Release Notes - September 2018
New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud.
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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 and Core Services
Experience Cloud Interface
New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud interface, including Assets, Feed, Notifications, and the People core service.
New Experience Cloud product domain.
Between August 2018 and October 2018, you have the option to sign in at: experiencecloud.adobe.com In October, customers will be redirected automatically to the new domain. Note: This new domain does not apply to product documentation URLs.
See Experience Cloud Product Documentation for product help.
Launch, by Adobe
Launch release notes are updated regularly at https://docs.adobelaunch.com/getting-started/release-notes .
New features, updates, and fixes to Mobile Services.
- Fixed an issue where the push notification content-available flag was always set to true when using the push test feature.
- Updated Mobile Service-related URLs from *.marketing.adobe.com to *.experiencecloud.adobe.com.
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
We added support for new arm64_32 architecture in Apple Watch Series 4 devices.
iOS and Android (version 4.17.0)
Target - Added a new API to support reporting for users who click on a Target location.
Release date: September 2018
New Features in Adobe Analytics
Enhancements and new features released in Adobe Analytics.
The panel drop zone now has drop-down capabilities. Drop-downs enable end users to interact with the data in a project in a controlled way. You can drop in multiple components (or dimension items), and then switch between them in a dropdown to filter the panel contents. You can also create multiple dropdowns on the same panel.
For example: Suppose you have several versions of a project/panel to provide country-specific reporting. You can now collapse those projects/panels into a single panel, and add in a country drop-down instead to filter between the two data sets.
You can now change the color scheme used in Workspace, by choosing from a different color palette or specifying your own palette. This feature affects many things in Workspace, including most visualizations. It does not affect Summary Change, conditional formatting in Freeform tables, and the Map visualization.
Note: Color palette support is not enabled for Internet Explorer 11.
New Workspace template: Audio Consumption
See Audio Analytics .
- Removed the Create/Curate Projects in Analysis Workspace permission, which prevented some users from creating a new Workspace project (i.e., seeing the blue Create button) or curating components for projects.
- Added a permission called Save as Template that lets users save projects as templates in Workspace. This was previously bundled into the Create/Curate permission, so anyone with this permission will get the new Save as Template permission.
Advertising Analytics enhancement
Introduced the Auto Tracking Mode for automated tracking of search engine data by your Adobe Analytics implementation.
Server Call Usage enhancement
Added a new alert type Server Call , which offers proactive notifications when server call usage is approaching commitment levels.
Adobe Analytics for Audio
Connects a listener's streaming audio engagement with their full digital behavior. You can understand who's listening where, when, and how often, and evaluate user behavior in a commonly fragmented audio marketplace.
This feature enables businesses to measure the reach of their listeners, measure the popularity of their content, and provides insight into how to keep users engaged based on their behaviors and look alike modeling. Customers can build customizable dashboards to view audio streaming content delivery and performance, to see what's trending now, and to visualize their listeners' flow through the content in order to make quick and relevant personalized decisions.
- Monitor audio content high and low performers to see what is trending, and to determine how to better create, distribute, personalize, and market audio content.
- True Audience Ratings - Benchmark against historical and current data to measure reach; also layer on UV's and people metrics, listening engagement, and return listeners through cohort analysis.
- Customer Journey Flow - Measure users across all listening devices, including cars, to understand listening experiences across devices, concurrent listeners by minute, and what content they're accessing next.
- Monetize Delivery - Realize real-time, actionable insights and data anomalies to make informed business decisions: for example, on what content to program next; how to provide personalized listening experiences; when to prompt for subscription upgrades; and how to enable higher CPM rates for audio ads.
- Advanced, Granular Measurement - Measure 10-second audio content and 1-second streaming ads with our best-in-class SDKs, to evaluate both quality of experience (stall, errors, time to start) and content plus ad KPIs.
Downloaded Content Tracking API
Provides support for tracking media content (video and audio) that is downloaded and played from a device regardless of connectivity to the web. This capability is built on top of the Media Collection API, and follows the same player tracking specification. There is no SDK support at this time.
Analytics help resources
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).
- Fixed various issues with scheduled projects failing to get delivered. (AN-167247, AN-167252)
- Fixed an issue that prevented the sharing of projects with 2 users of the same name. (AN-166104)
- Fixed issues with data changing when using the Lock Selected Item setting in a Freeform table, in some situations. (AN-165308)
Other Analytics Issues
- Fixed an issue with the Breakdown option not being available in the Extract Data feature for some eVars. (AN-163730)
- Processing Rules : Fixed an issue that occurred when disabling an eVar at the report-suite level. The disabled eVar no longer appeared in the drop-down and all references to that eVar in Processing Rules then defaulted to Page URL. From now on, if the eVar you are using in a rule is disabled, we will not take it out of the drop-down and sill not change the rule. (AN-164565)
- Admin Console : Fixed an issue with Usage and Access logs not showing report download events. We now log these events. (AN-163937)
- Language Settings : Fixed an issue that caused garbled text to appear. For some Japanese customers, if they went to the FTP configuration page, the page would turn blank when saved. (AN-156948)
- Segmentation : Fixed an issue with segment sharing popup performance. (AN-166063)
- Reports & Analytics : Fixed an issue with scheduled projects failing to get delivered after data migration. (AN-165800)
- Reports & Analytics : Fixed an issue with displayed images in Scheduled Dashboards, in Outlook. (AN-165302)
- Reports & Analytics : Fixed an issue that prevented the Bookmark Manager from displaying in the Japanese UI. (AN-156948, AN-147271)
- Reports & Analytics : Fixed an issue that prevented users from using Create Segment From Fallout Path in the Fallout Report. (AN-166976)
- Report Builder : Fixed an issue that occurred when using weekly granularity in a Report Builder request with calculated metrics - the same data was returned for all the line items for each metric. This same issue may have also occurred in the Web Services API and in Reports & Analytics Reporting. (AN-166754).
See Data Workbench Release Notes for cumulative release information.
Analytics - Developer, Administration, Data Collection, and Implementation
Fixes and updates applied to Analytics administration tools, including implementation and developer (Web Services and SDKs).
Releasing September 20, 2018
This release ensures that the AppMeasurement library submits cookies correctly for all connection types.
- AppMeasurement blocks cookie transmissions during POST. (AN-165538)
- Drop support for XDomainRequest. (AN-165733)
- Reduce AppMeasurement default cookie lifetime from five to two years. (AN-158572)
- Remove the Media Module from the Code Manager (AppMeasurement) (AN-166590)
AppMeasurement for Other Platforms
See AppMeasurement Release History for a release history of AppMeasurement on the following platforms:
- Windows Phone, XBOX, Silverlight, and.NET
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
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.
Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations
- We added a search box in Audience Lab , allowing you to search your Test Groups by name, description or name of test segments belonging to test groups.
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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In-App messaging (beta)
In-App messaging allows you to engage Mobile App users more effectively by providing contextual interaction and enabling you to reach users who may have opted out of Push notifications. Use In-app messaging in tandem with Push notifications to create a highly personalized and relevant experience. This leads to better conversion and retention of your App users.
Adobe Launch integration for mobile apps (beta)
Launch integration with Adobe Campaign now simplifies and automates the process of Mobile App Property activation in Campaign using the Mobile SDK V5.
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AEM release notes
Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the latest patches to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.
AEM Desktop App 1.10
AEM Desktop App 1.10 focuses on improving user experience around large uploads, information about the background operations, and optimized experience when opening assets with linked files (like InDesign).
Brand Portal 6.4.2
Brand Portal 6.4.2 release brings in a range of capabilities to address the asset distribution needs of organizations. It also helps organizations reach out to a large number of users who are distributed globally through Guest access and optimum experience with accelerated downloads. Brand Portal also provides greater control to organizations through new configurations for administrators, newly added reports, and caters to customer requests.
AEM 6.2 Service Pack 1-Cumulative Fix Pack 16
AEM 6.2 SP1-CFP16 (184.108.40.206), released August 03, 2018, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability of AEM 6.2 SP1, December 2016.
Update of Integrating with Livefyre with a new workflow for the Livefyre Feature Pack 2.0.6 release and the Feature Packs page.
Cloud Manager 2018.6.0 is available as of August 9, 2018. This update adds support for dispatcher invalidation during deployments, additional notifications, and usability improvements.
For more information, you can review the Release Notes and documentation updates .
Single page applications
The documentation for developing Single page applications (SPAs) for the AEM SPA Editor is updated and expanded.
Rich Text Editor
Revamped Configure the Rich Text Editor topic to structure it better, add some missing information, add a workflow illustration, and split the long-form article.
To configure oAuth integrations, the Adobe I/O gateway service is available at https://legacy-oauth.cloud.adobe.io .
Adobe has decommissioned the service at https://marketing.adobe.com/ .
For further details, see the topics Configure AEM Assets integration with Marketing Cloud and Creative Cloud and Configure AEM Assets integration with Brand Portal .
Mobile Signing Tool Image Generator
A new Mobile Signing Tool Image Generator is now available to use. This tool helps you generate the necessary images, with the exact dimensions and names, required by AEM Mobile Signing Tool.
Mobile-Android Push Notifications
The Push notifications in AEM Mobile Apps documentation is now updated to include the steps to use Google Firebase (Android) Console.
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This monthly webinar series provides insights into topics that were recently discussed in our Experience League | AEM HelpX Forum .
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New features, fixes, and updates to Adobe Livefyre. Livefyre offers a complete user-generated content offering, including social curation capabilities and on-site engagement applications.
See Livefyre Release Notes for the latest information. Added October 2 for a September 15 release.
Search Advanced Campaign Management (ACM)
Your inventory feed templates can now include text-based columns to indicate stock level so you can automatically pause or delete items with the value "out of stock." Within your feed templates, you must indicate if the column used to indicate "Stock Level" has non-numeric values using the check box next to "This column has non-numeric values." The check box isn't selected by default. In the feed data settings, you can control whether to pause or delete ads for your inventory for out-of-stock items using the setting "When a numeric stock level reaches N units, or where a text-based value is 'out of stock.'" Note: Text-based values aren't case sensitive.
You can now manually sync all campaigns in an account from the Campaigns > Accounts view. If you sync more than five accounts at a time, the job will be broken into batches of up to five accounts each.
(Google Ads) Advertising Cloud Search now provides support for mutable expanded text ads, allowing you to change headlines, descriptions, extensions, etc., without returning the ads for review and losing performance data. Previously, the existing ad was deleted, and a new ad was created. Now, the original ad will just be edited, so no historical data will be lost. However, like previously, any Custom Param fields for the existing ad are lost.
Advertising Cloud help is available in the product under the Help ? menu.