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How to Convert PDF-2 Data to X'Pert HighScore Format




X'Pert HighScore is a software for phase identification and analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns. It uses the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) database, which contains over 300,000 reference patterns of various materials. However, some users may have access to another database, such as the PDF-2 from the ICDD, which contains over 200,000 reference patterns. How can you use the PDF-2 data in X'Pert HighScore?


In this article, we will show you how to convert the PDF-2 data to a format that can be imported into X'Pert HighScore. This will allow you to use both databases for your phase identification and analysis.


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Step 1: Download and Install PDF-2 Data and PDF-2 Release 2011




The first step is to download and install the PDF-2 data and the PDF-2 Release 2011 software from the ICDD website. You will need a license and a password to access the download page. The PDF-2 data is a large file (about 4 GB) that contains all the reference patterns in a binary format. The PDF-2 Release 2011 software is a smaller file (about 100 MB) that allows you to view and search the PDF-2 data on your computer.


After downloading the files, run the setup programs and follow the instructions to install them on your computer. You will need to specify a folder where you want to store the PDF-2 data. Make sure you have enough disk space for it.


Step 2: Export PDF-2 Data to ASCII Format




The next step is to export the PDF-2 data to an ASCII format that can be read by X'Pert HighScore. To do this, you will need to use the PDF-2 Release 2011 software. Open the program and click on the File menu, then select Export Database. A window will pop up where you can choose the output format and the destination folder. Select ASCII as the output format and choose a folder where you want to save the exported files. You can also specify a range of reference codes or subfiles that you want to export, or leave it blank to export all the data.


Click on the Export button and wait for the process to finish. Depending on the size of your selection, this may take several minutes or hours. You will see a progress bar and a message when the export is done. You can also cancel the export at any time by clicking on the Cancel button.


Step 3: Import ASCII Data into X'Pert HighScore




The final step is to import the ASCII data into X'Pert HighScore. To do this, you will need to use the X'Pert HighScore software. Open the program and click on the File menu, then select Import Reference Patterns. A window will pop up where you can choose the source folder and the file type. Select ASCII as the file type and browse to the folder where you saved the exported files from PDF-2 Release 2011.


You will see a list of files with names like pdf_00001.asc, pdf_00002.asc, etc. These are the ASCII files that contain the reference patterns from PDF-2. You can select one or more files that you want to import, or select all of them by clicking on Select All. You can also filter the files by subfile or reference code using the options below.


Click on the Import button and wait for the process to finish. Depending on the number of files, this may take several minutes or hours. You will see a progress bar and a message when the import is done. You can also cancel the import at any time by clicking on the Cancel button.


Conclusion




You have successfully converted PDF-2 data to X'Pert HighScore format. You can now use both databases for your phase identification and analysis in X'Pert HighScore. You can also update your PDF-2 data periodically by downloading new releases from ICDD and repeating the steps above.


If you want to learn more about how to use X'Pert HighScore, you can refer to this guide from MIT, which covers some of the basic functionality of the software. You can also consult the help section in X'Pert HighScore or contact the support team from PANalytical, the developer of the software.


We hope this article was helpful and informative. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below.


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