The development of BlueDolphin…


Taking ownership of a view

By acquiring ownership of views, you can give the rights associated with a view to a colleague. This way, views are transferable when, for example, someone leaves the company. It also allows published views to be transferred to a different owner. Admins can transfer view rights of others.

Free modelling and using objects that do not exist yet/free sketching

Free modelling of objects and relationships will provide BlueDolphin with a ‘sandbox’ functionality. This allows for free drawing within the tool, without this having an effect on the underlying repository. Various shapes, text boxes and relationships may be used, increasing drawing functionalities. These shapes can be linked to objects later in order to convert the view into views where the shapes are replaced by actual objects. Free modelling gives every user the opportunity to draw and create models with complete freedom and without fuss.

Relationships as objects

Relationships are considered to be fully-fledged objects and may also contain questionnaires. This makes it possible to see for which views specific relationships are applied. From one relationship, multiple relationships can be created with other relationships and objects.

Archimate 3.0

Complete support of Archimate 3.0, with the initial version including no junctions and groupings.

Sharing BPMN views

Simultaneously collaborating on BPMN views, similar to how you can already collaborate with ArchiMate views and share them.

Starting with empty pools and working with non-existing actors/roles and applications

This feature makes it possible to create BPMN views from non-existing processes. In addition, it also allows for the creation of swimming lanes, based on objects other than actors, such as applications – even if these do not exist yet.

Notifications in both Archimate and BPMN + periodic report via email (can be switched on/off)

Notifications become visible in BPMN and Archimate. In addition, you can create reports related to inconsistencies of the different models. Want to share these models? You can easily set this up so that recipients regularly receive an email with the relevant information. This increases the consistency of BlueDolphin environments.

More extensive RBAC model, ‘no-access’ or ‘deny’ now possible and setting up defaults for questionnaires (no rights by default)

‘Read and write’ rights and the like in BlueDolphin are expanded with the ‘no Access’ right. If a user has this particular right, he/she will not be able to view or find the relevant item in BlueDolphin. The standard for questionnaires (when creating a new one) can also be set per role. Finally, the accessibility settings for accessing other parts of BlueDolphin will be expanded.

Increased control over objects that are no longer part of the source

In the near future, users will have a single overview of objects and relationships that no longer exist or have been changed. It is currently already possible to view newly created objects (manual source processing). This will be expanded with relationships. As a result, a user will take action for a relevant object or the relationship: removal of the object or relationship in question, or leaving the situation as is.

Directly linking to objects and creating relationships in the source link module

The source link will be expanded and improved. For example, an API will be added for imports and exports, and the User Interface will become more user-friendly: links between fields in a source and the field in BlueDolphin will become more intuitive and visually appealing. These API features and the associated UI will be expanded step by step.

Views version management

Thanks to views version management, changes to views are automatically tracked and saved. In addition, you can jump back to previous versions of elaborated views.

Linking Active Directory groups to roles

Rather than creating separate users in BlueDolphin, you can log in with an Active Directory account. Based on this account, you may directly assign properties to a user. For example, think of assigning roles or adding a user to groups. As a result, it is no longer necessary to create users in BlueDolphin separately.

Objects version management (tab)

Object history ensures changes to objects are tracked. This allows for version management, which, in addition to the implemented changes, provides insight into which person has made any changes and when. For example, you can view when an object and source were last synchronised, so that you know whether or not the object is still in the source.

Holding a zoom per user per view

Views are automatically placed in such a way that the full view fits the screen of the user’s specific device.

Process and task descriptions in text next to view and exportable

Instead of opening a separate screen, process descriptions and tasks within a process will be shown directly on the view. This makes it possible to include task descriptions in an export as soon you, for example, download a view in PNG format.

Folder structure in view explorer

The view explorer will get a significant update. You’ll be able to correlate views with each other, and navigating between views will become a lot easier and faster.

More swimming pools

This allows you to place multiple processes (‘swimming pools’) on a single BPMN view. It becomes possible to directly indicate the coherence between different processes in a single view. By making the process view official, the coherence between the processes will be directly implemented in the model in the form of newly created relationships.

Multiselect dropdown

You will soon find the multiselect dropdown under object properties/fields in a questionnaire. This way you can easily select multiple answer options when necessary.

Adding objects to a swimming lane

Easily add objects to/create space in a swimming lane for the purpose of adding tasks and other elements

Option to add free texts

Adding text fields to a BPMN process, so that notes can be placed on the BPMN view.

Realized in Q3


Trash can

With the trash can, users can restore views, objects, object properties and relationships that have been removed from BlueDolphin. The trash can will be made available to each individual user.


Thanks to multi-partitioning, you can switch between models located within various tabs. This makes it possible to keep track of multiple versions of a landscape, such as an ‘as-is’ and a ‘to-be’, but also provides the option to record multiple organisational components in different partitions.

Adapting graphic forms to specific roles

Using the admin tab, indicate per role which icons are used when visualising object types. Visualisations of objects can therefore look different for an infrastructure manager than for an enterprise architect.

Nice to work with

Adjusting (and saving) colours in a colour view

The colours in the colour view will be adaptable to the wishes of the user. Selected colours will be saved, so that these will be set whenever the view is re-opened (also by another user).

Linking views to objects

This feature allows you to easily link to a view (without it having to be placed on the toolbox as an object). For example, think of a process object that is linked to a BPMN view.

Automatic space when aligning objects

In cases where an object needs to be placed between other objects, space will now be created automatically. This allows you to position the object without too much clicking and dragging.

Automatic zoom

We will soon implement a feature that ensures automatic zooming when you open a view.
In case of a BPMN overview, all swimming lanes will be displayed side by side. In case of an Architecture overview, the entire view will become visible.

Realized in Q3

Providing shapes with colours and text

Square and round shapes can now be changed in terms of size, colour and text. You can also adjust the colour of the text.

Realized in Q3

Easy to obtain information


BlueDolphin will start supporting Odata, so that you can export data to different tools via the latter. Please click here for a more detailed explanation.

Realized in Q3

More actions in accordance with Archimate in terms of relationships

BlueDolphin will soon help you maintain models more correctly when it comes to ArchiMate. In the future, an actor may no longer be part of an application component.

Realized in Q3