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5 New Features in AEM 6.5

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Now that AEM 6.5 has finally been released at Adobe Summit 2019, we can talk about some of the new features and functions available in the product. Here are 5 new features I’ve already seen in exploring AEM 6.5.
 

Feature 1: Edit Folder Metadata

 
I am so excited to see this as a new feature in AEM 6.5. This was such a blatant miss in the previous versions of AEM. You could customize the metadata fields for assets and content fragments, but had no ability to configure folders.
To add a custom Folder Metadata field, open Tools (the Hammer) >> Assets and then select “Metadata Folder Schemas”
 
Assets Folder Metadata Item
From there, you can create a new Folder Metadata configuration and apply it to a folder:
 
Assets Folder Metadata Editor
 
And voilà, you now have a custom field in your folder editor!

Feature 2: Touch UI Permissions Editor

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In AEM 6.4, one of the few things you still couldn’t do in TouchUI was edit permissions. Clicking on edit permission still kicked you over to ClassicUI to the clunky old permissions editor. In AEM 6.5, this has been ported to the touch UI, cleaned up and made easier to use.
AEM Permissions Editor
 

Feature 3: Distribution vs Replication

 
AEM 6.5 now features a distribution based publication to AEM Publishers vs the traditional CQ5 replication. Not only is this quite a bit more reliable and feature rich versus replication, but it’s implemented in Touch UI. At least for AEM 6.5, you can still use Replication, however Sling Content Distribution seems to be the preferred option.
 
Sling Content Distribution configuration in AEM
 

Feature 4: New Integrations

 
The application selector in AEM 6.5 features new integrations with the Adobe Experience Platform and Magento Commerce. Of course, for these integrations to work, you will need to license and configure the solutions, but this shows how Adobe is integrating these solutions into a single cloud solution.
New Application Selector
 

Feature 5: UGC Importer

 
One of the more intriguing features in AEM 6.5 is the
 
UGC Import
 
AEM 6.5 includes a number of interesting and useful enhancements and tweaks over previous versions. Make sure to check back as we continue to unpack this exciting new release and drill down into all the new features in the latest version of AEM.
 

About the Author

Dan is a certified Adobe Digital Marketing Technologist, Architect, and Advisor, having led multiple successful digital marketing programs on the Adobe Experience Cloud. He's passionate about solving complex problems and building innovative digital marketing solutions. Dan is a PMC Member of the Apache Sling project, frequent Adobe Beta participant and committer to ACS AEM Commons, allowing a unique insight into the cutting edge of the Adobe Experience Cloud platform.

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Thoughts on “5 New Features in AEM 6.5”

  1. Nicely summarized the features. I was also comparing the AEM 6.4 vs 6.5 and found the ‘Feature 3’ flavor(Distribution) had a presence in AEM 6.4 too.

  2. Hi Dan, do you have any references to Adobe materials to confirm that Sling Content Distribution is now ‘officially’ preferred over replication in 6.5?
    The only place in AEM documentation that mentions Distribution is User Synchronization and I believe that hasn’t changed since AEM 6.2.

  3. Interesting, I’ll double check that. I don’t believe I saw it in a stock 6.4 instance, but it certainly could have come in a Service Pack.

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