Current Release Notes for Adobe Experience Manager as a Cloud Service

The following section outlines the general Release Notes for the current (latest) version of Experience Manager as a Cloud Service.

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From here, you can navigate to release notes of previous versions; for example, for those in 2020, 2021 and so on.

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See Recent Documentation Updates for details of documentation updates not directly related to a release.

Release Date

The Release Date for Adobe Experience Manager as a Cloud Service 2021.6.0 is June 28, 2021.
The following release (2021.7.0) will be on July 29, 2021.

Release Video

Have a look at the June 2021 Release Overview video for a summary of the features added.

XML Documentation for AEM as a cloud Service

What’s New

  • XML Documentation for AEM as a Cloud Service is now GA.
  • This will allow existing AEM Cloud Service customers to procure XML Documentation addon for importing, creating, managing and delivering technical content across multiple channels including AEM sites

Cloud Manager

This section outlines the Release Notes for Cloud Manager in AEM as a Cloud Service 2021.6.0 and 2021.5.0.

Release Date

The Release Date for Cloud Manager in AEM as a Cloud Service 2021.6.0 is June 10, 2021.
The next release is planned for July 15, 2021.

What’s New

  • Preview Service will be deployed on a rolling basis to all Programs. Customers will be notified in-product when their Program is enabled for Preview Service. Refer to Accessing Preview Service for more details.

  • Maven Dependencies downloaded during the build step will now be cached between pipeline executions. This feature will be enabled for customers over the next several weeks.

  • The name of the program can now be edited through the edit program dialog.

  • The default branch name used during both project creation and in the default push command via manage git workflows has been changed to main.

  • Edit program experience in the UI has been refreshed.

  • The quality rule ImmutableMutableMixCheck has been updated to classify /oak:index nodes as being immutable.

  • The quality rules CQBP-84 and CQBP-84--dependencies have been consolidated into a single rule. As part of this consolidation, the scanning of dependencies more accurately identifies issues in third party dependencies which are being deployed to the AEM runtime.

  • To avoid confusion, the Publish AEM and Publish Dispatcher segment rows on the Environment Details page have been consolidated.

  • A new code quality rule has been added to validate the structure of damAssetLucene indexes. Refer to Custom DAM Asset Lucene Oak Indexes for more details.

  • Environment details page will now display multiple domain names for Publish and Preview services (as applicable). Refer to Environment Details to more details.

Bug Fixes

  • JCR node definitions containing a newline after the root element name were not correctly parsed.

  • List repositories API would not filter deleted repositories.

  • An incorrect error message was displayed when an invalid value was provided for the schedule step.

  • On occasion, user may see a green active status next to an IP Allow List even when that configuration was not deployed.

  • Some program editing sequences could result in the inability to create or edit the production pipeline.

  • Some program editing sequences could result in the Overview page displaying a misleading message to re-execute program setup.

Experience Manager Assets as a Cloud Service

New features in Assets

  • Content Automation functionality lets Experience Manager Assets leverage the Adobe Creative Cloud APIs to automate asset production at scale. It improves content velocity by dramatically decreasing the time taken and iterations required to create variations of same asset. The functionality does not require any code and works from within the DAM.

  • Adobe Asset Link v3.0 for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign and Adobe Asset Link v2.0 for Adobe XD is released. It provides:

    • Support for Assets Essentials.
    • Ability to automatically connect to Experience Manager as a Cloud Service or Assets Essentials.

New features available in the Assets prerelease channel

  • The view settings are enhanced to let users choose a default view and a default sorting parameter.
  • The Linkshare download functionality uses asynchronous downloads that boosts the download speed.
  • Users can search and filter the folders based on property predicates.
  • Experience Manager Assets embeds the the PDF Viewer powered by Adobe Document Cloud to preview the supported documents. This feature lets users preview PDF and other multi-page files without any complex processing. This improves the feature parity with Experience Manager 6.5.

Bugs fixed in Assets

  • When you add an owner to a sub-folder, Assets also adds the same user as an owner of the parent folder. (CQ-4323737)
  • When adding assets to Collections, if a user applies a filter on Collections search, the user cannot view the Collections in List view. (CQ-4323181)
  • When searching for files and folders, if user applies a filter and selects Files & Folders, only the files are displayed but not the folder. (CQ-4319543)

Experience Manager Sites as a Cloud Service

New features in Sites

  • Publish to Preview Tier now shown as page status in Sites Admin UI
  • Publish to Preview Tier now surfacing preview URL at the end of the action and persisting the URL in page properties for later reference

Experience Manager Forms as a Cloud Service

What is new in Forms

  • Added ability to filter custom columns in AEM Inbox.
  • Added ability to use the theme editor and style layer of adaptive form editor to style the captcha component.
  • Improved speed and accuracy for automatically detecting logical sections in the source PDF forms and converting those into corresponding adaptive form panels.
  • Added move action to move a PDF or XDP file from one folder to another.

Beta feature of Forms

  • AEM Forms as a Cloud Service - Communications: Communication APIs helps you combine XDP templates and XML data to generate print documents in various formats. The service allows you to generate documents in synchronous mode. The APIs enables you to create applications that let you:

    • Generate final form documents by populating template files with XML data.
    • Generate output forms in various formats, including non-interactive PDF print streams.
    • Generate print PDFs from an XFA form PDF and Adobe Acrobat Form (AcroForm).
  • Variable Data Externalizer: You can save data of AEM Workflow variables on an external storage system managed by your organization.

You can write to formscsbeta@adobe.com to sign up for the beta program.

Bugs fixed in Forms

  • When a field is validated before submitting data to backend service via Form Data Model (FDM), validations succeed but the Form Data Model service fail to invoke post validation.
  • When you submit a form containing a standard HTML upload field from an Apple iOS device, sometimes, the content of the file is not sent and a 0-byte file is received at the other end. This is a known issue in Apple iOS. FB9117687

Experience Manager Screens as a Cloud Service

This section outlines the Release Notes for AEM Screens as a Cloud Service.

Release Date

The Release Date for AEM Screens as a Cloud Service is June 24, 2021.

What’s New

NOTE

See AEM Screens as a Cloud Service Guide for foundational knowledge required for successfully installing, configuring, and running Screens as a Cloud Service and link out to detailed concepts technical documentation.

  • Bulk Device Registration Management means that provisioning massive amounts of player devices is faster and more efficient.

  • Improved search and filter options for each of the Device, Display, and Channel inventory views.

  • Device heath snapshot saves time by providing critical status as a glance.

  • Object details page offers a summary of the most relevant information for each object in your project.

CIF Add-on

What is New

  • New CIF product and category reference data types for Content Fragments (Incl. product / category picker UI support)
  • New Commerce Content Fragment Core Component
  • Full-text commerce search supported in AEM backend
  • Commerce Core Components support Adobe Commerce Sensei Recs data collection
  • Improved SEO-friendly URLs for category pages
  • Support for custom HTTP headers per site/config

Content Transfer Tool

Release Date

The Release Date for Content Transfer Tool v1.5.4 is June 28, 2021.

What’s New

  • Support for an optional pre-copy step added to use with CTT. The pre-copy step can be used to significantly speed up the extraction and ingestion phases of the content transfer activity when the source AEM instance is configured to use an Amazon S3 or Azure Blob Storage data store.

  • Guardrail added to CTT to prevent users from stopping an ingestion and potentially corrupting data once it has reached the critical point during the ingestion phase.

  • Extraction logs made more descriptive to help with troubleshooting.

  • Added more descriptive ingestion status messages in the UI.

Bug Fixes

  • While stopping an ingestion on the Author instance, the UI overwrote a previously finished ingestion on the Publish instance to STOPPED from FINISHED. This has been fixed.

Best Practices Analyzer

Release Date

The Release Date for Best Practices Analyzer v2.1.16 is June 30, 2021.

What’s New

  • Ability to detect and report on missing child nodes in folders under /content/dam.

  • Ability to detect and report on the version of Best Practices Analyzer used.

Bug Fixes

  • Logging error related to Unsupported Repository Structure (URS) fixed.

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