Amboss add on error

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17 Apr, 2020 01:18 PM

Hi there,

I've downloaded the latest version of Anki, and want to use an Amboss add on deck. I've downloaded the add on, but when I go to import it into my deck, it get the error message 'Selected file was not in UTF-8 format'. I've reached out to the Amboss customer service, and they are telling me it's a format issue with Anki? I downloaded version 2.1.22. I am doing this on a Surface Pro 7, using chrome for the browser. Any idea where to go from here regarding the UTF-8 format message?

  1. 1 Posted by Glutanimate on 17 Apr, 2020 02:45 PM

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    Hi Vincent,

    From the sounds of it you might be trying to import the add-on as a deck.

    To install the add-on you can either double-click on the downloaded .ankiaddon file, or drag and drop it onto the add-ons list under Tools → Add-ons.

    AMBOSS' installation tutorial showcases that second option:

  2. 2 Posted by Silvestri, Vinc... on 17 Apr, 2020 03:33 PM

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    Thanks for your reply!
    I took a look at the video, and I've followed the steps. When I go drag and drop the add-on file, I get the message that the add-on has been installed. As per directions, I log out and start the program again, and when I click on the add-on I get the UTF-8 message...

  3. 3 Posted by Glutanimate on 17 Apr, 2020 03:39 PM

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    Hmm, I think it would be best if you could send AMBOSS customer support a screenshot of the UTF-8 error you're seeing (if you haven't done so already).

    But in general: Once you've restarted Anki, there should be no need for you to click on anything. Normally you should be presented with a login dialog where you can login to AMBOSS, and once you've done that, the add-on should start working immediately on your cards.

  4. 4 Posted by Silvestri, Vinc... on 17 Apr, 2020 03:41 PM

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    Thank you for your help, I will send this over to Amboss customer service. Thanks!

  5. 5 Posted by Gowtham on 04 Jul, 2020 02:38 PM

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    same issue for me too , help me out please

  6. 6 Posted by Glutanimate on 04 Jul, 2020 02:41 PM

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    Hi Gowtham,

    These instructions on the troubleshooting page might be helpful: (please see under "I see a UTF-8 error message during installation")

  7. 7 Posted by Glutanimate on 04 Jul, 2020 02:42 PM

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    The installation video is also a great resource that could help in this case:

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