2023 Optimizely Product Information Management release notes

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The following is a cumulative list of enhancements and major bug fixes in each Optimizely Product Information Management (PIM) release.

December 22, 2023

Enhancements

If you want to set up custom import integrations with PIM, please contact your implementation partner.

December 6, 2023

Enhancements

  • Added the ability to retain data when changing a control type to a compatible data type for non-enumerated control types. Property and translation data is now saved in the following scenarios when saving properties:
    • Changing between text field and text area with a max character length that supports the existing data.
    • Changing from text field or text area to HTML.
    • Changing between date picker and date time picker.
  • Added the ability to create import rules. This lets you create data cleansing rules to replace strings in properties during the import process. For example, you can have "in" or "in." be replaced with "inches".

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Product History displayed the creation date incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where products without images did not display in searches when the Image Filter was set to No.

October 26, 2023

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Synchronize Setup Data job failed to run between PIM and Customized Commerce.
  • Fixed an issue where the Name/Value pair option did not work during product import when the Name/Value columns did not have a number.
  • Fixed an issue where exports failed when trying to export properties.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Last Updated On" property was not found in the Show/Hide properties.

October 9, 2023

Enhancements

  • Updated the Import List page with active/pending import queue:
    • All files can be drag/dropped and auto-detected.
    • Imports initiate automatically if they match a template and auto-imports is enabled.
    • Inline progress bar displays for validation and file imports.
    • Non-product imports with validation errors have files available to download until the import is cancelled or errors are resolved.
    • All non-product import templates can be downloaded from a central list.
  • Simplified the Product Import wizard:
    • Removed preview steps to speed up the import process for manual imports.
    • Updated wizard to increase import template usage.
  • Added a new area to manage import templates with list and detail views. You can rename, delete, or update import templates.
  • Improved server availability and optimized the PIM application to improve performance for large jobs.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where product images did not display in thumbnails or on the Admin Console.

August 21, 2023

Bug Fix

  • Fixed an issue where updated products did not revert to Ready for Approval status.

August 11, 2023

Enhancements

  • Added the History tab to the Product Details page and removed the Version History button.
    • New UI eliminates unnecessary information by hiding unchanged properties and allows selecting and reverting data for specific properties.
    • Product version history now includes changes to related data like category, asset, or related product assignments.
  • Added a context menu to the asset thumbnail view.
  • Added a download option to the asset footer bar.

Bug Fixes

  • Improved the performance of import jobs.
  • Improved the performance of publish approved products job.
  • Fixed an issue where assigning/unassigning assets in the Product Detail page would sometimes not work as expected.

July 27, 2023

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where unassigning categories from products would not remove the product from the Published status.
  • Fixed an unspecified network error that could occur while filtering items or columns.
  • Fixed an issue where a large Product Assign Import cancelled automatically instead of completing the job.
  • Fixed an error that occurred when running the Refresh Published Products job.

June 30, 2023

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where restoring a product to an older version removed assigned categories.
  • Fixed an issue where the Product Import job failed when importing blank values.
  • Fixed an issue where the Published Products job did not bring all the images over.
  • Fixed an issue where the Publish Approved Products job would not publish approved products.
  • Fixed an issue where images could not be assigned or unassigned.
  • Fixed an issue where the External Asset Import job failed.

June 7, 2023

Enhancements

  • Added the option to select multiple assets in the asset thumbnail view to enable bulk actions like deletion. Single click assets to select them or double select to edit them.
  • Added row level validation to product imports for date/time data that is invalid for the hour lost during the switch from daylight savings time to standard time (March 12, 2-3AM).

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where a 360 image could not become the primary image.
  • Fixed an issue where asset import jobs failed.
  • Fixed an issue where Publish Approved Products jobs failed.
  • Fixed an issue where a product's Revision History page would lag and not load.
  • Fixed an issue where importing categories assigned categories but not the images when the assets were in a sub-folder.

April 28, 2023

Enhancements

  • Added pagination options to variant swatch setup to accommodate variants that have very large numbers of values.
  • Added a new action to delete all archived assets to the admin panel on the dashboard.
  • Updated exports of related product data to include an "Unassign" column to improve discoverability of the unassign via import capability.
  • Added additional icons for externally hosted assets that are specific to the file type of the asset.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where clicking on a tab on the Product Detail page before all product data loaded would result in an error.
  • Fixed an issue where products with long product titles would make the Save button inaccessible on the Product Detail page.
  • Fixed an issue where ad hoc values were not added to variants when importing data formatted with name/value pairs that had child products with new values for ad hoc properties.
  • Fixed an issue where the product to category assignment import was not updating the status of published products, preventing the new category assignments from automatically publishing to Commerce.
  • Fixed a performance issue with template exports causing the export to fail when there were many templates with a large number of properties with a large number of values.
  • Fixed an issue where a default language would be assigned to documents with no language during integration with Commerce, causing the document to only be visible for users on the site with the default language selected.

March 17, 2023

Enhancements

  • Added the ability to unassign related data from products by import with a new Unassign column in the import templates for:
    • Unassigning assets from products.
    • Unassigning products from categories.
    • Unassigning related products.
  • Added an option to reset all products in a published status to approved. This will allow you to easily republish all products.
  • Improved translation imports for non-product data by allowing translations for properties, categories, and assets to be imported in a single file. 
  • Updated the date format in the application to display based on the user's browser localization settings.
  • Updated the variant type screen to allow assigning values for any variant property, not just those that use a swatch display style.
  • Improved the way asset drag/drop imports show the progress of large imports by using a single progress bar instead of a status for each file.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the sort order of property values was not properly captured when mapping an unmapped property to _Attribute, resulting in values having duplicate sort orders when published.
  • Fixed an issue where the template assignment tab on properties would only load up to 1000 templates.
  • Fixed an issue where importing child products with ad hoc values for variant properties would cause the product import to stall.
  • Fixed an issue where blank cells in category imports would overwrite existing data. Imports should only import data for cells that are not blank.
  • Fixed an issue where underscores in URL segments were not converted to dashes during the product import, which could cause the publish job to fail due to products with duplicate URL segments after conversion during integration.
  • Fixed an issue where properties could be set to allow adhoc values by import, even for properties with control types where adhoc values are not compatible.
  • Fixed an issue where the Save button was not automatically enabled after replacing an asset with a new version.
  • Fixed an issue where values deleted from properties were not always cleared from products using that property.
  • Fixed an issue where category drag/drop reordering would sometimes not work as expected, causing categories to have the same underlying sort order.

February 15, 2023

Enhancements

  • Added an option to create hosted assets from external URLs when importing externally hosted assets. With this option selected, the PIM will create a hosted asset using the large image URL for images or the other asset URL for other asset types.
  • Updated multi-edit to retain the currently selected tab when proceeding to the next product to make it easier to change similar data for many products.
  • Moved the admin actions out of the header flyout menu and into a widget on the dashboard so they are easier to find and compatible with upcoming changes to the header nav bar.
  • Added the option to permanently delete assets from the asset list, rather than requiring you to archive them before deleting.
  • Updated behavior when saving properties so changes that will not result in data loss do not trigger a warning.
  • Updated the property page with messaging to show when a mapping was cleared due to a change of the property definition.
  • Updated the logic for products with a future deactivate date. These products are now properly included in the dashboard statistics and approval, and deletion behavior will be consistent with other active products.
  • Improved the performance when validating category import files.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where alt text for images could not be saved for non-default languages.
  • Fixed an issue where generating properties and product templates from very large product files would sometimes stall.
  • Fixed an issue where archived products would sometimes be included in the product list when filtering for active products.
  • Fixed an issue where properties could be set to allow ad hoc values by import, even for properties with control types where ad hoc values are not compatible.
  • Fixed an issue where exports of large numbers of product to category assignments could fail due to an out of memory exception.
  • Fixed an issue where importing child products with ad hoc values for variant properties would cause the product import to stall.

January 13, 2023

Enhancements

  • Updated the new variant type page to allow configuration of sort order for variant properties that use the dropdown or button display styles.

Bug Fixes

  • Improved the performance of property translation imports.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing very slow load times for certain variant types.