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We're doing a small year-end news nerd countdown on Source. Lists are too much, so please send us ONE THING—an app, a tool, an article, a tweet, an image, a map, or something else entirely—that you loved this year. Might be something that made your job easier or made you smarter, or it might have more obscure relevance. All we ask is that you can link to it.

Don't think too hard about it, just take 30 seconds and send one in now to source@mozillafoundation.org. We'll be posting an assembly of favorite things and all we can say about it right now is that there will be GIFs.

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Wooo.

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@brettgaylor brettgaylor commented Dec 19, 2013

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@jbenton jbenton commented Dec 19, 2013

It's a small thing, but I think it was this year I started using ImageOptim on all images I upload to Nieman Lab. Reliably squeezes 10-30% out of the size of jpegs/pngs/gifs without hurting image quality. Every 30kb helps. http://imageoptim.com/

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@sinker sinker commented Dec 19, 2013

So for me, the thing that I loved the most and actually has some interesting potential as a low-cost, mobile-friendly networked sensor journalism platform is the Spark Core: https://www.spark.io/ It came out juuuust under the wire to Kickstarter supporters, so it feels like a little bit of a 2013 cheat, but definitely the thing that I'm most geeked about.

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@sinker sinker commented Dec 19, 2013

Man, I could probably do a thousand of these. For inter-team communications, especially at a distance, we started using Slack this year, and it's really transformed the way we work together and makes me happy on a daily basis: https://slack.com/

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@palewire palewire commented Dec 19, 2013

Grove.io was a good addition to our little team in the past year or so, allowing us to have a group IRC chat up and running all the time. The service isn't new, but it's new to us. We get the serious benefit a low-friction way to communicate, complain about bugs, share links etc. Plus we've all grown closer to our robot friend copyboy.

Also, I've come to rely on the open-source monitoring service uptime to let me know when things go wrong with our production deployment. And we even made our own Grove plugin for it to drop a note in IRC when something crashes. It stands watch from a beat-up tower computer under my desk now that I've got it, I couldn't imagine living without it.

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@attebury attebury commented Dec 19, 2013

Smart Icons http://useiconic.com/

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@jbracken jbracken commented Dec 19, 2013

Field notes. Never leave home without one in my pocket, at least until I lose it on a bike. http://fieldnotesbrand.com/shop/

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@TylerFisher TylerFisher commented Dec 19, 2013

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@alykat alykat commented Dec 19, 2013

NICAR. I especially loved Ben Welsh and Jacob Harris's lightning talks (https://vimeo.com/irenicar/videos). And Amanda Cox's R workshop, tho I don't have a link for that.

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@alykat alykat commented Dec 19, 2013

Also, our team moved from Skype to HipChat this year -- https://www.hipchat.com. We have one big team chatroom, plus separate chatrooms for major projects. There are hooks for Github (so new commits, issues and comments come up in the chat). And we have a hubot set up to respond to key phrases with alternately useful (google hangout links, cafeteria/food truck lunch menu) and silly (gifs galore) things. https://github.com/nprapps/totebot2/tree/master/scripts

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@greglinch greglinch commented Dec 20, 2013

http://www.moma.org/inventingabstraction exhibit + book + website

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@waldoj waldoj commented Dec 20, 2013

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@mobeets mobeets commented Dec 20, 2013

Tim's Kitchen Tips, for teaching me how to cook.

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@geohacker geohacker commented Dec 20, 2013

SVG Crowbar from NYTimes. Save an HTML document along with styles as an SVG. Amazingly handy when you want to export a visualisation as an SVG.

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@elgreg elgreg commented Dec 20, 2013

A good clipboard history app really freed up my brain RAM. I like Alfred, but I'm sure there are many more.

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@yanofsky yanofsky commented Dec 20, 2013

Tabula has been the hours-saving chart-enabling magical tool that still leaves me in awe every time I use it...even though I probably pronounce it wrong http://tabula.nerdpower.org

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@freejoe76 freejoe76 commented Dec 20, 2013

Chrome's OneTab extension. Gives a respectful way out from having a bajillion tabs open.

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@chrislkeller chrislkeller commented Dec 20, 2013

Similar to @alykat's thoughts, I so loved the strength of his community and the efforts of so many this year. I've mentioned in passing before, but the effort to collaborate, teach and learn sted of competing is such a testament to those working in this space. An obvious byproduct of that are the tools and apps and methods that are created.

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@justinph justinph commented Dec 20, 2013

Thank you ethan marcotte: http://bukk.it/

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@Laurian Laurian commented Dec 20, 2013

framework for reusable d3 charts http://misoproject.com/d3-chart/

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@jsvine jsvine commented Dec 20, 2013

For me, 2013 was the year that iPython + pandas + matplotlib became an indispensable toolkit for exploratory data analysis.

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@cutterkom cutterkom commented Dec 20, 2013

I discovered d3js.org this year. I am still far from really getting everything (does anybody except Mike Bostock anyway?). Being able to display a map from pure geodata in the browser was my personal best moment in coding this year.

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@zseward zseward commented Dec 20, 2013

Close to home, but my colleague David's Chartbuilder has completely transformed how we do things at Quartz: https://github.com/Quartz/Chartbuilder/

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@bouncingdan bouncingdan commented Dec 20, 2013

I'm gonna go with http://mixture.io/

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@patulrich patulrich commented Dec 20, 2013

Just starting to learn how Knockout can integrate with SharePoint but seems to be very powerful. Looking forward to mastering in 2014.

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@mweitzel mweitzel commented Dec 20, 2013

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@eads eads commented Dec 20, 2013

Two Javascript libraries were of great utility to me this year. imgLiquid helps resize photos to fit a container. Having written my own version of such code a few times, this one works shocking well. Waypoints is an equally useful library for scroll-based event triggers and effects.

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@AKAMEDIASYSTEM AKAMEDIASYSTEM commented Dec 20, 2013

For me, the Beaglebone Black http://beagleboard.org/products/beaglebone%20black was key - a simple, cheap, powerful way to prototype IoT-style interactions

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@lseemann lseemann commented Dec 20, 2013

Sublime Text with SFTP. It meant never having to code within a CMS <textarea> ever again.

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@caseycesari caseycesari commented Dec 20, 2013

It's far from new, but learning Make was huge for me. Mike Bostock's post earlier this year on how and why to use Make changed how I do every project.

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@javierarce javierarce commented Dec 20, 2013

http://javisantana.com/kotar by @javisantana.

A visualization of a race synchronized with a video made with d3 + OpenStreetMap + a GoPro + CartoDB.

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@flopreynat flopreynat commented Dec 20, 2013

+1 for Mixture. Absolute ace for prototyping. My take on it.

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@jkeefe jkeefe commented Dec 23, 2013

Tiny Circuits. Arduinos the size of a coin. Yummy. https://tiny-circuits.com/products/tinyduino/

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@JoeGermuska JoeGermuska commented Dec 26, 2013

I recently discovered Bret Victor's book-length design treatise, "Magic Ink", full of revelations, inspirations and provocations.

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@dannguyen dannguyen commented Dec 30, 2013

Yeoman...its simplification and conveniences for the building of JavaScript applications made me really appreciate how important workflow is to actually finishing -- and enjoying -- projects.

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@csessig86 csessig86 commented Dec 31, 2013

Handlebars.js: http://handlebarsjs.com/

Templating has made app building so much easier...

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