Deprecated and removed features

Adobe constantly evaluates product capabilities, to over time reinvent or replace older features with more modern alternatives to improve overall customer value, always under careful consideration of backward compatibility. Additionally, as Adobe Experience Manager as a Cloud Service provides a cloud-native deployment model, certain capabilities and features were replaced by cloud-native counterparts.

To communicate the impending removal/replacement of AEM capabilities, the following rules apply:

  1. Announcement of deprecation comes first. Deprecated capabilities continue to remain available but are not enhanced further.
  2. Capabilities announced to be deprecated are removed in the subsequent major release, at the earliest. The actual target date for removal is announced.

This process gives customers at least one release cycle to adapt their implementation to a new version or successor of a deprecated capability, before actual removal.

Deprecated features

This section lists features and capabilities that have been marked as deprecated in Experience Manager as a Cloud Service. Typically, features that are planned to be removed in a future release are set to deprecated first, with an alternative provided.

Customers are advised to review if they make use of the feature/capability in their current deployment, and make plans to change their implementation to use the alternative provided.

Capabilities Deprecated feature Replacement
Assets DAM Asset Update workflow to process ingested images. Asset ingestion uses asset microservices now.
Assets Upload assets directly to AEM. See deprecated asset upload APIs. Use Direct binary upload. For technical details, see direct upload APIs.
Assets Certain workflow steps in DAM Asset Update workflow are not supported, including calling command-line tools like ImageMagick. Asset microservices provide a replacement for many workflows. For custom processing, use post-processing workflows.
Assets FFmpeg transcoding of videos. For FFmpeg thumbnail generation, use Asset microservices. For FFmpeg transcoding, use Dynamic Media.

Removed features

This section lists features and capabilities that have been removed from AEM with Experience Manager as a Cloud Service.

Area Feature Replacement
UI While some Classic UI dialogs remain for the time being for a few select capabilities, such as Link Checker, Version Purge and some Cloud Service configurations, access to Classic UI in general has been removed in the AEM product UI. Standard UI
Dynamic Media Previous integrations with Dynamic Media Classic and Dynamic Media Hybrid mode are not available in AEM as a Cloud Service. Use Dynamic Media provided with Experience Manager as a Cloud Service.
Sites Portal Director and Portlet Component These capabilities were deprecated in AEM 6.4 and have now been removed from AEM.
Sites Design Importer This capability has been removed as immutable sections of the AEM repository are not accessible at runtime.
Assets AEM Assets sharing with Marketing Cloud Assets Core Service and Creative Cloud services is not available. For integration with Creative Cloud, use Adobe Asset Link.

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