Hi Jeff and group members,
Thanks for hosting the TUG meeting, my first. I enjoyed participating (tho I didn't say anything!) and especially the presentations. Some time ago I acquired the hard copies of Tufte's books and always enjoy relishing his insights. I've never been to a TC but have followed the videos for several years. I've been a fairly long-time Tableau desktop user and followed the growth of the company as well as taken advantage of the enhancements with each software update. I'm basically a demographer and have struggled with the mapping functionality knowing that it would eventually become easier. Well, with 10.5, I think I agree with you that it feels like the holy grail, especially with the connect to spatial file functionality improvements. In any case, I look forward to participating with the group and would make one suggestion, and that is perhaps have folks do a quick "who I am and why am I here" type go around just to do a bit more group-building, etc. By the way, if anyone has challenges with the mapping stuff, I'd be happy to see if I can offer some help -- not to promote by business or anything but just to help out.
So, thanks again, and I look forward to the next meeting,