Release Notes - April 2018
New features and fixes in the Experience Cloud.
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General Data Protection Regulation
During the week of May 7, 2018, Adobe will release product updates to support the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The following information is available to help you understand and implement these enhancements, as well as update any necessary policies and procedures.
Learn what GDPR means to you as an Adobe customer.
Developer documentation for implementing the GDPR API.
How to configure Identity Namespaces for GDPR compliance.
GDPR-ready APIs for Controllers. The APIs allow users to retrieve locally stored identities and set opt status flags for data collection and transmission.
Documentation and procedures for the customer privacy administrator or AEM administrator to handle GDPR requests.
What you need to do in Adobe Analytics to support your data subjects' GDPR access and delete rights.
How to submit GDPR requests to Audience Manager, and answers to common questions about how Audience Manager addresses GDPR requirements.
How to prevent Adobe tags from firing until consent is acquired.
How developers can use extensions and the rule builder to define opt-in and opt-out solutions.
How Adobe and Target works with you to comply with GDPR.
How to use the GDPR request form to access or delete data collected in your use of Adobe Social.
How to complete access and deletion requests permitted under GDPR.
Learn about new functionality in Adobe Campaign for GDPR.
Experience Cloud and Core Services
Release notes for the core services interface, including Assets, Feed, Notifications, People, Mobile Services, Launch, and Dynamic Tag Management. Also includes release information for Experience Cloud ID Service (formerly known in Analytics as Visitor ID service or Visitor API , and Marketing Cloud ID service ).
Experience Cloud Interface
New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud interface.
- Fixed an issue where Adobe Marketing Cloud server directory hierarchy and file system layout was visible through Adobe Campaign. Enhancements were made to hide the directory hierarchy and restricted folders. (CORE-5963)
- Fixed an issue where a default Preferred Notification Language was not set for Experience Cloud users. (CORE-9221)
- Fixed an issue where segments shared from Audience Library to Adobe Campaign were not visible if the language code was not set.
- Updated the Adobe Exchange URL (https://marketing.adobe.com/resources/content/resources/en/exchange/marketplace.html) so that it redirects to the new Experience Cloud URL (https://experiencecloud.adobeexchange.com). (CORE-10068) See Experience Cloud Product Documentation for product help.
Experience Cloud ID Service
Improvements and fixes in the Experience Cloud ID service, version 3.1.2.
Unrealistic spike in the unique visitor count
With the release of Experience Cloud ID Service 3.1.0, we found an issue that created an unrealistic spike in the unique visitor count when this version was implemented. This behavior is exhibited only with the latest version of ECID, v3.1.0, and if a user has selected the "Allow from current website only" option in the privacy settings of a Safari browser.
We recommend you upgrade to version 3.1.2 at the earliest convenient time. The latest bundle is available within Adobe Launch, DTM, and AppMeasurement.
See Experience Cloud ID Services product documentation.
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|
Anomaly Detection and Contribution Analysis functionality removed from Reports & Analytics
April 10, 2018
Anomaly Detection and Contribution Analysis have been removed from the Reports & Analytics feature set and are now available only via Analysis Workspace .
Adobe Analytics Select and Foundation customers have access only to “daily-granularity” Anomaly Detection in Workspace.
Adobe no longer issuing 3rd-party s_vi cookies for Safari
April 05, 2018
On March 20, 2018, Adobe stopped issuing third-party s_vi cookies for the Safari browser. This change does not impact customers using first-party data collection cookies. This change also removes the visit and visitor inflation experienced by some customers, resulting from Safari ITP.
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.
See Analytics User Migration to the Admin Console for migration information.
Back-end changes that affect reporting
April 11, 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 :
End of Support for TLS 1.0
February 28, 2018
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 workflow, 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
Data retention: Check and set your data retention policy for Adobe Analytics
February 1, 2018
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, 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.
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.
Contact your Adobe Customer Success Manager if you have 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.
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 purchased solutions and core services available in the Experience Cloud.
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 .
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 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
Enhancements and new features released in Adobe Analytics.
Adobe Analytics and GDPR
|Data Governance Labeling in Adobe Analytics|
Adobe Analytics provides tools for labeling data according to its sensitivity and contractual restrictions.
Labels are important and useful for helping: (1) identify data subjects, (2) determine which data to return as part of an access request, and (3) identify data fields that must be deleted as part of a deletion request.
Note: Labeling is an essential prerequisite for being able to submit Access and Delete requests via the Adobe GDPR API. The API will be released in the near future.
The column setting to Wrap Header Text is now enabled by default for Freeform tables.
The new Calculate percentage by row setting forces the Freeform table to calculate the cell percentages across the row as opposed to down the column. This is especially useful for trending percentages. It is turned on by default when using the Visualize icon.
A new visualization setting on area stacked/bar stacked/horizontal bar stacked visualizations turns the chart into a 100% stacked visualization.
The heat map in the Map visualization was updated: it now looks and performs much better.
Virtual Report Suites
When enabling VRS report time processing, the default session time-out is 30 minutes (previously, 15 minutes).
We added support for custom calendars in the segment builder when using time dimensions as rules.
Note: A segment created for a report suite with a custom calendar continues to be incompatible with any report suite that does not have the same custom calendar.
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|
Other Analytics Issues
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 Other Platforms
See AppMeasurement Release History the following for a release history of AppMeasurement on the following platforms:
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
- This release adds two new DCS parameters, d_tdpid and d_tdpid_ic . They allow you to limit the trait evaluation to only the traits from a list of data sources. The two new parameters are described in full in our DCS reference material .
- We updated the way we calculate the cross-device ID metric in Profile Merge Rules. This metric now more accurately reports total devices tied to CRM IDs for customers leveraging authentication as part of their cross-device strategy. Please review the Profile Merge Rules documentation for more detailed information. (AAM-34509)
- Fixed a bug in Audience Lab, where a destination, when activated, would strip the end parameters from the URL. (AAM-35447)
- Fixed a bug on Internet Explorer 11 and Safari, in the General and Trend Reports page, where the page would crash when users would try to export to CSV.
- Fixed an issue, where customers with RBAC permissions were unable to remove traits revoked from data feeds from their segments. (AAM-28008)
Beginning March 29, 2018, all Audience Manager customers who are on Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) will need to leverage the server-side integration when sending audiences to Google’s DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP).
Added a new section to the Trait Qualification Reference, describing the differences between the Unique Trait Realizations and the Total Trait Population.
You can use cross-account bucket permissions in Amazon S3 for delivering outbound data files, if you don't want to share Amazon S3 access keys and secret keys.
We are working on migrating all our API documentation to Swagger. With this release, we improved our API descriptions for traits, segments, and folders.
Refer to the Adobe Target Release Notes for the latest release information about the following products:
- Target Standard and Premium
- 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.
For product documentation, see:
AEM release notes
Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the latest patches to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.
AEM 6.4, available April 4, 2018, is an upgrade release to the AEM 6.3 code base.
AEM 6.4 accelerates the delivery of amazing experiences for our customers. It focuses on cloud scale and security, fluid experiences, content intelligence, and marketing and IT velocity.
AEM Desktop App 1.8.1
AEM Desktop App 1.8.1 includes experience improvements when opening multiple assets from AEM Assets user interface.
AEM 6.3 Service Pack 2
AEM 6.3 SP2 (184.108.40.206), released April 5, 2018, is an important update that includes performance, stability, security and key customer fixes and enhancements released since the general availability of AEM 6.3, April 2017.
Some of the key highlights of 220.127.116.11 are the following:
For more information, see the AEM 18.104.22.168 release notes.
AEM 6.2 Service Pack 1-Cumulative Fix Pack 13
AEM 6.2 SP1-CFP13 (22.214.171.124), released March 12, 2018, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability of AEM 6.2 SP1, December 2016.
AEM 6.1 Service Pack 2-Cumulative Fix Pack 15
AEM 6.1 SP2-CFP15 (126.96.36.199), 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 6.4 documentation
AEM 6.4 documentation is now available.
Added the topic "Running Online Revision Cleanup After Offline Revision Cleanup" that details what happens when online revision cleanup is run after offline revision cleanup.
See Revision Cleanup .
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AEM Technologist Meetup Group
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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 .
Adobe Systems is pleased to announce that live closed captioning is now available for all Community Events. This new feature benefits people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or prefer to follow the session with text to aid in comprehension.
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Updated: April 13, 2018, for the April 14 release.
Advertising Cloud Creative
Adobe’s new Advertising Cloud Creative is a self-serve platform that expands Adobe’s Dynamic Creative Optimization (DCO) offering by giving marketers control over basic design elements — including advertising copy and assets used in display ads — to allow for the rapid rollout of new messaging and design. Creative assets designed in Adobe Creative Cloud are automatically available in Creative.
For more information about Creative, which is in Beta mode, see the product page .
The data grids were optimized for improved load times, particularly for larger page sizes.
(Ad Groups, Keyword, Product Groups, Placements, and Auto Targets views) A new filter option, "Include rows with performance data only," is available in default and custom views and in ad-hoc filters. By default, this option is selected in all default views and custom views to reduce the page load time. It's also selected by default in existing custom views for which columns are configured to be sorted by cost in descending order.
When you bulk edit data, the affected columns are preceded with a dot in the Pending and Scheduled views.
In the Campaigns view, you can select all rows -- up to a maximum of 200 campaigns -- to assign to a portfolio.
When you create a Google remarketing list from Adobe Audiences, or when you create audience targets and exclusions for your campaigns and ad groups, you now can optionally search for audiences that contain a specific text string with a minimum of three characters. For any matching audience, click "Include" to select it.
(Google AdWords campaigns) You can now configure ad rotation at the ad group level. The options include "Optimize," "Rotate indefinitely," and "Use campaign setting," which is set by default if the campaign doesn't already have an ad group-level setting. If the campaign uses a Smart Bidding bid strategy (Target CPA, Target ROAS, or Enhanced CPC), AdWords automatically sets the option to “Optimize.”
(AdWords accounts only) You can create and edit expanded dynamic search ads (eDSAs) using bulksheets. Instead of using two description fields, enter up to 80 characters in the Description 1 field; AdWords will generate the Creative Title 1 and display URL automatically. eDSAs have a creative type of “Expanded Dynamic Search Ad.” You can create them in campaigns with valid values in the columns "DSA Domain Name” and “DSA Domain Language,” in ad groups with the “Ad Group Type” column value of “Search Dynamic."
Search Advanced Campaign Management
The "Account Structure" tab on all templates was divided into new "Campaigns" and "Ad Groups" tabs.
You can now configure negative keywords at the campaign and ad group levels in text ad and shopping templates. Currently, static values (not dynamic values from feed columns) are supported.
Advertising Cloud help is available in the product at ? > Help Contents .