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Release Notes - November 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.
Recipe
Date Published
Description
First-time Setup
October 18, 2017
The first-time setup recipe walks you through the steps to get started using Experience Cloud solutions.
Email Optimization
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.
Digital Foundation
May 2017
The Digital Foundation use case helps you implement a digital marketing platform with Analytics, optimization, and campaign management.
Customer Intelligence
April 2017
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, Profiles & Audiences, Mobile Services, Launch, and Dynamic Tag Management. Also includes release information for Experience Cloud ID Service (Visitor API).

Adobe Launch

This is the first release of Launch.
Release date: November 8, 2017
Launch is being rolled out incrementally to Adobe Experience Cloud customers. If you have would like a chance to get early access, please put let us know by entering the required information in the Launch Release Form .
Launch is the next-generation of tag management capabilities from Adobe. Launch gives customers a simple way to deploy and manage all of the analytics, marketing, and advertising tags necessary to power relevant customer experiences.
Launch empowers anyone to build and maintain their own integrations with Launch, called Extensions. These extensions are available to Launch customers in an app-store experience so they can quickly install, configure, and deploy their tags.
Launch is offered to Adobe Experience Cloud customers as an included, value-add feature. Launch is an entirely new product with a new code base, designed to replace the previous Dynamic Tag Management (DTM) service. However, DTM will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future. Adobe will continue to fix any significant bugs and ensure consistent performance. At this time, no major feature enhancements are planned for legacy DTM.
Key Benefits
  • Faster time to value
  • Trustworthy data through centralized collection, organization, and delivery using data elements
  • Compelling experiences through the integration of data and marketing technology using rule builder
Key Features
Feature Description
Extensions
An extension is a package of code (JavaScript, HTML, and CSS) that extends the Launch UI and client functionality. ​Build, manage, and update your integrations using a virtually self-service interface. You can think of Launch as an operating system, and extensions are the apps you use to achieve your tasks.
Extension Catalog
Browse, configure, and deploy marketing/advertising tools built and maintained by independent software vendors.
Rule Builder
Create robust rules that combine multiple events, sequenced in the way that you determine using if/then logic with conditions and exceptions. Extensions provide options for:
  • Events
  • Conditions
  • Exceptions
  • Actions
The rule builder includes real-time error checking and syntax highlighting for your custom code.
When the criteria outlined in your rules are met and conditions are satisfied, the actions you define are executed in order.
Data Elements
Collect, organize, and deliver data across web-based marketing and advertising technology.
Enterprise Publishing
The publishing process enables teams to publish code to pages. Different people can create an implementation, approve it, and publish it to your pages.
  • Changes to your code are encapsulated within libraries you define ​
  • You specify where and when you want your code deployed ​
  • Multiple libraries can be built in parallel by different teams ​
  • Unlimited development environments ​
  • Deliberate, permissioned process for merging libraries together ​
Open APIs
Automate implementations of individual technologies, or a group of technologies.
  • Launch interacts with the Reactor APIs ​
  • Deployments can be automated through APIs ​
  • Integrate the Launch APIs with your own internal systems ​
  • You can build your own user interface, if desired ​
Light, Modular Container tag
The Launch container tag is 60% lighter than Adobe Tag Manager and 40% lighter than Google Tag Manager. The content of your container is minified, including your custom code. Everything is modular. If you don't need an item, it is not included in your library. The result is an implementation that is fast and compact.
Other Highlights
Launch provides several improvements over similar systems, including:
  • No use of document.write () where Chrome doesn't allow it ​
  • The Page Top and Page Bottom rules are bundled into the main library to minimize unnecessary HTTP calls ​ ​
  • Custom action scripts within a rule can be loaded in parallel, but are executed sequentially ​
  • If you avoid Page Top and Page Bottom rules, the code is mostly asynchronous, with a path to getting fully async ​

Mobile Services

New features, updates, and fixes to Mobile Services.
Release date: November 9, 2017
  • Minor bug fixes.
  • Starting in March 2018, an Adobe ID is required to log in because the Adobe Analytics login process will no longer be supported. More... .
See Adobe Mobile Services for product documentation. To see the release notes for previous releases, expand Previous Release Notes in the left pane.

Analytics

Release date: November 9, 2017

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
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.
Bot Rules
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.
geo_zip
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.
Geo Segmentation
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

Enhancements and new features released in Adobe Analytics.
Product Feature Name Description
Analysis Workspace
List of Incompatible Components
Sometimes, not all components included in a project are included in the report suite. The resulting “"Incompatible Report Suite" message that displays (when loading a project or switching to a report suite) now lists the components that are not compatible.

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).
Product Fix or Update
Analysis Workspace
  • Fixed an issue where the Y axis in line or bar graphs showing percentage metrics always scaled to 100%. (AN-152424, AN-152391)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the copying and pasting of values in Workspace. (AN-151844, AN-148578)
Analytics General
  • Fixed an issue with data not getting returned if a filter or segment was applied for a date range in the past. (AN-151926, AN-152011)
Data Workbench

Analytics - Administration, Data Collection, Implementation

Fixes and updates applied to Analytics administration tools, including implementation and developer (Web Services and SDKs).
Product / Feature Update
AppMeasurement (Legacy and Mobile SDKs)
AppMeasurement for JavaScript
JavaScript 2.6.0
Fixed an issue where AppMeasurement library does not always set the correct account combination when s_gl is called. (AN-152153)
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 )

Audience Manager

Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
  • On the trait details page, fixed a bug that prevented the CSV download from working properly in IE 11.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the segment folder GET API method from returning the path parameter.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the folderCount parameter in the GET API method from returning the total number of subfolders.
  • Revised code to help improve load times for the segments page.

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

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:

Experience Manager

AEM release notes

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 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.
Smart Imaging
Frequently asked questions about Smart Imaging in Dynamic Media Classic (Scene7)/Dynamic Media.
AEM 6.3 Content Fragment Updates and Content Services-Feature Pack
This feature pack 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.
Product maintenance
AEM 6.3 Service Pack 1
AEM 6.3 Service Pack 1 (6.3.1.0), 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:
  • Built-in repository (Apache Jackrabbit Oak) is updated to version 1.6.3.
  • Support for enhanced desktop actions on multiple assets using Desktop App in Touch UI.
  • Support for user configurable connection timeout parameters for Marketing Cloud solutions (Adobe Analytics, Adobe Dynamic Tag Management, Adobe Target, and Adobe Search&Promote).
  • Enhanced ability of Manage Publications to publish complex site hierarchy.
  • Refined the Iparsys' capability to reflect text edits in pages.
  • Improved version purging for assets.
  • Optimized AEM performance when publishing assets to Brand Portal.
  • Enabled management of flexible content models and JSON API.
  • Resolved translation issues with AEM Content Fragments.
  • Improved Communities file library, spam detection, moderation user interface and enablement features.
  • Added support to run AEM Forms on Oracle Linux 7.1 running on Oracle EXA Platform.
  • Added ability to list DAM Assets in Form Portal view and search.
  • Ability to choose CRX asset dynamically for Process Management task.
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.
Self-Help
Documentation migration to https://helpx.adobe.com.
As part of a complete overhaul of the Experience Cloud documentation system, we have moved the AEM technical documentation set from the existing AEM docs.adobe.com platform to the central Helpx platform. You can now find the AEM documentation at the following:
Note: AEM 6.1 documentation is still available on https://docs.adobe.com/docs/en/aem/6-1.html . Documentation from older AEM versions are archived here .
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.
Community
Customer Care Office Hours
Join us to learn about AEM 6 Performance Tuning & Best Practices on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. PST.
In this session, you will learn about the following:
  • Best practices for deployments.
  • Planning AEM Assets implementation.
  • AEM data storage architecture.
  • AEM Assets optimizations.
  • Mandatory maintenance tasks.
Experience Insider - providing insights into best practices for AEM authors.
Subscribe to Experience Insider to get the latest AEM best practices and tips and tricks. Sign up in less than a minute at https://bit.ly/EINews . Archives are available at https://www.adobeeventsonline.com/AEM/2017/NL/lp/ .
Monthly webinar—Let us help you become more efficient and get to market faster. In this months Experience Insider webinar we cover information on best practices for Fluid Experiences from AEM and its application in managing content and experiences for either headful or headless CMS scenarios. Please share this link with your Authors for more information and to RSVP https://landing.adobe.com/ags/2017/na/aem-6-3-best-practice/power-tips-and-best-practices.html .
Ask the AEM Community Expert
Join Adobe's Bertrand de Coatpont for the final Ask the Expert session of 2017 on November 28.
Bertrand will dive into AEM Communities and provide demos on how to quickly set up and customize a community site. You will learn how to leverage the powerful authoring interface to build a vibrant customer community. Learn the tools to keep your fan base engaged long after launch and take advantage of UGC to strengthen your brand.
AEM GEMS
Join Dominique Pfister, Senior Computer Scientist at Adobe on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 8:00 a.m. PST to learn about AEM Dispatcher - New features and best practices.
Dominique will cover the new features in the dispatcher since version 4.1.9. He will also look at some best practices when you deploy the dispatcher.
Recent On-demand technical sessions
If you missed the technical session on AEM Fluid Experiences for headless use cases you can watch the on-demand session at the following:

Advertising Cloud

Updated: November 9, 2017
Feature Description
Analytics Integration
New feeds provide intraday conversion metrics, with the ability to select from all available metrics in Analytics. Contact your account manager for more information and to schedule migration to the new feed.
Portfolios
(Beta feature) Bing Ads data for "Impression Share Lost due to Budget" is now used to auto-adjust campaign budgets in portfolios when the portfolio uses the "Auto adjust campaign budget limits" option.
Search Advanced Campaign Management (ACM)
In inventory feed templates, you can now use columns in a feed file or merchant center account as dynamic variables for label classification values.
Search Bulksheets and Search Campaigns
(Bing Ads accounts) Your existing Bing dynamic search ads (DSA) and DSA targets are now listed in the Ads and Auto Targets views. The accuracy of cost and click data for DSAs and targets, as well as revenue attribution, is still being tested, and Advertising Cloud doesn't yet model and optimize bids for DSA targets in optimized portfolios. You can now download existing Bing dynamic search ads (DSA) and DSA targets, and edit (but not create) DSAs and DSA targets, using bulksheets. In the Download Bulksheet dialog, selecting the "Auto Target" section adds data about dynamic search targets.
Search Campaigns Beta
New features include the following:
  • The initial loading of Campaigns Beta is faster.
  • The date selector now includes the same preset date ranges as the legacy views.
  • A new filter set dialog is available in the toolbar.
  • You can click an individual filter definition next to the toolbar to edit it.
  • From a column heading, you can create a filter on the column.
  • After you perform bulk actions from a campaign management view (such as editing the settings for multiple campaigns, pasting rows into the data table, or syncing one or more campaigns), you'll receive an email notifications once the task has completed or failed.

Social

The Social 17.11.1.0 release (11/14/2017) includes the following changes:
Improvements
Feature Description
Twitter character limit
Adobe Social has been updated in accordance with Twitter's new 280-character limit for tweets.
For more information, see the Twitter community discussion .