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Re: NOAA To Stop Printing Nautical Charts
People complain about government waste, then complain more when the government gets efficient!
I don't know about the specific economics of their offset litho and digital presses, but here we switch to digital for quantities below about 5,000. I imagine that for most regions they sell fewer than 5,000 charts a year, so digital is the smart way to do it.
Wouldn't the quality of the printing of the digital charts depend on who you buy them from? Our large-format digital printers can produce more detail than our offset presses, and we can print a bigger variety of substrates. Wouldn't it be cool to have all your charts on Tyvek?
Hmmm... Maybe I should suggest to sales that we become a NOAA-certified printer...
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