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Release Notes - June 2015

Data Workbench 6.4, Calculated Metrics Builder, updates to freeform analysis, processing rules increases, new video core metrics in Video Stream Analytics, and more.

Core Services

Adobe Mobile Services

The Adobe Mobile Services June 18, 2015 release includes the following changes:
Feature Access Change
Customers must have Analytics—Mobile Apps or Analytics Premium in order to use the following functionality:
  • In-app Messaging
  • Acquisition Campaign Tracking
  • Points of Interest Analytics
Customers with Analytics Standard or other analytics point products (such as SiteCatalyst) will be grand-fathered in to current functionality until renewal.
Analytics core customers will not have this functionality.
Fixes and Enhancements
See Adobe Mobile Services for product documentation. To see the release notes for previous releases, expand Previous Release Notes in the left pane.

Video Stream Analytics (Heartbeat)

The Video Stream Analytics (heartbeat) June 18, 2015 release includes the following changes:
Feature Description
Video Core metrics
Admin Tools > Report Suites > Edit > Video Management > Video Reporting
New video core metrics are available if you re-enable video tracking on the Video Reporting page.
  • Content Starts
    • For implementations using video heartbeat library v1.5, this metric marks the display of the first frame of the content.
    • For implementations using video heartbeat library v1.4 and lower, this metric has the same values as Video Initiates (formerly named Video Views ).
  • Video Time Spent
    • The sum of Content Time Spent and Ads Time Spent . You must enable the Video Ads module to have this metric available.
  • Video Path
    • This is a Solution Variable.
    • The maximum depth of the path is three.
Video Quality
Admin Tools > Report Suites > Edit > Video Management > Video Reporting
The Video Quality module is now available on the Video Reporting page. The following metrics are computed:
  • Quality Variables: Time to Start, Buffer Events, Total Buffer Duration, Bitrate Switches, Avg Bitrate, Errors, and Dropped Frames.
  • Quality Events: Time to Start, Drops before Start, Buffer Impacted Streams, Buffer Events, Total Buffer Duration, Bitrate Change Impacted Streams, Bitrate Changes, Avg Bitrate, Error Impacted Streams, Error Events, Dropped Frame Impacted Streams, and Dropped Frames.
Enhancements
  • Changed variables and events names to better reflect the components' purposes (video, content, ads). Video now includes both the main content and the ads.
  • Updated the Video Engagement reports to include new video core metrics.
  • Updated the Video Menu section to reflect the video module structure. Note that custom menus might be affected.
Fixes
  • Fixed cosmetic issues in Video Engagement reports.
  • Fixed the metrics in Video DayPart report by excluding future days from the calculation of the average.

Dynamic Tag Management

The dynamic tag management June 8, 2015 release includes the following changes:
Fixes and Enhancements:
  • Fixed an issue in some iOS Safari browsers that produced an error when localStorage options are restricted by a user.
See What's New in Dynamic Tag Management for current and cumulative release notes, help, and documentation updates.

Analytics

New Features in Analytics

Feature/Component Description
Unified Calculated Metrics
Calculated Metrics now allow for segmented metrics, more advanced math and the ability to organize and share metrics.
You can create new metrics that apply historically without updating your implementation, share and curate metrics to remove the clutter and do basic statistical analysis. You can compare segments much more easily.
You can apply these new metrics anywhere in Reports & Analytics, Analysis Workspace, Report Builder, and Ad Hoc Analysis.
Analysis Workspace - Freeform Analysis
Freeform Analysis lets you drag and drop dimensions, metrics, and segments to create any report that you want. You can break down your data for your specific needs, providing a canvas to build queries using relevant metrics, dimensions, segments, time lines, and other analysis breakdown values.
The latest features include:
  • CSV export: you will now be able to export a data table or series of data tables in CSV format on an ad-hoc basis.
  • More visualizations: donut charts, area charts, and horizontal bar charts are now available as visualization types.
  • Flexible layout: drag to adjust placement, width, and height of elements on the analysis canvas..
  • Selective visualization: visualizations respond to selections in data tables to allow you to visualize only specific items as desired.
  • Breakdown improvements: break down multiple line items in a dimension with a single drag and drop.
  • Apply segments to entire panels: segments can now be used across an entire panel with a single drag and drop.
  • Permissions improvements: Analysis Workspace access can be granted to non-admins through the user group permissions area in Admin Tools.
Freeform Analysis is currently in an open beta supported primarily by the Analytics community team. For up-to-date information and to pose questions about Freeform Analysis, see the Freeform Analysis (beta) forum .
Data Warehouse SFTP overwrite SFTP now supports overwrite on transmission. We recommend that you upgrade your SFTP server to a version that supports rename.
Processing rules limit increase
The number of processing rules allowed has been increased from 100 to 150. Additionally, the allowed size of the processing rule XML has been increased to 4 MB (from 65 KB). This size change prevents an error that was being issued when the XML limitation was exceeded.
Report Builder
Support for new calculated metrics.
Ad Hoc Analysis
Support for new calculated metrics. The Calculated Metric Builder user interface in Ad Hoc Analysis now resembles that of Reports & Analytics.
Remove users who have blocked all cookies on desktop browsers
Admin Tools > Report Suites > Edit Settings > General > Privacy Settings
This feature allows Adobe Analytics customers to respect a user's intention to stop processing for profiling purposes. Laws and regulatory guidance have expressed that a user's action to block cookies is the same as a user's action to opt out from profiling. By enabling this feature, data collected from desktop and mobile browsers where the user has set its browser to block all cookies will be excluded from Analytics reports. If Adobe cannot recognize the web browser, data will be included in Analytics reports.

New Features in Analytics Premium

Analytics Premium provides these additional new features in the Data Workbench 6.4 release :
Feature Description
Data Workbench 6.4
Exporting to Reports & Analytics The Customer Record Service (CRS) export feature lets you export Data Workbench data to integrate with other Analytics' capabilities, including Reports & Analytics .
New Workstation installation Set up the Data Workbench (Client) using a step-by-step installation wizard. Download, set options, install the workbench, and synch up with servers.
Enhanced Workstation Configuration Experience After installation of the workstation, the Configure Connections to the Server workspace will open with additional information about installing a certificate and entering server connection information in the Insight.cfg file. You can also view the connection status to your servers and select profiles.
Presentation Layer Annotate and clarify visualizations using a presentation overlay. Add text call-outs, arrows, images, and color coding to highlight and clarify your data, and then share with others.
New Metric Dimension wizard Employ a step-by-step wizard to facilitate building metric dimensions.
User administration of group member access Administrators can give workstation users the partial ability to manage access control for custom groups.
Prevent changes to profiles Prevent profiles from being overwritten by users working in the Profile, Dimensions, Reports, Workspaces, Metrics, or Filters managers.
New Workstation user interface updates Data Workbench 6.4 adds new workspace icons, tool tips, splash screens, and an <F1> shortcut to the help. It also lets you open your log files by selecting the Help > Open Trace Directory from the toolbar.
Updated Logging information Data workbench now uses an expanded logging framework "L4" which provides the ability to configure logging based on the need. The default implementation that comes with the 6.4 package provides vital information on the software processing. Logging can be expanded with additional information to troubleshoot server events and help analyze underlying issues, including additional information for associated server, client and report server.
For additional support in implementing additional L4 logging, please contact your account manager.
New cfg file for ExportIntegration.exe logging options
A new httpLoggingEI.cfg configuration file (located at server\Admin\Export\httpLoggingEI.cfg ) lets you stop INFO logging to the HTTP.log file during Export Integration exports. (The CRS, TNT, and MMP exports already capture verbose logging in individual export log files.)
A true setting starts INFO logging (for testing and detailed reporting) to the HTTP.log file, and a false setting stops verbose logging. For a false setting, only a WARNING/ERROR level messages will be sent to the HTTP.log file.
Zoom feature for Graph visualizations Use the zoom feature to better view metric labels when values reach a higher disparity. Previously the label would disappear with the change in the contrast of values-for example, when you set a higher metric regression value against previous values. You can now zoom in to the visualization by clicking <Ctrl> and moving the mouse wheel while hovering over the graph.
New Color Picker tool A new color picker lets you select colors from a simple palette of colors, or select the Advanced tab to pick from a gradation scale or enter your own RGB values.
Finders now export more meta information
More meta information is provided when exporting dimensions and metrics from the Finder .
  • Metrics Finder output includes Name and Formula
  • Dimensions Finder output includes Name , Type , and Parent
Insight.exe and InsightSetup.exe are now digitally signed. These executables are now digitally signed to ensure that the software downloads have not been altered or corrupted.
Date format options You can change the date format based on your locale in the Standard Time Dimensions.cfg file. Change the default MM/DD/YYYY format to the DD/MM/YYYY format or choose other options.
Files visualization broken out The Files visualization ( Admin > Files ) for Base profiles will not include larger directories (removed Logs, Exports, and Lookups) when reporting. This will increase the speed in displaying the report. The larger directories now have their own individual reports (Admin / Export Files, Lookup Files, and Log Files).
DeviceAtlas Transformations improved The DeviceAtlas.bundle file now uses in-memory cache to greatly improve the performance of look-ups.
Updated Chord visualization Improved visibility when hovering over a section when viewing the Chord visualization.
Drag dimensions from Finder to a Detail Table From the workstation, you can now drag dimensions from Finder panel directly to the Detail Table in a workspace.

Reports & Analytics Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in an error when trying to download a Last Touch Channel report that included a date comparison and a calculated metric.
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when trying to create the item specific summary campaign details report in PDF format.
  • Fixed a display error in Admin Tools. When a user was deleted, the console showed that he or she was deleted by that same user.
  • Fixed an issue that caused an instance of an eVar to be incremented if the value of the eVar was deleted or set it to blank , using processing rules.

Ad Hoc Analysis Fixes

  • Fixed an issue around report emails ( .xls and .csv attachments) that contained the report suite ID instead of the report suite name in the email. It now shows the report suite name.

Data Workbench Fixes

  • Propensity score was not resetting when rerunning different inputs in the same workspace. This now resets properly.
  • An issue causing no countable dimensions to be available when first opening the Correlation Matrix has been fixed.
  • Export of Target segments were failing because the mboxPC field was missing. This is now fixed.
  • ID request formatted correctly. Using the mbox3rdpartyId identification instead of default PCIDs caused Adobe Target to reject requests generated via the Target/Data Workbench integration (using the ExportIntegration.exe). This ID request is now being formatted correctly and throughput is successful.
  • A Report Server memory leak when exporting to Excel has been fixed.

Data Warehouse Fixes

  • Segments: Added data warehouse support for event-exists operator for non-event metrics.
  • Segments: Added support for the not-event-exists operator.
  • Segments: Added support for timerange* .
  • Made changes to Visit Time/Site Time business logic:
    • Use visit_start_time_gmt as the starting time of a visit. Now visits that started before the reporting date range are not negatively impacted.
    • Added a new breakdown category Group L: No duration to classify visits that span zero seconds. Now these visits are no longer included in the Group A: <1 minute time bucket.
    • Transactional data source hits (hit_source=7) are no longer assumed to have a Visit duration.
    • Time-stamped hits that are designated a timestamp earlier than visit_start_time_gmt have absolute value applied to the time delta so they will not always automatically be categorized as Group A: <1 minute .
Data warehouse access from Version 14 has been removed. Learn more

AppMeasurement and Mobile SDKs

Marketing Cloud Visitor ID Service
Version 1.5
  • Authenticated state support. Along with the Marketing Cloud Visitor ID, the Visitor API accepts multiple Customer IDs for the same visitor along with a customer type identifier, to separate the scope of the different Customer IDs and authStates .
  • Removed deprecated support for Audience Manager DPID mappings to Customer ID Types used in setCustomerIDs .
Version 1.5
  • Support for Visitor API 1.5, which uses the getCustomerIDs method to gather Customer IDs and authenticated state, and sends the IDs in with data collection requests.
AppMeasurement for Other Platforms
See AppMeasurement Release History the following for a release history of AppMeasurement on the following platforms:
  • JavaScript
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Flash-Flex
  • OSX
  • Windows Phone, XBOX, Silverlight, and .NET
  • BlackBerry
  • Java
  • PHP
  • Symbian

Analytics Web Services (SOAP and REST APIs)

Updates
Feature Description
New calculated metrics API methods
We added API methods under a new Calculated Metrics module: CalculatedMetrics.Get (see all the calculated metrics you have access to, or as an admin, all calculated metrics for the company), CalculatedMetrics.Save (create new calculated metrics or update existing ones), CalculatedMetrics.Delete and CalculatedMetrics.GetFunctions (see the full list of allowed functions in the new calculated metrics definitions).

Audience Manager

Feature Description
Data Export Controls
The Data Export Controls prevent you from adding traits to segments or sending data to a destination if this action violates data privacy or data use policies. See the Data Export Controls documentation for details.
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
  • We are improving API documentation with Swagger. See the Audience Manager API Docs section for new and revised methods.
  • Added new documentation on Marketing Cloud Visitor IDs . Sometimes you need a visitor ID when you create or edit a data source.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented you from dragging traits between groups in Trait Builder.
  • Fixed a Segment Builder issue that removed traits from segments if the segment contained more than 100 traits.

Social

The Social 15.6.1.0 release (June 18, 2015) includes the following changes:
New Features
Feature Description
Adobe Social Mobile App
The Adobe Social mobile app brings the power of Adobe Social content publishing workflows to your iPhone or iPad.
Fixes and Enhancements
This Social release focuses on improved performance, scalability, usability, and reliability. The fixes highlighted below describe resolutions for the more important customer-reported issues.
  • Enhanced the publishing workflow to include a reminder when you click Post Now that lists the names of the properties to which you are posting content.
  • Renamed the Approve Now button to Bypass Approvals to clarify the behavior. Clicking Bypass Approvals uses the override permission.
  • Enhanced the spell-check function in the Publisher to ignore shortened links and underline misspellings as expected.
  • Fixed an issue with the Post Analytics report that caused filters to not respect selected page groups.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Download and Send functions on the Post Analytics report to not function.
  • Fixed an issue that caused an error when accessing the Post Details report for a YouTube video.
  • Fixed an issue that caused discrepancies between the number of Page Engagements reported in the Properties report and in its downloaded file.
  • Fixed an issue that caused data in the Properties report and in its downloaded file to be off by one day.
  • Fixed an issue with the Classification filter in the Social Buzz report that caused no results to be returned.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented tracking codes from appending to Facebook album posts.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused posts to fail due to timeout errors.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented moderation-workflow assignees from displaying in Internet Explorer 11 browsers.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from creating listening rules for WordPress that contain an OR operator.
See Release Notes for Adobe Social for more information.

Target

Refer to the Adobe Target Release Notes for the latest release information about the following products:
  • Target Standard and Premium
  • Target Classic
  • Recommendations Classic
Adobe Experience Manager is an enterprise web content management system that lets you author, manage, develop, and publish your web sites.

Key Documentation Changes

Item Description Date Published
New Calculated Metric Builder and Calculated Metric Manager
Calculated Metrics now allow for segmented metrics, more advanced math and the ability to organize and share metrics.
June 18, 2015
Freeform Analysis (public beta)
A feature in Analysis Workspace, freeform analysis lets you built data tables and drag-and-drop metrics, dimensions, segments, and multiple visualizations to a project panel.
June 18, 2015
Data Workbench 6.4
Data Workbench 6.4 release includes several new features described here .
June 18, 2015
Added Adobe Managed Certificate Program to the revamped First-Party Cookies product documentation.
The managed certificate program lets you implement a new first-party SSL certificate for first-party cookies at no additional cost.
May 22, 2015
Revamped the Adobe Mobile product documentation.
May 22, 2015
A high-level round-up what you need to do to modernize your solution implementations for core services.
March 19, 2015
If you capture enterprise customer data in a customer relationship management (CRM) database, you can upload that data into the Marketing Cloud.
March 19, 2015
Analytics Spring Release
See the New Features section in Analytics for a round-up of new documentation for the Spring 2015 Analytics release.
March 19, 2015
Analytics Classification Rules - overwrite existing values
In Admin Tools > Classification Rule Builder > <rule set name> , two new options enable you to select an overwrite mode:
  • Rules overwrite any existing values: (Default setting) Always overwrite existing classification keys, including classifications uploaded via the importer (SAINT).
  • Rules overwrite only unset values: Only fill in blank (unset) cells. Existing classifications will not be changed.
Previously, if a key was already classified in any column or cell, the rule would not run on that key, and the row in the table was skipped.
February 19, 2015