The quality of maps advanced greatly during the Age of Exploration especially in the 15th and 16th century. Maps were first printed using carved wooden blocks. Cartography developed further as time passed.
Printing with engraved copper plates appeared in the 16th century and it continued to be standard until photographic techniques were developed. Navigation charts, compass lines and other navigation aides were included, new map projections were devised and globes were constructed.
The first whole map began to appear in early 16th century. The first true map is credited to Martin Waldseemuller in 1507.