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Release Notes - May 2016

Learn about new features and fixes in the Adobe Marketing Cloud.
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Release date: May 19, 2016

Experience Cloud

Marketing Cloud 16.5.1

New features and fixes in the Adobe Marketing Cloud interface.
Release date: May 26 2016
Features and Improvements
Feature Description
Pre-configured product configurations in the Enterprise Dashboard
Marketing Cloud customer administrators can leverage product configurations that are pre-created and mapped to default permission groups for Analytics and Dynamic Tag Management.
This optimization is available for newly provisioned organizations, and it reduces the amount of time required by organizations to manage users in the Enterprise Dashboard.
Feed improvement
When creating a new post in the Marketing Cloud Feed, the To line now uses the currently active topic instead using the organization by default.
  • Fixed an issue preventing thumbnails from showing for assets shared from Assets on Demand to the Marketing Cloud Feed. (MAC-29955)

Adobe Mobile Services

Accessing Target functionality within Mobile Services now requires that users be logged in with an Adobe ID that is provisioned for their Target company. Logging in with a Target username and password has been removed.
The Mobile Services May 19, 2016 release includes the following enhancements:
  • Added Impressions / Engagement Rate for in-app messaging reporting. Requires version 4.9.0 of the Android or iOS SDK.
The Mobile Services May 5, 2016 release includes the following changes:
New Features
Resource Description
Acquisition tracking enhancements
Create marketing links that send users to download apps from the appropriate app store and to in-app deep links. Marketers can attribute downloads, app relaunches, and other in-app events to these links to understand how to optimize acquisition channels.
Enhancements Include:
  • Link Manager: A new interface in the app settings section lets users manage web, app deep, and other link destinations. These destinations can be called in workflows relating to acquisition tracking links and to in-app or push messages.
  • Marketing Links Builder: A new graphical and intuitive user interface helps users build tracking links. Marketers can choose decisions and destinations that best serve their users.
    • Tracking links are created and saved in the UI. Marketers can change link destinations or tracking meta data even after the links are deployed.
    • Links can device-detect on OS, OS version, and form-factor.
    • Marketers can choose a destination for tracking links that routes users to a fallback destination to preserve the integrity of the landing experience.
    • Links can contain token-replaceable parameters.
    • Tracking links can contain Adobe-hosted and configurable interstitials.
Messaging enhancements
Destinations for In-App and Push Messaging
To enhance authoring convenience, marketers can choose a “destination” URL to call a saved web or app deep link from links saved in the Link Manager or they can provide a link in-line.
  • Manually enter a custom web link or deep link.
  • Choose a stored web or deep link stored in Link Manager .
Push Notifications:
  • Custom Push Payload: Marketers can provide a custom push payload in JSON (4KB limit) to be sent to the app via a push or a local notification.
  • Category & Sound (iOS only):
    Marketers can provide a category and a sound resource for push and local notifications.
Marketing Cloud navigation and menu changes
As part of the Adobe Marketing Cloud Spring 2016 release, a new-top level navigation menu displays at the top of all solution interfaces. The new interface lets you:
  • Single-click navigation between solutions: Choose your own default landing page or take advantage of the solution-switcher widget.
  • Improved notifications: Get notified about events (like posts, mentions, assets shared, system updates) happening across your organization navigation widget.
  • Updated Feed: We reimagined the Feed page to become a better platform for cross-channel collaboration between marketers.
See What's New in the Adobe Marketing Cloud - Spring 2016 in the Marketing Cloud and Core Services Product Documentation .
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

This release includes the following changes, improvements, and fixes.
Change Description
  • 1.5.5 (beta): This is a test version for a few specific customers. Please do not use this version.
  • 1.5.6: Use this version if you need to update your code.
Bug Fixes
Fixed a bug that returned the wrong company name if it has multiple Organization IDs. (AAM-23861)
Added new documentation that describes how to integrate the Marketing Cloud ID into Data Workbench. See Data Workbench and the Marketing Cloud ID Service . (AAM-23727)
See the Marketing Cloud ID Services product documentation.


Features and fixes released in Analytics.

Important Notices about Analytics

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
AppMeasurement for Flash - Security update
April 21, 2016
Adobe has released a security update APSB16-13 for the AppMeasurement for Flash library. This update resolves an important vulnerability in the library, applicable only when debugTracking is enabled, that could be abused to conduct DOM-based XSS attacks .
Note: This issue affects AppMeasurement for Flash only when debugTracking has been enabled ( debugTracking is disabled in the default configuration). If affected, we strongly advise you to disable debugTracking immediately. Here is some sample code:
     public var s:AppMeasurement; 
     s = new AppMeasurement(); 
     s.debugTracking = false; // set to false or remove line 
                              // for default "disabled” behavior 

</codeblock> <p>Affected versions are <span class="term"> AppMeasurement for Flash </span> version 4.0 and earlier on all platforms. </p> <p>Note:  Due to security reasons, we will no longer be distributing an AS2 version of <i>AppMeasurement for Flash</i>. We will continue to support data collection from existing AS2-based projects. However, we highly recommend that customers upgrade their implementations to AS3 and incorporate the latest security features of <i>AppMeasurement for Flash</i>. </p> <p> <span class="term"> AppMeasurement for Flash </span> customers affected by this issue must rebuild projects with the updated library available for download from the Analytics Console <a href="" format="http" scope="external"> More… </a> (AN-121780) </p> </td> 

SSL v3
April 14, 2016
As of early Feb 2016, Adobe Analytics data collection and reporting APIs no longer supports SSL v3.
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 .
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::&lt;hash value&gt; ) 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.
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).

New Features in Analytics

Feature Description
Analysis Workspace: Added Filter type
Added filter type "Failed" within the Scheduled Projects Manager . This feature shows all scheduled projects that are no longer running because of repeated failure. It is unchecked by default. Each failed instance has a warning icon that, when hovered over, indicates the reason for failure.
Admin Tools: Video & Video Ad Metadata
When editing a report suite's video settings in Admin Tools > Report Suites > Edit Settings > Video Management , you can enable more video reporting via the Video & Video Ad Metadata checkbox. Metadata can be attached to a video and/or an ad to further describe and categorize that video or ad. Standardized video and ad metadata is collected via solution variables and classifications.
Values include: Show, Season, Episode, Asset ID, Genre, First Air Date, First Digital Date, Content Rating, Originator, Network, Show Type, Ad Loads, MVPD, Authorized, Day Part, Video Session ID, Advertiser, Campaign ID, and Creative ID.
Activity Map
  • Activity Map's Internet Explorer Extension version is now downloadable and installable.
  • Added a list of selected segments to the bottom of the Segment drop-down panel so that users do not have to scroll through all segments to see the selected ones. (AN-122464)
  • Added a checkbox in Segments to limit segments to the ones in the selected report suite.
  • Added a checkbox in Metrics to limit metrics to the ones in the selected report suite.
Mobile Messaging Reporting
Added support for reporting mobile messaging local notifications.
A new event report was added to Mobile App > Messaging Reports > In-App Message Impressions .
In addition, a new Calculated Metric was added, called "Engagement Rate(Messages)".

Analytics Fixes

Fixes were applied to the following products and services:
Product Fixes
Reports & Analytics
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when attempting to edit eVars for multiple report suites simultaneously. The menu would not load past eVar 38. (AN-120804)
  • Fixed an issue with editing virtual report suites: tags, segments, and report suites sometimes appeared blank in the Virtual Report Suite Manager . (AN-122688)
  • Fixed an issue with processing rules failing to be copied. (AN-122109)
  • Fixed an issue preventing audience sharing between Analytics and Target. (AN-120472)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented reports with a large number of applied filters from being downloaded. (AN-122771)
  • Fixed an issue that caused User Group details for report suites (under Admin &gt; User Management) to not show up. (AN-122943)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Virtual Report Suite Manager from loading. (AN-122604)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the download and sending of dashboards. (AN-122800)
Analysis Workspace
  • Fixed an issue where hourly granularity was not working when exporting the project as a . CSV file. (AN-122842)
  • Fixed a “Unique Visitors” data mismatch issue between Cohort and Freeform Analysis. (AN-122449)
  • Fixed a display issue that occurred when minimizing Freeform panels with custom widths and heights. (AN-122651)
  • Fixed an issue with Summary Number Visualizations not showing table totals. (AN-122728)
  • Fixed a display issue that prevented a list from adjusting to a decrease in the screen size. (AN-122815)
  • Fixed an error in the text box when the "Text" visualization type was dragged into a Freeform panel. (AN-122801)
  • Fixed a display issue with the email body when receiving a scheduled project as a PDF in a localized environment. (AN-121967)
Data Platform
  • Fixed an issue that caused the “Cities” report to show unknown values in all Analytics tools. (AN-121533)
Activity Map
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Activity Map from working with page names that contained double-byte characters. (AN-122878)
  • Fixed an issue with the Activity Map session timeout value and set it to 30 days. (AN-122807)
Data Warehouse
  • Fixed an issue that caused some cancelled Data Warehouse requests to display the wrong status. (AN-122436)
Data Sources
  • The Data Source type “SearchCenter Bulk Upload” has been deprecated. (AN-93325)
  • Fixed an issue with Data Source files not getting uploaded and showing 0 rows in the user interface. (AN-120969, AN-120757, AN-120274, AN-114049)
AppMeasurement (Legacy and Mobile SDKs)
AppMeasurement for JavaScript
JavaScript Version 1.5.6
  • Inclusion of Visitor API 1.5.6 (latest Marketing Cloud ID service )
  • Fixed the handling of link click tracking in Firefox that was not firing the complete event.
JavaScript H code (Legacy)
Inclusion of Visitor API 1.5.5 (latest Marketing Cloud ID service )
Flash 4.0.1 - Update
Inclusion of Visitor API 1.5.6
Analytics Web Services (SOAP and REST APIs)
We added a new optional parameter full_response to ReportSuite.Create . If this parameter included and set to "true", the response will be an object instead of a boolean.
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 endpoint will return a 404.
Data Workbench
See Data Workbench 6.6 updates for additional release information.

Audience Manager

New features and fixes in Adobe Audience Manager.
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
  • Fixed a bug in Profile Merge Rules that showed a 1-day date range in the Authenticated Identity Metrics. (AAM-24100)
  • Fixed a bug in the Admin UI that prevented you from deactivating a user account when it is in a pending status. (AAM-16087)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented you from re-activating a paused segment. (AAM-23938)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented you from clearing a selected Profile Merge Rule checkbox. (AAM-23359)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented you from activating a private data feed. (AAM-23395 and related, AAM-23377)
  • Fixed a bug that showed demonstration data in Audience Marketplace. (AAM-23837)
  • Fixed a bug in the Destinations search tool that retained search results when you navigated away from the page and returned later. (AAM-23860)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the breadcrumb navigation from updating as you moved to different screens. (AAM-24120)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Trait screens and graphs from displaying properly. (AAM-24141)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Users and Groups sections from displaying properly. Affects users with Administration access only. (AAM-24144)
Documentation Updates


Revised the Destinations section. Changes include simplified procedural documents and reorganized content.
The fixes highlighted below describe resolutions for the more important customer-reported issues.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a "reply failed" message to display in Moderation when replying to a LinkedIn post.
  • Fixed an issue that caused inconsistent data between the Moderation Overview report and its downloaded report.
  • Fixed an issue in Publish Anywhere in which Adobe Social did not recognize a custom branded domain. This fix is for Publish Anywhere and not for Publisher and Content Calender.
  • Fixed an issue that caused duplicate email messages to be sent during the approval workflow.
  • Fixed an issue that caused users to receive email messages indicating failed campaign tracking.


Refer to the Adobe Target Release Notes for the latest release information about the following products:
  • Target Standard and Premium
  • Target Classic
  • 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:
Adobe Campaign Standard
Adobe Campaign Standard

Experience Manager

Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the recommended patches to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.
AEM releases
AEM 6.2 is now available as of April 21, 2016
Adobe Experience Manager 6.2 is an upgrade release to the code base of Adobe Experience Manager 6.1. It provides new and enhanced functionality, key customer fixes, high priority customer enhancements and general bug fixes oriented toward product stabilization. It also includes Adobe Experience Manager 6.1 feature pack, hot fix, and service pack releases.
AEM hot fix releases
AEM 6.2 hot fix pack
A hot fix pack is being planned for release June, 2016. The hot fix pack addresses several known issues in AEM 6.2 .
List of recommended hot fixes for AEM 6.1.
List of recommended hot fixes for AEM 6.0.
OAK 1.0.28 is available for download.
List of recommended hot fixes for AEM 5.6.1.
AEM service pack releases
AEM 6.1 Service Pack 1
AEM 6.1 Service Pack 1 is an important update. It includes performance, stability, security, key customer fixes, and enhancements released since the general availability of AEM 6.1 in May 2015. You can install SP1 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 following:
  • 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. It includes security, performance, stability, 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. You can install it 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.
AEM security bulletin releases
Security bulletin for Adobe Experience Manager.
AEM webinars
Gems on Adobe Experience Manager is a series of technical deep dives delivered by Adobe experts. This series complements product documentation and technical channels, and allows developers to get in touch and explore a specific topic.
Next session is Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The topic is AEM web performance.
Join us May 24, 2016 for this deep dive session on understanding how community functionality works in Experience Manager. Besides the presentation and live demo, subject matter experts will answer your questions related to AEM Communities.
Suggested self-help content
The following table contains a selection of links to suggested topics. These topics can help you make the most of your implementation and use of Adobe Experience Manager.
AEM topic
Learn about the two ways to perform revision cleanup in Adobe Experience Manager.
Adobe Experience Manager includes the classic and touch-optimized UI. As such, the "User Interface Recommendations for Customers" topic can help you decide which UI is best for you to use during project implementation, or when you update from an earlier release.
Provides, among other things, a basic overview of Adobe Experience Manager components, including components in the classic UI and the touch-optimized UI.
Integrate Adobe Experience Manager with other Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions and with third-party services.
Improve your knowledge on tasks and considerations needed to successfully deploy Adobe Experience Manager with MongoDB.
Information on when to create indexes and when they are not needed. Also includes tips to avoid using queries when they are not necessary, and tips for optimizing the performance of your indexes and queries.
Use Multi Site Manager (MSM) to use the same site content in multiple locations.
Additional resources:

Advertising Cloud

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

Recent documentation updates

Item Description Date Published
Adobe Experience Manager 6.2
Adobe Experience Manager 6.2 is an upgrade release to the code base of Adobe Experience Manager 6.1. It provides new and enhanced functionality, key customer fixes, high priority customer enhancements and general bug fixes oriented toward product stabilization. It also includes Adobe Experience Manager 6.1 feature pack, hot fix, and service pack releases.
May 19, 2016
Getting Started with Analytics
A getting started guide for new Analytics administrators.
May 15, 2016
Marketing Cloud Integrations
A round-up of available integration topics.
May 15, 2016
Activity Map
Activity Map product documentation.
April 14, 2016
Marketing Cloud Audiences in Analytics
With the Marketing Cloud Audiences for Analytics integration in place, you can incorporate Marketing Cloud audience data such as demographic information (e.g. gender or income level), psychographic information (e.g. interests and hobbies), CRM data, and ad impression data into any Analytics workflow.
April 14, 2016
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 > &lt;rule set name&gt; , 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