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Release Notes - March 2018

New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud.
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Experience Cloud Branding Updates

Go here to learn about the latest branding updates for solutions and core services in the Experience Cloud.

Use Case Recipes

Experience Cloud Recipes help you implement and deploy cross-solution workflows and integrations.
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.
  • Fixed a bug where the resetBeforeVersion function would not work on subdomains. (CORE - 11390)
  • Fixed a bug where the Experience Cloud ID Service would erroneously set an AMCV cookie on domains without the leading dot when visitor.cookieDomain has a leading dot. For example, it would set an AMCV cookie on sampledomain.com in addition to .sampledomain.com. (CORE - 10634)
See Experience Cloud ID Services product documentation.

Mobile Services

New features, updates, and fixes to Mobile Services.
  • Removed the ability to create Target workflows in Adobe Mobile Services. (MOB-8683) See Adobe Mobile Services for product documentation. To see the release notes for previous releases, expand Previous Release Notes in the left pane.

Experience Cloud Mobile SDKs

Feature Description
Android SDK Version 4.15 and iOS SDK Version 4.15
Mobile SDKs enhanced with APIs that support General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) by
  • Retrieving locally stored identities
  • Setting opt status flags for data collection & transmission

Analytics

Release date: March 08, 2018

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
Adobe to stop issuing 3rd-party s_vi cookies for Safari
March 23, 2018
On March 20, 2018, Adobe stopped issuing 3rd-party s_vi cookies for the Safari browser. The reason is that Safari's ITP is giving customers inconsistent visitor identification.
Update Report Builder before you migrate user IDs to the Admin Console
March 17, 2018
>[!IMPORTANT] >Update your installation of Report Builder to the latest version. This update is a pre-requisite for running the Analytics user ID migration to the Admin Console, beginning in April 2018.
Back-end changes that affect reporting
March 12, 2018
A change to the (back-end) lookup mechanism is going to impact reporting in several ways. Please be aware that these changes went into effect around the end of February, 2018 :
  • Note that this change has been delayed to the April 12, 2018 release: Page renaming will no longer be allowed. Going forward, you will need to use classifications to rename pages. Note that until the May Maintenance release (May 10, 2018), the system will continue to process the renames as they are currently configured. Adobe is asking all customers to migrate to Classifications by that date. After the May Maintenance Release, existing renames will no longer be honored and can change, retroactively, without notice.
  • The URL "replacement" methodology is different. Previously, Adobe Analytics would store (mostly) the first URL associated with each pagename each month. Going forward, we will store the most recent URL for each pagename.
  • Category reports for rollups and current data in [!UICONTROL Reports & Analytics] are no longer provided. However, deprecating category rollup reports in the Web Service API has been delayed until the April Maintenance Release
  • There is no longer any support for page/prop data from before approximately January 2007 (in some cases, 2006). This only impacts pages, props and page events (i.e. custom links, exit links, download links).
    Note: This change does not impact reporting in Analysis Workspace or Data Warehouse.
    If you have data preceding these dates, expect the following:
    • Data will not combine correctly across the pre/post January 2007 boundary
    • Searches will not work against data before approximately Jan. 2007
End of Support for TLS 1.0
February 28, 2018
  • Starting April 12, 2018, Adobe Analytics Reporting will no longer support TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.0 encryption. This change is part of our ongoing efforts to maintain the highest security standards and promote the safety of customer data. Because the Analytics Reporting web UI already requires a modern web browser, we do not anticipate any issues. If you are unable to connect to Adobe Analytics reporting after April 12, you should upgrade your browser to the latest version .
  • Starting September 13, 2018, Adobe Analytics Reporting API will no longer support TLS 1.0 encryption. Customers who access the API should verify that they will not be impacted.
    • API clients using Java 7 with default settings will need modifications to support TLS 1.2 . (Refer to “Changing default TLS protocol version for client end points: TLS 1.0 to TLS 1.2”.)
    • API clients using Java 8 should not be impacted, because it defaults to TLS 1.2.
    • API clients using other frameworks will need to contact their vendors for details on TLS 1.2 support.
    To find out if you will be affected, Adobe will provide a temporary API endpoint for testing purposes. Details will be provided in May.
  • Starting September 13, 2018, Adobe Analytics Data Collection will no longer support TLS 1.0. With this change, we will no longer collect Analytics data from end users with older devices or web browsers that do not support TLS 1.1 or later.
    Note: If your web site does not support TLS 1.0, you will not be impacted by the collection change.
Upcoming support changes for Date-Enabled and Numeric Classifications
February 28, 2018
In the April Maintenance release, we will begin limiting the functionality of date-enabled and numeric classifications. These classification types will be removed from the Admin and Classification Importer interfaces.
From that date on, no new date-enabled and numeric classifications can be added. Existing classifications can still be managed (uploaded to, deleted) through the standard classification workflows, and will continue to be available in reporting.
Upcoming support changes for Marketing Channel Cost and Budget
February 28, 2018
In the April Maintenance Release, we will remove Marketing Channel Cost and Budget from the Admin > Marketing Channel menu. No new cost and budget data can be added. Existing cost and budget data will continue to be available in reporting, but cannot be updated.
Code Manager - Legacy H Code
February 8, 2018
Downloading legacy JavaScript (H code) from the Code Manager is no longer supported.
Data retention: Check and set your data retention policy for Adobe Analytics
February 1, 2018
Background
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which applies as from May 25, 2018, provides that Adobe, in its role as your data processor, must take appropriate measures to assist its customers in fulfilling access, deletion, and other requests from individuals. Applying appropriate, secure, and timely deletion policies is an important part of complying with this obligation. As a result, Adobe would like to work with you to implement a data retention policy before GDPR takes effect on May 25, 2018.
What to expect. Unless you already have an Adobe Analytics data retention policy in place, here's what to expect.
Going forward, Adobe will begin applying data retention as currently specified in customer contracts for Adobe Analytics, unless other arrangements are made. Most Adobe Analytics contracts state that Adobe may delete data after 25 months. Once a data retention policy is in place for your organization, it is enforced on a rolling monthly basis. Data retention for longer periods than 25 months is available for an additional fee. Data retention periods for shorter periods can also be configured by contacting Customer Care.
You will soon receive an email with additional details for your organization.
Data retention impacts all methods for accessing historical Adobe Analytics data, including but not limited to Reports & Analytics , Analysis Workspace , Report Builder , the Web Services Reporting APIs, data warehouse, and data feeds.
Next steps
Identify stakeholders within your organization responsible for making decisions about data retention. Your organization is best placed to know the appropriate period for which Adobe Analytics data should be retained.
Please contact your Adobe Customer Success Manager if you have any questions regarding data retention for Adobe Analytics.
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.
Release date: March 8, 2018
Product Feature Name Description
Analysis Workspace
You can now wrap the header text in Freeform tables to make headers more readable and tables more shareable. We have added Wrap Header Text in Column settings. This option is especially useful for .pdf rendering and for metrics with long names.
To make it easier to quickly create calculated metrics, Create metric from selection has been added to the right-click menu. This option displays when one or more header column cells are selected.
To be able to show period-over-period (such as year-over-year) comparisons in the Map visualization, we have added these enhancements:
  • The Map visualization can now show negative numbers. For example, if you are plotting a year-over-year metric, the map can show -33% over New York.
  • With metrics that are of type "percent", clustering averages the percentages together.
  • Added a new color scheme: Positive/Negative (green/red).
For the recently released custom templates, we
  • Added a template icon to the top of the project (near the title) to help differentiate the edit template mode from using a template as a starting point for a project.
  • Allow non-admins to create (save-as) and edit Workspace project templates, provided they have been granted the Create/Curate Projects in [!UICONTROL Analysis Workspace] permission. ( Admin > User Management > Groups > Edit All Report Access > Customize Analytics Tools > Create/Curate Projects in [!UICONTROL Analysis Workspace] ).
Virtual Report Suites
In the Visit Definition tab of the Virtual Report Suite builder, we added a setting called Start New Visit with Event . This allows for any combination of events to start a new visit, not just app launches. We also added a list of metrics that you can drag to the visit definition tab.
Calculated Metrics
Adobe Analytics Select customers are now entitled to use Advanced Calculated Metrics.

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 that caused incorrect conditional formatting to render when adding a time period column to a freeform table. (AN-157087)
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when editing a custom date range: the rolling date range definition didn’t show correctly the first time it was opened. (AN-155970)
  • Fixed an issue that caused the CSV separator setting specified in Components > Report Settings to not be reflected in [!UICONTROL Analysis Workspace]. (AN-155596)
  • Fixed an issue with the column resizing feature that was introduced in January 2018. It didn’t work for breakdowns, and now does. (AN-156048)
  • Fixed an issue where Freeform tables were not formatted correctly when selecting Collapse all breakdowns . (AN-157169)
Other Analytics Fixes
  • API requests : Fixed issues with API requests that caused segment errors to be returned. (AN-153459, AN-152573)
  • Admin Tools : Fixed an issue with metrics labels appearing in English, even though the report suite language was set to another language. (AN-153268)
  • [!UICONTROL Reports & Analytics] : Fixed an issue with [!DNL Target] reports not correctly reporting Quarterly totals. (AN-153933)
  • User Migration : Fixed a user migration error message that now explains that the Experience Cloud UI doesn’t allow for some special characters in user names. (AN-155946)
  • User Migration : Fixed an issue that, for some customers, caused a user migration banner to display in English instead of the appropriate report suite language. (AN-157729)
  • Reporting : Fixed an issue that caused the following types of breakdowns to result in inaccurate data: breaking down Entry props (example: Entry Page Type) by props (example: Page Type), and vice versa. This was true of any potentially multi-valued variables like mc_audiences, post_tnt, etc. (AN-156606)

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 2.8.1 (March 29, 2018)
  • Re-bundle updated Visitor API v3.1 (AN-159524)
JavaScript 2.8.0
  • Updated AppMeasurement to use the updated Visitor interface for requesting IDs. (AN-151483)
  • Link tracking cookie keeps getting written once link tracking is turned off. (AN-156332)
Analytics Web Services (SOAP and REST APIs)
Deprecation Notice
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.

Audience Manager

Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
  • We made an improvement to the Traits View page, where you can now view the entire folder path for a trait instead of just the parent folder. (AAM-34364)
  • Fixed a bug in Audience Marketplace where the horizontal scroll wouldn't work in the View All Traits modal, so that customers were unable to explore traits with longer names. (AAM-34033)
  • Fixed a bug for users logging in with Adobe IDs where their user status would not change from PENDING to ACTIVE even after logging in. (AAM-32364)
  • Fixed a bug in Trait Builder, where customers that created rule-based traits were not able to add a second trait rule because of an error message, stating that "An Operator must be selected." (AAM-35019)
  • Fixed a bug in Audience Lab, where a customer accidentally clicking Finalize Control Group twice would create a duplicate control group. (AAM-31141)
  • Fixed a bug which occurred when mapping a segment to a destination, in the date picker, where the dates before and after the current month would display as NaN. (AAM-34505)
  • Fixed a bug in the Data Source settings where the radio buttons would reset to Customer ID with every other selection on page. This fix also includes some error message inconsistencies for Data Source settings. (AAM-34754)

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 Assets Brand Portal 6.3.2
AEM Assets Brand Portal 6.3.2, made available February 13, 2018, introduces new and enhanced functionality oriented toward top customer requests and general performance enhancements. The documentation experience covers the following major updates:
  • Users can now request access to Brand Portal.
  • Enhanced assets downloaded report now includes the asset download count per user
  • New Brand Portal maintenance notification appears before an upcoming maintenance activity.
  • Enhanced link share feature now prompts to accept the license agreement while downloading licensed assets.
AEM Assets Brand Portal User Guide
AEM Desktop App 1.8
AEM Desktop App 1.8 focuses on better control of cache size for the user, login experience for SAML/SSO on Windows, supporting .pac network proxy on Mac, and customer-reported issues.
Product maintenance
AEM releases and updates
A hub page for all available releases and updates for AEM 6.3, 6.2, and 6.1.
AEM 6.1 Service Pack 2-Cumulative Fix Pack 14
AEM 6.1 SP2-CFP14 (6.1.2.14), released February 1, 2018, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability of AEM 6.1 SP2, August 2016.
AEM 6.2 Service Pack 1-Cumulative Fix Pack 12
AEM 6.2 SP1-CFP12 (6.2.1.12), released February 13, 2018, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability of AEM 6.2 SP1, December 2016.
Self-Help
AEM Forms data integration
Added information on integrating on-premise Microsoft Dynamics with AEM Forms using form data model.
https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/6-3/forms/using/ms-dynamics-odata-configuration.html
AEM Forms HTML to PDF conversion using PDF Generator
Added information to configure and use PhantomJS for converting HTML files to PDF using PDF Generator.
https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/6-3/forms/using/install-configure-pdf-generator.html
Adobe Analytics Integration
Updates to the online Help topics Using Opt-In , Managed Polling Configurations , and Seeing Page Analytics Data .
Revision Cleanup
Added a new section "Running Online Revision Cleanup After Offline Revision Cleanup" to the Revision Cleanup Help topic.
Community
AEM 6.4
Get insights into What's New in AEM 6.4. Check out the AEM 6.4 announcement webinar presented by Loni Stark and Cedric Huesler. You can replay the session here .
Watch for AEM GEMS upcoming deep dives into the latest updates.
Adobe IMMERSE
The annual virtual global conference provides indepth sessions for enterprise developers and architects at all experience levels. Live sessions are held in India Standard, British Summer and Pacific time zones. Ticket holders also have unlimited access to all recordings for one year.
Adobe IMMERSE17 on-demand sessions are available until June 12, 2018. There are 59 unique sessions that provide introduction courses and best practices. Get your ticket now and use discount code PRT05 for a special price. https://bit.ly/IMMERSE17OD
Adobe IMMERSE'18 is June 12-14 2018. Watch for an announcement of the schedule in April, 2018. We have opened registration. Early bird tickets are available at the following: https://adobe.ly/immerse18
AEM Technologist Meetup Group
This group provides you with notifications for AEM GEMs, Ask the AEM Community Expert webinars as soon as they are scheduled. You also get notified of in-person events and regional user group meetings.
Join at the following: https://adobe.ly/2sVoSwy
AEM GEMS
This webinar series is focused on the newest innovations and best practices for working with the latest release of AEM.
Sessions are presented by Adobe Experts on Wednesdays. You can access all our sessions on-demand here .
Ask the AEM Community Expert
This webinar series is focused on top topics of discussion in the AEM HelpX Forum.
Sessions are presented by Adobe Community Experts. You can access all our sessions on-demand here .
AEM HelpX Forum
Join your peers and Adobe employees in this forum to get all your questions answered. Sign in with your Adobe ID and then introduce yourself here .
Make sure you check out the community articles here . You can find helpful how-to instructions in these gems.
Training Services
Experience Delivers Blog
We are revitalizing our technical blog for those working with Adobe Enterprise Software. Check it out here .

Advertising Cloud

Updated: March 17, 2018
Feature Description
Search Campaigns
The former Campaigns (Beta) view is now the primary Campaigns view for read-only users. The legacy view is still available at Campaigns (Legacy).
All legacy custom views were migrated and synced with custom views in the new Campaigns views. Now, custom views are managed independently between the two view sets: new custom views and changes to custom views from the Campaigns views are not reflected in the Campaigns (Legacy) views, and vice versa.
Search Advanced Campaign Management
In the Keywords field, you can now use the following syntax to indicate broad match modifiers for dynamic parameters:
  • Broad Match Modifier for the first term in the Keyword column of the feed (such as +blue suede shoes) = +[keyword]
  • Broad Match Modifier for each term in the Keyword column of the feed (such as +blue +suede +shoes) = +[keyword]+
To insert a column name as a dynamic parameter, click in the input field, and then click a column name in the column list.
Advertising Cloud help is available in the product at ? > Help Contents .