Release Notes - October 2017
New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud.
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Experience Cloud Recipes
Experience Cloud Recipes help you implement and deploy cross-solution workflows and integrations.
October 18, 2017
The first-time setup recipe walks you through the steps to get started using Experience Cloud solutions.
August 15, 2017
The email marketing use case shows you how to implement an integrated email strategy with analytics, optimization, and campaign management.
Mobile App Engagement
June 1, 2017
The mobile app engagement use case shows you how to integrate your mobile apps with the Adobe Experience Cloud to measure user engagement and deliver personalized experiences to your audiences.
The Digital Foundation use case helps you implement a digital marketing platform with Analytics, optimization, and campaign management.
The Customer Intelligence use case shows you how to create a unified customer profile using multiple data sources, and how to use this profile to build actionable audiences.
Experience Cloud and Core Services
Release notes for the core services interface, including Assets, Feed, Notifications, Profiles & Audiences, Mobile Services, and Dynamic Tag Management. Also includes release information for Experience Cloud ID Service (Visitor API).
Experience Cloud Interface
In notification settings, you can set time of day that you want to receive email notifications.
Select the Daily Digest option for Email Frequency .
Settings for all web notifications will be enabled by default.
Account Linking update
Analytics users no longer need to manually link their accounts between the Experience Cloud and Analytics. You can contact your administrator to request access to Analytics.
When you enable Email in Maintenance Notifications , many of the notifications around scheduled maintenance/product updates are missing from the notifications email digest. We are working on a resolution.
See Experience Cloud Product Documentation for product help.
Release date: October 12, 2017
Virtual Report Suites
Releasing October 26, 2017
Added support for Analytics Virtual Report Suites.
See Virtual Report Suites in for more information.
Added push messaging support for recurring scheduling.
For more information about scheduling recurring push messages, see Schedule: Push Messages .
Experience Cloud Login
You can now log in to Mobile using Experience Cloud authentication.
For more information about the updated signing in process, see Signing In .
Mobile Services SDK
Release Date: October 12, 2017
Target enhancement for previewing experiences
Use the mobile preview link to perform easy end-to-end QA for mobile app activities and enroll yourself into different experiences right on your device without any special test devices.
See Target Mobile Preview .
Target enhancement for allowing pre-fetching of experience data.
The Adobe Target prefetch feature uses the Android Mobile SDKs to fetch offer content as few times as possible by caching the server responses.
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The Xamarin plugin for iOS and Android has been updated to version 4.13.8.
See Adobe Mobile Services for product documentation. To see the release notes for previous releases, expand Previous Release Notes in the left pane.
ExactTarget Data Connector Integration with Adobe Analytics
Salesforce recently discontinued the ExactTarget Data Connector integration. Because of this decision, the ExactTarget wizard is no longer accessible in the Data Connectors interface for new implementations.
The ExactTarget integration will continue to be visible for customers that have previously configured the integration. Existing implementations will continue to function for an unspecified length of time (to be determined by Salesforce). If your customers have questions, advise them to contact their Salesforce/ExactTarget representative.
Analytics customers can implement custom integrations for ExactTarget using standard Analytics features and APIs, including Classifications, Data Sources, Processing Rules, and Data Warehouse exports. Engagements with the Adobe consulting team can be considered as needed.
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.
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User account linking
October 26, 2017
Analytics users no longer need to manually link their accounts between the Experience Cloud and Analytics. Users can contact their Admin Console administrator to request Analytics access.
User ID Migration to the Admin Console
September 21, 2017
The Analytics user ID migration enables administrators to easily migrate user accounts from Analytics User Management to the Adobe Admin Console. After your users are migrated, they will have access to the solutions and core services available in the Experience Cloud. The migration is being rolled out to customers in phases beginning later this month.
Notice for API Methods affected by the migration to the Admin Console.
September 21, 2017
Adobe will phase out the Permissions and Company.GetLoginKey API methods as part of our effort to migrate user access and management to the Admin Console.
All Analytics companies that currently use these methods will receive a pre-migration notification beginning March 31, 2018 . After receiving this notification, administrators will have 30 days before their migration starts, and these methods will cease to work for your company.
To prepare for this event, view the list of affected APIs, and learn what Adobe recommends, see Analytics Administration API 1.4 .
Ad Hoc Analysis
September 21, 2017
As of May 2018, Ad Hoc Analysis will support only Java 8 or higher. If you choose to run Ad Hoc Analysis on Java 7 after the May 2018 Maintenance Release, Adobe will no longer support your Ad Hoc Analysis implementation.
Our .jar files are signed with a secure 256-bit encryption that is not supported by Java versions less than 1.7.0_76. This 256-bit certificate allows us to serve you with enhanced security.
Sept. 21, 2017
We recommend defining no more than 500 bot rules per report suite.
The user interface allows for 500 rules to be manually defined. After this limit is reached, rules need to be managed in bulk through the Import File and Export Bot Rules options.
Calendar Events: Displaying top 20 most recent events
September 21, 2017
To ensure optimal reporting performance, the 20 most recent calendar events will be displayed on trended and overtime graphs.
August 23, 2017
As of August 22, Adobe Analytics started determining geo_zip on all hits received during data collection. This update increases data accuracy, particularly for mobile devices. Previously, the geo_zip was set once per visit. Now, geo_zip can correctly change during the course of a visitor's visit. The geo_zip field is not used in reporting, but surfaces in Data Feeds.
August 21, 2017
On August 22, Adobe Analytics enabled Geo Segmentation reports for all customers. This change is in anticipation of the upcoming removal of the geo segmentation settings in the Admin Console.
New Features in Adobe Analytics
New features released in Adobe Analytics.
Release date: October 26, 2017
This enhanced integration between Audience Manager (AAM) and Analytics lets you bring your AAM segments into Analytics in real time. You can now combine your acquired and owned data sets in AAM with your user behavioral data in Analytics.
Server-Side Forwarding Improvements
This new Analytics Admin configuration lets you configure Server-Side Forwarding yourself, at the report suite level. You no longer need to call Adobe Customer Care to set it up.
VRS Context-Aware Sessions: Report Time Processing
Report Time Processing is a virtual report suite setting that allows data to be processed in a non-destructive, retroactive fashion. Available in Analysis Workspace only.
VRS Context-Aware Sessions: Component Curation
Virtual Report Suites can be curated to include and exclude components.in Analysis Workspace.
Note: If component customization is enabled, the Virtual Report Suite is accessible only in Analysis Workspace and is not accessible in the following:
Contribution Analysis Tokens
All customers with Analysis Workspace entitlement can now run full Contribution Analysis a limited number of times per month. Companies that did not previously have unlimited access to CA are no longer limited to three dimensions per run in Analysis Workspace.
Admin Group Permissions (September 21, 2017)
On September 21, 2017, the following permissions were consolidated into a single 'Classifications' permission in support of a new classification experience slated for next year: 'Traffic Classifications', 'Video Classifications', 'Conversion Classifications', 'Classification Hierarchies', 'Classifications Manager' and 'Classifications Importer/Exporter & Rule Builder'. Any user who had any of these permissions before the September Maintenance Release now has the new permission.
More information will be forthcoming about the new Classifications experience once it is closer to release.
The new Map Visualization in Analysis Workspace lets you easily view your customer interactions within the context of their location. From a macro (global) view to a micro (city) view, you can easily zoom in and out of various hierarchy levels in the visualization to see clusters of users across regions.
You can visualize location data via IP address (for non-mobile data sets) or you can bring latitude and longitude data (for customers using the Mobile SDK) to life in Analysis Workspace.
Granularity selector for trended visualizations
You can now easily toggle between time granularities when the dimension in the data source is a time dimension. You can switch granularities from a drop-down in the visualization settings.
Full dimensions & events in segment drop zone
Previously, you could drop only dimension items, date ranges, or segments into segment drop zones. You can now drop a full dimension or event into the segment drop zone. In both cases, Analysis Workspace will create "exists" hit segments.
Examples: "Hit where eVar1 exists" or "Hit where event1 exists".
Note: You cannot drop calculated metrics into a segment zone. Only those dimensions/metrics that you can build segments for will qualify for the segment zone.
Connected visualizations listed in Data Source Settings
If there are visualizations connected to a freeform or cohort table, the top left dot (Data Source Settings) will now list the connected visualizations. Hovering will highlight the linked visualization, and clicking it will take you to it.
In addition, there is a "Show/Hide Data Table" checkbox that lets you show or hide the data table.
Event# added to left-rail event names
Prior to October 2017, evar# and prop# were appended to the dimension names, and you could search on those numbers. The same functionality is now available for events.
Example: "Subscriptions" now shows up in the left rail as "Subscriptions (event1)".
Keep in mind:
Out-of-the-box dimensions sorted in logical order by default
The default sort order for some out-of-the-box dimensions has been updated in these cases:
For example, if "Hour of Day" is dropped into a table, it will be sorted from 12AM-11PM. You still have the option to sort by any metric column.
Option to allow confidence interval from re-scaling a chart
The Anomaly Detection Confidence interval does not automatically scale the y-axis of a visualization to potentially make the chart more legible.
You now have the option to allow the confidence interval to scale the chart.
Alerts: Added Renew Option
In the Alert Manager, when one or more alerts are selected, they can be renewed by clicking Renew .
This extends their expiration dates to be 1 year from the day Renew was clicked, regardless of their original expiration date.
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Edit Metrics Across Multiple Requests
The Edit Metrics Across Multiple Requests feature lets you easily add, remove, or replace metrics in a pre-existing request or across a group of requests.
Analytics - Fixes and Updates
Fixes and minor updates applied to Adobe Analytics interface tools and components (Analysis Workspace, Reports & Analytics, Report Builder, and so on).
Release date: October 26, 2017
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Other Analytics Issues
Analytics - Administration, Data Collection, Implementation
Fixes and updates applied to Analytics administration tools, including implementation and developer (Web Services and SDKs).
Release date: October 26, 2017
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Web Services: Admin API
Fixed an issue that caused data to become corrupt due to multibyte character string encoding of authorization data. This issue prevented re-authentication. (AN-150296)
Web Services: Reporting API
Fixed an issue that caused a Restricted Permission Error in Report Builder. (AN-147915)
Fixed an issue where customers requesting only metrics for a single day returned error. (AN-149090)
Hourly Data Warehouse reports are no longer created for the wrong hour under certain daylight savings conditions. (AN-140128)
Audience Analytics lets you send Audience Manager segments to Analytics. To use this feature, you create an Analytics destination and map segments to it in Audience Manager.
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
- Fixed a bug in Algorithmic Modeling where, for multiple customers, algorithmic traits created or modified after August 23rd weren't qualifying the expected number of profiles for the trait. (AAM-32586)
- Fixed a performance issue where parts of the UI were slow to respond for companies with a large number of data sources. (AAM-32747)
- Fixed a bug where a 3rd party traits folder was not being automatically created for a company if the corresponding data source was created before the company was marked as Data Provider. (AAM-32176)
- Fixed a bug that appeared when creating or editing a cookie destination. In the "Configuration" panel, the "Publish data to" field allows you to type in a domain name and add it to a list of domains when either "Only the selected domains" or "All of our domains except the selected domains" is selected. The "Add" button next to this text field did not actually add the typed-in domain to the list. (AAM-32679)
- You can work with our DCS APIs by using GET or POST methods. DCS API methods describes the syntax you must use, in each case.
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 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.
Adobe Campaign Standard - Releasing October 30, 2017
Fatigue Management allows you to create fatigue rules to manage over communication with profiles. Fatigue rules are easily built, but are extremely flexible with capabilities such as counting messages across multiple channels (including transactional messages), only counting specific deliveries, or applying rules to specific profiles.
Import from a URL
Import from a URL enables you to quickly retrieve your creative content from a website to build emails for any delivery. Additionally, you can streamline your creative process by enabling third parties to share content directly through a URL. Imported content can be flexibly used as part of a single delivery or at the template level ensuring brand consistency for all related campaigns whether they be workflow-based or transactional messages, and include A/B or multivariate testing. Import from a URL automatically converts and tracks all links to monitor email performance through Dynamic Reporting.
Product documentation is available at Adobe Campaign Standard Documentation .
AEM release notes
Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the latest patches to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.
AEM Desktop App 1.6
AEM Desktop App 1.6 focuses on improvements to the logon process and better support for various AEM security configurations; better information about background download and upload operations, and application stability and performance.
AEM 6.3 Content Fragment Updates and Content Services-Feature Packs
This set of Feature Packs delivers updates to Content Fragments, Core Components, and the JSON Exporter.
The enhancements enable the definition of content fragments based on structured content models, and the delivery of AEM content in JSON format for consumption across channels and touch-points.
AEM 6.3 Service Pack 1
AEM 6.3 Service Pack 1 (220.127.116.11), released October 13, 2017, is an important update that includes performance, stability, security, and key customer fixes and enhancements released since the general availability of AEM 6.3 in April 2017.
You can install AEM 6.3 Service Pack 1 on AEM 6.3 GA.
Key highlights of this service pack include the following:
AEM 6.2 Service Pack 1-Cumulative Fix Pack 8
AEM 6.2 SP1-CFP8, released October 9, 2017, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability AEM 6.2 SP1 in December, 2016.
AEM 6.1 Service Pack 2-Cumulative Fix Pack 12
AEM 6.1 SP2-CFP12, released October 6, 2017, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability AEM 6.1 SP2 in August, 2016.
Adobe Experience Cloud Tutorials
Learn the basics or refine your skills with Adobe Experience Cloud tutorials.
AEM Repo Tool
Learn more about the AEM Repo Tool. This solution is available for simplified, FTP-like transfers between the file system and AEM, with minimal dependencies. It is a simple bash script and lets you integrate into IntelliJ and Eclipse.
Upgrade to AEM 6.3 Forms
Added information about handling adaptive form rules that are not migrated automatically using the migration utility.
Change hostname for AEM Forms JEE
JBoss for AEM Forms service fails to start when the host name is changed.
To resolve the issue, you must reset the Windows Registry key and add the name of the current host to the registry.
Featured October Community Article
Learn how to develop an AEM HTML Template Language (HTL) component that renders a repeating data set, including digital assets.
Ask the AEM Community Expert
The October session covers how to create custom components using HTL.
Presented by Shivani Garg, an AEM Developer and Community member. Shivani will discuss the following:
RSVP for this event at https://www.meetup.com/AEM-Technologist-Group/events/243679377/
October is a busy month for our AEM Experts with the following sessions:
RSVP for these sessions and access links to past sessions at the following:
New features, fixes, and updates to Adobe Livefyre. Livefyre offers a complete user-generated content offering, including social curation capabilities and on-site engagement applications.
See Livefyre Release Notes for the latest information.
Release date: October 16, 2017
(Bing Ads campaigns with remarketing targets) Advertising Cloud supports the following:
Search Campaigns Beta
You can now assign campaigns to portfolios from the beta Campaigns view.
In the AdWords Audience Target Report, you can now include columns for transaction properties tracked by Advertising Cloud.