UnicodeDecodeError: ASCII Codec Can’t Decode

Unicode is currently non fully supported by VNL and ATK (2016). We are working to have complete unicode support in the next releases. If you get an error message similar to:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File “.\zipdir\NL\GUI\Main\Main.py”, line 114, in main
File “.\zipdir\NL\GUI\MainWindow\MainStack.py”, line 21, in init
File “.\zipdir\NL\GUI\MainWindow\MainStack.py”, line 114, in readSettings
UnicodeEncodeError: ‘ascii’ codec can’t encode character u’\x86’ in position 14: ordinal not in range(128)

you will have to ensure that your username, the project folder, and the installation folder do not contain any non-ascii character.

You can also try the following solution: #. Open the vnl (vnl.exe) executable present in the bin folder in your ATK installation folder. #. Change the export LANG=C line with export LANG=C.UTF-8.