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Read on for the improvements to AEM Communities since the 6.4 release. To learn about the new features in greater detail, see AEM 6.5 Communities User Guide.

To obtain the latest release, see the Deploying Communities section of the documentation.

Major enhancements

Enhancements to community engagement

@Mentions support
AEM Communities now allows registered users to tag (mention) other registered members to elicit their attention, in User Generated Content. The tagged (mentioned) members are then notified, with deep link to the corresponding User Generated Content. Users can, however, opt to disable/enable the web and email notifications.

At mentions support

Community users need not search for their first name, last name, or user name to see if anyone has reached out to them or needs their attention. Moreover, it allows the UGC authors to seek response from specific registered users who can best address the issue and add inputs.

The community administrators need to Enable Mention on community components to allow registered users use the functionality on those components.

Group messaging

Registered community members can now send direct messages in bulk to groups through a single email composition, instead of sending the same message individually to group members. To allow group messaging, enable both the instances of Messaging Operations Service

Group message

Enhancements to Bulk Moderation

Custom filters in Bulk Moderation
Custom filters can now be developed and added to Bulk Moderation UI.

A sample project demonstrating filtering through tags is available in Github. This project can be used as a base to develop analogous custom filters.

Custom filters

List View in Bulk Moderation

New List View with improved UI has been provided in bulk moderation to display User Generated Content entries.

Bulk moderation in list view

Enhancements to Site and Group Management

Author side site and group administrators

Communities, AEM 6.5 onwards, allows decentralized administration (and management) of different community sites and groups/ nested groups. Organizations hosting multiple community sites and nested groups can now select members for administrator roles on Author side at the time of site (and group) creation.

Site administrator

Site Administrators can create a group at any level of hierarchy and become the default administrators. These administrators can later be removed by other group administrators. Group administrators can manage their group G1 and create a subgroup nested under G1.

Enhancements to enablement

SCORM 2017.1 support

The enablement functionality of AEM 6.5 Communities support Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) 2017.1 engine.

Keyboard navigation support on enablement components
Enablement components (for example Catalog and Course Playing, Assignments, File Library) in AEM Communities support keyboard navigation for improved accessibility.

Other enhancements

  • Solr 7 support
    AEM 6.5 Communities supports Apache Solr 7.0 version of the search platform while setting up MSRP and DSRP.

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