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Williams & Heintz Map Corporation Announces Partnership with NOAA to Produce Print-on-Demand Nautical Charts

Admiral signing NOAA POD Chart Agent Agreement With Williams & Heintz Map

Rear Adm. Gerd Glang certifies Williams & Heintz Map Corporation as a new print-on-demand chart agent after inspecting the company’s sample chart.

Williams & Heintz Map Corporation, a specialist in map printing, production, and folding is pleased to announce that they are now certified to print the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Print-on-Demand Charts, (NOAA POD Charts).

NOAA has authorized Williams & Heintz Map Corporation to sell NOAA’s paper nautical charts that are printed when the customer orders them — or “on demand.” The information on the charts is still maintained by NOAA, and the charts are corrected with Notices to Mariners up to the week of purchase.

Williams & Heintz Map offers the POD charts on two paper types:

  • 24 lb. JCP E-20 High Wet Strength Map Paper, a white paper with a lithographic finish that is made to be used out in the elements. This economical paper is fully functional even when wet.
  • 36 lb. JCP E-50 Chart Paper genuine 50% cotton nautical chart paper, the same kind of paper as the lithographically printed charts, that mariners are accustomed to.

“If you like the look and feel of the now out-of-print lithographic NOAA charts, this is the paper for you,” said Holly Heintz Budd, President and CEO of Williams & Heintz Map Corporation. “We are excited to be expanding into Print-on-Demand.”

Williams & Heintz Map Corporation has been printing maps for entrepreneurs, government agencies, and map publishers since 1921. They combine industry leading knowledge and customer service with the highest quality pre-press, printing, and folding.

Additional information about Williams & Heintz Map POD Charts.

The paper charts sold by the NOAA-certified printing agents meet carriage requirements for ships covered by Safety of Life at Sea regulations, specified in Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations. All charts sold by NOAA-certified agents are NOAA charts, and fully meet navigational standards.

NOAA Office of Coast Survey is the nation’s nautical chartmaker. Originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, Coast Survey updates charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds to maritime emergencies, and searches for underwater obstructions that pose a danger to navigation.

Nautical Charts for your Phone and Tablet

How would you like your map? Paper or plastic? Folded or flat? On the wall or on your computer screen? How about on your phone or tablet?

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. specializes in printing large paper and plastic maps.  We sometimes publish too.  We publish the Maryland Cruising Guide and Virginia Cruising Guide, nautical chart books of the navigable waters of Maryland and Virginia.

This year the new printed chart book will come with links to take you to an App, so that you can have the Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone too. The digital charts, for your phone or tablet, are free with the purchase of the Virginia or Maryland cruising Guides.  You can also purchase individual charts separately.

It’s easy:

First, install Avenza’s FREE PDF Maps App. It is available from I-Tunes or Google Play or at http://www.pdf-maps.com/get-pdf-maps.

There are three ways to download the charts:

  • Open the app and search Maryland Cruising Guide
  • Use the codes for the free charts that come in the new 2014-2015 Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides
  • Go the the Williams & Heintz Cruising Guide web site to  scan the QR code that corresponds to the chart you wish to download.

Printed paper maps will always be part of  mapping.  The App is not replacing printed products; it complements the printed charts. The app has functionality for locating (via GPS), measuring, plotting points, importing and exporting points.  This spatially referenced map shows exactly where you are. And with the paper chart, you know where you’re going.

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. Introduces Map App to Add Value and Function to Print

Williams & Heintz Map App Screen Shot of the Chesapeake Bay

Williams & Heintz Map App Screen Shot of the Chesapeake Bay is Chart 5 in the printed Maryland Cruising Guide

I prefer my maps on paper because I like to see the big picture.

But when you want to use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch for navigation, information collection, and sharing geographic information and knowledge, Williams & Heintz Map Corp. is working to make your maps available on-line with the Avenza Geospatial PDF Map App for iOS.   The PDF Maps App is a geospatial PDF, GeoPDF® and GeoTIFF reader for your Apple iOS devices to easily download, browse and interact with maps.

We are pleased to be adding this mobile mapping solution so that now you can use a map that you really like on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.  Because:

  • Streaming services don’t work when there is no internet connection, like when you are cruising down the bay, hiking or traveling in remote unconnected areas.
  • Services that rely on a bandwidth connection may have expensive data roaming charges when you are outside of your home data area.
  • Google Maps, and other streaming free services, aren’t designed for specific purposes like hiking, boating and visiting national parks.

Printed paper maps will always be part of  mapping.  Electronic devices are not replacing printed products; they complement each other, and make each more effective.  By offering this mobile option, we are increasing the value of the printed maps.

Our first map, Maryland Cruising Guide Chart 5 Sandy Point to Tilghman’s Island is now available in the Avenza Map Store.  The app has functionality for locating (via GPS), measuring, plotting points, importing and exporting points.  This spatially referenced map shows exactly where you are. And with the paper chart, you know where you’re going.

The Avenza Map App is FREE, and for a limited time, our first chart is too!

It is easy to get your free App and Chart in 2 easy steps:

  1. Install the FREE App Avenza PDF Maps, available in the iPhone App Store
  2. Open the app and search Maryland Cruising Guide Chart 5 Sandy Point to Tilghman’s Island

Please try it out. I would love your feedback on our new beta map.  This nautical chart is also available for print on demand, on wet strength paper, and in large print.  For more information, or to purchase a printed copy of the Maryland Cruising Guide, visit the Williams & Heintz  Cruising Guide Website.

Christmas in July

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. Hospice Tree

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. Hospice Tree, decorated with re-purposed nautical charts

Last winter, Williams & Heintz participated for the first time, in Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees  We got to decorate one of over 60 trees, which were displayed over Thanksgiving weekend, and then went to homes and businesses.  This year there will be a new Gingerbread House Competition, in addition to  Breakfast with Santa.  The vendors at the festival provide a great start to the holiday shopping season too.  All proceeds from the Festival of Trees go to support the Burnett-Calvert Calvert Hospice House. The House is available to anyone in Calvert County living their final days for whom care at home is not an option.

Our decorations were made of re-purposed nautical charts. It makes me happy to get creative and make pretty things out of old stuff, so I derive great satisfaction making decorations out of reused maps.  We made paper snowflakes, angels, paper map beads, and origami boats.

We publish updated Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guides every two years because of the hundreds of changes to information on buoys, water depth, tidal currents, marinas, ramps and channels.  Whenever we have leftover books from a prior printing, they get recycled. As nice as recycling is, making the old charts into something new and beautiful, for a good cause, is far more fun.

Paper beads and angels from re-purposed maps and nautical charts

Paper beads and angels from re-purposed maps and nautical charts

UPDATE:  See pictures and read about the 2012 hospice tree here.

Paper Charts vs. Electronic Devices-True Story

Virginia Cruising Guide at the Richmond Boat Show

Williams & Heintz Cruising Guide at the Richmond Boat Show

Got a story for you.  My sister, Robin, goes to boat shows to sell our Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides, nautical chartbooks of Maryland and Virginia waterways.  This last week she was in Richmond.  Her booth was right next to a vendor of electronic navigation equipment.  At the end of the show, he bought a case of chartbooks, to give to his customers, who purchase expensive electronic navigation systems for their boats.   He wants them to have them for planning and as a backup.

Just goes to show that electronic devices are not replacing printed products, but  they complement each other, and make each more effective.

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