[OS X TeX] Encoding problem with TexShop 3.5.9 and 3.6.0

Rolf Schmolling rolf.schmolling at alumni.TU-Berlin.de
Thu Feb 11 15:04:04 EST 2016

Hi Folks,

I am asking for your help. Ever since updating from TexShop 3.5.8 to 3.5.9 and now 3.6.0 I am facing a weird problem: 
When I open up one of my templates, TexShop complains „unknown encoding, using ISO Latin 9 instead“ (I am on a German system so this might have a different wording on an English system). 

In preferences I set TexShop up to use using Unicode UTF-16, in fact I never changed this. It seems not to matter whatever I select when saving a file for the first time, the error stays the same. When beforehand I could use real umlauts (ü, ö, ä,) now TexShop changes them to the TeX equivalents \“u etc.

I tried to start with a clean new file and just retype my templates, same complaint from TexShop.

I am on a MBP R, on OSX 10.10.5, all updates applied. 

The problem just goes away when I revert back to TexShop 3.5.8. 

Any ideas what procedure to follow?

Thanks a bunch,


Rolf Schmolling M.A. Historian, Rolf.Schmolling at Alumni.TU-Berlin.DE

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