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Release Notes - January 2018

New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud.
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Experience Cloud Recipes

Use Case
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, Notifications, People core service, Mobile Services, Launch, and Dynamic Tag Management. Also includes release information for Experience Cloud ID Service (Visitor API).

Experience Cloud ID Service

Improvements and fixes for the Experience Cloud ID service.
Release date: January 18, 2018
Item Description
Update: January 17, 2018
Thread yielding for multiple ID sync requests
Iframe
For customers performing multiple ID syncs, due to continuous CPU computations happening, the UI gets blocked in some cases. We are introducing thread yielding to separate the ID sync requests by 100msec each.
This change will improve performance for customers using Visitor 2.3.0+ and DIL 6.10+.
Added the ability to disable third-party calls
JavaScript - 3.0.0
Adobe renamed the following configurations to allow for disabling third-party sync calls.
Internet Explorer support
The ID service no longer supports Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, and 9.
Update to getInstance documentation
Added a warning to the Visitor function about not instantiating this function with var visitor = new Visitor .

Mobile Services

New features, updates, and fixes to Mobile Services.
Release date: January 18, 2018
Fixes
  • Beginning March 2018, Adobe Target workflows will not be available in Adobe Mobile Services.
  • Fixed a few issues with the PDF and CSV download of the reports.
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: January 18, 2018

New Features in Adobe Analytics

Enhancements and new features released in Adobe Analytics.
Product Feature Name Description
[!UICONTROL Analysis Workspace]
More Freeform table filtering options
These dimension filtering options have been added:
  • Contains all terms
  • Contains any term
  • Contains the phrase
  • Does not contain any term
  • Does not contain the phrase
  • Equals
  • Does not equal
  • Starts with
  • Ends with
Copy & paste visualizations/panels across panels & projects
You can now right-click and copy a visualization or panel, and then paste (insert) that copied element into another place within the project, or into a different project.
You can use this capability to create building blocks (predefined visualizations/panels) that can be copied into other projects to get started more quickly, with data specific to your business.
New Mobile templates for Messaging and Location
Two new project templates have been added:
  • A new [!UICONTROL Mobile] project template for Messaging that focuses on in-app and push messaging performance.
  • A new [!UICONTROL Mobile] project template for Location that includes a Map showcasing location data.
Column Resizing Improvement
When resizing the left-most column, Workspace now maintains the width percentages of the rest of the columns (not simply adjust the next column width on the right). This change speeds up table creation for both analysis and sharing.
Display 400 rows in a table
You can now display 400 rows in a table (up from 200), to allow for 365-day trends.
Map Visualization support in PDF
The Map visualization, introduced in October 2017, can now be rendered in PDF.
Relative Intra-links when copying/saving-as project
Previously, when you copied a project or used save as , all the intra-links saved in the project pointed to the original project, not the copied project.
The intra-links are now relative to the project they live within, after you copy or save-as.
Contribution Analysis: Token Notification
If your company has a limited number of Contribution Analysis tokens, the Analysis Workspace UI now shows a notification when you consume a token. It lets you know how many tokens you have left. 
(Admin users: you can restrict who can use these tokens by editing your group permissions.) 
CSV files with multi-byte characters
Emailed CSV files containing multi-byte characters can now be opened in MS Excel.
Changes to event#, eVar#, and prop#
Event#, eVar#, and prop#, which were added to dimension names in the left rail (in 2017), will only appear when you search for the component.
(Also applies to Virtual Report Suite builder.)
Changes to None/Unspecified
Changed how None/Unspecified works in Analysis Workspace so that it is consistent with [!UICONTROL Reports & Analytics], the Segment Builder, and the dimension values menu in [!UICONTROL Analysis Workspace].
This means that the value will show up as "Unspecified" instead of "None" in most projects in [!UICONTROL Analysis Workspace]. (AN-146879)
Other Analytics
Virtual Report Suites : Changes to Component Curation
There is no longer a need to share curated components (segments, calculated metrics, date ranges). They will always be visible in Workspace if they are curated for the virtual report suite, even if they are not shared.
Contribution Analysis : Increase in number of results
We now display up to 50 results in Contribution Analysis (up from 10).
Segment Builder : Added an Analysis Workspace product compatibility type
In the Segment Builder , we added an Analysis Workspace product compatibility type.
Segments with embedded date ranges will continue to operate differently in [!UICONTROL Analysis Workspace] versus [!UICONTROL Reports & Analytics]: In Workspace, a segment with an embedded date range overrides the panel date range. By contrast, [!UICONTROL Reports & Analytics] gives you the intersection of the report date range and the segment's embedded date range.

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
  • Resolved an issue where the People metric and Estimated Count Distinct metric reported unusually low numbers. (AN-154510)
  • Fixed an issue that erroneously resulted in an “incompatible report suite” warning. (AN-154791, AN-154706)
  • Fixed an issue that caused scheduled project tags to disappear after the scheduled project was updated. (AN-153794)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the complete loading or downloading of a project PDF. (AN-152760)
  • Fixed an issue where the Y-axis numbers always showed at least one decimal number. Going forward, decimals will be shown only when necessary. (AN-152685)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented breakdowns from correctly refreshing when changing a date range and when using Breakdown by position . (AN-152275)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from sending projects to email addresses that contained apostrophes. (AN-151837)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented time period columns from being added to a Freeform table, in some situations. (AN-150614)
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when changing a project’s report suite and saving the project. In the scheduled project dialog, an incorrect report suite was displayed when referring to time zone info. (AN-150570)
  • Fixed an issue with the cohort table showing NaN (Not a Number) in certain instances. The cohort table will now display invalid instead. (AN-146403)
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when building segment comparisons with invalid segments. We will now display a more descriptive error message. (AN-145953)
Other Analytics
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in links generated by the Link to Report option not working when user logged in using Remember Me . (AN-153261, AN-153038)
  • Bookmarks : Fixed an issue that occasionally displayed bookmarked reports even if the user no longer had rights to the report suite where the bookmarked report resided. Going forward, an “Access Denied” message will display in this case. (AN-153970)
  • Ad Hoc Analysis : Fixed an issue with Ad Hoc freezing in some instances. (AN-141935)
  • Data Extracts : Fixed an issue with the breakdown option not available in Data Extract for eVars beyond #75. (AN-151070)
  • Admin Console (Permissions) : Fixed an issue that prevented admins from adding users to the Activity Map reporting group. (AN-141536)
  • Admin Console (Permissions) : Fixed an issue where users continued to have access to First Touch and Last Touch Channel reports, even though their permissions had been revoked. (AN-152282)
  • Admin Console (Permissions) : Fixed a permissions issue that prevented admins from seeing any report suites in the Admin console. (AN-153966)
  • Admin Console (Permissions) : Fixed an issue that allowed a user group access to non-permissioned classifications. (AN-152374)
  • Admin Console (Permissions) : Fixed an issue with being unable to disable legacy logins after users have been migrated to IMS. (AN-154498)
  • Scheduled Reports : Fixed an issue so that a schedule accurately reflects the schedule owner, not the owner of the dashboard that contains the schedule. (AN-145663)
  • Scheduled Reports : Fixed an issue with scheduled reports not retrying delivery as many times as needed. (AN-152996)
  • Admin Console : Fixed an encoding issue that prevented some eVar names/descriptions from displaying. (AN-145933)
  • Admin Console : Fixed an issue with being unable to delete a user whose user name included special characters.(AN-153421)
  • Admin Console : Fixed a column naming issue with Success Events, when you clicked Multiple . The column Type was displaying the values for Name instead. (AN-148763)
  • (Updated May 29, 2018 ) Permissions : Fixed an issue where having permission to access the Channel Report was automatically granting access to the First Touch Channel and First Touch Channel Detail dimensions. Now these 2 permission sets are separate.
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
Data Warehouse
  • Large Data Warehouse reports should no longer fail with a 500 Gateway error. Instead, they will be broken up and paginated. (AN-150062)
  • Improved email messaging for file transfer failures. (AN-150162)
AppMeasurement (Legacy and Mobile SDKs)
AppMeasurement for JavaScript
JavaScript 2.7.0
  • Dropping support for IE 6 through 9
  • Inclusion of Visitor API v3.0.0
  • Inclusion of DIL v7.00 for [!DNL Audience Manager] Module
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
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.

Audience Manager

Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
  • We added a limit of 50,000 on the number of Derived Signals you can use. Read more about Usage Limits .
  • Fixed a bug in the Create / Edit Destinations page, where, on Safari browsers, the Segment Mappings buttons wouldn't respond. (AAM-33558)
  • Fixed a bug in the Derived Signals page where, on Firefox browsers, the action buttons (Edit, Delete) wouldn't respond. (AAM-33573)
  • Fixed a bug on Internet Explorer browsers. When trying to edit a destination from the view page, the Edit button wouldn't trigger an event. (AAM-33625)
  • Fixed a bug in Profile Merge Rules on Internet Explorer 11 browsers, where the Authenticated Profile options would display incorrectly. (AAM-33628)
  • Fixed a bug in Addressable Audiences on Internet Explorer 11 browsers, where the help modal would display incorrectly. (AAM-33631)
  • Fixed an issue in Audience Lab where some customers would receive a 500 Error when attempting to download the CSV file with for conversion traits. (AAM-33775)
  • Fixed an issue encountered when deleting segments using the Remove Selected button, where the segments weren't actually deleted. (AAM-33815)
  • Fixed an issue reported by customers receiving an error when attempting to remove a segment mapping from the Google DBM destination. (AAM-34056)
  • Fixed an issue where customers were unable to modify the operator in a trait rule without deleting the condition or using code view. (AAM-34112)
DIL Bug Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecated Code
DIL is the API data collection code for Audience Manager. The January release increments DIL to version 7.
DIL support for all Internet Explorer versions below 10 is deprecated and will be discontinued.

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.
Adobe Campaign Standard 18.1 - Release date: Jan, 15 2018
Feature Description
Reporting for Fatigue Management
Reporting for Fatigue Management is a dedicated, configurable report displaying the impact fatigue rules have on deliveries across the Email, Push, SMS, and Direct Mail channels within a specified date range before send. With the added insight of being able to quickly see all conflicting campaigns in a single view, marketers are able to plan marketing campaigns according to set the fatigue rules more effectively, and prioritize communications.
For more information, refer to the detailed documentation .
Report sharing
Report Sharing allows you to share your reports with Adobe Campaign users as an email attachment, and on an automated recurring basis. Users who receive recurring reports have the ability to unsubscribe from these communications via a dedicated link in each email.
For more information, refer to the detailed documentation .
Push improvements
Push Message Preview - Preview push notifications on iOS and Android devices from within the push notification content editor to see exactly what your recipients will see before testing or executing the delivery.
For more information, refer to the detailed documentation .
Content Available - When apps are not opened over longer periods of time, their data can become outdated. This results in the data having to be updated or replaced at the moment a user finally opens the app, which can cause delays in using the app. With the added support of Content Available, Adobe Campaign users can wake up their app to refresh its data in the background when delivering a push notification, enabling greater consistency and control over a user's in-app experience.
Mutable Content - With the added support of Mutable Content, Adobe Campaign users can now leverage their mobile app extensions to further modify the content or presentation of arriving push notifications sent from Adobe Campaign. For example, users can leverage Mutable Content to:
  • Decrypt data that was delivered in an encrypted format
  • Download images or other media files and add them as attachments to a notification
  • Change the body or title text of a notification
  • Add a thread identifier to a notification
For more information on Content Available and Mutable Content, refer to the detailed documentation .
Time-zone optimized deliveries
Schedule recurring Email, SMS, and Push notifications to be delivered at a specific day and time in every recipients' time zone, ensuring that your messages are delivered at the right time without setting up multiple deliveries.
For more information, refer to the detailed documentation .
API Signal activity triggering
It is now possible to trigger a signal activity for your workflows directly from Adobe Campaign Standard API.
For more information, refer to the detailed documentation .
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 Assets Brand Portal 6.3.1
Brand Portal 6.3.1 delivers improved user experience, performance, new enhancements in metadata, search, reporting, and digital rights management.
AEM 6.3 Dynamic Media Feature Pack
The AEM 6.3 Dynamic Media Feature Pack is now compatible with AEM 6.3.1.0.
AEM Desktop App 1.7
AEM Desktop App 1.7 focuses on improvements in stability and caching logic, better support for network proxy, and ability to clean up internal files after uninstallation.
Product maintenance
AEM 6.3 Service Pack 1- Cumulative Fix Pack 2
AEM 6.3 SP1-CFP2 (6.3.1.2), released January 8, 2018, is an important update that includes key customer fixes and enhancements released since the general availability of AEM 6.3 in April, 2017.
Self-Help
AEM upgrade documentation
The AEM upgrade documentation has been improved and is available here: https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/6-3/sites/deploying/user-guide.html .
AEM Performance Guidelines
You can find general guidelines on how to optimize the performance of your AEM deployment here: https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/6-3/sites/deploying/using/performance-guidelines.html .
AEM Oak Documentation and Best Practices
KB: AEM 6.3 repository maintenance
New KB article for an AEM 6.3 repository maintenance issue.
KB: AEM replication
New KB article for a replication loop issue.
KB: AEM-Campaign
New KB article for an AEM - Campaign synchronization issue.
KB: AEM Cumulative Fix Pack
New KB article for an AEM Cumulative Fix Pack deployment issue.
KB: AEM asset renditions
New KB article for generating asset renditions.

Livefyre

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. Updated: January 22, 2018, for January 20 release

Advertising Cloud

Feature Description
Portfolios
For all advertisers, Google AdWords 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 and also to adjust bids.
Bid Rules
Bid rules have been migrated to the label classification architecture.
You'll still create and edit bid rules from Optimization > Bid Rules. What has changed:
  • Only one bid rule can apply to a keyword. If multiple bid rules were previously applied to a single keyword, only the bid rule with the highest priority was retained and the others were removed.
  • You can now assign bid rules only from Campaigns Beta views. To apply a bid rule to a keyword, assign the associated label classification to the keyword or to the parent campaign or ad group: In the toolbar above the data table, click +, and then click Assign > Bid Rule. Click the bid rule name, and then click Save.
  • The Label Report no longer supports bid rules. Instead a new basic report, the Bid Rule Report, is available.
Search Advanced Campaign Management (ACM)
Standard text ad fields are no longer editable in Bing Ads, Google AdWords, and Yahoo Japan inventory feed templates.
In text ad templates, you now can add label classifications to the templates for individual ad variations. Add the classifications below the ad variation template on the Ads tab.
In shopping ad templates, you can add label classifications to the product groups generated. Add the classifications from the Label Classifications tab. Label classifications for product groups are applied to the unit (most granular) level.
Search Bulksheets and Search Campaigns Beta
You can now assign label classifications to product groups from bulksheets. You also can assign them from the Product Groups view.
Search Campaigns Beta
You can now create and manage Bing shared sitelinks and assign them at the campaign levels.
Both Bing and Google shared ad sitelinks are available under the "Extensions" section of the Campaigns Beta menu. The section includes a Sitelinks view, from which you can create sitelink text and settings, and an Associations view, which allows you to assign your sitelinks to the (Google only) accounts, campaigns, and (Google only) ad groups in whose ads you want them to appear.
You can now assign your existing Bing Ads remarketing list targets as targets (but not exclusions) for Bing ad groups from the Audiences > Targets view. You can set bid adjustments and status for targets by editing the value in the Bid Adjustment and Status columns within the Audiences > Targets view.
Impression, click, and cost data are available for Bing Ads dynamic search ad (DSA) targets at the target, ad group, and campaign levels. It's not available yet at the ad level. Caution: Revenue data is not yet available, and revenue data will be orphaned until attribution is available. Don't add campaigns with Bing DSA targets to optimized portfolios yet.
Additional improvements include:
  • An improved left navigation pane, with the ability to filter by search engine, portfolio, or an existing custom view.
  • Filters are maintained when you open child entities.
  • Ability to create custom views.
  • Ability to create custom columns from either the column selection window or the view settings.
  • (Keywords and Placements views) The value in the Bid Unit ID column has a link to bid unit details, with Forecast, History and Bid Unit tabs.
  • Ability to control whether to display 25 rows, 50 rows, or Infinite Scroll in the bottom right corner of any page.
  • The Labels Classifications Beta view now includes Classifications and Values sub-views.
  • The Product Groups view now supports copying and pasting rows. You can to copy up to 10,000 rows from the grid, paste them into Excel for editing any non-ID fields, and then copy the Excel rows and paste them back into the grid.
Reports
A new basic report, the Bid Rule Report, is available. It includes cost, click, and (optionally) conversion data for one or more bid rules. By default, the data includes one row for each applicable bid rule for each time unit in the specified date range, and the rows are in ascending order first by bid rule and then by the bid rule start date. You can view data beginning with 13 December 2017.