Release Notes

You are reading the AEM 6.2 version of Release Notes.
This documentation is also available for the following versions:  AEM 6.1  AEM 6.0 

Release Information

Product Adobe Experience Manager
Version 6.2
Type Minor Release
General availability date April 21, 2016
Recommended Updates Service Pack 1 - and please see Hotfix List
Feature Packs For a list of available Feature Packs visit AEM 6.2 Feature Packs

Trivia

The release cycle for this version of Adobe Experience Manager started May 21, 2015, went through 21 iterations of quality assurance and bug fixing, and ended April 6th, 2016. The total number of customer related issues including enhancements and new features fixed in this release is 972.

Adobe Experience Manager 6.2 is generally available since April 21, 2016.

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What's new

Adobe Experience Manager 6.2 is an upgrade release to the Adobe Experience Manager 6.1 code base. It provides new and enhanced functionality, key customer fixes, high priority customer enhancements and general bug fixes oriented toward product stabilization. It also includes all Adobe Experience Manager 6.1 feature pack, hot fix, and service pack releases.

The list below provides an overview - while the subsequent pages list the full details.

Experience Manager Platform

The platform of Adobe Experience Manager 6.2 build on top of updated versions of the OSGi-based framework (Apache Sling and Apache Felix) and the Java Content Repository: Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.4.1.

The Quickstart uses the Eclipse Jetty 9.2.14 as servlet engine.

Security

Security features:

  • Added support for password history
  • Configurable authentication token expiration
  • Ongoing effort: Switched usage of the Sling loginAdministrative API to Service Users it various areas of the product.

SPLC (Secure Product Life Cycle) in Product Engineering

  • 100% technical staff with advanced security training
  • Reviewed and approved security questionnaires for all new capabilities
  • New and improved static code analysis
  • Several external penetration tests (including BugCrowd)
Features
- Password history
- configurable token expiration
 
SPLC (secure product life cycle)
- 100% technical staff with advanced security training
- Reviewed and approved security questionnaires for all features
- New and improved static code analysis
- Several external penetration tests (including BugCrowd)
Features
- Password history
- configurable token expiration
 
SPLC (secure product life cycle)
- 100% technical staff with advanced security training
- Reviewed and approved security questionnaires for all features
- New and improved static code analysis
- Several external penetration tests (including BugCrowd)
Features
- Password history
- configurable token expiration
 
SPLC (secure product life cycle)
- 100% technical staff with advanced security training
- Reviewed and approved security questionnaires for all features
- New and improved static code analysis
- Several external penetration tests (including BugCrowd)
Features
- Password history
- configurable token expiration
 
SPLC (secure product life cycle)
- 100% technical staff with advanced security training
- Reviewed and approved security questionnaires for all features
- New and improved static code analysis
- Several external penetration tests (including BugCrowd)

Repository

Main repository enhancements are:

  • Support for MongoDB Enterprise 3.2
  • Cold standby enhancements to support a procedural failover for high availability in TarMK
  • Oak search enhancements like Faceted Search, Suggestions, Spellchecker and more
  • Performance, Scalability and Resilience in general
  • Revision Cleanup Support:

User Interface

AEM 6.2 implements the 2016 Adobe Marketing Cloud UI design (also known as Shell 3). Further - the user interface is in transition from Coral UI 2 to the Web Component based Coral 3 UI library.

The product navigation has moved from the side rail to an overlay and provides access to the product areas - and the tools.

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The search experience was elevated to allow navigating within the product and search all areas of the product. Use the / key to open the search.

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Further:

  • the actions and selection mode have been refined for better productivity.
  • the location for the 'Create' actions as been aligned

Operations Dashboard

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Some feature highlights:

  • "Explain Query" provides insight to the mechanics of your queries to support diagnosis and optimization
  • Specific repository aspects can be monitored on a configurable timeline view in the Tools/Operations section.
  • A configurable series of Java thread dumps can be downloaded now with the Status.zip from the Tools/Operations/Diagnosis section. 
  • User Sync Diagnostics to support consistency for User/Groups across AEM instances.

Content Distribution

Content Distribution - the next generation content replication capability - was 1st introduced in AEM 6.1. With AEM 6.2, additional supported use cases were added:

  • Package replication to support extra large activation volumes
  • Priority-Queuing configuration to allow split between urgent activations and backlog
  • Auto-unlocking stuck replication queues incl advanced notifications

Content Distribution comes with an UI in the Tools/Deployment section.

Supported Platforms

AEM 6.2 introduces support for:

  • Repository Persistence on: 
    • MongoDB Enterprise 3.2
    • MySQL 5.6 (AEM Forms only - Support-Level 'R')
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (AEM Forms only - Support-Level 'R')
  • Application Server
    • Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2 (12cR2)
  • Server OS
    • Debian Distribution incl. Ubuntu 14

Please find the complete matrix of supported platforms incl. Support-Level on AEM 6.2 Technical Requirements

More details on the AEM Platform & Repository release notes page.

Oak MicroKernel for 
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Experience Manager Sites

Full list of changes in AEM Sites and Add-ons. Here some of the highlights:

Template Editor & Policies

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Creating a template out of existing components has so far been a JCR based configuration. With AEM 6.2, we introduce an UI to compose and configure the templates visually. The Template Editor introduces a few new concepts that makes it easier to create a template in the 1st place, and allow components to be reused more often.

  • First, instead of using Sling includes in the components to nested them to a template, the nesting is stored in a new way - and while rendering the page merged with the content structure.
  • Second, with the introduction of the Policies it's possible to have component design configuration being reused.
  • Third, while technically not new, an easy way to manage the initial content that should appear when a new page is created with the template.

The Template Editor UI works very much like the Page Editor, with the difference that it starts with a blank canvas.

Content Fragments

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The ability to manage text-based content and it's associated assets as it evolves from draft to variations used in various experiences is at heart of Content Fragments (CF). With the introduction of Content Fragments in AEM 6.2, editorial staff gets an UI that is focused on curation and writing of copy.

Content Fragments are:

  • typed (based CF templates)
  • they can have various elements (think of recipes - with a list of ingredients, instructions and summary)
  • and variations (same content with different length or audience)
  • and associated content (a set of images or videos that shall be used in the same experience)

The Page Editor has been extended to support Content Fragments. Once a CF is used in an experience - the associated assets are made available to quickly compose.

Integration with Adobe Marketing Cloud

With AEM 6.1 - a new wizard approach was introduced to manage targeted and tested content powered by Adobe Target. With 6.2, the capabilities got extended to cover:

Multi-site Management Add-on

With AEM 6.2, offers and campaign activities are gaining their own inheritance model for multi-site deployments. The new 'Area' concept allows companies to define a scope of responsibility and assign branches of their sites into areas. This allows local teams to overlay and adapt campaign activities for their local markets, without losing central control.

Commerce Add-on

The Commerce Integrations were extended with support for Demandware and IBM Commerce

Screens Add-on

AEM Screens Add-on allows managing personalized experiences delivered in physical places. This could be retail locations, public places, vending machines etc. AEM Screens is ideal for customers that want to repurpose and expose existing content and experiences - and deliver them in a location optimized way.

Note: With AEM 6.2, Adobe is selectively working with customers on interactive signage projects. Please get in touch with your Adobe Account Manager to learn more.

Using AEM Screens for production use requires the AEM Screens Add-on License.

Experience Manager Communities

The main improvements are:

  • Enhanced blogs for publish-side blogging and commenting
  • Enhanced QnAs for questions and best answer identification
  • Enhanced calendars for sharing community events
  • Enhanced bulk and in-context moderation experience
  • Enhanced following feature providing immediate notifications on specific contributions or members
  • New support for moving forum topics and QnA questions from one page to another
  • New Adobe Analytics integration with built-in reporting dashboards
  • New community activity component for exposing current trends to members
  • New community members and groups management features
  • New enablement resources and learning paths management features allowing creation, organization and publishing enablement materials to community members (with SCORM support)
  • New catalog and assignments community functions allowing to view, to comment and to evaluate enablement materials
  • New scoring and badging features for gamification
  • New community member role (privileged members) to provide selected community members the ability to create content

More details on the AEM Communities release notes page.

Experience Manager Assets

AEM Assets 6.2 brings in several new features and enhancements. The highlights of the release are:
  • New Link Share feature for URL based ad-hoc sharing of digital assets
  • New Brand Portal cloud service for seamless sharing and distribution of digital assets
  • New Asset Insights feature for Marketers and Creatives based on asset usage, performance
  • Enhanced Adobe Experience Manager Desktop App (formerly known as AEM Assets Companion App) with better Finder/Explorer integration, check-in/check-out, performance improvements
  • Enhanced search experience with new Omni search, auto suggestion capabilities
  • Enhanced multilingual assets support with new update workflow, fluid content translation and broader translation vendor support
  • Enhanced Catalog Producer feature with new Auto update, Template organization capabilities and improved user experience
  • Enhanced Adobe Camera Raw package with linux platform and latest camera profiles support
  • Enhanced user experience with new responsive design, improved navigation and usability enhancements
  • [Beta] New machine learning based Smart Tags feature to automatically tag and discover digital assets

More details on the AEM Assets release notes page

Experience Manager Dynamic Media Add-on to Assets

AEM Assets 6.2 enhancements in the Dynamic Media add-on:
  • New Carousel Banner: create rotating interactive hero banners to showcase key promotions, offers or features
  • New Interactive Banner: create banners with hotspots to product information, service details, marketing lead generation, or other related content
  • New Interactive Video: create videos with clickable content to showcase product information, service details, marketing lead generation, or other related content
  • New Dynamic Media viewer designer enables easy creation of custom branded rich media viewers
  • New Video caption and subtitle support using webVTT format 
  • Enhanced Video support for up to 20 GB
  • Enhanced Dynamic Imaging rendition support for InDesign, Illustrator, PDF, and Adobe Postscript files
  • Enhanced Dynamic Imaging publish scalability 
  • Enhanced Scene7 integration: filter asset types for publish, touch UI for Scene7 browser and components, secure preview, performance improvements, and dual use support of both Scene7 and Dynamic Media

More details on the AEM Assets release notes page

Experience Manager Mobile

Starting AEM 6.2 - what used to be called AEM Apps is called AEM Mobile.
  • AEM Mobile On Demand Content Delivery connector 
    • Content creation and management (article management)
    • Collection creation and management
    • Banner creation and management
  • App template patterns 
  • Push Notification deep linking
  • App content personalization (Target integration)
  • Import existing hybrid applications
  • App management
    • Icon updates
    • Cloud service management
    • AMS SDK configuration refresh

More details on the AEM Mobile release notes page

Experience Manager Forms

AEM 6.2 Forms brings in several new features and enhancements. The highlights are:

  • New and improved touch-optimized UI
  • Theme editor to create, customize, and apply themes to adaptive forms
  • Template editor to create adaptive form templates
  • Ability to embed adaptive forms and documents in AEM Sites pages
  • Support for embedding an adaptive forms in another adaptive form
  • Ability to use forms and documents in mobile apps created using AEM Mobile
  • Several Enhancements in AEM Forms app, like support for standalone forms
  • Enhanced AEM document security with ability to search document security protected PDF documents using indexer
  • Several enhancements in correspondence management capabilities

More details on AEM Forms release notes page. Also, see What’s New in AEM 6.2 Forms for information about new and improved features and documentation resources.

Leverage Customer Focused Development

Adobe is using a customer focused development model that allows customers to contribute to all stages of the development process, during specification, development and testing. Our thanks goes to all contributing customers and partners in this process.

Adobe has the procedures and processes in place to enable collection, prioritization, and tracking of customer focused bug resolution and enhancement request development. The Adobe Marketing Cloud Support Portal is integrated with the Adobe Enhancement & Defect Tracking System. Customer questions are identified and resolved with Customer Care where possible. When escalated to R&D, all customer information is captured, and used for prioritization and reporting purposes. Priority is given in development to paid support and warrantee issues and paid customer enhancements.

This process of prioritization has yielded more than 500 customer focused changes fixed in AEM 6.2.

List of files that are part of the Release

  • Standalone Quickstart: cq-quickstart-6.2.0.jar
  • Application Server Quickstart: cq-quickstart-6.2.0.war
  • Dispatcher 4.1.12 or newer for various web servers and platforms (download link)
  • Package for extended RAW image support
    • cq-dam-cameraraw-content
  • Adobe Experience Manager Desktop App (f.k.a. Companion App (Read more and download)
  • Packages for AEM Forms capabilities:
    • adobe-aemfd-aix-pkg
    • adobe-aemfd-linux-pkg
    • adobe-aemfd-solaris-pkg
    • adobe-aemfd-win-pkg
    • cq-geometrixx-gov-all-pkg
  • AEM Screens Players for various target platforms (download)
  • Packages for Hybris e-commerce integration (Available on request)
  • Maven/Gradle dependencies (download link)
  • Reference implementation (Read more and download)
  • Plug-in for Eclipse IDE (Read more and download)
  • Extension for Brackets Code Editor (Read more and download)
  • Project Blueprint Archetype (GitHub project)
  • Tech Preview of Core Components (GitHub project)

Languages

The user interface is available in following languages:

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese (limited support)
  • Korean

Experience Manager 6.2 has been certified for GB18030-2005 CITS to use the Chinese Encoding Standard.

Install & Update

See installation instructions for setup requirements.

Please see upgrade documentation for detailed instructions.

Certified Platforms

In order to see what platforms are certified to run with this release, please refer to the Supported platforms list.

Deprecated & Removed Features

Adobe constantly evaluates capabilities in the product and over time plans to replace capabilities with more powerful versions, or decides to re-implemented selected parts to be better prepared for future expectations or extensions.

For Adobe Experience Manager 6.2, read the list of deprecated and removed capabilities. The page also contains pre-announcement of changes in 2017 and important notice for customers that update from prior releases.

Detailed Changes Lists

Known Issues

Links

Product Download and Support (Restricted Sites)

These sites are only available to customers. If you are a customer and need access, please contact your Adobe account manager.

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