|Product||Adobe Experience Manager|
|General availability date||April 8, 2019|
|Recommended Updates||See AEM recent updates.|
The release cycle for this version of Adobe Experience Manager started April 4, 2018, went through 23 iterations of quality assurance and bug fixing, and ended on March 28th, 2019. The total number of customer related issues including enhancements and new features fixed in this release is 1345.
Adobe Experience Manager 6.5 is generally available since April 8, 2019.
Adobe Experience Manager 6.5 is an upgrade release to the Adobe Experience Manager 6.4 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 Adobe Experience Manager 6.4 Service Pack releases up to SP4.
The list below provides an overview - while the subsequent pages list the full details.
Full list of changes in AEM Foundation.
The platform of Adobe Experience Manager 6.5 build on top of updated versions of the OSGi-based framework (Apache Sling and Apache Felix) and the Java Content Repository: Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.10.2.
The Quickstart uses Eclipse Jetty 9.4.15 as servlet engine.
Various enhancements have been made to the UI to make it more productive and easier to use.
Adobe does not plan to make further enhancements to the Classic UI. AEM 6.5 has the Classic UI included, and customers upgrading from earlier releases can keep using it as is. Note that Classic UI remains fully supported while being deprecated. Read more.
Full list of changes in AEM Sites and Add-ons.
First shipped as part of AEM 6.4 SP2, with AEM 6.5 the SPA support gains following capabilities:
AEM has the ability to serve the content in various formats and from various levels of the stack. Some have been around since 2008 with the Sling GET and POST Servlet. Content Services (Sling Model Exporter) was introduced in AEM 6.3 and is the method used by the AEM SJ SDK to hydrate single-page apps. The HTTP API for Assets is a CRUD API, that was extended for AEM 6.5.
New HTTP API capabilities:
Efficiently design, deliver and optimize experiences on all digital displays from interactive kiosks to digital signage.
For more details on changes to AEM Screens - see the Release Notes in the AEM Screens User Guide.
Full list of changes in AEM 6.5 Assets release notes.
AEM 6.5 introduces the following capabilities and enhancements to boost productivity of AEM users, DAM roles, and associated creative and marketing roles.
Introduction of Adobe Asset Link, an in-app experience for creative users working in Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, streamlines collaboration between creatives and marketers in the content creation process. AEM desktop app continues to support the needs of users working with assets from AEM on desktop, using any file type and any desktop application.
Additionally, AEM integrates with Adobe Stock to help find, preview, license and save Adobe Stock assets directly from the AEM Web UI.
Connected Assets capability is targeted at larger deployments with a number of AEM Sites deployments that need to leverage assets from a central AEM Assets DAM deployment. It allows for improving governance around assets managed centrally while allowing for high efficiency of supplying assets to the various Sites deployments.
Dynamic Media provides enhanced rich-media authoring and delivery in AEM Assets to drive cutting-edge experiences that are both immersive and personalized. With a single high-quality master asset, you can leverage our advanced cloud rendering, Smart Crop, and best-in-class viewers to deliver the most engaging experiences with industry-leading performance.
New features include:
Key enhancements help to find the right assets faster by providing dynamic search facets, and to manage multiple assets more efficiently by providing ability to select all assets from any folder or search result.
AEM 6.5 Forms brings in several new features and enhancements. The highlights include:
See the Summary of new features and enhancements in AEM 6.5 Forms for information about new and improved features and documentation resources.
AEM 6.5 adds new features and enhancements to Communities. The highlights for this release are:
For detailed list of changes, see AEM 6.5 Communities release notes.
You can integrate Livefyre with your AEM 6.5 instance. See how to integrate Livefyre with AEM.
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 Experience Manager Support portal is integrated with the Adobe Enhancement and Defect Tracking System. Customer questions are identified and resolved by Customer Support team 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, warrantee issues, and customer-paid enhancements.
This process of prioritization has yielded more than 750 customer focused changes fixed in AEM 6.5.
Application Server Quickstart:
Dispatcher 4.3.2 or later for the various web servers and platforms. See download link
Plug-in for Eclipse IDE (read more and download)
Extension for Brackets Code Editor (read more and download)
Maven/Gradle dependencies (download link)
Core Components (GitHub project)
We.Retail Reference implementation (read more)
Maven Project Archetypes:
AEM Screens Players for various target platforms (download)
Smart Content Language Models. English is pre-installed - more languages can be downloaded
AEM Modernize Tools Suite e.g. Dialog Conversion Tool. (GitHub project)
The user interface is available in following languages:
Experience Manager 6.5 has been certified for GB18030-2005 CITS to use the Chinese Encoding Standard.
For setup requirements, see installation instructions.
For detailed instructions, see upgrade documentation.
Find the complete matrix of supported platforms including support-level on AEM 6.5 technical requirements.
Oracle has moved to a Long Term Support (LTS) model for Oracle Java SE products. Java 9 and 10 are non-LTS releases by Oracle. See Oracle Java SE support roadmap. Adobe provides support for LTS releases of Java to only run AEM in production. Java 11 is the recommended version to use with AEM 6.5.
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 6.5, read the list of deprecated and removed capabilities. The page also contains pre-announcement of changes in the near future and important notice for customers that update from prior releases.
The following sites are available only to customers. If you are a customer and need access, contact your Adobe account manager.
Product updates, patches, and packages for additional functionality on Software Distribution.