Release Notes - October 2017

New features and fixes in the Adobe Experience Cloud.

Note: To receive release notes one week prior to the monthly product update, subscribe to the Adobe Priority Product Update. Release information in the Priority Product Update comes one week in advance of the release date. Please check back at release time for updates.

October 2017

Latest update: October 26, 2017

Experience Cloud Recipes

Experience Cloud Recipes help you implement and deploy cross-solution workflows and integrations.

Recipe Date Published Description

First-time Setup

October 18, 2017

The first-time setup recipe walks you through the steps to get started using Experience Cloud solutions.

Email Optimization

August 15, 2017

The email marketing use case shows you how to implement an integrated email strategy with analytics, optimization, and campaign management.

Mobile App Engagement

June 1, 2017

The mobile app engagement use case shows you how to integrate your mobile apps with the Adobe Experience Cloud to measure user engagement and deliver personalized experiences to your audiences.

Digital Foundation

May 2017

The Digital Foundation use case helps you implement a digital marketing platform with Analytics, optimization, and campaign management.

Customer Intelligence

April 2017

The Customer Intelligence use case shows you how to create a unified customer profile using multiple data sources, and how to use this profile to build actionable audiences.

Experience Cloud - Core Services

Release notes for the core services interface, including Assets, Feed, Notifications, Profiles & Audiences, Mobile Services, and Dynamic Tag Management. Also includes release information for Experience Cloud ID Service (Visitor API).

Experience Cloud Interface

Item Description

Notifications

In notification settings, you can set time of day that you want to receive email notifications.

Select the Daily Digest option for Email Frequency.

Notifications

Settings for all web notifications will be enabled by default.

Account Linking update

Analytics users no longer need to manually link their accounts between the Experience Cloud and Analytics. You can contact your administrator to request access to Analytics.

Known Issue

When you enable Email in Maintenance Notifications, many of the notifications around scheduled maintenance/product updates are missing from the notifications email digest. We are working on a resolution.

See Experience Cloud Product Documentation for product help.

Top

Mobile Services

Release date: October 12, 2017

Feature Description

Virtual Report Suites

Releasing October 26, 2017

Added support for Analytics Virtual Report Suites.

See Virtual Report Suites in for more information.

Push Messaging

Added push messaging support for recurring scheduling.

For more information about scheduling recurring push messages, see Schedule: Push Messages.

Experience Cloud Login

You can now log in to Mobile using Experience Cloud authentication.

For more information about the updated signing in process, see Signing In.

Top

Mobile Services SDK

Version 4.14.0

Release Date: October 12, 2017

Android/iOS SDKs Description

Target enhancement for previewing experiences

Use the mobile preview link to perform easy end-to-end QA for mobile app activities and enroll yourself into different experiences right on your device without any special test devices.

See Target Mobile Preview.

Target enhancement for allowing pre-fetching of experience data.

The Adobe Target prefetch feature uses the Android Mobile SDKs to fetch offer content as few times as possible by caching the server responses.

For more information, see Prefetch offer content in Android and Prefetch offer content in iOS.

Xamarin SDK plugin Description

Version update

The Xamarin plugin for iOS and Android has been updated to version 4.13.8.

See Adobe Mobile Services for product documentation. To see the release notes for previous releases, expand Previous Release Notes in the left pane.

Top

Data Connectors

Item Description

ExactTarget Data Connector Integration with Adobe Analytics

Salesforce recently discontinued the ExactTarget Data Connector integration. Because of this decision, the ExactTarget wizard is no longer accessible in the Data Connectors interface for new implementations.

The ExactTarget integration will continue to be visible for customers that have previously configured the integration. Existing implementations will continue to function for an unspecified length of time (to be determined by Salesforce). If your customers have questions, advise them to contact their Salesforce/ExactTarget representative.

Going forward

Analytics customers can implement custom integrations for ExactTarget using standard Analytics features and APIs, including Classifications, Data Sources, Processing Rules, and Data Warehouse exports. Engagements with the Adobe consulting team can be considered as needed.

Top

Analytics

Important notifications, new features, updates, and fixes in Adobe Analytics.

Important Notices for Analytics Administrators

Important: 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

User account linking

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.

Learn more about the Analytics User ID Migration.

User ID Migration to the Admin Console

September 21, 2017

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 solutions and core services available in the Experience Cloud. The migration is being rolled out to customers in phases beginning later this month.

Learn more about the Analytics User ID Migration.

Notice for API Methods affected by the migration to the Admin Console.

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.

Ad Hoc Analysis

September 21, 2017

As of May 2018, Ad Hoc Analysis will support only Java 8 or higher. If you choose to run Ad Hoc Analysis on Java 7 after the May 2018 Maintenance Release, Adobe will no longer support your Ad Hoc Analysis implementation.

Our .jar files are signed with a secure 256-bit encryption that is not supported by Java versions less than 1.7.0_76. This 256-bit certificate allows us to serve you with enhanced security.

Bot Rules

Sept. 21, 2017

We recommend defining no more than 500 bot rules per report suite.

The user interface allows for 500 rules to be manually defined. After this limit is reached, rules need to be managed in bulk through the Import File and Export Bot Rules options.

Calendar Events: Displaying top 20 most recent events

September 21, 2017

To ensure optimal reporting performance, the 20 most recent calendar events will be displayed on trended and overtime graphs.

geo_zip

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 the course of a visitor's visit. The geo_zip field is not used in reporting, but surfaces in Data Feeds.

Geo Segmentation

August 21, 2017

On August 22, Adobe Analytics enabled Geo Segmentation reports for all customers. This change is in anticipation of the upcoming removal of the geo segmentation settings in the Admin Console.

New Features in Adobe Analytics

New features released in Adobe Analytics.

Release date: October 26, 2017

Product Feature Name Description

Adobe Analytics

Audience Analytics

This enhanced integration between Audience Manager (AAM) and Analytics lets you bring your AAM segments into Analytics in real time. You can now combine your acquired and owned data sets in AAM with your user behavioral data in Analytics.

More...

Server-Side Forwarding Improvements

This new Analytics Admin configuration lets you configure Server-Side Forwarding yourself, at the report suite level. You no longer need to call Adobe Customer Care to set it up.

More...

VRS Context-Aware Sessions: Report Time Processing

Report Time Processing is a virtual report suite setting that allows data to be processed in a non-destructive, retroactive fashion. Available in Analysis Workspace only.

More...

VRS Context-Aware Sessions: Component Curation

Virtual Report Suites can be curated to include and exclude components.in Analysis Workspace.

Note: If component customization is enabled, the Virtual Report Suite is accessible only in Analysis Workspace and is not accessible in the following:
  • Reports & Analytics
  • Ad Hoc Analysis
  • Data Warehouse
  • Report Builder
  • The reporting API

More...

Contribution Analysis Tokens

All customers with Analysis Workspace entitlement can now run full Contribution Analysis a limited number of times per month. Companies that did not previously have unlimited access to CA are no longer limited to three dimensions per run in Analysis Workspace.

  • The number of runs per company is limited by monthly tokens, granted based on the Analytics product your company purchased.
  • You can restrict Contribution Analysis access to avoid token misuse.

More...

Admin Group Permissions (September 21, 2017)

On September 21, 2017, the following permissions were consolidated into a single 'Classifications' permission in support of a new classification experience slated for next year: 'Traffic Classifications', 'Video Classifications', 'Conversion Classifications', 'Classification Hierarchies', 'Classifications Manager' and 'Classifications Importer/Exporter & Rule Builder'. Any user who had any of these permissions before the September Maintenance Release now has the new permission.

More information will be forthcoming about the new Classifications experience once it is closer to release.

More...

Analysis Workspace

Map Visualization

The new Map Visualization in Analysis Workspace lets you easily view your customer interactions within the context of their location. From a macro (global) view to a micro (city) view, you can easily zoom in and out of various hierarchy levels in the visualization to see clusters of users across regions.

You can visualize location data via IP address (for non-mobile data sets) or you can bring latitude and longitude data (for customers using the Mobile SDK) to life in Analysis Workspace. 

More...

Granularity selector for trended visualizations

You can now easily toggle between time granularities when the dimension in the data source is a time dimension. You can switch granularities from a drop-down in the visualization settings.

More...

Full dimensions & events in segment drop zone

Previously, you could drop only dimension items, date ranges, or segments into segment drop zones. You can now drop a full dimension or event into the segment drop zone. In both cases, Analysis Workspace will create "exists" hit segments.

Examples: "Hit where eVar1 exists" or "Hit where event1 exists".

Note: You cannot drop calculated metrics into a segment zone. Only those dimensions/metrics that you can build segments for will qualify for the segment zone.

More...

Connected visualizations listed in Data Source Settings

If there are visualizations connected to a freeform or cohort table, the top left dot (Data Source Settings) will now list the connected visualizations. Hovering will highlight the linked visualization, and clicking it will take you to it.

In addition, there is a "Show/Hide Data Table" checkbox that lets you show or hide the data table.

More...

Event# added to left-rail event names

Prior to October 2017, evar# and prop# were appended to the dimension names, and you could search on those numbers. The same functionality is now available for events.

Example: "Subscriptions" now shows up in the left rail as "Subscriptions (event1)".

Keep in mind:

  • The event number does not show in the table (to keep the titles short).
  • For consistency, props and eVars no longer show their numbers within tables.

More...

Out-of-the-box dimensions sorted in logical order by default

The default sort order for some out-of-the-box dimensions has been updated in these cases:

  • When they are dragged into a freeform table.
  • When they are viewed in the left rail.

For example, if "Hour of Day" is dropped into a table, it will be sorted from 12AM-11PM. You still have the option to sort by any metric column.

More...

Option to allow confidence interval from re-scaling a chart

The Anomaly Detection Confidence interval does not automatically scale the y-axis of a visualization to potentially make the chart more legible.

You now have the option to allow the confidence interval to scale the chart.

More...

Alerts: Added Renew Option

In the Alert Manager, when one or more alerts are selected, they can be renewed by clicking Renew.

This extends their expiration dates to be 1 year from the day Renew was clicked, regardless of their original expiration date.

More...

UI Improvements

  • Blank panel: We now start out by highlighting all the visualizations you can add to the panel, such as Map, Fallout, Flow, Histogram, Cohort, and Venn. You have the option to save this panel as your default project starting state.
  • New left rail styling make Panels, Visualizations, and Components on the left rail more visible and usable.
  • Freeform table: Blank freeform tables will now show an animated GIF that demonstrates the drag-and-drop paradigm of Analysis Workspace.
Report Builder 5.6

Edit Metrics Across Multiple Requests

The Edit Metrics Across Multiple Requests feature lets you easily add, remove, or replace metrics in a pre-existing request or across a group of requests.

More...

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).

Release date: October 26, 2017

Product Fix or Update

Analysis Workspace

  • Fixed an issue with the Scatterplot visualization showing different data than the table from which it is created. (AN-151217, AN-150983, AN-150699, AN-150374)
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when dropping a dimension on columns of a freeform table where panel segment(s) should have been applied. The segments were not applied to the table. (AN-150895)
  • Fixed an issue with incorrect Approximate Count Distinct values towards the end of a date range. (AN-150716, AN-149718, AN-149395, AN-149380, AN-148184)
  • Fixed an issue with the Histogram tool tip not updating after Histogram settings were changed. (AN-150369)
  • Fixed a “Resource not found” issue that was traced to customer links with shortened URLs. (AN-150332)
  • Fixed an issue with saved projects that have locked selections on breakdowns not showing data. (AN-149895)
  • Fixed an issue with the Y axis in Anomaly Detection not adjusting to show readable data. As a result, you now have the option to allow Anomaly Detection to scale the Y axis. (AN-149741, AN-145872)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the editing of calculated metrics from the Workspace metric section in the left rail. (AN-149653)
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in only the first page of a scheduled project getting delivered. The pages were not saved properly if a segment was applied to the panel. (AN-149430)
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in repeated “Segment returning too many results” errors. (AN-148055)
  • Fixed an “Incompatible report suites” error that occurred when the list of curated components for a project contained classification dimensions that had been deleted from the database. Going forward, we will show the error only if the dimension/metric is actually used in the project's reports/visualizations. (AN-146787)
  • Fixed an issue that caused a scheduled project to fail whenever a change was made to the schedule. (AN-143415)
  • Fixed an issue with Flow visualizations not rendering properly in PDFs, in some cases. (AN-145061)
  • Fixed an issue that, when entering text into the search bar, caused the screen to flicker and prevented users from using the scroll bar. (AN-151804)
  • Fixed an issue that caused characters in multi-byte .CSV reports (generated in Workspace) to be garbled in MS Excel. (AN-145981)

Other Analytics Issues

  • Alerts: Fixed an issue with alerts that resulted in a rewording of the alert-firing message to say that the values must be above or equal to the value the customer entered. (AN-149299)
  • Alerts: Fixed an issue that occurred when transferring alerts to a new owner; we now transfer the alert as well as the recipient list to that new owner. (AN-148934)
  • Alert Builder: Fixed an alert triggering issue that resulted in negative numbers no longer being allowed in the alert definition. (AN-148856)
  • Reports & Analytics: Fixed an issue that resulted in a redirect of the shortcut report link to the Analytics report when logging in via Marketing Cloud. (AN-144794)
  • Reports & Analytics: Fixed an issue that caused problems calculating the 1-year-prior date when leap years were involved. (AN-143868)
  • Reports & Analytics: Fixed an issue where expanding the number of line items in a breakdown report caused an error to be thrown. (AN-150527)
  • Reports & Analytics: Fixed an issue that prevented map data from being shown in the US States report. (AN-150636)
  • Reports & Analytics: Fixed an issue with Calendar Date rendering in Safari and Chrome browsers on OSX. (AN-151099)
  • Virtual Report Suites: Fixed an issue with the Virtual Report Suite builder not correctly reflecting the parent Report Suite in component previews. (AN-134388)

Top

Analytics - Administration, Data Collection, Implementation

Fixes and updates applied to Analytics administration tools, including implementation and developer (Web Services and SDKs).

Release date: October 26, 2017

Product / Feature Update

Analytics administration

  • Fixed an issue that occurred when users with Analytics accounts were invited to the Experience Cloud. Before users accepted the invite and provided their first and last names, these values displayed as UD (undefined) in Analytics. Now, Analytics will display their email address until they accept the invite. (AN-150866)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Admins from adding users to the Activity Map Reporting group, because the group had disappeared in the user interface.(AN-150587)
  • Fixed a permissions issue with correlations reports. All users now have access to correlation reports, so permissions no longer need to be set. (AN-150756)

Web Services: Admin API

Fixed an issue that caused data to become corrupt due to multibyte character string encoding of authorization data. This issue prevented re-authentication. (AN-150296)

Web Services: Reporting API

Fixed an issue that caused a Restricted Permission Error in Report Builder. (AN-147915)

Web Services:

Fixed an issue where customers requesting only metrics for a single day returned error. (AN-149090)

Data Warehouse

Hourly Data Warehouse reports are no longer created for the wrong hour under certain daylight savings conditions. (AN-140128)

Audience Manager

New features and fixes in Adobe Audience Manager.

Feature Description

Audience Analytics

Audience Analytics lets you send Audience Manager segments to Analytics. To use this feature, you create an Analytics destination and map segments to it in Audience Manager.

Fixes, Enhancements, and Deprecations

  • Fixed a bug in Algorithmic Modeling where, for multiple customers, algorithmic traits created or modified after August 23rd weren't qualifying the expected number of profiles for the trait. (AAM-32586)

  • Fixed a performance issue where parts of the UI were slow to respond for companies with a large number of data sources. (AAM-32747)

  • Fixed a bug where a 3rd party traits folder was not being automatically created for a company if the corresponding data source was created before the company was marked as Data Provider. (AAM-32176)

  • Fixed a bug that appeared when creating or editing a cookie destination. In the "Configuration" panel, the "Publish data to" field allows you to type in a domain name and add it to a list of domains when either "Only the selected domains" or "All of our domains except the selected domains" is selected. The "Add" button next to this text field did not actually add the typed-in domain to the list. (AAM-32679)

New Documentation

  • You can work with our DCS APIs by using GET or POST methods. DCS API methods describes the syntax you must use, in each case.

Target

Refer to the Adobe Target Release Notes for the latest release information about the following products:

  • Target Standard and Premium
  • Target Classic
  • Recommendations Classic

Primetime

Adobe Primetime is a multiscreen TV platform that helps media companies create and monetize engaging, personalized viewing experiences.

Primetime Release Notes

Primetime Help Home

Campaign

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.

Adobe Campaign Standard - Releasing October 30, 2017

Feature Description

Fatigue Management

Fatigue Management allows you to create fatigue rules to manage over communication with profiles. Fatigue rules are easily built, but are extremely flexible with capabilities such as counting messages across multiple channels (including transactional messages), only counting specific deliveries, or applying rules to specific profiles.

Import from a URL

Import from a URL enables you to quickly retrieve your creative content from a website to build emails for any delivery. Additionally, you can streamline your creative process by enabling third parties to share content directly through a URL. Imported content can be flexibly used as part of a single delivery or at the template level ensuring brand consistency for all related campaigns whether they be workflow-based or transactional messages, and include A/B or multivariate testing. Import from a URL automatically converts and tracks all links to monitor email performance through Dynamic Reporting.

Product documentation is available at Adobe Campaign Standard Documentation.

To learn more about Adobe Campaign, enable yourself at Adobe Digital Library.

Top

Experience Manager

New features and fixes in Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) and Scene7.

AEM release notes

Adobe recommends customers with on-premise deployments to deploy the latest patches to ensure higher stability, security, and performance.

Title Description

Product releases

AEM Desktop App 1.6

AEM Desktop App 1.6 focuses on improvements to the logon process and better support for various AEM security configurations; better information about background download and upload operations, and application stability and performance.

Release notes

AEM 6.3 Content Fragment Updates and Content Services–Feature Packs

This set of Feature Packs delivers updates to Content Fragments, Core Components, and the JSON Exporter.

The enhancements enable the definition of content fragments based on structured content models, and the delivery of AEM content in JSON format for consumption across channels and touch-points.

Product maintenance

AEM 6.3 Service Pack 1

AEM 6.3 Service Pack 1 (6.3.1.0), released October 13, 2017, is an important update that includes performance, stability, security, and key customer fixes and enhancements released since the general availability of AEM 6.3 in April 2017.

You can install AEM 6.3 Service Pack 1 on AEM 6.3 GA.

Key highlights of this service pack include the following:

  • Built-in repository (Apache Jackrabbit Oak) is updated to version 1.6.3.
  • Support for enhanced desktop actions on multiple assets using Desktop App in Touch UI.
  • Support for user configurable connection timeout parameters for Marketing Cloud solutions (Adobe Analytics, Adobe Dynamic Tag Management, Adobe Target, and Adobe Search&Promote).
  • Enhanced ability of Manage Publications to publish complex site hierarchy.
  • Refined the Iparsys' capability to reflect text edits in pages.
  • Improved version purging for assets.
  • Optimized AEM performance when publishing assets to Brand Portal.
  • Enabled management of flexible content models and JSON API.
  • Resolved translation issues with AEM Content Fragments.
  • Improved Communities file library, spam detection, moderation user interface and enablement features.
  • Added support to run AEM Forms on Oracle Linux 7.1 running on Oracle EXA Platform.
  • Added ability to list DAM Assets in Form Portal view and search.
  • Ability to choose CRX asset dynamically for Process Management task.

AEM 6.3 Service Pack 1 release notes.

AEM 6.2 Service Pack 1–Cumulative Fix Pack 8

AEM 6.2 SP1–CFP8, released October 9, 2017, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability AEM 6.2 SP1 in December, 2016.

AEM 6.1 Service Pack 2–Cumulative Fix Pack 12

AEM 6.1 SP2–CFP12, released October 6, 2017, is an important update that includes key customer fixes released since the general availability AEM 6.1 SP2 in August, 2016.

Self-Help

Adobe Experience Cloud Tutorials

Learn the basics or refine your skills with Adobe Experience Cloud tutorials.

Adobe Experience Cloud tutorials

AEM Repo Tool

Learn more about the AEM Repo Tool. This solution is available for simplified, FTP-like transfers between the file system and AEM, with minimal dependencies. It is a simple bash script and lets you integrate into IntelliJ and Eclipse.

AEM Repo Tool

Upgrade to AEM 6.3 Forms

Added information about handling adaptive form rules that are not migrated automatically using the migration utility.

Migrate AEM Forms assets and documents

Change hostname for AEM Forms JEE

JBoss for AEM Forms service fails to start when the host name is changed.

To resolve the issue, you must reset the Windows Registry key and add the name of the current host to the registry.

See the associated Help topic.

Community

Featured October Community Article

Learn how to develop an AEM HTML Template Language (HTL) component that renders a repeating data set, including digital assets.

Creating a Repeating Data Set HTL Component for AEM 6.3.

Ask the AEM Community Expert

The October session covers how to create custom components using HTL.

Presented by Shivani Garg, an AEM Developer and Community member. Shivani will discuss the following:

  • Working with Sling Models
  • The Java USE API
  • How to work with collections to build rich custom components meant for Experience Manager websites.

RSVP for this event at https://www.meetup.com/AEM-Technologist-Group/events/243679377/

AEM GEMS

October is a busy month for our AEM Experts with the following sessions:

  • October 11, 2017 – Managing AEM DataStore
  • October 18, 2017 – AEM Fluid Experiences for headless use cases
  • October 25, 2017 – AEM 6.3 Ready for the World–Translation Integration and Best Practices

RSVP for these sessions and access links to past sessions at the following:

https://www.meetup.com/AEM-Technologist-Group/events/

Livefyre

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.

Top

Media Optimizer

Release date: October 16, 2017

Feature Description

Search

(Bing Ads campaigns with remarketing targets) Media Optimizer supports the following:

  • Your existing Bing Ads audiences and remarketing list targets/exclusions are listed in the Audience Targets view in Campaigns and in the Audiences views in Campaigns Beta.
  • Bulksheets now support creating and editing ad group-level audience targets (but not exclusions). In the Download Bulksheet dialog, selecting the "RLSA Target" section adds data about RLSA targets, including these columns: "Campaign Name," "Ad Group Name," "Bid Adjustment" (optional), "Audience," and "RLSA Target Status." The "RLSA Target ID" column is added automatically for each RLSA target.

Notes:

  • Campaign-level audience targets are synced and visible in the Audiences views but aren't yet supported in bulksheets.
  • In-market audiences aren't supported.
  • Bid adjustments for Bing audience targets aren't yet auto-adjusted via the portfolio setting to auto-optimize bid adjustments.

Search Campaigns Beta

You can now assign campaigns to portfolios from the beta Campaigns view.

Reports

In the AdWords Audience Target Report, you can now include columns for transaction properties tracked by Media Optimizer.

More details are available in the product by clicking the help icon: ? > Help Contents.

Top