October 14, 2008

Three Point Oh Has Landed

Posted in UI, WoW tagged , , , , at 5:56 pm by Andrea

Its black tuesday, and a long one at that. While waiting for the servers come back up, I’ve been giving some thought to my toons. Pally right now is a Holy Paladin with decent healing gear and even better tanking gear. Poofnstab is a Sub Rogue spec’d into shadowstep which I really love. I believe for pally, Im going to leave her as holy, and I was going to use the second spec to store prot…. but while I am leveling I guess I will store ret. As for Poof, she’ll have Shadowstep stored, along with Combat spec for raids. I have not yet decided how the points will go. I guess I will play with it for a bit and post what I settle on when I am done.

As for my precious UI? Oh man was it involved, here let me show you what all I had running (this list does not include the Libs for the mods)

Full UI

Full UI

Auction, Mail, and Inventory: 

  • AckisRecipeList – When this mod is run with a tradeskill window open, it will list all of the recipes for that tradeskill you don’t have and how to get them. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • AHSearch – Allows for quick access to commonly looked up items, filtered into user-defined categories. 
  • Combuctor – All-in-one bag replacement for your bags and bank. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Postal – Allows for quick mailing of items to last recipient (alt-click item in inventory) and bulk open/mail. 
  • Examiner – Provides more information when you inspect someone (i.e. total armor, spell dmg, etc). UPDATED FOR 3.0 (TEST PHASE)
  • FastDisenchant – Auto-loots disenchant and prospecting windows. 
  • Fence – Adds some keyboard shortcuts to speed up auctioning. 
  • Outfitter – Allows you to configure and swap out predefined gear sets (i.e. tank, dps, resistance, etc) and will equip/unequip items on events (such as spirit gear during Evocate or Riding Crop when mounted). UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • PotentialProfit – Displays bid/buyout totals for your auctions in the auction window.
  • qAHImproved – Remembers the last price items were auctioned for and add a per/item column for stackable items. 
  • Skillet – Replaces the existing tradeskill window with a much more intuitive and filterable one. 
  • tekKompare – Compare moused-over or linked items to your own. 

Solo UI

Solo UI

Combat, Casting, and Buffs: 

  • Antagonist – Enemy timer bars for mob spell/ability cooldowns (bottom-right under HUD) 
  • DaHud – Heads-up-display that shows player health and mana/rage, as well as target health and mana/rage in side-by-side vertical bars with percentages. 
  • Autobar – Configurable button bar that allows quick use of all items you’re carrying in specified categories (i.e. food/water, mana/health pots, food buffs, etc) 
  • Elkano Buff Bars – Bars with timers for player buffs, debuffs, and weapon enchants. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Clique – Allows you to bind spells/abilities/macros to button presses (supports modifier keys like Shift, Alt) UPDATED FOR 3.0 
  • Chronometer – Timers for effects/abilities that are currently active, such as Root, Winters Chill, Sunder, etc (bottom-left under HUD). 
  • GrimReaper – Detailed combat info on what happened to someone.
  • Hourglass2 – Self timer bars for your own spell/ability/trinket cooldowns (bottom-center under HUD). 
  • MobHealth – Estimates target’s total hitpoints based on damage done and displays max/remaining hitpoints on the health bar. 
  • Quartz – Player and enemy castbar (also displays latency on player castbar for use with stopcasting macros). 
  • Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text – Will display damage/heals/effects that you receive and perform around the HUD. 
  • ZOMGBuffs – Easy assignment and performing of buffs for you/party/raid. Will also buy reagents based on you what specify.
  • SpellBinder – Allows you to map spells and macros directly to keystrokes without wasting actionbar space. 

Class Specific: 

Hunter: 

  • Fizzwidget’s Feed-o-matic – Allows you to choose criteria for food choice and bind a key to quickly feed your pet. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Fizzwidget’s Hunter Helper – Shows you what skills are trainable by an animal in the tooltip when you mouseover them. 
  • Fubar_PetinfoFu – Quickly shows a great deal of info about your pet(s). UPDATED FOR 3.0

Warlock: 

  • GrimoireKeeper – Keeps track of what Grimoires you’ve purchased and reflects that when you’re at the vendor. 

Chat Frame, Minimal

Chat Frame, Minimal

Informational and Misc: 

  • ACP – Adds an option to the in-game menu for loading/unloading addons specific to that character (supports load-on-demad mods) and also adds a reloadui button. 
  • Align – Gives you a grid to help align UI elements. 
  • Aloft – Allows you to replace the existing overhead nameplates with much more informative and configurable ones. UPDATED FOR 3.0 (BETA PHASE)
  • AMP – Answering machine that notifies you of any missed tells or AH updates while you were AFK. 
  • BugGrabber & BugSack – Grabs any UI errors and tosses them into a sack for review later. 
  • FishermansFriend – Makes the life of a fisherman a little easier (double-click casting, autoloot, etc). 
  • Fizzle – Adds colored border for rarity as well as durability information to gear on character tab.
  • FluidFrames – Allows dynamic resizing and positioning of any frame (currently only used for Combuctor). UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • GemQuota – Displays total of each gem color currently equipped on the character tab.  UPDATED FOR 3.0 
  • Healbot – Healing Mod of Awesomeness  UPDATED FOR 3.0 
  • Mendeleev – Displays extensive info about the moused over item in the tooltip (i.e. what it’s a component in, such as recipes/patterns). 
  • Message Redirect – Redirects error messages (i.e. “Out of Range”) to a chat window or combat log (or disable them altogether). 
  • Mybindings2 – Redsigned keybinding interface, configurable per-character. 
  • nShakedown – Allows you to quickly display sample GUI elements (i.e. timer bars) for easy adjustment of UI.
  • PallyPower – Buff Mod for Paladins UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Prat – Offers extensive configration of chat frames. UPDATED FOR 3.0 (BETA PHASE)
  • RatingBuster – Shows what stats on equipment equate to in the tooltips (i.e. how much % hit/crit comes from the stat, how much dodge the agility equals, etc) as well as a summary of the net gains/losses of the item compared to what you have equipped. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • SLDataText – Condensed onscreen info containing server time, FPS, latency, and mod memory usage. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Talented – A replacement to the default in-game talent window. 
  • TankPoints – Will calculate the effetiveness of gear in respect to tanking (also has a built-in calculator for performing your own calculations). 
  • TekJunkSeller – Automatically sells grey items when you open trade with a vendor.
  • TipTac – Improved tooltips. 
  • XPBarNone – Highly customizable XP/rep bar. 

PvP / Combat Text

PvP / Combat Text

PvP mods: 

  • Capping – Timer bars for BG objectives, BG/arena queues, etc. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Proximo – Small unit frames for enemy units in arenas (allows binding of functions or spells such as interupt, set as focus, etc). UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • BattlegroundFu – Battleground information available via a Fubar plugin.
  • AreanFu – Arena information available via a Fubar plugin.
  • Fubar – A top bar (much like Titan) with an extensive collection of drop-in modules. It displays the following info at a glance: 
  • Money
  • Durability 
  • Number of guildies/friends online 
  • A micro menu (i.e. buttons for character sheet, LFG, Help, etc)
  • Reagents on hand 
  • Currently equipped gear set 
  • Number of accepted quests 
  • Free/Total bag slots 
  • And if you have mail waiting. 

It also displays the following detailed info if the icon or above info is moused over: 

  • Your status with all factions, colored by reputation level 
  • Experience information (i.e. XP/hour, estimated time to level, etc). 
  • Amount of money spent/earned that session/day/week as well as money available on other characters within the account. 
  • Durability status of each item equipped. 
  • Guildies/Friends that are online, their level, notes, and location (guild-only). 
  • Skills list and level, including weapons, tradeskills, etc. 
  • Farming info (i.e. keeps track of items farmed, such as cloth, motes, etc). 
  • Multitude of icons for mod configuration (also, right clicking on blank space will bring up the Rock Configuration, which gives direct access to config options for 95% of the mods installed). 
  • Top score (tracks your highest hits/crits of your spells and abilities). 
  • Specific info about mail awaiting pickup (i.e. auction’s won/lost). 

Unit Frames and Actionbars: 

  • Bongos3 – Actionbar mod with a generic predefined layout and basic keybinds/paging (the mod supports advanced paging based on stance/form, keybinding, and virtually any button layout). 
  • DrDamage – Shows estimated-average damage/heal on the buttons, taking into account +heal/dmg, crit, AP, etc. 
  • KGPanels – Used to create the backdrops for the chat/button frames. 
  • OmniCC – Shows the cooldown of a spell/ability on the button. UPDATED FOR 3.0

  • Pitbull unit frames with the following features: 
  • Player, Player Target, Target of Target (ToT), Pet, Pet Target, Focus, and Focus Target unit frames with castbar, class coloring, name, incoming estimated heal amount, and buffs/debuffs that you can cast/cure. 
  •  25 man and 40 man raid layouts with display of health, mana/rage, class coloring, name, incoming estimated heal amount, and buffs/debuffs that you can cast/cure (also colors the unit frame red if it has agro). 
  • Party frames that also show pet, the target player and pet, castbar for each, class coloring, name, incoming estimated heal amount, and buffs/debuffs that you can cast/cure (also colors the unit frame red if it has agro). 

Navigation: 

  • Flight time to locations displayed in castbar. 
  • Ping Direction – Will show a large red arrow on your screen showing you where and who is pinging the minimap. 
  • Chinchilla – Square, scalable, movable minimap. 
  • Cartographer – A robust map replacement that shows the full content of zones (including unexplored areas). Also has the following features: 
  • Waypoints – Using “/way x,y” you can create a waypoint on your map (adds an arrow with distance remaining on your screen directing you towards the coordinate). 
  •  Notes – Using “/note x,y info_here” you can create a permanent note on your map with info to refer to later (can also – right-click to set as waypoint).
  • Routes – Allows you to define a route based on herb/ore/etc information for a zone that overlays on the minimap for quick and easy gathering.
  • CorpseWay – Will add a waypoint to direct you to your corpse (or instance portal) after releasing. 
  •  Gathering Info – Will overlay the map with known node information (mostly-complete database included) on various gathering professions (by default will only show locations for gathering professions you have). 

Instances: 

  • Atlas/Atlasloot – In-game display of instance maps, boss drops, and an assortment of other lootable items (i.e. badge items, craftable recipes, etc).
  • BigBrother – Fubar plugin that allows you to quickly query the consumable status of everyone in your party/raid.
  • Omen – Displays party/raid member’s threat for your currently selected target (will also parse KTM data that it receives). UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Recount – Damage meter mod that tracks more information then you can imagine (capable of creating graphs and side-by-side comparisons). 
  • XLoot – A loot window replacement to the default blizzard frame with more options. 

The following raid tools are installed: 

  • Big Wigs – A boss mod that includes boss-related timers, notifications and a proximity window for certain events (i.e.Gruul’s Shatter). 
  • Loggerhead – Automatically turns on combat logging (to wowcombatlog.txt) when you enter selected zones/instances (preconfigured to record combat data at a 200yd range in all 25 man instances and Zul’Aman). 
  • oRa2 – A lightweight replacement to CTRaid (responds to all CT commands/requests). 

Questing: 

  • nQuestlog – Lightweight quest log replacement with quick view of watched quests and their objectives. 
  • Lightheaded – Adds comments for each quest from Wowhead so they’re viewable in-game (database downloaded and installed – does not query Wowhead each time). Many coordinates in quest log can be clicked on to set a waypoint via Cartographer. 
  • MobMap – Clicking on an objective in the quest window will (in most cases) automatically show an overlay on the map/minimap of where that objective or mob has been found/killed before (database included).          
  • Quest Helper – Quest Log tracking system that works well with Cart Way Points UPDATED FOR 3.0

My UI has been disabled for now, as things update I will try to reload the thing, but for now, I’ll grab the few updated mods that are essential to me and carry on in the world. Please note that I did not find all the websites for the addons, nor can I always tell if an update is 3.0 ready. Those marked as updated are because the website said they were ready. Those not marked could still work. You will have to try them and let me know.

For an all in one update, however, I recommend WoWMatrix.

HAPPY PATCH DAY!

[EDIT] I FOUND THE SS OF THE UI THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO IN WITH THIS POST, HELPS A BIT, DOESN’T IT?

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July 3, 2008

Evolution of the UI

Posted in UI, Uncategorized tagged , , at 9:38 pm by Andrea

***Disclaimer*** Ive written this post three times now. For some reason when I add the pictures it screws up the post, So the pictures will be added to the bottom under the text. Each picture is small, but you can click on it for a larger view.

Im about as addicted to UI’s as I am to creating new toons. Each time I’ve tried out a new UI or Addon it seems to have taught me something new about the game. Not everyone enjoys them, I know. My husband for example would never stray from the Blizzard UI except to carry only the mods that our guild requires to raid. Even then he’s never happy about having to keep and update extra addons. He’s pretty set using his keybinds to heal and that works for him.

Me on the other hand? I like the flashy, the organized and the having all of my spells out so I can click them setup. This leads me to admit that yes, I am a clicker. I do occasionally use keybinds and macros, and they too work well. There’s just something about a mouse though. I prefer it, and I hope to stick to it. Even for my rogue, which in my opinion is button mashing at its best, I still use the mouse for.

For the most part though my UI has changed many times over the years, the list of core addons I use have not. Some of them (but not all) include:

Omen
Decursive
Recount
Prat
Altas Loot Enchanced
Auctioneer
Cartographer
FuBar

I’ve seen entire compliations for UIs that guilds create and mandate for thier players to use. This is an intresting idea, and would be a good one except in my experiences in leading a guild I’ve learned that not everyone is computer literate. I also hugely support the use of Voice Over IP programs. While not mods, they are certainly helpful to any guild hoping to progress in the virtual world. I’ve played breifly with the Blizzard VOIP program, but was not impressed by it at all. I wish I could develop a UI for the masses, but I lack the kind of knowledge it takes. In setting up these UI’s and trying them out though I’ve learned a lot about each individual addon.

So basically in my opinion I’m PRO UI. I hope that anyone who reads this blog, and sees this UI will maybe give them a shot. While my UI changes constantly, my current one is easy to use as it pretty much sets itself up. I received no errors when I installed it and the only ones I added to it were Pallypower, Decursive, and Clique, You can find the download for this UI here.