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Release Notes - March 2017

Learn about new features and fixes in the Adobe Marketing Cloud.
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Release date: March 2017

Analytics

New Features in Adobe Analytics

New features released in Adobe Analytics.
Feature Name Description
5-4-4 Custom calendar
Added a 5-4-4 retail calendar as a custom calendar option. This calendar option is supported across all Adobe Analytics tools (ARB, Activity Map, Ad Hoc Analysis, Analysis Workspace, Reports & Analytics) except for Data Warehouse, which does not support custom calendars.
To illustrate: A year has 52 weeks, and divided into 4 quarters is 13 weeks per quarter. However, there are 3 months in a quarter and 13 is not divisible by three. You can put the extra week into one of the months to achieve a consistent calendar. 5-4-4 means the 1st month of the quarter has the extra week. 4-5-4 means the 2nd month has the extra week, etc. We already support 4-5-4 and 4-4-5 and now we have added support for 5-4-4.
  1. Admin > Report Suites > Edit Settings > General > Customize Calendar
  2. Click Please select a calendar type for your data dropdown.
  3. Select Custom .
  4. Select 5-4-4 Retail Calendar .
  5. Specify the first day of the year as well as a year in which the extra week occurs.
  6. Click Preview Full Year to display the full-year calendar.
  7. Click Save .

Analytics - Fixes and Updates

Fixes and minor updates applied to Adobe Analytics interface tools and components (such as Analysis Workspace, Reports & Analytics, Report Builder, and so on).
Product Fix or Update
Analysis Workspace
  • Fixed an issue where visualizations were not retaining their settings. (AN-139006, AN-132934)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the report suite currency from changing when switching to a different report suite. (AN-138832, AN-138406)
  • Fixed an issue that caused scheduled projects to not be delivered. (AN-138810, AN-136155, AN-138438, AN-132572)
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Y-axis in graphs to be displayed as 0s and 1s instead of as the expected values. (AN-138696, AN-138496)
  • Fixed an issue with the first row being trended and charted incorrectly when a header cell was selected. (AN-138362, AN-132934)
  • Fixed an issue with the "thousand" separator format in tables not working properly. (AN-138181)
  • Fixed an issue where row numbers before dates were displayed as NaN (in tables with extremely high numbers of rows). (AN-138140)
  • Fixed an issue with launching Try in Workspace from a trended report in Reports & Analytics. (AN-137855)
  • Fixed an issue that caused an error message to display when dragging "All Visits" into the Segment Comparison panel and running the comparison. (AN-126419)
  • Fixed an issue that kept top menus expanded even though they were no longer being used. (AN-137376)
Reports & Analytics
  • Fixed an issue in sequential segments that caused “undefined” metrics to be displayed in the segment preview. (AN-138482)
  • Fixed an Intelligent Alerts issue that prevented alerts from triggering email notifications. (AN-135483)
  • Fixed a segment builder issue that prevented segments from being saved. The fix means that with certain dimensions (like countries), all of the possible dimension values will be available in the rule search drop-down menu, and you will be able to save the segment if you select one of the values (AN-123579).
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from viewing billing reports in Internet Explorer 11. (AN-139037)
Report Builder
N/A
Data Workbench

Analytics - Administration, Data Collection, Implementation

Fixes and updates applied to Analytics administration tools, including implementation and developer (Web Services and SDKs).
Product or Feature Fix or Update
Data Warehouse
  • Fixed an issue where "0,0" appeared in multi-dimensional breakdown reports with multi-column participation, with date granularity. (AN-139091, AN-137529).
AppMeasurement (Legacy and Mobile SDKs)
AppMeasurement for JavaScript
JavaScript 2.0.0
  • Moved to a new build process that requires a version number update to 2.0.0. (AN-137878)
  • Moved mboxMCSDID handling into the correct section location where the tracking call is made. (AN-138483)
AppMeasurement for Java
Java 1.4
  • Added missing variables that are available in JavaScript. (AN-136736)
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

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
Removed restrictions on how Analytics handles technology data
November 14, 2016
Previously, Adobe Analytics did not record technology data for mobile web traffic. Meaning, reports in the Visitor Profile > Technology section in Reports & Analytics did not receive data for mobile web hits. Beginning with this release, the following reports will populate from mobile web traffic:
  • Java
  • JavaScript / JavaScript Version
  • Color Depth
  • Resolution
  • Browser Width
  • Browser Height
  • Referrer Type (typed / bookmarked)
Analytics API 1.3 deprecation.
September 15, 2016
Analytics APIs version 1.3 will be officially deprecated as of September 15, 2016. To prevent disruption, Adobe recommends upgrading to the latest API versions as soon as possible.
See the API Support Policy page for more information.
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.

Audience Manager

Feature Description
Device Graph Integration for Profile Merge Rules
New options let you create profile merge rules with device graph data from the Adobe Marketing Cloud Device Co-op or other, third-party device graph providers. See Profile Merge Rule Options .
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
  • Fixed a bug in Audience Marketplace that doubled the fees for a data feed if that feed had +1 contact person listed. (AAM-27797)
  • Fixed a bug in Audience Marketplace that displayed an error icon for a $0.00 CPM feed where no usage is entered for a given month. (AAM-27755)
  • Changed a field label in the Audience Marketplace subscriber list to "Last Month's Billable Income." (AAM-27754)
  • Updated some user interface elements to comply with internal design standards and practices. (AAM-28028)
  • Added Created by and Updated by fields to the Basic Information section of the detail page for a segment. (AAM-25944)
  • Migrated the traits and folder API methods to Swagger. See Audience Manager API Code Migration . (AAM-28221 and AAM-27133)
DIL Bug Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecated Code
Updated March 17, 2017
DIL is the API data collection code for Audience Manager. The March release increments DIL to version 6.9.
This release fixes a bug that prevented GA.submitUniversalAnalytics from sending data to the data collection servers. See GA.submitUniversalAnalytics . (MCID-354)
New and Revised Documentation
New
Using DNS Prefetch with Different Marketing Cloud Solutions describes how you can use DNS pre-fetch to reduce page load times.
Revised

Social

Feature Description
Social Tags can now be exported into Excel format.
GIF images up to 5 MB can now be published through the Publish Anywhere widget (the limit was previously 3 MB). See Uploading Media 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

Primetime

Adobe Primetime is a multiscreen TV platform that helps media companies create and monetize engaging, personalized viewing experiences.

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.
Product released: March 30, 2017
Content updated: April 4, 2017

Adobe Campaign V7

Feature Description
User Interface
Campaign v7 comes with a new user interface: home page, styles and icons have been updated and redesigned to improve visibility, navigation and consistency within the solution. Both console and web UI benefit from an improved user experience.
ACS Connector
ACS Connector offers a pre-connection between Adobe Campaign v7 and Adobe Campaign Standard. Available in the Adobe Campaign Prime offering, ACS Connector automatically replicates profile data to Campaign Standard, enabling marketers to create, personalize and execute campaigns through the intuitive web UI of Adobe Campaign Standard.
Web API for Microsoft Dynamics
The Web API connector can now be selected as a deployment type when creating a Microsoft Dynamics external account.
Email archiving BCC method
You can now archive emails using a BCC address (invisible to the message recipients) to transfer an exact copy of the sent emails to a remote server. Archiving can be enabled at the delivery level.
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) connector
The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) connector can now be used to import or export data to Adobe Campaign. It can be set up in a workflow activity. The configuration is done in an external account.
For additional documentation, see:

Adobe Campaign Standard

Feature Description
Dynamic reporting
Dynamic Reporting provides a new generation of fully customizable and real-time business reports. Based on visual dynamic pivot tables and graphics, this feature lets you drag and drop variables and dimensions to analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of your marketing campaigns. Dynamic reporting also enables you to create your own business reports from scratch and save them for later use.
Dreamweaver integration (Labs)
With the Adobe Campaign and Dreamweaver integration, you now have an integrated process for creating email campaigns with Adobe solutions.
You can edit Adobe Campaign emails in Dreamweaver and have the content seamlessly synchronized between the both solutions.
For the initial release, the integration is available as a "Labs" feature and works only with Dreamweaver Pre Release Beta. If you want to activate it, please contact AC-DW-integration@adobe.com .
Manual send time optimization
You can now manually define a custom sending time per recipient - at the delivery level or using a workflow.
Two new options are available:
  • All recipients receive the message with their time zone taken into account.
  • Each recipient receives the message at a computed date and time defined by a formula.
Push notifications improvements
The push notification channel has been enhanced with several improvements:
  • New authoring interface
  • Silent notifications
  • Interactive push
  • Rich content support
  • Payload size calculator
Workflows: new Signal activity
Trigger a workflow from another workflow using the new Signal activity.
With the ability to start one workflow from another, you can now support more complex customer journeys. You can better monitor the customer journeys and react in case there are issues.
Several workflow activities have been updated:
  • End activity: a new tab allows you to specify a workflow to trigger after this activity has been executed.
  • Update data activity: use the new empty outbound transition to add an End activity that triggers another workflow. Empty outbound transitions do not carry any data and do not consume unnecessary space on the system
Workflows: new Read audience activity
Start your targeting process with an existing audience that you can easily select and refine in one activity.
Points of Interest data
Points of Interest data integrates Adobe Campaign with Adobe Analytics for Mobile. A brand can collect data from users' mobile locations - called Points of Interest - when users open the brand's app. This enables the brand to leverage Adobe Campaign workflows in order to send personalized messages based on the users' locations. This channel leverages the Mobile core service's SDK.
REST APIs
Resources linked at any level to the profiles or services resources are now available in the API. Please note that using this feature requires Analytics for Mobile, which is a paid solution.
For additional documentation, see:

Experience Manager

Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the latest patches to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.
Title Description
Product releases
AEM Desktop App adds support for Folder Upload of folder hierarchies on desktop directly into AEM including upload monitoring user interface, the new "Edit" action, and better organization of Touch UI desktop actions, and fixes key customer issues. It also adds compatibility with AEM 6.3 Beta and will be used in AEM 6.3 Beta program.
As with the previous release, server-side packages are needed for running AEM Desktop App with AEM 6.1 and 6.2 (list in the release notes).
Also note that buttons for new features (folder upload, Edit button) are first available in AEM 6.3 Beta. They will be backported to AEM 6.2 and 6.1 soon, and then made available on Package Share.
Product maintenance
AEM 6.1 SP2 (Service Pack 2)-CFP5 (Cumulative Fix Pack 5) is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability of AEM 6.1 SP2 in August, 2016.
AEM 6.1 SP2-CFP5 also includes the Apache Jackrabbit Oak repository 1.2.18.
Note: AEM 6.1 SP2-CFP5 is dependent on AEM 6.1 Service Pack 2. Therefore, be sure you first install AEM 6.1 SP2. For AEM 6.1 SP2 installation instructions, see AEM 6.1 SP2 release notes . Then, you can install AEM 6.1 SP2-CFP5 package available on Adobe Package Share (release notes are also available from the same Package Share location).
The AEM 6.1 Cumulative Fix Pack and accompanying release notes are available on Adobe Package Share here .
AEM 6.2 SP1 (Service Pack 1)-CFP1 (Cumulative Fix Pack 1) is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability of AEM 6.2 SP1 in December, 2016.
AEM 6.2 SP1-CFP1 also includes the Apache Jackrabbit Oak repository 1.4.6.
Note: AEM 6.2 SP1-CFP1 is dependent on AEM 6.2 Service Pack 1. Therefore, be sure you first install AEM 6.2 SP1 release notes . Then, you can install AEM 6.2 SP1-CFP1 package available on Adobe Package Share (release notes are also available from the same Package Share location).
The AEM 6.2 Cumulative Fix Pack and accompanying release notes are available on the Adobe Package Share here .
Self-Help
Created a new page that combines all available Developer code samples into one location.
The AEM 6.2 public Feature Packs are now listed under https://docs.adobe.com/docs/en/aem/6-2/release-notes/feature-packs.html
Community
IMMERSE
IMMERSE17 occurs May 15-19, 2017
IMMERSE is a global virtual developer conference for AEM.
Register Now—advanced pricing ends March 31, 2017.
Our inaugural conference was held this past April. It was so well received that Adobe Systems decided to make this an annual event with more great content. Our expanded agenda now includes an exhibit hall, Birds-of-a-feather round table discussions, and networking lounges. You can attend the conference from the comfort of your office or home depending on your location. Learn more .
Are you actively involved with the AEM Developer Community? Does your company want to be seen as a leading supporter of the community? Check out our IMMERSE17 Sponsorship Prospectus to get involved in this vibrant community.
Ask the AEM Community Experts
The March Ask the Expert session will be scheduled soon. This session will present a deep dive on working with Adobe Analytics in Adobe Experience Manager 6.2.
The April Ask the Expert session will focus on how to work with the Coral API when you are doing development work in Adobe Experience Manager.
AEM Gems
Search Forms Made Easy with AEM querybuilder
Presenter: Alexander Klimetschek, Senior Developer, Adobe.
Most developers have come across the AEM querybuilder as a high-level query language used mostly in user interfaces, but want to know more to get the best out of it. In this on-demand session Alexander explains the principles behind the querybuilder compared to other query languages on the JCR stack. Additionally, Alexander shows you how to do the following:
  • Use AEM querybuilder to easily build authorable search forms.
  • Build efficient searches.
  • Debug queries.
Into the Tar Pit: A TarMK Deep Dive
Presenter: Michael Duerig, Senior Developer, Adobe.
Ever wondered what is inside the TarMK's tar files? What is a segment and what is a record? How segment store garbage collection works and why (or why not)? Watch this on-demand session to get answers to these, and many more questions.
Michael sheds light on the inner working of the TarMK, its system requirements, and performance characteristics. You can gain a better understanding of the TarMK, and learn to diagnose the cause of common problems. Michael presents tools and techniques for diagnosing and debugging. Finally, you can see a preview of what new features and enhancements are in the works.

Livefyre

Livefyre offers a complete user-generated content offering, including social curation capabilities and on-site engagement applications.
Refer to the Livefyre Release Notes for the latest information.
Feature Description
Portfolios
The “Auto-optimize bid adjustments” options allow Advertising Cloud to automatically change the bid adjustment settings for ad groups in the portfolio when the portfolio is optimized, to optimize performance. Advertising Cloud can optimize bid adjustments for Google, Bing, and Yahoo! Japan mobile device targets; Google and Bing tablet and computer targets; Google RLSA targets; and Google location targets.
Cost Accuracy Details and Revenue Accuracy Details now show separate rows for computers and tablets for Google & Bing.
Search Bulksheets and Search Campaigns Beta
(Bing Ads) You can now configure device bid adjustments using bulksheets and in beta campaign and ad group settings.
Search Advanced Campaign Management (ACM)
(Bing Merchant Center accounts with final URLs) A "Tracking Template" field is available for product groups in Bing Shopping templates and in bulksheets.
For Advertising Cloud conversion tracking, you don't need to enter a value if you have a tracking template at the account, campaign, or ad group level.
Display Managed Campaigns
Private exchange support is now available for OpenX, Pubmatic, and Rubicon.
AMO Social
Facebook video ads now include a "Display URL" field.
Advertising Insights
(Search menu only; Google AdWords campaigns only;) The new Audience Target Performance Report includes the clicks, cost, and weighted revenue for each Google RLSA target (audience) in each ad group in a portfolio — or in each ad group within one or more campaigns within a portfolio. Data is available for last event clicks that occurred during any date range within the last 90 days.
Reports
(Search only; applicable to label classifications created from Search Advertising > Campaigns > Label Classifications Beta) You can now include columns for your label classifications in the Ad Variation Report.
More details are available in the product at ? > Help Contents .