We’re back for another look at the X-perl options menu. Part One was a general overview of what X-perl is, but now we’ll start tackling the different things you can do. Since most options are binary (yes/no — you either want the feature of you don’t) I will take our time to explain some things that are not binary, or that may seem confusing to those new to addon configuration. Remember — X-perl is one of the simplest frame configurations out there — DO NOT let all the check boxes daunt you. Simply look at each option and decide — do I want that or not?
This pane has options that will affect all of your frames. You can scale the size of all default frames up or down using the sliding scales on the left hand side, as well as set a texture for health/mana/xp or disable it all together.
Remember, everything you do here will be reflected across all of your frames (player/target, etc.) If you want 4 out of 5 frames to show you the information, set it up here, and then go fix that one individual frame that you do NOT want that information to appear on — it’ll simplify your life and keep you from flipping to every tab.
Things to Consider
1. Save Settings per Character
This should be your first decision — do you want every character to have the same setup, or will you be individualizing your frames for tank, heals, or dps? If you are not sure, I highly suggest that you save settings per character. If you decide you want to copy most of your settings to a new character, you can still do that, but you will not accidently mess up your main’s perfect configuration when you pop on your alt to do some grinding and move your target frame to a different location.
2. Range Finder
Located at the bottom of the global panel, range finder allows your frames to fade out if you have a group member out of range of your spells. If you don’t care, leave this option off (set by default) because range finding does take up some of your computer’s resources. If you are a healer, I would strongly suggest that you accept this option. When you enable range finder you can choose whether you want the ability in 5-mans or just raids. You can also choose how you would like it to appear (whole frame/name, etc.) In the next column you can choose the range at which frames fade. If you want to base if off your shortest spell (or item), just click on the big spell button and choose the spell/item you wish the addon to base your range from. OR you can simply select a flat yard distance.
3. Status Highlighting
The favorite feature of almost every person new to X-perl. Status highlighting makes your raid frames light up like Christmas trees when… well that’s for you to decide. Status highlighting generally only covers buffs you cast (hots/PoM) and Aggro. If you do not have these options or just don’t care to be notified in a VERY visual way if you have a renew on someone, then leave it unchecked.
Options here will only affect your player frame — i.e. you! The standard setup will show a 3d portrait of your character, class icon, level, buffs, debuffs and a cast bar. Reputation and experience bar can be added if you wish.
Things to Consider
1. Cast Bar
By default your cast bar will tell you the name of the spell you are casting. You can select additional options that will enable you to see the delay on your spell (generally due to latency) allowing you to begin casting your next spell sooner. You can also add the overall time of your cast — I generally prefer this so I can tell how my haste stacking and buffs are affecting my cast times. You can also choose to position your castbar in the same space as your character name — I prefer this because it slims my player frame down a bit.
2. Healer Mode
Healer mode changes the way that your health is displayed. Standard display for X-perl is 800/800 HP in the player’s health frame, with percentage of maximum health shown to the right. However, healer mode offers 3 alternatives:
Deficit/Max: Displays current missing health and max health possible.
Deficit: Displays ONLY current missing health. When at full health, no number will be displayed.
Cur/Max/Deficit: Displays your current and max HP in the health bar, with your current missing health where the percentage of max health usually resides.
How you handle your buffs on or around your character frame is a very personal choice. I personally find 40 buffs and debuffs around my character panel too chaotic, so I try to trim this down. Also, be aware, that all the check boxes under player buffs –> player debuffs affects both your buffs and debuffs.
A lot of familiar options here. If you have a hunter pet, you will want to pick up pet happiness. Pet target is an additional frame that will show what your pet is currently targeting. If you’re new to a pet class, you may find this useful — especially if you are a hunter and actively use your pet for a tank while you work on another mob. Otherwise, I would generally turn this off because it’s just one more frame to flash information at you. Likewise, I find hit indicators (under pet frame) to be more information than I need.
Other than yourself, the target frame is the most important piece of information on your screen. Like the player option menu, it also has the most options in order to provide you the best information in a limited amount of space.
Things to Consider
1. Hit Indicators
Hit indicators show the damage being inflicted on a NPC or PC. You can choose to not have this information shown on the frame, show all damage, or show only your damage. When I’m dps, I love this — I also know raid leader’s who swear by it, because it gives them a general indication of the flow of the dps on the boss during a fight.
2. Target's Target / Target of Target's Target
Target’s target is on by default, however, target of Target’s Target is not. Honestly, at one point, I did use ToTT and I can’t for the life of me remember why, but if you have a valid reason for wanting that information it IS available.
3. Big Stealable Debuffs
My favorite option in the target screen — only useful for limited classes, but freaking AWESOME.
Your focus screen is now a showing of standard choices except for one thing — the ability to show your focus AND their little dog too. If you want to allow your focus to display the player/NPC’s pet as well, you can do that with X-perl, the only unit frame addon that I’m aware of that has this option.
Hopefully you know a bit more about X-perl and how to function for soloing. We should have one more article in the series to wrap it up, but if I am currently missing anything you have a question about, feel free to contact me through my link or by e-mail .
To Be Continued in Part Three: Parties, Raids & Personalizing Your Frames