2017-06-21


I use ARIS frequently for training and consulting missions and noticed that there are two modelling details in which Aris Express is not compliant with the BPMN specification:

1) The message flow must be dashed and not dotted. According to the specification:

With a dotted line in Aris Express. It is possible to change manually the dotted arrow into a dashed one in the properties, but this is not very convenient: 

2) The event subprocess has a dotted boundary, not a dashed one (like in Aris Express), both the expanded and collapsed event subprocess. According to the BPMN spec:

In Aris Express there are dashed lines:

I wonder if somebody else has reported this already, since especially the message flow is already used in basic process models, but I couldn't find another post on it. Is it possible to correct this, please? How fast can SAG correct these sort of errors?

Thanks a lot in advance!

Friederike Schröder-Pander

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Frank Weyand posted on 2017-06-21


in the ARIS Business Architect, this has already been fixed.

We will release an update for Express soon, but this will be a technical update for Windows 10 users. It is not planned to do an update about further fixes at the moment.



Friederike Schröder-Pander posted on 2017-06-27

Hi Frank,

This is a pity, since it is not compliant with BPMN 2.0!

I suppose that is also not planned to replace the symbols by the new ARIS 9 symbols? (this is less important than the compliancy, since it is only a cosmetic topic)

Best regards,


Frank Weyand posted on 2017-06-27


yes, you are right, nothing planned here.

In ARIS 9 (and 10), the mentioned connection and the symbol ist correct.