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.


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


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

Release Date

The release date of Adobe Experience Manager as a Cloud Service current release (2021.8.0) is August 26, 2021.
The following release (2021.9.0) is on September 30, 2021.

Release Video

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

Experience Manager Assets as a Cloud Service

New features in Assets

  • When sharing digital assets as a link, the users can copy the URL to clipboard right away. The enhancement lets you share assets in a faster and more convenient way. This functionality allows for faster and convenient asset sharing.

    Copy URL option when sharing an asset as a link
    Figure: When sharing an asset as a link, you can now copy the URL to share it separately.

  • When you upload TXT files, the asset microservices automatically generates a thumbnail. The PNG thumbnail is a rendition of TXT file that helps users identity the contents or the files to some extent, without opening the files. This functionality does not require any configuration and works by default.

    A rendition of a TXT file is automatically generated by Assets in a PNG format
    Figure: A rendition of a TXT file is automatically generated to help you identify the file without opening.

New feature in the Assets prerelease channel

  • Users can now sort the assets displayed in the search results in Column and Card views. The sorting works on Name, Created, Modified, or None columns.

    Sort the search results in Assets in Column and Card views
    Figure: Sort the search results in Assets in Column and Card views.

Bugs fixed in Assets

  • When a member of the contributor group navigates to the Assets Console, an extra POST request is generated to try and create a Collection. This request is not required, it fails due to permissions issues, and creates a lot of errors in the logs. (CQ-4328856)
  • When users view an asset and select the Timeline from the popup menu in the left panel, an error is displayed. In the logs, many warnings are logged due to a bad query. (CQ-4328919)

Experience Manager Forms as a Cloud Service

What is new in Forms

Beta feature of Forms

  • Unified Storage Connector: Use Unified Storage Connector to externalize in-process data in customer-managed repositories. For example, you can

    • Enable Forms Portal’s save and resume functionality and store adaptive forms drafts in a customer-managed data repository.
    • Store in-process AEM Workflows data (AEM Workflow Variables data) that contains Sensitive Personal Data (SPD) in a customer-managed repository.
  • AEM Forms as a Cloud Service - Communications: Communication APIs help 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 documents by populating template files with XML data.
    • Generate output forms in various formats, including non-interactive PDF print streams.
    • Generate print PDF files from an XFA form PDF and Adobe Acrobat Form.

You can write to to sign up for the beta program.

New features available in Forms prerelease channel

Experience Manager Screens as a Cloud Service

What is New

  • Screens as a Cloud Service now supports basic playback monitoring. The player will now report various playback metrics with each ping (defaults to 30 seconds). Based on the metrics, it provides the ability to detect various edge cases (stuck experience, blank screen, scheduling problem, etc.). This feature allows the team to remotely monitor if a player is properly playing content, improves reactivity to blank screens or broken experiences in the field, and decreases the risk of showing a broken experience to the end user.
    See Basic Playback Monitoring for more details.

  • Thumbnail Support for videos in now supported in Screens as a Cloud Service. A content author can define a thumbnail for videos so that the image can be used as a placeholder and properly test content playback and targeting, while the actual video is being finalized by the appropriate team. The image can also be used, in case the playback of the video fails.
    See Thumbnail Support for Videos for more details.

Bug Fixes

  • Player could not show content from Embedded page and this issue is now fixed.

  • After a successful login, navigating to the default page (channels) ended up in a Internal Server Error page.

  • Associated tag entries were not removed when removing playlist(s).

CIF Add-on

What is New

  • New Category Picker UI for improved user experience, increased efficiency and better support for complex product catalog

    New Category Picker

  • Better A11Y support for CIF Core Components

Cloud Manager

This section outlines the Release Notes for Cloud Manager in AEM as a Cloud Service 2021.9.0 and 2021.8.0.

Release Date

The Release Date for Cloud Manager in AEM as a Cloud Service 2021.9.0 is September 09, 2021.
The next release is planned for October 07, 2021.

What’s New

  • The version of the AEM Project Archetype used by Cloud Manager has been updated to version 30.

  • The program cards on Cloud Manager landing page and the associated experience has been refreshed.

  • The Code Quality Step Log now includes verbose logging information on the OakPal scanning process.

  • The Activity page menu options will now include an option to Download Log for completed Code Generator executions. Selecting this will download the log of the build step.

  • Clicking directly on the Program card will now navigate to Cloud Manager Overview page.

Bug Fixes

  • User will now see a more comprehensible message when trying to add a new IP Allow List in a program that has reached the maximum allowed number of IP Allow Lists that can be configured.

  • Wrong URL was copied when selecting the copy URL menu option from Repositories screen.

Release Date

The Release Date for Cloud Manager in AEM as a Cloud Service 2021.8.0 is August 12, 2021.

What’s New

  • Cloud Service customers can now view Service Level Agreement (SLA) reports in Cloud Manager. This will be made available progressively over the next few months.
    See SLA Reporting to learn more.

  • The type and severity of the IndexType and IndexDamAssetLucene quality rules has been changed. These are now both Bugs of Blocker serverity.

  • New Oak index quality rules have been introduced to cover asynchronous and tika configurations.

  • Increase max SSL certs per program to 50.

  • Self-service capability to allow users to create and manage multiple repositories via Cloud Manager UI.

  • SonarQube was unnecessarily reading Git history data. On large code bases, this could lead to an unnecessary build performance penalty.

  • There is now an API available to invalidate the Maven dependency cache per pipeline.

  • The version of the AEM Project Archetype used by Cloud Manager has been updated to version 29.

Bug Fixes

  • Update Available status should not be displayed when the latest release is less than the current release.

  • Initial onboarding was failing for new organizations with very long names.

  • Occasionally, when a pipeline is triggered twice for some reason, it results in one of the executions failing with cannot update pipeline execution status error.

Content Transfer Tool

Release Date

The Release Date for Content Transfer Tool v1.5.6 is August 11, 2021.

Bug Fixes

  • In some cases not all users were migrated to the target instance. To get this fix CTT v1.5.6 is required along with aem-ethos-tools 1.2.354 or later version on the target AEM as a Cloud Service instance.

  • The Stop Ingestion button was being disabled during ingestion to the Publish instance. This is not necessary because there is no mongo restore step during Publish ingestion.

  • CTT did not clean up the /tmp directory after a successful extraction. This sometimes led to disk space issues.

Best Practices Analyzer

Release Date

The Release Date for Best Practices Analyzer v2.1.18 is September 02, 2021.

What’s New

  • Ability to detect and report on total node count.

  • Ability to detect and report on the node store type and size.

Bug Fixes

  • BPA was falsely detecting presence of Commerce Integration Framework.

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