The key features, highlights, and enhancements done in AEM 6.4 Assets are covered in these release notes. For detailed information, follow the provided links.
Adobe Asset Link
Adobe Asset Link in Creative Cloud for enterprise streamlines collaboration between creatives and marketers in the content creation process. It is a new native capability in Creative Cloud for enterprise, providing a connection to AEM Assets directly from Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Adobe InDesign — without leaving these tools.
To learn more about the capability, prerequisites, and how to access it, see the Adobe Asset Link page.
Enhanced Smart Tags (powered by Adobe Sensei)
AEM 6.4 introduces artificial intelligence based Enhanced Smart Tags capability in addition to Smart Tags that was launched in AEM 6.3.
Smart Content Service learns customer’s business taxonomy and uses it to automatically tag digital assets with customer relevant tags in addition to generic tags. It improves asset discoverability significantly and reduces time to market.
Adobe Sensei powers the Smart Content Service, which enables you to train the image recognition algorithm on your business taxonomy. This content intelligence is then used to apply relevant tags on similar assets.
Smart Translation Search (powered by Adobe Sensei)
AEM 6.4 introduces Smart Translation Search capability to support multilingual search scenarios. Customers with globally distributed teams across multiple locales now have access to search in different languages without having to go through costly and time-consuming translation workflows.
Search query is translated without manual intervention.
Smart Tags are generated in English and are machine-translated to others languages.
Multilingual search is built using open source library Apache Joshua that supports more than 50 languages.
AEM 6.4 delivers significant user experience improvements in areas of browse, search, multi-page assets and administration tools. Details below:
New Content Tree rail to quickly navigate an asset hierarchy. In combination with the list view, this restores the Classic UI interaction model to browse asset hierarchies.
New Keyboard Shortcuts such as m to move assets, p to open the properties page, Ctrl + C to copy operation and many more.
Improved scrolling, lazy loading experience in card and list view for browsing large number of assets.
Improved Card View with support for different sized cards based on view setting.
Improved asset detail experience with ability to view, navigate to “previous” or “next” asset along with number of assets, current asset.
New Search back button with ability to navigate to a search item and come back to same position in search results without running the search query again.
New Search results count to display number of search results.
Improved File Type Search Filter with ability to filter search results based on fine-grained mime types such as JPG, PNG, and PSD, as compared to previous image, document, multimedia options.
Improved search filters with accurate time stamps instead of previous time slider functionality.
Multi-page assets improvements
Improved multi page assets browsing experience with reduced number of clicks.
Improved comments and annotations support with all of them collated at asset level rather than page level.
Admin tools improvements
Improved Property picker in Admin tools for Metadata, Search and Reports with Type ahead and browsing capability to simplify admin experience.
Improved user experience, alignment with Templates user interface. For more information, see Catalog Producer.
AEM 6.4 includes multiple advanced metadata management capabilities to manage metadata at scale and enforce metadata integrity through rules and validations. Here are the key capabilities:
New Bulk Metadata Export capability to export (all, selective) metadata for large number of assets in CSV format for editing, sharing, and third-party integration.
New Bulk Metadata Import capability to import CSV file for adding new metadata, updating existing metadata for multiple assets in one go. This operation is asynchronous and does not hinder system performance. Once complete, user is notified via AEM’s Notification system.
New Cascading and Contextual Metadata using Metadata Schema Tool. It’s now possible to define chains of dependencies, and value mappings between fields. You can also define the context in which metadata form fields are displayed/hidden. This way, you can display only relevant fields at any moment depending on values in other fields.
New enterprise-level, scalable (for large repositories) reports framework applying Sling jobs for asynchronously processing report requests. You can schedule report at a specific date and time. You can also add custom columns to a report.
New OOTB reports most commonly asked by customers such as Disk Usage, Files, Link Shares, Publish to Brand Portal, and Smart Tags Training.
New Reports creation and management UI with fine grained options, ability to access archived reports, see report run status (success, failed, queued, and so on).
6.3 Platform Upgrade: Brand Portal upgraded from AEM 6.0 to AEM 6.3, with new features and performance improvements.
Parallel Publish: Up to replications can occur between AEM Assets and Brand Portal (previously 1), which significantly improves publishing performance
Schema & Search Facet Publish: Ability to publish metadata schemas and custom search facets to Brand Portal, which eliminates effort duplication.
Bulk Tags Publish: Ability to publish taxonomy (along with hierarchy) to Brand Portal, which eliminates effort duplication.
Self-sign up or Request access: Workflow for non-registered users to Brand Portal.
In-app (on screen) Maintenance Notification: Notifications are displayed well in advance to avoid disruption in business.
Reporting improvements: Three OOTB reports are available: downloads, publish and link-shares.
DRM-based restrictions: After a licensed asset expires, it is no longer available for download from Brand Portal.
AEM desktop app
AEM desktop app is updated to version 1.8, which is compatible with AEM 6.4. The full list of changes for AEM desktop app is provided in a dedicated AEM desktop app release notes document.
Here is a list of AEM desktop app highlights since AEM 6.3 was released:
Ability to upload hierarchical folders in the background.
UI to monitor asset uploads in the background.
Caching improvements, including a UI to manage caching parameters.
Broader support for AEM authentication configurations (SAML/SSO) and network proxy.
Supportability: easy access to logs from user interface.
Improved stability and fixes for customer issues.
For easier access to the documentation and best practices, the following documentation is available:
User guide, aimed at end users working with the application.
Installation guide, aimed at administrators setting up AEM and AEM desktop app to work together
AEM 6.4 includes a set of features that support various tiered storage preferences and implement lifecycle rules. The storage options also support (but are not limited) public clouds - AWS or Azure.
The ability for users to select and later change storage class at will and define rules for storage of assets from one class to another or manage the lifecycle of their assets.
The ability for users to lower their storage cost by selecting a different AWS or Azure.
In AEM 6.4, Closed User Group or CUG provides a way to restrict folder access on publish instance, it’s a touch UI option to add principals through folder properties page at the folder level and are applied to all folder and subfolders/assets inside.
In publish mode, if a CUG is configured and authorization enabled on a folder, users are redirected to a login page when they try to access the folder. Therefore, authorized users can access the folder and its assets only after successful login. Hence, CUG restricts read access to a given tree in the content repository for everyone except selected principals.
Dynamic Media add-on
Dynamic Media in 6.4 supports a new mode - where master asset is uploaded and managed with AEM Assets web UI, and dynamic renditions and other dynamic media features are handled in the background by the Dynamic Media cloud delivery service.
In this mode (introduced first with the release of AEM 6.3 Feature Packs 14410 and 18912), users benefit from end-to-end asset management and dynamic media features using the modern AEM Assets web UI, and still leverage the delivery services that are backwards compatible with Dynamic Media Classic (Scene7)—including delivery URLs, which are unchanged.
In addition, AEM 6.4 introduces new features powered by Adobe Sensei, enhancements for emerging media like VR and 3D, Dynamic Media viewers, and support for Experience Fragments in Interactive Images and Carousel Banners.
Smart Crop (powered by Adobe Sensei)
Smart Crop automatically provides non-destructive cropping of images to preserve the point of interest for responsive design. You can preview cropped suggestions and manually adjust them, if necessary.
This feature also enables automated swatch generation for product imagery. Automated swatch generation helps to add color swatches, pattern swatches, or both to product images automatically.