Release Notes

Release Information

Product Adobe Experience Manager
Version 6.1
Type Major Release
General availability date May 28, 2015

Trivia

The release cycle for this version of Adobe Experience Manager (formerly known as Adobe CQ) started May 23, 2014, went through 23 iterations of quality assurance and bug fixing, and ended May 21, 2015. The total number of customer related issues including enhancements and new features fixed in this release is 527.

Adobe Experience Manager 6.1 is generally available since May 28, 2015.

Adobe Experience Manager 6.1 - Quickstart Window on Mac

What's new

Adobe Experience Manager 6.1 is an upgrade release to the Adobe Experience Manager 6.0 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 6.0 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 6.1 build on top of updated versions of the OSGi-based framework (Apache Sling and Apache Felix) and the Java Content Repository: Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.

The Quickstart uses the Eclipse Jetty 9.2.9 as servlet engine.

Security

6.1 includes a range a new and improved capabilities to maintain a secure deployment and run a secure web property. Most notable is a new Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) protection, with that the server does extra checks on POST, PUT and DELETE HTTP requests from browser to avoid CSRF attacks.

Note: With previous releases, for deployments that leverage the Token/Cookie authentication, sticky session was required between multiple publish instances. AEM 6.1 no longer requires sticky session on the load balancer to keep a token/cookie based authentication. This is possible due to a new Crypto Token implementation.

Further, the 'nosamplecontent' server run mode was extended to also deploy a range of 'secure by default' best practices, that with previous releases had to be manually configured.

Repository

Since the introduction of Apache Jackrabbit Oak with AEM 6.0 in 2014, the successor of CRX2, Adobe and the community have improved and extended a wide range of aspects.

Here a few highlights:

  • Introduce cold standby topology with TarMK for simplified disaster recovery deployments
  • Substantial search improvements, in default configuration at install/update and possibilities to tune the search performance.
  • New UI that shows slow queries and explain query execution in details, and tool to manage search index.
  • Simplified maintenance operations, adding support to purge audit logs and compaction to reclaim disk space.
  • Added option to use a relational database as repository persistence. More details

Note, Adobe has removed support for CRX2 with 6.1. The release update routine converts the existing CRX2 repository to Oak during the update (CRX2Oak).

Component Framework

In Version 6.0, Adobe introduced HTL and Sling Models, as new way to develop components, in an time efficient and secure way. AEM version 6.1 delivers incremental improvements to the new approach.

New in HTL 1.1:

  • new <sly> element as alternative to data-sly-unwrap
  • URI manipulation options (e.g. ${'http://foo.com/test.html '@ scheme='https', extension='json'} outputs https://foo.com/test.json)
  • Allow java.util.Locale objects to be used in i18n locale option
  • data-sly-repeat (alternative to data-sly-list that repeats the whole element, instead of just the content)
  • improved performance (on par with JSP) and around 150 bug fixes since 6.0
  • the specification and implementation for Apache Sling of HTL are open source (since end of 2014)

User Interface

Experience Manager 6.1 includes the Classic UI (same as in AEM 6.0) and Touch-optimized UI. The Touch-optimized UI in 6.1 is substantially extended to efficiently cover every-day use cases of marketing and content management practitioners. The user interface and interaction patterns aligns with the Adobe Marketing Cloud. Please refer to the individual areas of AEM on the detailed enhancements done to the Touch-optimized UI.

For Web Developers, 6.1 includes Plug-ins for Eclipse, Extension for Brackets and the web-based UI CRXDE Lite. Brackets, integrated with the Creative Cloud Extract service, allows efficient update of templates/components based on designs created in Adobe Photoshop.

Workflow

The focus for AEM 6.1 was to improve the throughput of workflow tasks that can be executed by the workflow engine, by optimizing various parts of the way workflow steps are run within AEM. Customers that update to 6.1 should see that workflows take less time to complete (in particular with lots of them running in parallel), and take less resources to run on the server.

Summary of improvements:

  • Introduction of transient workflows, that runs the workflow tasks in memory and don't persist them in the repository. This has to be enabled on the workflow level, and is useful for shot-lived workflow where no audit, or history is needed.
  • Internal changes, such as reducing JCR observation listeners, amount of Sling Jobs needed to run workflow tasks.

APIs

AEM 6.1 introduces a new simplified remote HTTP API based on JSON+Siren. This allows easier interaction with 3rd party tools to read and write content into/from the repository, compared to lower-level Sling HTTP API.

Supported Platforms

With 6.1, Adobe recommends to use Java 8 with a 64bit JVM as default. Exceptions are deployments on web application servers - such as IBM WebSphere that come recommended with their JVMs. Please consult the Supported Platform list for all details.

Experience Manager Sites

Authoring Responsive Sites

Prime focus for version 6.1 for Web Content Management - AEM Sites - is in-context authoring of pages that leverage the responsive design approach. The introduction of the grid based layout authoring, allows practitioners decided for each break-point how much grid columns a component should use, and how it should float with it's neighboring components (incl. hiding)

Adobe Experience Manager 6.1 - Edit an web experience with grid-based layout

Learn more about the new responsive site editing in: Responsive Layout

Translating Content

Standardized integration of translation vendors, with the goal to reduce efforts to maintain multi-language sites. At time of general availability of AEM 6.1 in May 2015, following translation vendors provide an implementation of the new API for the Translation Projects. Links to PackageShare provided to download the integration:

Learn more about the new translation UI and API in the Translating Content for Multilingual Sites section.

Extended Touch-optmized UI

The Touch-optimized UI was enhanced with productivity and configurability in mind. Some highlights:

  • Ability to select multiple pages and edit properties for the selected pages at once
  • Ability to drag content directly into the paragraph system from Content Finder - that auto-fills into the matching component (configurable per template)
  • For 'Create new page' it's now possible to define the page properties that needs to be filled and are shown after selecting the template.
  • Ability to configure the search forms available throughout the UI in the Dialog Editor. For the Content Finder each asset type with separate search fields
  • Saved Searches: Ability to save search parameters for quick recall later
  • Support for nested launches (ability to create sub-launches of existing launches)
  • Ability to select which template to use when creating a new launch.

Integration with Adobe Marketing Cloud

Adobe Target

  • New step-by-step wizard to create a targeted experience in Page Authoring. This is aligned with the Adobe Target UI experience.
  • Starting 6.1 it's possible to create Offer Libraries, that can contain offer experiences that can be referenced in targeted experiences. Before 6.1 offer experiences could not be reused between activities.

Adobe Analytics

  • Added ability to configure extra columns in Grid View in Site Administration to show data from Adobe Analytics. This data is getting imported via Impression Importer. Supports all the evars and calculated metrics. The user can choose to see the data from the last 30, 90 or YTD.
  • Ability to search for pages within a range of any of the analytics data imported and ability to export a search result as CSV - e.g. to work with the data in Excel

Adobe Campaign

  • New workflow how Adobe Campaign can leverage emails created in AEM. Instead of pushing emails over the Campaign when done, the email is going getting referenced between the two solutions and requested on-demand by Adobe Campaign from AEM. This allows editing of the email within AEM much longer in the process.
  • Support targeted content blocks based on Adobe Campaign target filters (mapped to segments in AEM)
  • Added support for Adobe Campaign Standard

Multi-site Management Add-on

Focus for 6.1 for MSM was to enhance the Touch-optimized UI. Highlights:

  • Ability to see Blueprint source of a Live Copy, reveal Blueprint and initiate rollout of Blueprint
  • Enhanced Page Properties - adding actions from the Blueprint Control Center.
    • On Blueprint, ability to see all Live Copies, modify rollout configurations, and initiate a rollout
    • On Live Copy, ability to see Blueprint source, Live Copy status, edit rollout configuration, and perform Live Copy operations: synchronize, reset, detach

Commerce Add-on

The Commerce Integration Framework (CIF), that reduces implementation time to connect AEM with leading Commerce vendors or your custom back-end, was extended to cover more capabilities. Highlights:

  • Added support for Product Collection
  • Better support for multi-lingual product catalog scenarios
  • Configurable Payment and Shipping Methods with more API hooks
  • Cart item supports multiple promotions and additional information (Example gift wrapping)
  • Support for hybris up to version 5.4

Screens Add-on

The capabilities to create and drive interactive experiences on in-store/in-location displays is a new add-on to AEM Sites.

Experience Manager Communities

With AEM 6.1, Communities is now available as a standalone offering, for the creation of communities sites.

Main improvements are:

  • Ability for Community Administrators to create turnkey Community experiences based on predefined Community Site templates comprising of various functions, such as discussion forums, file sharing, user groups,...
  • Support for highly scalable Community sites
  • Support for bulk moderation of UGC without replication / reverse replication being involved
  • Support for quick component deployment and configuration

More details on the AEM Communities changes page.

Experience Manager Assets

Primary focus areas for the 6.1 release of AEM Assets capabilities include:

  • Simplified integration with Creative Cloud - you can connect directly to AEM Assets using the Creative Cloud Desktop app, or for users who do not have CC installed on their desktop, a standalone native AEM Companion App shipped with the product
  • Providing more flexibility in deployment options - with the introduction of AEM Assets on demand offering earlier this year, AEM Assets Digital Asset Management and Dynamic Media capabilities are now available as on demand (SaaS), managed services, or on premise deployments
  • Improving operational efficiency and simplifying DAM & Dynamic media workflows - with over 30 new features introduced in this release

Main improvements in this release are:

Asset Management

  • Simplified integration with Adobe Creative Cloud using Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app or the new standalone AEM Companion App
  • Improved Collaboration with support for adhoc reviews, asset ratings, collections enhancements
  • Improved Asset Versioning Support: Labels, Comments, Preview & Comparison
  • Improved DRM support for Assets: Notifications, Restrictions, DRM for Compound Assets.
  • Enhanced Metadata & Search capabilities: Richer metadata, validation, More search options to provide more relevant search results
  • Improved support for large files with resumeable upload.
  • Improved user experience and usability fixes, inlcuding a new, personalized Assets Home Page for users
  • Catalog Producer for creating & managing print catalogs leveraging extended InDesign Server integration
  • Improved File Support with raw file handling, multi page files support
  • Support for Assets translation workflows and managing multi lingual assets leveraging AEM translation framework and connectors to translation providers

Dynamic Media Hybrid Image Delivery

  • On-demand Image Delivery - Scalable and performant image delivery through the cloud with pre-integration to CDN
  • Responsive Imaging - Dynamic Media component supports responsive image delivery
  • HTML5 Video - End to end support for native HTML5 video workflow including encoding, preview and delivery
  • Scene7 Integration Enhancements -
    • Touch UI for Scene7 content browser within Sites
    • Touch UI for all Scene7 components
    • Updated all Scene7 image and video components to support responsive design
    • Updated Scene7 Video component to use HTML5 video player
    • Specify which asset types to automatically publish from AEM to Scene7
    • Support for secure preview of Scene7 assets within AEM before publish

Viewer Customization Enhancements

  • Viewer Editor - Easily configure interactive viewer behaviors through a WYSIWYG editor that allows for instant preview of changes
  • Dynamic Media Component - Single component simplifies Sites page authoring by smartly adapting to any rich media content including images, videos, image sets, spin sets or mixed media
  • Inline Zoom Viewer - New out-of-box viewer provides convenient zoom access with simple mouse hover or tap gesture
  • Sharpen Images upon Ingest - Apply unsharp mask settings to images upon ingestion, via the processing profile

Experience Manager Apps

With 6.0, AEM Apps was added as new offering that focused on the full lifecycle of Mobile Applications. With 6.1, major enhancements have been made to the offering. Highlights:

  • App Control Center: Keep track of and manage all of your apps and app content from one central location
  • App Metrics: Rich data visualization and instant access to mobile metrics powered by Adobe Analytics
  • App Details: Manage app data, screen shots and app store metadata from one place
  • Drag and drop editing: Rapidly create and edit app content without coding
  • DPS Publications Console: Out of the box Digital Publication Suite integration for content centric applications
  • PhoneGap Build integration: Generate apps for multiple platforms using a simple cloud based service
  • Preview and test app content at any time without provisioning or white listing your device 
  • On device app testing: Test over-the-air updates before releasing to the public
  • App content management: Centralized and shared content management for mobile applications 
  • Content lifecycle management: Control content through development, staging and production
  • Workflows and processes: Internal stakeholders can view and approve app content at any time
  • Push article changes to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite with a single click 
  • Keep app users engaged with new continuously refreshed content with over-the-air updates without the need for an app store driven update 
  • Send and manage push notifications for all your apps from a single dashboard interface

More details on the AEM Apps changes page.

Experience Manager Forms

Adobe Experience Manager forms helps organizations transform complex form and documenttransactions into simple, engaging digital experiences—anytime, anywhere, on any device.

New features and enhancements that help you:

  • streamline the form filling experience across channels
  • extend digital experiences to documents and correspondences
  • simplify deployment, authoring, and management of forms assets
  • increase efficiency of forms and documents processing
  • enhance document security

Please see the AEM forms documentation page for more information on what's new in 6.1.

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 6.1.

List of files that are part of the Release

  • Standalone Quickstart: cq-quickstart-6.1.0.jar
  • Application Server Quickstart: cq-quickstart-6.1.0.war
  • Dispatcher 4.1.9 or newer for various web servers and platforms (download link)
  • Package for extended RAW image support
    • cq-dam-cameraraw-content
  • 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
  • Packages for Hybris e-commerce integration (Available on request)
  • Maven/Gradle dependencies (URL to Repo)
  • Plug-in for Eclipse IDE (Read more and download)
  • Extension for Brackets Code Editor (Read more and download)

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 6.1 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 6.1, read the list of deprecated and removed capabilities. The page also contains pre-announcement of changes in 2016 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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