Release Notes - August 2018
New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud.
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Release date: August 2018
Latest update: Updated August 27, 2018
Experience Cloud and Core Services
Release notes for the Experience Cloud interface and core services. Includes Mobile Services, Launch, by Adobe, Dynamic Tag Management, GDPR API, and Experience Cloud ID Service.
Experience Cloud Interface
New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud interface, including Assets, Feed, Notifications, and the People core service.
- Made improvements on assets comment sync across Creative Cloud and Experience Cloud. (CORE-15971)
- Added a feature flag to control Experience Cloud-Creative Cloud asset sync. (CORE-15938)
- Made improvements to Audience segments creation, including better search and listing experience. (CORE-5833, CORE-14278)
- Fixed an issue that blocked folder sharing from the Marketing Cloud to the Creative Cloud. (CORE-16677)
See Experience Cloud Product Documentation for product help.
Experience Cloud ID Service
Improvements and fixes for the Experience Cloud ID service.
Updated August 27, 2018
- Increased security for AMCV cookies. The solution gives a configuration to customers to set the AMCV cookie as a "Secure" cookie. (CORE-15532)
See Experience Cloud ID Services product documentation.
Launch, by Adobe
Launch release notes are updated regularly at https://docs.adobelaunch.com/getting-started/release-notes.
Experience Cloud Mobile SDKs
Fixes and updates to iOS and Android.
New Features in Adobe Analytics
Enhancements and new features released in Adobe Analytics.
Analysis Workspace - Drop Zone Guides
These guides help you more easily understand what each drag-and-drop action does in each visualization.
When you drag a component over a visualization, we will show actions like Add, Replace, Filter By, and Breakdown. We also added yellow guides that alert you when you are taking an action that is not recommended, such as stacking two metrics on top of one another (which leads to invalid data).
Analysis Workspace - Add Blank Panel option
We added a + symbol below the last panel to make it easier to add additional panels.
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: August 8, 2018
Fixed an issue that prevented legacy reporting interfaces (such as Reports & Analytics and Report Builder) from running reports using some types of calculated metrics. (AN-165961; AN-162973; AN-166044; AN-165730; AN-165543; AN-165917)
- Fixed an issue with Donut visualization legends. In some cases, the legends were not displaying or displaying the wrong labels. (AN-164690; AN-164088; AN-164132)
- Fixed an issue that occurred when saving projects as PDFs. This issue resulted in visualizations getting cut off and legends not being visible. (AN-164219; AN-161951)
- Fixed an issue with the Alert Builder interface that caused percentage settings, in some cases, to display in unexpected ways. (AN-163945)
- Fixed an issue where locking selection on a visualization was sometimes causing the selected granularity or data to change. (AN-164236; AN-162938)
- Fixed an issue that prevented the download of report suite data for multiple report suites simultaneously. (AN-162551)
- Fixed an issue in Workstation where users were unable to sign in on some hardware with high resolution and high DPI.
- Fixed an issue in server where Email was missing in Archive file names when using IMS login.
- Updated OpenSSL to version 1.1.0h which includes several vulnerability fixes and new SSL Ciphers.
- Updated other open source libraries used by Data Workbench listed below to latest stable versions:
- libssh2 1.8.0
- Apache Xerces 3.2.1
- Apache Xalan 1.11
- libpng 1.6.34
- libarchive 3.3.2
- zlib 1.2.11
- pcre 8.42
- Added error logging when Lookup file row count exceeds more than supported 357913908 rows.
See Data Workbench Release Notes for cumulative release information.
- Improved accuracy for tracking video ads: Ad tracking now occurs at one second intervals.
- Improved player state management and error recovery: Added additional logic to better support maintaining player states, and to ensure accurate measurement, including identification of the "closed" state.
- Enhanced input data validation with better debug logging.
- Optimized for session end, added a new Heartbeat "end" event.
- Miscellaneous bug fixes.
Analytics - Developer, Administration, Data Collection, and Implementation
Fixes and updates applied to Analytics administration tools, including implementation and developer (Web Services and SDKs).
Product / Feature
User Migration: Fixed an issue affecting user accounts after migrating to the Admin Console. (AN-160740; AN-160740; AN-165444; AN-165627)
Permissions: Fixed an issue where the Report Suite Tools Access permission (Web Services > Data Warehouse) was missing from the list of permissions. (AN-165064)
Report Suites: Fixed an issue that prevented the download of report suite data for multiple report suites simultaneously. (AN-162551)
Calculated metrics (localization)
Fixed a localization issue affecting some system-generated calculated metrics. (AN-164738)
Important Notices for Analytics Administrators
Review the following information for important Analytics notices that may affect data collection, processing, APIs, product end-of-life, and so on.
End of life for Ad Hoc Analysis
Date added: August 9, 2018
On August 6, 2018, Adobe announced the intention to end-of-life Ad Hoc Analysis. An end-of-life date will be shared once available. For more information, visit Discover Workspace.
We will not modify Ad Hoc Analysis to support Java 9+ from this point forward. If you upgrade to Java 9+, Ad Hoc Analysis will cease to function. Only Java 8 will be supported.
End of Support for TLS 1.0
Date added: July 18, 2018
- To minimize customer impact, we are delaying Adobe Analytics Reporting’s end of support for TLS 1.0 encryption. Starting September 13, 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 interface already requires a modern web browser, we do not anticipate issues. If you are unable to connect to Adobe Analytics reporting after September 13, 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 the default setting is TLS 1.2.
- API clients using other frameworks will need to contact their vendors for details on TLS 1.2 support.
- 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.
Update Adobe Report Builder due to end of support for TLS 1.0
Date added: July 17, 2018
Due to the end of support for TLS 1.0, we recommended that Adobe Report Builder (ARB) users download ARB v5.6.21 prior to September 13, 2018. After that date, prior versions of ARB will no longer function.
New help for the Analytics user migration
Date added: May 10, 2018
We updated the Analytics user ID migration help with information about migrating Enterprise and Federated IDs to the Admin Console.
Upcoming removal of Account Activity Report
Date added: May 10, 2018
The Account Activity Report will be replaced by the Server Call Usage feature in the Adobe Analytics Summer Release. The Account Activity Report will be permanently removed on August 9, 2018. To view summary data about report suite traffic after August 9, 2018, use the Server Call Usage feature.
Changes to linear allocation models in Calculated Metrics
Date added: May 10, 2018
Effective July 19, 2018
On July 19th, Adobe Analytics will revise the way allocation models in calculated metrics are evaluated. As part of this change, calculated metrics that use a non-default allocation model will be migrated to new and improved attribution models.
Marketing Channel Last Touch and Marketing Channel First Touch allocation models will be migrated to new Last Touch and First Touch attribution models respectively. (Marketing Channels are not being deprecated, only the two allocation models that appear in calculated metrics).
Additionally, we will correct the way linear allocation is calculated. If you use calculated metrics with linear allocation models, the reports may change slightly to reflect the new, corrected attribution model.
This change to calculated metrics will be reflected in Analysis Workspace, Reports & Analytics, the Reporting API, Report Builder, and Ad Hoc Analysis.
See the Calculated Metrics documentation for more information about this change.
Anomaly Detection and Contribution Analysis functionality removed from Reports & Analytics
Date added: 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
Date added: 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
Date added: 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
Date added: 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:
- Page renaming will no longer be allowed. Going forward, you will need to use classifications to rename pages. Until the May 10, 2018 release, the system will continue to process the renamed pages as they are currently configured. Adobe is asking all customers to migrate to classifications by that date. After the May 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 page name each month. Going forward, we will store the most recent URL for each page name.
- (Updated April 11, 2018) Category reports for roll-ups and current data in Reports & Analytics are no longer provided. Deprecating category roll-up reports in the Web Service API is effective with the May 10, 2018, Adobe Analytics 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.
Upcoming support changes for Date-Enabled and Numeric Classifications
Date added: May 7, 2018
In the May 10, 2018 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
Date added: 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
Date added: February 8, 2018
Data retention: Check and set your data retention policy for Adobe Analytics
Date added: 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
Date added: 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.
Date added: 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.
Calendar Events: Displaying top 20 most recent events
Date added: September 21, 2017
To ensure optimal reporting performance, the 20 most recent calendar events will be displayed on trended and overtime graphs.
Date added: 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.
Instant Cross-Device Suppression is the ability to suppress users across multiple devices connected to them when a particular experience occurs on any of these devices. Use the Instant Cross-Device Suppression capability to deliver a consistent experience across devices to your users. This experience is made possible by the real-time unsegment capabilities in Audience Manager.
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
- The Daily Trait Variation report is now included in the Other Reports section.
Refer to the Adobe Target Release Notes for the latest release information about the following products:
- Target Standard and Premium
- Recommendations Classic
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For product documentation, see:
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Adobe Experience Manager
AEM release notes
Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the latest patches to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.
Cloud Manager 2018.5.0
Cloud Manager 2018.5.0 introduces new features such as CI/CD Pipeline Notifications and Scheduled Production Deployments. Bug fixes were also addressed.
See Release Notes.
Core Components Release 2.1.0
Release 2.1.0 of the core components is now available, introducing Image component improvements, a new Teaser component, and numerous bug fixes.
AEM 6.3 Feature Pack 24424 and Feature Pack 24425
Image Serving and Image Rendering API
Image Serving 6.6.1 and Image Rendering 6.6.1 is now available for Dynamic Media on AEM and Dynamic Media Classic (Scene7).
Viewers Reference Guide
Viewers 5.10.1 is now available for Dynamic Media on AEM and Dynamic Media Classic (Scene7).
AEM 3D Assets 3.0.1
This feature pack for AEM 22.214.171.124 adds 3D capabilities to AEM Assets/Dynamic Media - Hybrid mode.
You can now configure video reporting across multiple installations of AEM Dynamic Media - Hybrid mode.
Where do you go to get insights from Adobe Experience Manager Experts on best practices for designing, developing, and deploying digital experiences?
Adobe Systems wants you-our enterprise developers-enabled on the latest version of Adobe Experience Manager. Doing so can help you meet your marketing origination goals to gain and retain customers through digital experiences. We also know that taking time away from the office for training is challenging for many. You have options, however, to learn at your own pace, including where and when it works best for you.
See our calendar of upcoming events , including the following resources:
Our annual virtual enterprise developer conference was held in June; the 2018 live sessions are complete. However, you did not miss out! You can still hear helpful tips and tricks, get introduced to aspects of Adobe Experience Manager, and learn about the Adobe Cloud platform.
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AEM GEMs Webinars
This webinar series provides an avenue for community experts to learn from Adobe Engineers, Product Managers, and other subject matter experts. Among other things, you learn best practices and tips when working with various aspects of Adobe Experience Manager.
Sessions occur each Wednesday, 08:00 Pacific Time/17:00 Central European Summer Time.
See upcoming sessions or watch past sessions here.
Ask the AEM Community Expert Webinars
This monthly webinar series provides insights into topics that were recently discussed in our Experience League | AEM HelpX Forum.
Sessions occur the last or second to last Tuesday of each month, 08:00 Pacific Time/17:00 Central European Summer Time.
See upcoming sessions or watch past sessions here.
Still need help? Join the AEM Community, introduce yourself and post your question here.
3|Share presents Evolve
Occurs 15-17 August 2018, in San Diego, California.
Evolve18 is the community-driven conference focused on Adobe Experience Manager, Campaign, and Analytics for developers, marketers and IT leaders. See how your peers across a variety of industries produce extraordinary digital experiences. Learn how Adobe Experience Manager works with Adobe Campaign and the Adobe Analytics Cloud. Gain insights on business and technical best practices.
More information is available here.
Pro!Vision hosting the 8th annual adaptTo() Conference
Occurs 10-12 September 2018, at the Schinkelhalle, in Potsdam, Germany.
The event this year is hosted in the Schinkelhalle and will be an interactive community experience. Our sponsors are providing you a platform to meet some of the most renowned Sling, Jackrabbit, and Felix developers. Additional sessions cover commercial implementations such as Adobe Experience Manager, with a focus on how the architecture is leveraged in these products.
Do not forget the Hackathon! Get in touch with the best and brightest mobile web minds from the Apache/Adobe community membership. Speakers attend for free, Apache Committers receive a discount.
More information is available here.
Released July 21, 2018
Search Advanced Campaign Management
The Advanced view now includes a Propagations tab. Each time you propagate data through a template, a summary is added to the Propagations tab, indicating an estimate of each entity type that was or would be created, paused, or deleted based on the propagation options. The estimate doesn't take into account changes made from within the search engine's own ad editor.
You can now sync, optimize, and report on your existing Google responsive search ads (RSAs), which use a beta ad format that consist of three headlines and two 90-character descriptions that Google pulls dynamically from a larger subset of ad elements. The ad elements for each resulting expanded text ad are synced with the Creative Type ”RSA.” Support for setting up responsive ads is available only in AdWords Ads Manager.
For oAuth-enabled accounts on Bing Ads, Google, Pinterest, and Yahoo Gemini, an optional Password field was added to the account settings. Enter a password when you want to encrypt and save the password so that the account manager can refresh tokens as needed.
oAuth tokens for Bing Ads accounts are now refreshed every month.
The Placements view now has two sub-views: Placements and Negatives. The Negatives sub-view allows you to create and delete campaign-level and ad group-level negative placements for the Google AdWords display network. The ability to edit negative placements will be available in a future release. You also can still manage negative placements in the campaign and ad group settings.
You can now lock and unlock any column. Locking a column locks that column and all other columns to the left of it into one static pane, and all columns to the right into another pane through which you can scroll horizontally.
Legacy labels will become read-only on 1 September (originally planned for 1 August). Performance data for labels will continue to be available in reports for longer.
Help for the Advertising Cloud is available in the product by clicking the Help icon ( ?) at the top of any page.
Experience Cloud and Community Resources