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Release Notes - March 2016

Learn about new features and fixes in the Adobe Marketing Cloud.
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Experience Cloud

Release notes for the Experience Cloud and core services.

Adobe Mobile Services (March 9, 2016)

The iOS SDK version 4.8.6 (March 9, 2016) includes the following changes:
Track app crashes
The iOS SDK version 4.8.6 contains critical changes that prevent false crashes from being reported. We highly recommend that you update to version 4.8.6.
See Adobe Mobile Services for product documentation. To see the release notes for previous releases, expand Previous Release Notes in the left pane.

Marketing Cloud ID Service

March 17, 2016
Version 1.5.4 includes the following changes:
Opt-out support
The Marketing Cloud ID service supports visitor opt-out requests. (AAM-21725)
Change ID synchronization interval
The Marketing Cloud ID service now makes ID synchronization calls on every call to the data collection servers. Previously, the ID service made only 1 request on the first call to get a Marketing Cloud ID. (AAM-22934)
Revised ID service implementation procedures for Analytics customers. See Set Up the Marketing Cloud ID Service with Analytics .
March 17, 2016


Important Notices about Analytics

The following table provides Analytics notifications about issues that may affect data collection and reporting, product end-of-life, and so on.
Notice Date Added Description
SiteCatalyst 14, ExcelClient, etc. end of life in September 2016
March 17, 2016
SiteCatalyst 14, ExcelClient, and a number of other legacy components will reach end-of-life in September 2016.
This means that all access to the SiteCatalyst 14 user interface and several related features will be removed. To prepare for this event, view this list of affected components, along with required user actions and suggestions on how to move forward with alternatives.
Changes to visit processing for timestamped data
March 17, 2016
In June, we will begin improving to the way visits are calculated for Timestamps Required and Timestamps Optional report suites. These changes will primarily affect data collected through Mobile SDKs and will result in lower overall visit counts going forward, in certain situations.
To see which report suites might be affected, see Timestamps Optional .
Data processing change between February and March MRs
February 18, 2016
Sometime between the February and March Maintenance Releases, the following Analytics data processing change was implemented:
Previously, when using the Product variable without having an event set, the event would default to "ProdView", set early in processing (before processing rules take effect). The event is now set after the processing rules to avoid conflicts with how mobile data processing works. This change has the following downstream effects:
  • ProdViews are no longer inflated because of hits where context data is generating events (especially in Mobile). Going forward, an event will be set at the time in data processing when the ProdView would have been set (without a set event.)
  • Any VISTA rule that has logic depending on a ProdView event being set on a hit might need to be reviewed to see if changes to the VISTA rule are needed. This is because ProdView events might be set on fewer hits than they previously were, because ProdView is set earlier in the processing pipeline. This change may or may not impact what is desired from the VISTA rule.
Elimination of hashed values in Data Feeds
February 18, 2016
In certain circumstances, hashed values ( ::hash::<hash value> ) may appear in data feeds for the following types of variables:
  • Merchandising eVars in post_product_list
  • List Vars (called post_mvvar1-3 , post_tnt , and post_survey )
  • Marketing Channel details. The tracking code for the Marketing Channels reports (called va_finder_detail and va_closer_detail )
A change is being implemented that eliminates hashed values over time, and replaces them with actual values.
Note: The max size of any particular value is 100 bytes or 255 bytes. For fields that support multiple values, such as post_product_list and List Vars, the max size of those fields is 64k. Therefore, if you are passing in a large number of values, some of the values may be lost as the field will be truncated at 64k.
Web Services v 1.2 API end-of-life
February 18, 2016
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 endpoint will return a 404 error. Customers have until the end-of-life date to upgrade from the version 1.2 API to the version 1.4 API to prevent an outage in their API applications.
SSL v3
February 18, 2016
As of early Feb 2016, Adobe Analytics data collection and reporting APIs no longer supports SSL v3.
UK Postal Code
February 18, 2016
Adobe's geo service provider is changing how we receive UK postal codes. We will be switching from providing truncated UK postal codes to full postal codes on or around March 18th.
Changes to backdating of session information
October 15, 2015
For report suites with timestamp data, backdating will no longer create a visit, as described in Compare Visits and Mobile App Launches (published October 2015).

Analytics Fixes

Fixes were applied to the following products and services:
Product Fixes
Reports & Analytics
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the creation or editing of processing rules. (AN-118939)
  • Fixed an issue where the password could not be reset for user names that are longer than 20 characters. (AN-115603)
  • Fixed an issue with Contribution Analysis that caused drill-down panel labels to be duplicated. (AN-118627)
  • Fixed an issue with dashboard reportlets that were not showing data when daily granularity was selected. (AN-117755)
  • Fixed an issue with the Thousands separator setting reverting back to the US format (from a German format). (AN-117894)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Visitor Profile > Technology > Cookies report from running. As a result of this fix, we removed the Show Internet Average checkbox in User settings and disabled the feature on traffic reports.
Analysis Workspace Fixes
  • Fixed an issue occurring when dragging and dropping components one after another too quickly. This issue caused the black drop indicators to persist in the table if you dragged a component while another request was still processing. (AN-118836)
  • Fixed localization for the Project Info window name. (AN-118612)
  • Fixed an issue causing visualizations to reset their position when a project is refreshed, in rare circumstances. (AN-115865)
Ad Hoc Analysis Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with not being able to open Ad Hoc Analysis when launching it from the Adobe Marketing Cloud with an Adobe ID. (AN-102875)
AppMeasurement (Legacy and Mobile SDKs)
JavaScript version 1.5.4
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
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
  • Fixed a bug that cased Trend reports to show results a day off from the current date. Affects Eastern European time zones only. (AAM-22321)
  • Fixed a bug in Audience Marketplace that prevented data providers from activating a private, unbranded data feed. (AAM-23377)
  • Changed ID type option in the data source creation workflow to "Device Advertising ID" (from "Mobile"). (AAM-22947)
  • Added mathcesword , a new named operator that helps build trait rules without the complexity of regular expressions. (AAM-22368)
New Features
Publish Anywhere
You can now expand the Publish Anywhere interface to full-screen mode to allow yourself more room to create, edit, and review your posts.
The fixes highlighted below describe resolutions for the more important customer-reported issues:
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some tweets from being collected and displayed in the Post Analytics report.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some metrics from displaying in the Properties report.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the 1_documents.xlsx file from being included in the zip file after exporting data from the Social Buzz report.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Social to send repeated bulk email messages when using auto-moderation rules.
  • Fixed a UI issue so that posts in moderation feeds with long links contain horizontal scroll bars.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some posts from displaying in escalation moderation feeds.
Refer to the Adobe Target Release Notes for the latest release information about the following products:
  • Target Standard and Premium
  • Target Classic
  • Recommendations Classic

Advertising Cloud

Advertising Management help is available in the product at Help > Help Contents .


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

Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the latest recommended patches in order to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.
AEM Assets Forum
AEM Assets Forum
Our new AEM Assets sub-forum is now live. This forum covers: Assets (on premise), Assets on Demand, Brand Portal, Dynamic Media and Scene7. Anyone is free to login and post, just sign in with your Adobe ID.
Adobe Immerse
Immerse is a virtual Adobe Experience Manager developer conference April 25-29. This event is a "must attend" for anyone responsible for the design, development, deployment or maintenance of Adobe Experience Manager implementations. For tickets & details please see the Adobe Immerse website.
Dispatcher 4.1.12
A new Dispatcher release is available for download.
AEM 6.1 hotfixes
List of recommended hotfixes for AEM 6.1, including OAK 1.2.11 hotfix.
AEM 6.0 hotfixes
List of recommended hotfixes for AEM 6.0. OAK 1.0.27 is now available for download.
AEM 5.6.1 hotfixes
List of recommended hotfixes for AEM 5.6.1.
Security bulletins
Security bulletin for Adobe Experience Manager.
Service packs
AEM 6.1 Service Pack 1
AEM 6.1 Service Pack 1 is an important update that includes performance, stability, security and key customer fixes and enhancements released since the general availability of AEM 6.1 in May 2015. SP1 can be installed on AEM 6.1 GA.
The overview on this page lists the changes added with SP1. Some of the key highlights of the service pack are:
  • The built-in repository (Apache Jackrabbit Oak) is updated to version 1.2.7.
  • Includes touch-optimized UI update pack (Feature Pack 6563) for AEM 6.1.
  • Includes critical fixes for Adobe Target Integration.
AEM 6.0 Service Pack 3
AEM 6.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3) is an important update that includes security, performance, stability, and key customer fixes and enhancements released since the general availability of AEM 6.0 in May 2014. Service Pack 3 contains all changes introduced with Service Pack 2. It can be installed on AEM 6.0 GA, AEM 6.0 SP1 and AEM 6.0 SP2.
The overview section on this page lists the changes added with SP3. The included changes from SP2 are listed in the Service Pack 2 release notes .
The following are some key highlights of the service pack:
  • The built-in repository (Apache Jackrabbit Oak) updated to version 1.0.22.
  • It replaces Sling JCR Classloader with File System Classloader
Latest Self-Help Content Updates
Self-help updates
CRX2Oak is a tool designed to migrate data between different repositories.
Adobe Campaign is a set of solutions that lets you personalize and deliver campaigns across all of your online and offline channels.
Author targeted content using Targeting mode of the AEM touch-optimized UI.
Frequently asked questions for Touch UI authoring.
Tips and tools that help troubleshooting Touch UI related issues.
Using custom xtypes in Adobe Experience Manager 6 Touch UI.
Improve your knowledge on tasks and considerations needed to successfully deploy Adobe Experience Manager with MongoDB.
When to create indexes as well as when they are not needed, tricks to avoid using queries when they are not necessary, and tips for optimizing your indexes and queries to perform as optimally as possible.
Use Multi Site Manager (MSM) to use the same site content in multiple locations.
For product documentation, see:

Recent documentation updates

Item Description Date Published
Adobe is participating in the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project. AMP is an open source project that lets you build web pages for static content that renders quickly. This feature is ideal for publishers who want to create mobile-optimized content once, and have it load instantly everywhere.
February 24, 2016
Added a product comparison table for Analytics products.
February 18, 2016
In Marketing Cloud Assets, you can store, share, and synchronize your digital assets from one central location. Marketing Cloud Assets leverages some of the features available in Adobe Experience Manager (AEM).
February 11, 2016
Added documentation for new features in Analysis Workspace.
January 21, 2016
Analytics Administrators: If you are an administrator in the Marketing Cloud, see Users and Groups for updated information about mapping Analytics groups to broader Adobe groups, and adding or bulk-adding users via the Enterprise Dashboard .
September 17, 2015
Updated Analysis Workspace product documentation with feature descriptions, tasks for creating projects, videos, and use cases.
September 17, 2015
Added product documentation and best practices for Timestamps Optional. This feature lets you integrate both timestamped and non-timestamped data in a report suite. All new report suites will be Timestamps Optional by default.
September 17, 2015
Data Workbench 6.5 Update See Data Workbench 6.5 release notes for instructions to upgrade and a list of new features and bug fixes, including a new Associations table and chord diagram and updates to visualizations, user interface, algorithms, and export features. September 17, 2015
Updated the Classification Rule Builder so that you add report suites and variables to a rule set when editing an existing rule set (after creating the rule set). Previously, you specified the variable and report suite while creating the rule set. This change prevents reported issues occurring with classification variables.
August 20, 2015
Profile Link works with cross-device data sources to identify and collect traits for authenticated site visitors. It includes the Profile Merge Rules feature, which lets you segment and target users accurately across multiple devices.
August 20, 2015
New Calculated Metric Builder and Calculated Metric Manager
Calculated Metrics now allow for segmented metrics, more advanced math and the ability to organize and share metrics.
June 18, 2015
Freeform Analysis (public beta)
A feature in Analysis Workspace, freeform analysis lets you built data tables and drag-and-drop metrics, dimensions, segments, and multiple visualizations to a project panel.
June 18, 2015
Data Workbench 6.4
Data Workbench 6.4 release includes several new features described here .
June 18, 2015
Added Adobe Managed Certificate Program to the revamped First-Party Cookies product documentation.
The managed certificate program lets you implement a new first-party SSL certificate for first-party cookies at no additional cost.
May 22, 2015
Revamped the Adobe Mobile product documentation.
May 22, 2015
A high-level round-up what you need to do to modernize your solution implementations for core services.
March 19, 2015
If you capture enterprise customer data in a customer relationship management (CRM) database, you can upload that data into the Marketing Cloud.
March 19, 2015
Analytics Spring Release
See the New Features section in Analytics for a round-up of new documentation for the Spring 2015 Analytics release.
March 19, 2015
Analytics Classification Rules - overwrite existing values
In Admin Tools > Classification Rule Builder > <rule set name> , two new options enable you to select an overwrite mode:
  • Rules overwrite any existing values: (Default setting) Always overwrite existing classification keys, including classifications uploaded via the importer (SAINT).
  • Rules overwrite only unset values: Only fill in blank (unset) cells. Existing classifications will not be changed.
Previously, if a key was already classified in any column or cell, the rule would not run on that key, and the row in the table was skipped.
February 19, 2015