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Release Notes - August 2016

Learn about new features and fixes in the Adobe Marketing Cloud.
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Last Update - August 25, 2016

Experience Cloud

Marketing Cloud ID Service

This release increments the ID service code to version 1.7.0. It includes the following features, bug fixes, and other changes.
Fixes and Improvements
  • Added idSyncAttachIframeOnWindowLoad as an optional Boolean flag you can set in the Visitor.getInstance function. When idSyncAttachIframeOnWindowLoad= true , the ID service loads the ID synchronization iFrame on window load. By default, the ID service loads the iFrame as fast as possible. This flag replaces idSyncAttachIframeASAP , which is deprecated. See Variables Used by the ID Service getInstance Function . (MCID-122)
  • Added functionality to support tracking Marketing Cloud IDs across domains, native apps and hybrid apps to web transitions. See Append Visitor ID Helper Function . (MCID-42)
  • Added functions to visitorAPI.js code that determine if the ID service has generated the visitor Marketing Cloud ID client-side or server-side or if ID calls timed out. See Timeout Tracking Functions and Tracking Client-side Visitor ID Generation . (MCID-116)
Known Issues
Customers using Audience Manager DIL code and visitorAPI.js code on the same page should set the DIL variable secureDataCollection= false . See secureDataCollection .
Maintenance Release: August 18, 2016

Analytics

New features and fixes for Analytics.

Important Notices for Analytics Administrators

Review the following table for important Analytics notices that may affect data collection, processing, APIs, product end-of-life, and so on.
Notice Date Added or Updated Description
Timeout increase from 30 to 60 seconds August 19, 2016
To improve data integrity, we have changed the Visitor API and AppMeasurement in coordination with Adobe Target. This improvement increases the latency of the data by 30 seconds.
This change affects only customers using the Marketing Cloud ID service, AppMeasurement for Analytics, and who have Target implemented on their pages. (AN-128584)
Legacy Alerts
August 18, 2016
Several features of existing Analytics alerts will not be included in the new Alert Manager , which will be released (as part of Analysis Workspace ) in the Fall of 2016.
Legacy Alerts Migration lists the deprecated alert features and some alert features that will be migrated to the new Alert Manager in a different form.
Data Warehouse request settings
August 18, 2016
In the September 2016 Maintenance Release, Data Warehouse will add a new request setting that will enable Data Warehouse to send empty files when there is no data in the report. This settings will be enabled by default.
AppMeasurement 1.6.3 and Visitor API 1.6.0
August 4, 2016
Version 1.6.0 of the Marketing Cloud ID service requires AppMeasurement for JavaScript version 1.6.3 or higher. If you want to upgrade to version 1.6.0 of the Marketing Cloud ID service, please make sure you are using AppMeasurement code verison 1.6.3 or higher.
AppMeasurement for Flash - Security update
April 21, 2016
Adobe has released a security update APSB16-13 for the AppMeasurement for Flash library. This update resolves an important vulnerability in the library, applicable only when debugTracking is enabled, that could be abused to conduct DOM-based XSS attacks .
Note: This issue affects AppMeasurement for Flash only when debugTracking has been enabled ( debugTracking is disabled in the default configuration). If affected, we strongly advise you to disable debugTracking immediately. Here is some sample code:
 
     public var s:AppMeasurement; 
     s = new AppMeasurement(); 
     s.debugTracking = false; // set to false or remove line 
                              // for default "disabled” behavior 


</codeblock> <p>Affected versions are <span class="term"> AppMeasurement for Flash </span> version 4.0 and earlier on all platforms. </p> <p>Note:  Due to security reasons, we will no longer be distributing an AS2 version of <i>AppMeasurement for Flash</i>. We will continue to support data collection from existing AS2-based projects. However, we highly recommend that customers upgrade their implementations to AS3 and incorporate the latest security features of <i>AppMeasurement for Flash</i>. </p> <p> <span class="term"> AppMeasurement for Flash </span> customers affected by this issue must rebuild projects with the updated library available for download from the Analytics Console <a href="https://help.adobe.com/en_US/Flex/4.0/UsingFlashBuilder/WS6f97d7caa66ef6eb1e63e3d11b6c4d0d21-7feb.html#WS6f97d7caa66ef6eb1e63e3d11b6c4d0d21-7f88" format="http" scope="external"> More… </a> (AN-121780) </p> </td> 

SiteCatalyst 14, ExcelClient, etc. end of life in September 2016
March 17, 2016
SiteCatalyst 14, ExcelClient, and a number of other legacy components will reach end-of-life in September 2016.
This means that all access to the SiteCatalyst 14 user interface and several related features will be removed. To prepare for this event, view this list of affected components, along with required user actions and suggestions on how to move forward with alternatives.
Changes to visit processing for timestamped data
March 17, 2016
In June, we will begin improving to the way visits are calculated for Timestamps Required and Timestamps Optional report suites. These changes will primarily affect data collected through Mobile SDKs and will result in lower overall visit counts going forward, in certain situations.
To see which report suites might be affected, see Timestamps Optional .
Data processing change between February and March MRs
February 18, 2016
Sometime between the February and March Maintenance Releases, the following Analytics data processing change was implemented:
Previously, when using the Product variable without having an event set, the event would default to "ProdView", set early in processing (before processing rules take effect). The event is now set after the processing rules to avoid conflicts with how mobile data processing works. This change has the following downstream effects:
  • ProdViews are no longer inflated because of hits where context data is generating events (especially in Mobile). Going forward, an event will be set at the time in data processing when the ProdView would have been set (without a set event.)
  • Any VISTA rule that has logic depending on a ProdView event being set on a hit might need to be reviewed to see if changes to the VISTA rule are needed. This is because ProdView events might be set on fewer hits than they previously were, because ProdView is set earlier in the processing pipeline. This change may or may not impact what is desired from the VISTA rule.
Elimination of hashed values in Data Feeds
February 18, 2016
In certain circumstances, hashed values ( ::hash::&lt;hash value&gt; ) may appear in data feeds for the following types of variables:
  • Merchandising eVars in post_product_list
  • List Vars (called post_mvvar1-3 , post_tnt , and post_survey )
  • Marketing Channel details. The tracking code for the Marketing Channels reports (called va_finder_detail and va_closer_detail )
A change is being implemented that eliminates hashed values over time, and replaces them with actual values.
Note: The max size of any particular value is 100 bytes or 255 bytes. For fields that support multiple values, such as post_product_list and List Vars, the max size of those fields is 64k. Therefore, if you are passing in a large number of values, some of the values may be lost as the field will be truncated at 64k.
Web Services v 1.2 API end-of-life
February 18, 2016
Version 1.2 of the Web Services API was officially deprecated on February 20, 2014. It will reach end-of-life on September 15, 2016. At that time, Adobe will remove the ability of the API servers to respond to version 1.2 API requests. Any API requests made to the https://api.omniture.com/admin/1.2 endpoint will return a 404 error. Customers have until the end-of-life date to upgrade from the version 1.2 API to the version 1.4 API to prevent an outage in their API applications.

New Features in Analytics

Feature Description
Data Feeds' expanded communication to AWS regions (AN-118446)
Data Feeds can now communicate to the following 11 standard AWS regions (using the appropriate signature algorithm where necessary):
  • us-east-1
  • us-west-1
  • us-west-2
  • ap-south-1
  • ap-northeast-2
  • ap-southeast-1
  • ap-southeast-2
  • ap-northeast-1
  • eu-central-1
  • eu-west-1
  • sa-east-1
We currently do not support the Beijing, China AWS region (cn-north-1).
Data Warehouse: Support for ranking line items (AN-125562)
Data Warehouse reporting now supports ranking line items by the supplied metric or metrics. When sorting is in use, if you also choose to limit the number of rows in the table (DW advanced settings page), the report will return the "Top N" values with respect to the metric you are sorting by.
Data Warehouse: Change in column naming logic
In the July maintenance release , the column naming logic for Data Warehouse file was changed. Previously, if the evar1 name was "ABC", the column name would be "ABC (evar1)".
In cases where the variable already contained the identifier, this became redundant:
  • Variable name ABC (evar1) &gt;&gt; Column Name ABC (evar1)(evar1)
The updated logic looks out for this and makes sure that the name doesn't have a redundant identifier:
  • Variable name ABC (evar1) &gt;&gt; Column name ABC (evar1)
  • Variable name ABC &gt;&gt; Column name ABC (evar1)
Video Analytics: Concurrent Viewers report
The Video Concurrent Viewer Report displays concurrent viewers during one day. The data can be filtered by content, device type, or country. More...

Analytics Fixes

Fixes were applied to the following products and services:
Product Fixes
Reports & Analytics
  • Fixed an issue that prevented calculated metrics from working with the “Try in Workspace” option when running the Key Metrics report. (AN-126181)
Analysis Workspace Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where the breakdown of the ‘Week’ dimension by ‘Days’ resulted in including days of different weeks. (AN-123821)
  • Fixed an issue where, when switching to a different report suite, the project’s currency code was not updated. (AN-123821)
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally prevented projects with text visualizations from being downloaded. (AN-124982, AN-127546)
  • Fixed an issue where the time zone reflected in the PDF file did not match the report suite’s time zone. (AN-127547)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from clicking “Limit Max Items” a second time in a freeform table. (AN-126717)
  • Fixed an issue that caused the first instance in a series of scheduled reports to be skipped. (AN-127200)
AppMeasurement (Legacy and Mobile SDKs)
AppMeasurement for JavaScript
JavaScript Version 1.6.4
  • Updated AppMeasurement to read and write AMCV cookies. (AN-127098)
  • Inclusion of Visitor API 1.7.0 .
Note: Also see the August 4 release notes for JavaScript version 1.6.3, which includes updated requirements for Marketing Cloud ID service.
AppMeasurement for Flash
Flash Version 4.0.2
  • Inclusion of Visitor API 1.6.0.
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
See Also: Marketing Cloud ID Service (formerly visitor ID service )
Data Workbench

Audience Manager

Updated August 25
Feature Description
Audience Lab
Audience Lab lets you split baseline segments into mutually exclusive test segments. Test segments can be used to evaluate different variables (e.g., targeting platforms or targeting criteria) while controlling for an audience variable. Customers can create up to 10 multivariate tests at a time. See the Audience Manager documentation for more information.
Known issues in Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer: When viewing reporting for a test:
  • The default conversion trait selection is "None" but the data will show. The "None" option actually shows data for "All Traits".
  • The graphs will have one color for each test segment displayed. Selecting a conversion or tab will fix the issue.
  • The trend graph will show 14 days of data but the selector will say "Last 7 Days". Selecting a different reporting range will put the graph and selector in sync.
A patch release to address these issues is in development.
Fixes and Enhancements
  • Added new reporting features to Addressable Audiences. (AAM-24411)
  • Fixed a Segment Builder bug that prevented you from adding traits to new segments when using Chrome. (AAM-24994)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented administrators from assigning permissions to groups with a large number of data sources. (AAM-24870)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented segment folders from expanding and showing sub-folders or segments. (AAM-25054)
  • Fixed a bug in the Onboarding Status Report that shifted the date range 1-day earlier than the selected date. (AAM-25484)
  • Fixed a broken link to help documentation in Data Source Settings. (AAM-25447)
DIL Bug Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecated Code
DIL is the API data collection code for Audience Manager. The July release increments DIL to version 6.5. Upgrade to the latest version to take advantage of these features and fixes.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented DIL code from being deployed in Firefox. (AAM-24708)
  • Added a title attribute to the DIL iFrame. An iFrame title helps screen readers provide page information to users who require assistance when interacting with online content. (AAM-25317)
  • Added DIL support for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS). See useCorsOnly . (AAM-25319, AAM-20139).
  • The DIL iFrame supports the iframe.sandbox='allow-scripts allow-same-origin'; attributes. Allowing only these 2 tokens helps improve security. For more information, see the Attributes section in this iFrame documentation . (AAM-23335)
  • DIL now makes secure, HTTPS calls by default. Customers using Audience Manager DIL code and visitorAPI.js code on the same page should set the DIL variable secureDataCollection= false . See secureDataCollection .
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
  • Increased frequency and lifetime of Facebook metrics data collection. New data collection time frame is as follows:
    • All Facebook metrics are collected every hour for the first 72 hours after a post is posted.
    • Continue data collection every 8 hours for the next 72 hours.
    • Continue data collection daily thereafter for the next 60 days.
  • Added a Geotarget column for Twitter in the Post Analytics report export.
  • Five new Facebook reaction metrics are now available in both Post Analytics and Property Analytics reports. They include: Love, Wow, Sad, Haha, and Angry. In an upcoming release, Facebook reactions metrics will also be available in Adobe Analytics reports.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking the magnifying glass on a private Twitter post within Social Buzz looped you back to the same page instead of opening the original post in Twitter.
  • Fixed an issue where some escalated tweets were unable to be claimed.
  • Fixed an issue where Social Buzz reports generated on different days were dropping certain posts.
  • Fixed an issue where changing feed settings within Unified Moderation did not save after logging out and back in.
  • Fixed an issue where URLs in quoted tweets were taking up more than the expected 24 characters.
Refer to the Adobe Target Release Notes for the latest release information about the following products:
  • Target Standard and Premium
  • Target Classic
  • Recommendations Classic

Search&Promote

Links from Adobe Analytics to all Adobe point products, including Search & Promote, have been removed from navigation. Users of these tools can log in either via Marketing Cloud (where supported) or directly. To log in to Search & Promote, use this link: https://center.atomz.com/center/ .

Primetime

Adobe Primetime is a multiscreen TV platform that helps media companies create and monetize engaging, personalized viewing experiences.
Feature Description
Server Side Ad Insertion (SSAI) QoS Monitoring Dashboard
This is Primetime's first integration into the Adobe Marketing Cloud interface. The first iteration of this Quality of Service dashboard enables you to track SSAI request counts, request success rates and HTTP error counts in interactive formats. More importantly, this dashboard is expandable and will allow Primetime to harness the Marketing Cloud more fully.

Campaign

Adobe Campaign provides an intuitive, automated way to deliver one-to-one messages across online and offline marketing channels. You can now anticipate what your clients want using experiences determined by their habits and preferences.
For product documentation, see:
Adobe Campaign Standard
Adobe Campaign V6

Experience Manager

Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the latest patches to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.
AEM Help
Description
AEM 6.2 Documentation Update
Gems on AEM is a series of technical deep dives delivered by Adobe experts. The series complements product documentation and technical channels. It also helps developers to get in touch and explore a specific topic in detail.
AEM hot fix releases
Description
The following new hot fixes are now available:
Security hot fixes
Adobe released security hot fixes for Adobe Experience Manager. These hot fixes resolve two validation issues that could be used in cross-site scripting attacks (CVE-2016-4168 and CVE-2016-4170):
Suggested self-help content
The following table contains a selection of links to suggested topics, events, and webinars that can help you make the most of your implementation and use of AEM.
AEM-related information
Description
Create an AEM HTML Template Language component that uses the WCMUsePojo class.
Join peers in your area or, if you are traveling, join a user group meeting. A list of each events is available from the Community calendar.
Join your peers at AEM Developer Events
The following are two upcoming @AEM_Dev events:
  • EVOLVE hosted by 3Share, August 29-31 in San Diego. Tickets are available at the following: https://evolve.3sharecorp.com.
  • adaptTo() hosted by Pro!Vision, September 26-28 in Berlin. Tickets are available at the following: https://adapt.to/2016/en.html .
On August 23, 2016, join Lokesh BS and Scott Macdonald for a discussion on how to use AEM eCommerce.
The session covers the eCommerce Framework, including how to use the eCommerce APIs. By joining this session, you can gain a deeper understanding of how to use the AEM eCommerce framework and associated APIs.
On August 17, 2016, attend the webinar "How to setup and configure Dynamic Media".
Topics covered in the webinar include the following:
  • Dynamic Media use cases.
  • Technical architecture.
  • How to configure Dynamic Media in AEM 6.2.
  • Setup and best practices for Dynamic Media imaging.
  • Setup and best practices for Dynamic Media video.
Additional resources:

Advertising Cloud

Advertising Cloud help is available in the product at ? > Help Contents .

Recent documentation updates

Item Description Date Published
Important announcement about permission changes coming in Fall 2016.
July 21, 2016
Adobe Experience Manager 6.2
Adobe Experience Manager 6.2 is an upgrade release to the code base of Adobe Experience Manager 6.1. It provides new and enhanced functionality, key customer fixes, high priority customer enhancements and general bug fixes oriented toward product stabilization. It also includes Adobe Experience Manager 6.1 feature pack, hot fix, and service pack releases.
May 19, 2016
Getting Started with Analytics
A getting started guide for new Analytics administrators.
May 15, 2016
Marketing Cloud Integrations
A round-up of available integration topics.
May 15, 2016
Activity Map
Activity Map product documentation.
April 14, 2016
Marketing Cloud Audiences in Analytics
With the Marketing Cloud Audiences for Analytics integration in place, you can incorporate Marketing Cloud audience data such as demographic information (e.g. gender or income level), psychographic information (e.g. interests and hobbies), CRM data, and ad impression data into any Analytics workflow.
April 14, 2016
Added a product comparison table for Analytics products.
February 18, 2016
In Marketing Cloud Assets, you can store, share, and synchronize your digital assets from one central location. Marketing Cloud Assets leverages some of the features available in Adobe Experience Manager (AEM).
February 11, 2016
Added documentation for new features in Analysis Workspace.
January 21, 2016
Analytics Administrators: If you are an administrator in the Marketing Cloud, see Users and Groups for updated information about mapping Analytics groups to broader Adobe groups, and adding or bulk-adding users via the Enterprise Dashboard .
September 17, 2015
Updated Analysis Workspace product documentation with feature descriptions, tasks for creating projects, videos, and use cases.
September 17, 2015
Added product documentation and best practices for Timestamps Optional. This feature lets you integrate both timestamped and non-timestamped data in a report suite. All new report suites will be Timestamps Optional by default.
September 17, 2015
Data Workbench 6.5 Update
See Data Workbench 6.5 release notes for instructions to upgrade and a list of new features and bug fixes, including a new Associations table and chord diagram and updates to visualizations, user interface, algorithms, and export features.
September 17, 2015
Updated the Classification Rule Builder so that you add report suites and variables to a rule set when editing an existing rule set (after creating the rule set). Previously, you specified the variable and report suite while creating the rule set. This change prevents reported issues occurring with classification variables.
August 20, 2015
Profile Link works with cross-device data sources to identify and collect traits for authenticated site visitors. It includes the Profile Merge Rules feature, which lets you segment and target users accurately across multiple devices.
August 20, 2015
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
Analysis Workspace (public beta)
Build 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 > &lt;rule set name&gt; , 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