If you would like to keep the current contents (entry IDs) of the candidate list or match list (a so-called "answer set") for future reference or other purposes (e.g. for repeating similar analyzes), you can export the entry numbers to a simple ASCII file which can be read and edited using any conventional text editor. This answer set file can also be re-imported by Match! later on, e.g. in order to use the corresponding entries as additional restraints.
The default extension for Match! answer set files is *.mta.
The mta-file format is defined as follows: The first line contains the keyphrase "MATCH! ANSWERSET ENTRIES". Starting from the second line, a single entry number is given per line in the format "01-001-0001", where "01-001-0001" is the entry number according to the new ICDD PDF numbering scheme. Example:
MATCH! ANSWERSET ENTRIES 00-029-0696 00-030-0276 00-033-0275 00-023-0811 00-046-1045 00-032-0163 00-047-1376 00-018-0303
In order to export an answer set, please select either the "Answer set (cand. list)" or the "Answer set (match list)" command from the "Export" submenu of the "File" menu. Enter the desired file name in the dialog which is opened and press "Save".
It is also possible to combine two or more answer set files into a new one: In order to do so, please run the command "Combine answer set files (*.mta)" from the "File / Combine" menu. Afterwards, please mark the mta-files you would like to combine in the "File/Open" dialog that is displayed, and press "Open".
You will be asked about the directory and file name for the target mta-file, so please make the appropriate selection and press "Save". The merging of the files will now be carried out; a corresponding progress window will be displayed that will close automatically when the merging has finished.