Current Release Notes for Adobe Experience Manager as a Cloud Service release-notes

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 release-date

The release date of Adobe Experience Manager as a Cloud Service current release (2021.11.0) is December 16, 2021.
The following release (2022.1.0) is on February 3, 2022.

Release Video release-video

Have a look at the December 2021 Release Overview video for a summary of the features added in the 2021.11.0 (November 2021) release.

Experience Manager Assets as a Cloud Service assets

New features in Assets assets-features

  • Dynamic Media Image Smart Crop and Swatch is now powered by latest Sensei services, that generates improved crops and swatches. Also, an enhancement has been launched to generate different crop content, for same aspect ratio but across different resolutions. In addition, any manual edits are preserved on reprocessing, if there is no change in the width and height in the Image Profile.

New features in the Assets prerelease channel assets-prerelease-features

  • Dynamic Media - You can now use AEM Dynamic Media interface to configure General Settings and Publish Setup instead of having to go through the Dynamic Media Classic desktop application.

  • Dynamic Media now supports ingestion, preview, playback and publish for MXF videos. Annotation and shoppable video for MXF videos is not yet supported.

  • After configuring a connection between remote DAM and Sites deployments, the assets on remote DAM are made available on the Sites deployment. You can now perform the update, delete, rename, and move operations on the remote DAM assets or folders. The updates, with some delay, are available automatically on the Sites deployment.

Experience Manager Forms as a Cloud Service forms

What is new in Forms what-is-new-forms

  • Externalize AEM Workflow data for secure processing: You can store in-process AEM Workflows data (AEM Workflow Variables data) that contains Sensitive Personal Data (SPD) elements in a customer-managed repository for secure processing. The data elements and workflow variables are not stored in AEM repository and are fetched on demand from a customer-managed repository while processing the Workflow.

New features available in Forms prerelease channel prerelease-features-forms

  • AEM Forms as a Cloud Service - Communications: Communication APIs help you combine a template and XML data to generate print documents in various formats. The service lets you generate documents in synchronous and batch modes. The APIs enables you to create applications that let you:

    • Generate documents by populating template files (PDF and XDP) with XML data.
    • Generate output forms in various formats, including non-interactive PDF print streams.
  • Custom fonts for Document of Record and PDF documents created with Communications APIs: You can now use brand approved fonts in PDF documents generated using Communications APIs to align with your organizational requirements.

  • Forms Portal: You can use Forms Portal to list your published adaptive forms on an AEM Sites page. It helps a site visitor discover all available forms. Moreover, the visitor can use forms portal to save and access draft of an adaptive form and look at the PDF version of a submitted adaptive form.

CIF Add-on cloud-services-cif

What is New what-is-new-cif

  • Extended myAccount components that are based on Commerce’s extensible Peregrine components

Extended myAccount components

  • Authors can create ad-hoc Commerce Product Recommendations using additional recommendation types

  • Support for gift cards in AEM Storefront

Cloud Manager cloud-manager

This section outlines the Release Notes for Cloud Manager in AEM as a Cloud Service 2021.11.0.

Release Date release-date-cm-nov

The Release Date for Cloud Manager in AEM as a Cloud Service 2021.11.0 is November 04, 2021.
The next release is planned for December 09, 2021.

What’s New what-is-new-cm-nov

  • Users can now use new Front End pipelines to exclusively deploy front end code in an accelerated manner. See Cloud Manager Front End Pipelines to learn more.

    note important
    You must be on AEM version 2021.10.5933.20211012T154732Z or higher to use new Front End pipelines.
  • Code Quality pipeline duration is significantly reduced by performing the code analysis in a more efficient way without the need of building a whole AEM image. This change will roll out progressively over the weeks following the release.

  • The Git Commit ID will now be displayed in the pipeline execution details making it easier to track the code that was built.

  • Program Creation is now available via publicly exposed API.

  • Environment Creation is now available via publicly exposed API.

  • The x-request-id response header is now visible in the API Playground on This header is useful when submitting customer care issues for troubleshooting.

  • As a user, I see Pipeline card with zero pipelines provide me with appropriate guidance.

  • A new Activity Page is now available where activities such as pipeline and code executions can be viewed along with their associated details. Over time, the activities listed in this page will expand in scope along with the details provided.

  • A new Pipelines page with an on-hover, status popover for easy view of the summary of details is now available. Pipeline executions can be viewed along with their associated details.

  • The Edit Pipeline API now supports changing the environment used in the deploy phases.

  • An optimization in the OakPal scanning process has been introduced for large packages.

  • The quality issue CSV file will now contain the timestamp for each quality issue.

Bug Fixes bug-fixes-nov

  • Certain unorthodox build configurations resulted in unnecessary files being stored in the pipeline’s Maven artifact cache which resulted in extraneous network I/O when starting and stopping the build container.

  • Pipeline PATCH API fails if deploy phase does not exist.

  • The ClientlibProxyResourceCheck quality rule was producing false positive issues when there were client libraries with common base paths.

  • Error message when max number of repositories has been reached did not specify the reason for the error.

  • In rare cases, pipelines were failing due to inappropriate retry handling of certain response codes.

Best Practices Analyzer bpa-release

Release Date release-date-bpa

The Release Date for Best Practices Analyzer v2.1.22 is December 01, 2021.

What’s New what-is-new-bpa

  • Ability to detect and report on the version of ACS commons used.
  • Ability to detect and report on the number of users and sub-groups in a group.
  • Ability to detect and report on node property values in MongoDB that exceed 16MB.

Bug Fixes bug-fixes-bpa

  • Detection of Foundation components was refined to reduce false negatives.
  • For AEM Forms customers, BPA messaging regarding EMAIL_PDF_SUBMIT_ACTION not being available on AEM as a Cloud Service has been fixed.