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The release notes show the new features and enhancements that have been included in Enterprise Studio, HoriZZon and the Team Server, and the issues that have been fixed.

For each new release, you need to migrate your model packages with metamodels embedded (.xmam), or stored in your personal storage or on the Team Server  to materialize the changes and fixes in the release.

Customers with a hosted solution will be updated first. For the update scheme, please refer to Maintenance windows for hosted solution. The installer files for the on-premise solution will be updated later.

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Release 28 May 2020

Bug fixes

Enterprise Analytics

Charts in model packages with embedded configurations created with Enterprise Studio version 24 Jan 2020, were not rendered correctly in later versions of Enterprise Studio and HoriZZon, even when the embedded configuration was not upgraded to their current tool version.TP-10988


A table chart that uses (or has used) "selection mode" would remain blank when viewed in HoriZZon.


Release 18 May 2020

New features and enhancements


 New JDBC driver required for on-premise Team Server with integrated security

If you are working with an on-premise installation of the Team Server, using MSSQL, and using integrated security for the Team Server, you need to download a new JDBC driver for the Team Server before updating it to the new version. For more information and instructions, please refer to Enterprise Studio release-specific required actions.


 Updated design and new homepage for HoriZZon
TP-10666, TP-10749, TP-10879

HoriZZon now has a new homepage for welcoming the user. The new homepage includes the following sections with favorite, popular, and last updated views. Additionally, the views  show to which site they belong. The design of the HoriZZon pages has also been updated, including a new header, style of titles and breadcrumbs located in the header. In addition, on the right in the header is a separate entrance for notifications and one for the user profile, language settings, and configuration download.

For more information and a demo, see also the BiZZdesign blog:

 Consistency and visibility improvements for site functions

On behalf of consistency and better visibility of several site functions, the following changes have been made:

  • The More Options control on view pages and inspect pages , and on the Properties panel of selected elements  has been replaced by separate buttons. The ExploreInspect, and workflow functions now have their own button.

  • The More Options control for an element's property in the Properties panel has moved from left to the right of a property. All property controls are now located on the right of a property.

Team Platform

 Role assignment possible for SAML2 user provisioning

It is now possible to configure the default roles (Lead Designer, Designer, Contributor or Consumer) for users being provisioned using a SAML2 enabled identity provider.  If you do not use group authentication or are not able to upon user provisioning, you can specify one or more default roles for all users to provide them access.

Defining the default roles  can be done on the Team Server authentication settings page for SAML 2.0. This page is only accessible to users who have the System Administrator role.  Please take note that the settings are only available in an on-premise installation of the Team Server. If you are working with a hosted Team Server, please provide the roles that you want to assign when contacting BiZZdesign Support for configuring the Team Server.

 Option to commit data in shared model package or project upon closing

When a shared model package or project is closed or when Enterprise Studio exits and there is work that has not been committed yet, Enterprise Studio will now inform the user about this. The user has the option to close the model package or project without committing (the default), not closing and checking these changes, or just cancel the operation. If the user does not react to the question, the model package or project is automatically closed without committing the changes after 30 seconds.

 Group manage permissions for users

To be able to delegate administrative tasks in the Team Server further, it is now possible to grant users group manage permissions. It can be given to members of a group and can be done by users who have the Administrator role or have manage permissions for that group. A user with group manage permissions can perform the following actions:

  • Add members to the group and remove them from the group.
  • Change the name and description of the group.
  • Grant group manage permissions to other members of the group and remove these permissions.

Please take note that adding and removing members and changing the group name and description can ONLY be done for native Team Server groups. These are groups that have been created in the Team Server. It is not possible for groups that have been added to the Team Server through provisioning via an external identity provider (Azure AD, SAML, etc.).

A user can be granted group manage permissions via the group page or the new group members page:

There can be multiple users with group manage permissions in one group. Once a user who is granted manage permissions for a group is no longer a member of that group, he or she will automatically lose his or her manage permissions for that group.

For more information about group manage permissions for users, please refer to Granting users group manage permissions.

 Collaboration manage permissions for users

To be able to delegate administrative tasks in the Team Server further, it is now possible to grant users manage permissions for collaborations (i.e., model packages and projects). It can be given to individual users who are directly invited to a model package or project (so not group invitations). Granting the permissions can be done by users who have the Administrator role or have manage permissions for that model package or project. A user with manage permissions for a model package or project can perform the following actions (in addition to permissions that are implied by being invited):

  • Revoke other users' invitations to the model package or project.
  • Revoke group invitations to the model package or project.
  • Remove other users' claims for the model package or project.
  • Change other users' access to the model package or project.
  • Grant manage permissions to other users who are directly invited to the model package or project and remove these permissions.

A user can be granted collaboration manage permissions via the model package or project overview page. Example:

Users who create a model package or project automatically receive the manage permissions for that model package or project. There can be multiple users with manage permissions for a specific model package or project. Once a user who is granted manage permissions for a model package or project is no longer invited to that model package or project, he or she will automatically lose his or her manage permissions for that collaboration.

For more information about collaboration manage permissions for users, please refer to Granting users manage permissions for a model package or project.

 Query-based search for Team Server list pages

List pages in the Team Server administration pages, like the user list page and model package list page, have a search box for searching/filtering items in these lists. It can be done by entering a search term. Now you can also use query-based search on these pages: Users, Groups, Members, Model packages, and Projects. With query-based search, you can combine a specific filter name and value in the search box, making searching and filtering more powerful.

An example: When entering only a search term on the Users page, the names and e-mail addresses are scanned for this value. To limit the results, a filter name can be included in the search box. By entering name: followed by the value, only the users' names are scanned for the value, not the e-mail addresses. Also, searching for a specific role that users have is not possible by only using a search term. It is possible using a query-based search. By entering role: followed by the role name, the list is scanned for users with that role. Entering role:designer will show all users who have that role.

Following filter names can be used:

Users, groups, members: name:, description:role:

Model packages, projects: name: and description:

Bug fixes


The Check and Repair function would incorrectly claim to have repaired some defects in a model package, again listing these defects in the next run.


Some windows versions before Windows 10 gave an error when booting the Activity Console due to a Microsoft update.TP-10689
In a model package containing charts, the Check and Repair function kept producing "chart with hidden legacy property values that are no longer used" messages, even after a presumably successful repair.TP-10735

Data integration

In some situations, it could happen that the Technopedia connection did not work correctly.


Enterprise analytics

Some table charts would remain blank when their view was first opened. Refreshing the chart would not always solve the problem.



Charts based on a viewpoint script that uses the built-in function "query" (to execute another script and relay its results) would not render correctly in HorriZZon, resulting in an incomplete view.TP-10731

Collapsed objects were not shown in HoriZZon.



Upon opening a model package, the legends (graphic shape) added to views did not show properly.


Team Platform

It was possible for invalid objects to be matched when drawing new objects, causing invalid references.


When a proxy was configured for connecting to the Team Server, the proxy settings were not used for connecting to the documents service API (used for document definitions and Technopedia).TP-10871

View filters and viewpoints

When there were more than fifty objects on a view, the color view would not set a color for all objects on the view.



When workflow links sent by e-mail were clicked using Outlook, the Outlook Safelinks protection would redirect the workflow links and make them unusable.


Release 11 March 2020

New features and enhancements


 Support for native application mode when running Enterprise Studio Online in Windows Client application

When running Enterprise Studio Online in the Windows Client application, there is now support for native application mode. Functionally, the native application mode has no additional value to the Windows Client application, it is mainly a visual change: Enterprise Studio Online opens in its own window and functions in the same way as a locallly installed application. Also, the Activity Console, and integrated file explorer and web browser open in their own application windows and look as if they were running locally.  The native application mode is not supported on resolutions higher than 2560x1440. Make sure that you are using the latest version of the Windows Client application.

The native application mode can be activated via the session toolbar by clicking Settings > Switch to native application mode.

 Windows Client application improvements
TP-10381, TP-10424

The Appstream Windows Client application, available since the 20 December 2019 release, for running Enterprise Studio Online, can now also be used when running HoriZZon in Mozilla Firefox.

If the preference is set to using the Windows Client application for running Enterprise Studio Online but the Windows Client application is not installed yet, clicking the Enterprise Studio Online button in HoriZZon will generate an error message with a link to the support page about the Windows Client application, or a default message informing that no app is installed.

 User interface changes and improvements in Enterprise Studio

The following improvements and changes have been made to the Enterprise Studio user interface.

Functional changes

  • The ribbon now has an Expert mode and a Simple mode. The Expert mode is similar to the old ribbon in previous releases. In Simple mode, only a number of basic commands on the regular ribbon tabs (File, View, Report (new), and Window) are available in the ribbon. In Expert mode, there is also the (new) Advanced ribbon tab, and the additional metamodel-specific tabs when a model is open. The Expert mode can be toggled via the switch to the right of the ribbon tabs.

    For users who have already worked with an earlier version of Enterprise Studio, the ribbon is automatically set to Expert mode. New Enterprise Studio users start with the Simple mode as default.

  • The properties in the Properties window now have a context menu with options for directly generating a color view or label view on the selected property. Right-clicking a property will show the context menu. The menu options not only allow generating the view filter on but also deactivating it. In addition, a similar color view or label view can be generated via the Navigator for elements.


  • The Line color function on the Home ribbon tab (Markup group) is now always enabled for lines, regardless of the application setting Derive line color from fill color. This setting only affects objects. The setting and the line color function do not apply to node graphics (like junctions).

  • The behavior of the Navigator pane now follows the application setting Double-click in model browser to open diagram, reacting the same way the model browser does based on this setting.

Relocations and rearrangements

  • The commands in the Markup group on the Home ribbon tab have been rearranged. Additionally, the labels of the commands have been removed.

  • The command groups on the View ribbon tab have been rearranged and within the View filter group, the order of the view filters has changed.

  • The ribbon has been extended with 2 new tabs Report and Advanced. The latter is only available in Expert mode.

    The Report ribbon tab includes the functions for reporting to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and the create poster function. The reporting functions have been relocated from the metamodel-specific ribbon tabs AmberArchiMate and BPMN. The create poster function has been added to the ribbon tab, in addition to the existing command in the Backstage menu (via Print).

    The Advanced ribbon tab includes the Translation table, model inspection functions, the Links table, Derive Relations functions, and Query Tool entry. The Translation table, Links table, and Query Tool have been relocated from the Home ribbon tab, the model inspection and derive relations functions have been relocated from the View ribbon tab.

  • The function for changing the active model language has been relocated from the Home tab (Language group) to the left corner of the application status bar. By clicking the language you can select a different language, if available.

  • The control for changing the application theme that was located at the right top of the ribbon has been removed. Instead, the option for changing the theme is now available at the General settings of the Enterprise Studio Options.


  • The Backstage menu item Report has been renamed to Publish.

  • The commands Property Table and Cross-reference Table on the Home ribbon tab (Tables group) are now called Properties and Cross-references.

  • The Icons command on the Home ribbon tab (Markup group) is now called Image.

  • The Add modeling conventions  function on the Quality ribbon tab ( Conventions group) has been renamed to Set modeling conventions .

Visual changes

  • The arrow control for expanding and collapsing the model package at the top level in the model browser has been removed. The model package can now be collapsed and expanded by double-clicking its name so that sorting and resetting the package tree are still possible.

  • The + and - controls in the tree structure of the Properties window for expanding and collapsing properties have been replaced by arrow controls.


  • The Next Diagram and Previous Diagram commands have been removed from the Window ribbon tab (Diagram group).

  • The Tip of the day functionality has been removed from Enterprise Studio.

  • The commands Undo, Redo, Delete, and Select all have been removed from the Home ribbon tab (group Editing). Deleting data from a diagram or view remains possible using the Delete or Backspace key. Selecting all data in a diagram or view remains possible using the Ctrl+A shortcut. Undoing and redoing operations can be performed using the Quick Access toolbar.


 Refreshed line color and icon color follows object text color

The automatically derived line color of ArchiMate objects has been refreshed. The way the line color is derived from the background color has been improved, in Enterprise Studio as well as HoriZZon. Also, the color of the icon in an object now follows the color of the font in the object.

 New Total view with refreshed color scheme
TP-10498, TP-10564

A new ArchiMate Total view has been introduced which uses a new fresher color scheme. The new view, called Total view new style, is available next to the old Total view, now called Total view classic.

The old Total view and the rest of the view types keep their original color scheme. Existing views will keep their original or customized colors.  Some of the ArchiMate example models and template models have been updated to fit the new color scheme. The standard template "Empty model with total view" now includes the classic and new style Total view.

For more information, please refer to Creating ArchiMate models using the new style color scheme.

 Extensions in the ArchiSurance TOGAF example model

To show a more complete overview of the features Enterprise Studio offers for ArchiMate modeling, the ArchiSurance TOGAF example model has been extended with the following:

  • various examples of business and strategy views, including a strategy analysis with portfolios
  • example of capability-based planning, including analysis with portfolios
  • example of product management, including portfolios
  • example of a basic table chart


 New default sorting for views of a site

As of this release, views of a site are by default sorted by popularity ("Number of hits"). Previously, the default sorting was by name. Sorting options "Name" and "Last modified" are also still available.

 New embed sharing feature available for trying out

As of this release, a new feature for sharing view is available at request to try out. In addition to the existing feature of sharing views via hyperlinks (since the 20 December release), there is a possibility to include views in SharePoint and Confluence pages by embedding the views. Embedded views can be viewed by anyone who has access to the respective SharePoint or Confluence page. Accessing a view in HoriZZon from the SharePoint or Confluence page is only allowed for HoriZZon users who have the Consumer role.  Security of the sharing feature can be enhanced by specifying a list or range of allowed IP addresses (IP whitelisting).

Example of a view embedded in a SharePoint page:

The sharing by  embedding feature including whitelisting is currently only available at request. If you are interested, please contact BiZZdesign Support. If you prefer to use whitelisting, please also provide the IP addresses.

For more information about the sharing functionality, please refer to the support page  Embedding HoriZZon content outside HoriZZon  and BiZZdesign blog  Unleash the power of HoriZZon on SharePoint & Confluence.

Team Platform

 "Last updated "date for model packages and projects
TP-10461, TP-10553

The model packages overview page in the Team Server administration pages now shows for each model package the date it was last updated instead of the creation date. Also, it is now possible to sort the model packages and projects by their last updated date.

View filters and viewpoints

 Customization of colors in color view

Before, setting a specific or persistent color palette for a color view in Enterprise Studio required using a script. From now on, w hen selecting different colors in a generated color view, these colors will be persisted and applied the next time the (saved) color viewpoint is reactivated for a view. In addition, controls have been added to the color view legend to reset  the changed colors, and to deactivate  the color (or label) view from there. For more information, please refer to Customizing the colors of a color view.

Example of a color view with default colors (left) and customized colors (right):

Bug fixes


It was not possible to migrate model packages created with Enterprise Studio 4 (2019-08-13) to a later version.



It was not possible to change the duration of the value stage of a value stream in a Business Outcome Journey Map.


Data integration

When exporting data using an Excel connection, dates would be exported as strings instead of actual dates.


Charts that were defined using a document-based attribute (for online editing) were broken after reopening the model package.TP-10494

Enterprise Analytics

Analytic charts in currently open views and diagrams were refreshed upon loading these views and diagrams, and when saving them. This resulted in undesired waiting times.  From now, analytic charts can only be refreshed manually. In addition, some performance optimizations have been made to reduce the time needed to refresh charts.



Aggregate metrics were not visible in HoriZZon.TP-5785
HoriZZon sometimes showed the wrong languages on charts.TP-6066

Managing external groups was not possible in Internet Explorer. After applying changes, an S_400 error was returned.



When activating a license, the license expiration date on the Team Server license settings page would show the text "invalid date" instead of the date when viewing the information using Internet Explorer.



The Metamodeler would not preserve the font color upon opening a metamodel.



Enterprise Studio would crash when navigating to View > Derive relations > Via Profile Attributes to open a derived relations table.


The column headers in the Property table did not show the correct translated attribute name for customer-defined profile attributes.TP-10455
Deleting a workset would crash Enterprise Studio.TP-10482

Team Platform

The personal storage for saving model packages would not be available for users when they are in an AzureAD domain.TP-10176
Sometimes configured team servers would not show up on the Open backstage page, while visible on the Save As page.TP-10396

After copying a relation reference without copying both its attached object references, and undoing this action, committing any remaining changes would fail with the message "An error occurred during the creation of the contribution file". The Check and Repair function has been extended to detect such a situation in the working copy and repair it.


Some special characters in the e-mail address were not supported when inviting a user.TP-10511

Release 24 January 2020

Bug fixes


A warning about registering document definitions would appear when opening a model package in Enterprise Studio installations without HoriZZon.


Release notes 2019

For more information, see Release notes archive 2019

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