The Method

Although I’m generally pretty good about giving a nice picture and the list of addons I use, I thought I’d take a moment to discuss the method behind the madness. I always find, when breaking down a new UI, that I can probably get away with ~6 core addons, with the rest being a bunch of fluff that I enjoy for making my screen prettier or making a task in-game easier.

If you missed the last post, this is my current UI. The changes (for those who *did* see the last post) are my failure to update my DBM skin and a play session with Grid2 which I’m test driving (and enjoying.. but more on that later).

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The things that are *really* important to me are all clustered in the middle, and as I indicated earlier, can really be narrowed down to 6 addons.

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Weak Auras (a replacement for Power Auras) provides my most important cooldowns and OMG PAY ATTENTION reminders. While the cooldown bar *is* redundant in many ways (why not just use Bartender?) I like that it provides a different visual flavor because I can increase/decrease the size of the useable/cooldown status of my favorite spells. I’d also run it regardless of my nifty bar, so why not maximize the things I like about it?

Raven (a replacement for Satrina Buff Frames) lets me filter out the stuff I *really* need to know during a boss fight. Under my frames I keep track of short-term buffs, while above I keep an eye on my debuffs. My longer duration buffs get tossed up top so that I can ensure I have all my raid buffs in between attempts, but in reality, once the fight is started, I don’t want to scan through a lot of miscellaneous crap to see how much longer is left in Tree Form or whether or not my trinket procced. I also found that having debuffs floating up top meant that I never noticed ‘em until I was dying of something horrible!

Grid2 is what I’m currently test-driving for raid frames, but any solid raid frame would fit the bill. I’ve played a couple of nights with the default raid frames, and while they pass muster in a pinch, they still don’t have the functionality of an addon.

DBM, like Grid, has not always been my raid timer, but I’ve always had *something.* Winging a fight without one is possible, but *whew* isn’t it fun to have those dingers blaring to tell you that something important is coming up.

oUF is another personal choice at the moment. It’s not as user friendly as a number of replacement frames out there, but it *is* pretty. Like a raid frame though, a replacement unit frame allows for a lot more customization and control over the standard frames.

Bartender is my last staple, and more of a die-hard prettiness issue than anything else. Plus it makes keybinding a breeze.

While I love the beauty of a crafted UI, I got involved in addons in order to position information on my screen in a way that made it easy for me to process. Next time you’re thinking of overhauling your UI (or just doing a minor tweak here or there) give yourself the essentials test.

What is essential for me to get the maximum amount of information in the smallest space with the least number of addons.

It can make crafting your next UI a real success!

MoP: State of the UI (Includes Restoration Druid Weak Auras)

As much as I love my Remix UI, I’ve been having a number of issues with Stuf this expansion, and decided to rebuild my UI around a new set of unit frames: oUF Karma. A slight twist on the stacking ideal found in Quse, I find that I really like the slight offset to provide more nooks and crannies to hide various auras that I’d like to track.

I’ve also updated my strings for my restoration druid Weak Auras, as well as a full listing of addons.

The UI

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Addon List

Restoration Druid Weak Auras

Harmony

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Lifebloom
Not target specific. Tracks personal Lifebloom duration and stacks cast on any party/raid member.

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Mana <80% and Innervate Available

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Restoration Bar — Available for Use
Wild Growth – Swiftmend – Barkskin – Tranquility – Tree of Life – Swiftmend – Rebirth

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Restoration Bar — Abilities on Cooldown
Wild Growth – Swiftmend – Barkskin – Tranquility – Tree of Life – Swiftmend – Rebirth

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[Minipost] Looting Addons

In my UI overhaul I discovered a couple of nifty addons to add to my roster that make the life of a looter cleaner and easier.

Miniloot

Reduces looting chat spam with nifty icons. Especially nice when AoE farming.

 

Get it at WoWInterface or Curse

Peddler

I know, you’ve probably already got an addon that sells those pesky grey items. But do you have an addon that lets you mark up items you want to sell so that all your crap ends up being a one-click at the vendor?

 

Like other grey sellers, greys are automatically marked for auto-sell, but you can also right-click items in your inventory to set them as ready to sell. I love being able to auto-run and clean up my inventory at the same time.

Get it at WoWInterface or Curse

How Mods Have Made WoW a Friendlier Place

Ever wanted to check and see if you had a recipe? What’d you do? Why, you opened up your professions panel and started a search, that’s what! However, that’s not always been the case. My first ever professions mod was the lovely Skillet. While it’s still up and running, providing an excellent way to provide a shopping list for the industrious crafter, many of the features which I loved the most–being able to craft in batches and searching my recipe list–are now a common part of the standard WoW interface.

Mod developers provide a valuable service, even to those of you who choose to turn up your nose at the “cheatery” that is the addon community. Mod developers provide innovative solutions to often nagging, persistent problems within the game. I seriously doubt we’ll see someone’s custom art show up in the latest expansion of WoW, but we have been showered with more responsive nameplates, improved raid frames, customizable combat text, an in-game dungeon journal, nifty map notes… the list goes on and on.

Mod developers pioneered many of these solutions fighting code and whiny players who think people who give up their private time to find a solution have nothing better to do than listen to people complain about their free product. Although my mod list has gone up and down as I’ve found some needs met and other needs to take precedent (the pretties folks!) I appreciate the time of anyone who takes a stab at finding a solution to something that they think could be done better. 

So even if you’re a mod minimalist, even if you don’t even use a mod, but especially if you help the mod development process by being a user and supporting your favorite addon developer, say thank you to a mod developer. They make our gameworld a better place–even if you don’t see it until WoW implements it in-game.

 

Not to mention providing me an excuse to go wandering down UI memory lane.

 

WeakAuras: Restoration Druid

These are the Weak Auras that I’m running for Terrielle based off of Keeva’s Power Auras. Basically, it includes every cool-down that I really want to keep an eye on, but excludes short “buffs” that Keeva included as I track those through Raven. (I use a different set for balance, but the set-up is virtually the same).

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Minipost: A New Guide Page

I’ve done a lot of addon related guides, suggestions, and UI updates since I’ve been writing at Jaded Alt. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that I still hadn’t gotten around to updating all my categories and tags since I’ve made the jump back to wordpress.com, and instead of taking the time to do that, I just added a page with a handy link to all my addon related posts. Fancy, huh?

I also thought I’d mention that although I spontaneously do a guide now and again, most of my UI related instructional guides have been requests from readers, so if there’s an addon that you’d like me to tackle, feel free to ask!

Addon Highlight: WeakAuras

I had someone ask why I’d made the switch from PowerAuras to WeakAuras. Mostly it’s because I like to check out the new kid on the block, but it’s also because I like the interface better! So here’s a quick look at WeakAuras for those who are curious but don’t like loading up an addon for no good reason.

Warning: This is an image heavy post. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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Random Musings: The UI, Guild Updates, Grinding & /wave

Hi gang. As per usual, I have a whole slew of partially completed posts and ideas in my draft folder that might actually be useful, but who has time to write those? So instead, you get this random version of stuff that’s been keeping me interested in and out of the game until such time as I get something nice and shiny done :) Continue reading