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The Photoplot Store can now process bitmap (BMP) data!
We have implemented a process to convert bitmap files to Gerber format. Our standard process will convert files with bitmap resolutions up to 2400 dpi, and image sizes down to about 10.6 microns. These will be imaged with a plotter resolution set to a maximum of 32,512 dpi. Higher resolutions and smaller feature sizes are available upon request. If your design file contains both raster (bitmap) and vector data, the entire file will be converted to bitmap format prior to conversion to Gerber format.

The Photoplot Store can set up special order forms for repeat customers.
If you are a repeat customer, then you will not have to fill in our order forms from scratch every time. We will gladly set up a special form for you that's already filled out with all the information that's common to your process. All you'll need to add is the information that's specific to your new order.

The Photoplot Store has a new sub-domain.
We've set up a brand new sub-domain at http://photomask.photoplotstore.com for the promotion of our our new line of chrome photomasks.

The Photoplot Store has changed web hosts.
As of Friday, January 12, 2013, our new web host is HostGator.com. This outfit is one of the 3 companies recommended by CNET. They have an A+ BBB rating, and they continue to support Microsoft FrontPage Extensions, which we use throughout our site. If you experience any problems with our web site, which may be due to the transition, please let us know. Thanks for your patience and support!

The Photoplot Store announces a change in order processing!
As of Monday, November 14, 2011, the Photoplot Store resumes full control of all order processing, including quoting, billing, accounting, data preparation and conversions, for all of its customers. Instead of issuing purchase orders and payments to IPC, all will now be handled once again directly by the Photoplot Store. Only the actual film photoplotting will be done by authorized suppliers. The actual supplier that we use will be determined upon evaluation of each order's particular requirement. For our customers who used to order film photoplot products from IPC via the Photoplot Store, these purchases will now be made directly from the Photoplot Store. Thank you for your patience during this transition! - Rich

The Photoplot Store announces the introduction of a new, bargain-priced line of high resolution direct write laser photomasks!
We will take orders and requests for quotation now for our new line of high resolution bargain priced direct write laser photomasks. Delivery of the first products is expected early next week. Click here to see the prices. April 14, 2011.

The Photoplot Store completes a major re-write of its web site!
We simplified the home page by moving the major product category order form sections onto their own pages. The Request for Quotation/Order Forms now request complete bill-to and ship-to information. We've also simplified the tone/polarity and orientation/parity selections, consolidating the two pull-down menus into just one. February 23, 2011.

The Photoplot Store offers more private online ordering options!
The Photoplot Store is pleased to announce that we will create for any high-volume customer a private online ordering system, including a custom data upload form and a custom online order form. We will gladly accommodate your special needs. Please contact Rich Sayer for details.

The Photoplot Store forms a new partnership with IPC!
The Photoplot Store is pleased to announce that we have formed a new partnership with IPC, Inc., who will operate the Photoplot Store's new High Resolution Photoplot and Contact Photomask division. IPC will now be responsible for PROMPTLY processing this division's orders, including the functions of custom quoting, data processing & conversions, generating check plot images, plotting & manufacturing, inspection, packaging & shipping, and invoicing. The Photoplot Store will continue to operate as the online storefront, and will assist in customer service. Previous service delays that occurred prior to this new arrangement will be but a fading memory. Thanks to IPC for stepping up to help!

New - 65,020 dpi (1/65-th mil) Resolution Photoplots and Contact Photomasks are now available!
The Photoplot Store is pleased to introduce the highest photoplot resolution available in the United States!  After installing a new set of optics with 2.5 m diameter laser beams, we then opted to make this ultra-high resolution option available to all of our customers.  The new 65,020 dpi setting allows us to offer photoplots will linear features and spaces down to 6.0 m wide and round/square black or clear features down to 8.0 m across! This amazingly high resolution provides the smoothest edges imaginable for laser photoplotting!

New - 50,000 dpi (1/50-th mil) Resolution Photoplots and Contact Photomasks are now available!
The Photoplot Store is pleased to introduce the highest photoplot resolution available in the United States!  After installing a new set of optics with 2.5 m diameter laser beams, we then opted to make this ultra-high resolution option available to all of our customers.  The new 50,000 dpi setting allows us to offer photoplots will linear features and spaces down to 6.0 m wide and round/square black or clear features down to 8.0 m across!

Optical PG and E-Beam product lines discontinued.
The Photoplot Store has decided to discontinue its Optical PG and E-Beam offerings, due to slow demand.  We will continue to offer our Laser PG regular size and large area photomasks and our Super Large Area photomasks, as well as our very popular super high resolution Laser Photoplots and Contact Photomasks.

Having problems plotting text?  Well, look no further!
The Photoplot Store has just developed a new process that enables us to create beautiful, high resolution text images from nearly any program.  It works from CAD programs, word processors, office suites, or just about any other computer program that you can print from.  Just download and install the open source free program called PDFCreator from http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/, print a PDF file from your application, and then send it to us for processing.  We'll create a precision photoplot from your file that so faithfully reproduces the original image that you'll be astonished! 
Many other non-raster images can be processed the same way, not just text.  This process is great for microfiche work, photo-engraving, labeling, artistic freehand designs, and it works for a variety of different languages, too.  It also works great for glass photomasks.  Please feel free to contact us for more details.

For users of Adobe Illustrator, simply save your data in either PDF (v5.0) or EPS (v3.0) format.  If you have any resolution options, choose the one with the highest number.  We'll take care of the rest!

We can now process MTEXT entities!
The latest versions of our data translators now allow the use of MTEXT.

Yet Another Record Year!
The International Phototool Company's Photoplot Store realized yet another record year for both sales and profits.  Our revenues for FY2003 rebounded with a strong increase of more than 87.6% over that of FY2002.  Our gross margin for the FY2003 was 27.4%, and our all-important pre-tax earnings rate (operating margin) was a solid 16.5% for the year.  Not counting depreciation, our net profit rate was a solid 17.5%.  FY2003 earnings were a whopping 600% greater than those of FY2002.  The year-end Current Ratio was 1.66, indicating a fairly solid level of financial strength.   Our long term debt to equity ratio remains steady at 0, since all of our newly acquired depreciable assets were completely paid for at the time of purchase.  Thanks go to our customers for allowing us the opportunity to serve them, and to our suppliers for providing such outstanding quality materials and pricing.

Super-Large Glass Phototool Delivered (March, 2004)
The Photoplot Store has just completed delivery of what can only be considered to be one of the largest, if not the largest, hinged chrome-on-glass phototools in the world for a PCM application.  Even though it measures approximately 63" x 27", we were able to achieve a top-to-bottom registration error of less than 0.00025" across the 68" diagonal, when mounted on a light table having a flatness within about 0.005". 
(Since the plates were manufactured on a granite flat surface, any deviation from that original flat condition adversely affects the registration.)  The master plate was made using a laser interferometer controlled direct write process, and the working plates were made by a replication process that generates a mirror image on each subsequently duplicated plate.  The hinge was constructed so that the tool can be easily disassembled for cleaning, transport, or storage and then re-aligned for use in production.

New detailed analysis of our Photoplots:
Please click here to see a detailed comparison of our 1/25.4-th and out 1/40.64-th mil Super High Resolution Photoplots.  This report was graciously provided by Anastacios John Hart (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Research Assistant for the Precision Engineering Research Group) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  (This Adobe Acrobat PDF file is just over 1 MB in size.)

Extremely High-Resolution Laser Photoplots now available!
We are pleased to announce that we are now shipping Laser Photoplots with resolutions (grid sizes) of 1/25.4, 1/32, 1/40, and 1/40.64 mil.  Minimum line widths range from 12 microns down to 8 microns.  Please our FAQ's and pricing pages for more details.

Financial Results for FY2002.
The International Phototool Company's Photoplot Store realized a bit of a downturn for the year.  Our revenues for FY2002 decreased to 67.16% of the revenues for FY2001.   However, our gross margin for the FY2003 was still a respectable 28.3%, and our all-important pre-tax earnings rate (operating margin) was a solid 5.1% for the year.  Not counting depreciation, our net profit rate was a solid 8.1%.  Our long term debt to equity ratio remains steady at 0, since all of our newly acquired depreciable assets were completely paid for at the time of purchase.  Thanks go to our customers for allowing us the opportunity to serve them, and to our suppliers for providing such outstanding quality materials and pricing.

New Lower Rates for Data Conversions & Boolean operations!
Please follow this link to see the updates.

New Low Prices for our High Resolution Laser Photoplots!
The International Phototool Company has just lowered its prices for its line of 1/16th and 1/20th mil Precision Laser Photoplots, effective August 30, 2002.  Please click here to see our standard price list.

Yet Another Record Year!
The International Phototool Company's Photoplot Store realized yet another record year for both sales and profits.  Our revenues for FY2001 increased at a substantial 288.1% over that of FY2000.  Our gross margin for the FY2001 was 21.35%, and our all-important pre-tax earnings rate (operating margin) was a solid 6.6% for the year.  Not counting depreciation, our net profit rate was a solid 10.50%.  Our long term debt to equity ratio remains steady at 0, since all of our newly acquired depreciable assets were completely paid for at the time of purchase.  Thanks go to our customers for allowing us the opportunity to serve them, and to our suppliers for providing such outstanding quality materials and pricing.

New Super-Secure Service!
Please see our Contact Us page!

As always, if you need to make sure that the data files that you send to us via FTP or Internet Upload are absolutely secure, simply copy them into a password protected archive (ZIP) file before initiating the data transfer.  Then, when you get to the final "results" page (after you have completed the Internet Upload and instructions forms), just follow the "Click Here to send us your Archive Password" link to the form that we built specifically for this purpose.  For FTP transfers, simply send us an e-mail message to let us know what the file name and password is.  Of course, sending an encrypted message is the best way to secure this information.

Special Bonus Offer! - DISCONTINUED, as of May 28, 2010
A 5% discount will be allowed on all payments that are made within 30 days of the invoice date, including Prepaid and Credit Card orders!  See our price lists for details.

New, Super High Resolution Photoplots!
The Photoplot Store is pleased to announce the addition of two new product lines: 1/25th mil and 1.0 micron Resolution Precision Laser Photoplots.  This fantastic new plotter is capable of imaging lines and spaces down to 0.0004" (10 m) in width, with better than a +/-0.00012" (+/-3.0 m) tolerance.  It would take a magnification of more than 100X to see any "stairstepping" along the edges of these lines, no matter what angle they're plotted at!  Visit our home page to order yours today!

New, LOWER PRICES!
The Photoplot Store is pleased to announce the completion of a comprehensive overhaul of the price list for our complete range of High-Resolution Precision Laser Photoplots. Now let's get prepared to really blow your competition out of the water!  Click here to see for yourself.

New, Raster Image plotting capacity!
The Photoplot Store is pleased to announce that we now have the capability to plot directly from your EPS (Adobe PostScript) data files!

The Photoplot Store's reports record first quarter results!
The Photoplot Store, a division of the International Phototool Company, experienced a record first quarter in 2001, the beginning of its second full year of operation.  This quarter's revenues increased by 376.7% over the same period last year, while the quarter's EBITD (earnings before interest, taxes, and depreciation) increased by 326.9% during the same period.  Our quarterly gross margin increased to just over 58%, and our quarterly EBITD margin increased to just over 48% for the quarter. Our long term debt to equity ratio is 0.0, and our total debt to equity ratio is a scant 0.05.  Although we see this quarter's profit margin rates as a bubble in performance, the Photoplot Store remains otherwise on track to realize a targeted growth in revenue and income in excess of 300% for 2001 compared to the prior year.  Thanks go to our customers for allowing us the opportunity to serve them, and to our suppliers for providing such outstanding quality materials and pricing.

New, Large Format 1/16th and 1/20th mil Laser Photoplots!
We can now provide you with these super precise laser photoplots with film sizes up to 31" x 43"!

New, Extra Large 1/16th mil Laser Photoplots!
We are proud to announce that we are now able to provide you with 26" (660.4 mm) x 37" (939.8) mm x 1/16th mil Laser Photoplots, for only US$258.75 each!  That's less than US$0.27 per square inch!  With a maximum image area of 24.5" x 35.5", these are just about the largest 1/16th mil resolution photoplots available anywhere!

Small price increase implemented across the board!
Even though we strive to maintain the lowest prices in the industry, we are sometimes affected by price changes implemented by our bank for services rendered.  In order to accommodate these changes, we have instituted a small price increase of US$0.30 per item on nearly all of our film products, effective 12/02/2000.  We hope that this will be the last price increase that we are forced to make for quite a while.

We now accept INTERNATIONAL payments online!
Through our affiliation with PayPal, we now accept online payments from 26 countries outside the USA!  It's simple to sign up for an international PayPal account. Just complete a brief registration form, confirm your email address, and add a credit or debit card to fund your payments. Registration is completely free, and all transactions are conducted in
US dollars. PayPal is faster than mailing a cashier's check, and much cheaper than sending an expensive money wire.  Click here for more information.

Available NOW - Pay your invoice ONLINE!
PayPal now allows us to accept payments for our invoices through their secure online service, using your VISA or Master Card from anywhere in the world!  We'll never see your credit card information, so you can keep it totally private.  After you receive your invoice from the International Phototool Company, just go to our home page and click on the PayPal logo in the middle of the page to make your payment.  It's easy, fast, convenient, and totally free to our customers!  We hope that you enjoy this new service!

Available NOW - B2B Payments by E-Mail!
With the recent rollout of PayPal's new system designed to allow for  acceptance of payments by e-mail to and from US Domestic and Territorial Business Accounts, the worlds first e-mail payment service will truly enable business to business electronic commerce to flourish!  The Photoplot Store is among the first to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to help you develop your competitive position.  Click Here for more information. (The ability to process International accounts is scheduled to be available before December 31, 2000.)
Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!

New terms for International Deliveries
As of May 13, 2000, the Photoplot Store has established a new policy regarding billing for International shipments:  Terms for export shipments are typically DDP (Delivered Duty Paid), wherein the Photoplot Store fulfills its obligation to deliver when the product has been cleared for import and made available at the named place (customer's dock) in the country of importation.  The Photoplot Store will prepay the charges for shipping, declared value, Import Duties and Value Added Taxes, and then bill the customer accordingly.  This process will eliminate the case in which we have already billed our customer for a job, and then (due to a miscommunication with our supplier) we later receive an invoice from the freight carrier to pay for import fees.  (Please see the next article for related information regarding our new payment terms policy.)

New Payment Terms
As of May 13, 2000, terms for payment on all invoices are typically 'Net 30' from the invoice date.  In all cases, the invoice date will be the same as the shipping date, regardless of the date that the invoice is actually created and sent to the customer.  The Photoplot Store will typically create and send out the invoice as soon as the shipping costs and applicable import fees have been billed to us.  Shipping is typically billed within 10 days, and import fees are typically billed within 30 days.  For Credit Card payments, a zero balance invoice will be provided as a receipt, with the actual transaction settlement date noted on the invoice/receipt.

Available Now - 36" x 38" x 1/4 & 1/8 mil Laser Plots!
We have just brought on line a photoplotting system capable of producing these very large size films.  The maximum image size that we can plot with this machine is 35" x 37".

New, more efficient Photoplot Order Forms.
As a result of our continuing efforts to streamline and improve our online order processing, we have implemented a new format for our Online Laser Photoplot Order Forms.  We hope that our customers will find the new forms more compatible with their processes, and easier to use than before.

New services available, with an added bonus!
In an effort to help you conduct business more effectively, we now offer a new and exciting way for you to slash your overhead costs: 5.5 cpm US long distance and toll free service, in-state calling for as low as 4.5 cpm and international calling plans for as low as 4 cpm - for business and residential customers.  A percentage of the proceeds go to  benefit the Kiwanis/UNICEF project to eliminate world's health problems related to Iodine Deficiency Disorders - mental & physical retardation, neonatal brain damage, cretinism, and goiters.  Click here for more details.

Revised Price lists - as of April 12, 2000.
Before placing your next order, please check our price lists.  We have made a number of small adjustments to cover a range of increased costs of doing business.  We also re-instituted our line of smaller sized 1/16th mil photoplots.

Enhanced Security measures deployed.
Ever mindful of the security concerns of our customers, we have recently deployed a few changes to further enhance the security of our anonymous form mailers.  These changes, instituted as of the beginning of April, 2000, basically involved the placement of limits and filters on our text boxes, so that it is now somewhat more difficult to send us malicious scripts that could harm our network.  Click here for more technical information about a variety of internet security issues.

Small Price increase for Large Format Laser Photoplots.
After a close evaluation of our pricing structure, we came to the unfortunate conclusion that price increases of about 5% were necessary for our line of Large Format Laser Photoplots.

Eighth mil Laser Photoplots are on SALE!
Visit our Eighth mil Plot SALE Page to find out more!

IntelliCAD 2000 is now available - and it's FREE!
Visit our FREE CAD Software Page to find out more!

NEW - Request for Quote forms for Photomasks and Large Area Masks!
We have just implemented two new forms that you can use to provide us with the exact details about how you want us to build your masks.  The information from these forms will then be used as manufacturing instructions to write and inspect the masks to your exact specifications.

NEW - International Trade Resources!
The Photoplot Store has now posted on its HOME PAGE the information you need to make in informed decision about the costs of purchasing our products and importing them from the US into your country.

The Photoplot Store now accepts the American Express Card!
The Photoplot Store has added American Express to its credit card acceptance capabilities, which also include VISA and Master Card.  We accept these cards in all their major formats: Corporate, Purchasing, Small Business, and regular.

NEW - Lower prices for selected Large Area Mask sizes!

The Photoplot Store is proud to announce a significant price reduction on a selection of our Large Area Masks.  Allow us to help you build your super-precise products that require nothing less than the best hard tooling available.

NEW - Low, low prices for 1/16 mil laser photoplots!
The Photoplot Store is proud to announce a significant price reduction for our line of 1/16th mil resolution laser photoplots.  As with all of our products,  the quality is excellent and the deliveries are prompt - to anywhere in the world via FEDEX or UPS.  Visit our home page and request your sample today!

Check out our NEW FAQ page! 
You asked, we answered - or so we hope.

NEW - Extremely low prices for 1/4 mil laser photoplots!  The Photoplot Store is proud to announce our newest product line of 1/4 mil resolution laser photoplots.  The quality is excellent and the deliveries are prompt - to anywhere in the world via FEDEX.  Visit our home page and request your sample today!


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