UI: unit/raid frame addons

It’s been quite a day in Azeroth, both interesting and challenging. Having briefly mentioned in previous posts about having several projects going on, today was one of those “work-on-UI” days.

Up until the past couple of weeks, I’ve had my UI pretty well established. All neat and pretty-like, comfortable to work with and useful across all characters. Keybinds were stable, only adjustments of which spells went on which key was needed in the beginning. I had this “Default” profile on most things that everyone used. Pretty simple. Right?

I’ve used Pitbull4 unit frames forever it seems like. One rule I go by, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Then I got into learning serious tanking with Killona. Started to notice some small changes were needed, nothing too serious, just little things popping up now and then.

Then, I decided (perhaps foolishly), to attempt learning the Healing trade. Now, we have some serious problems with unit frames. My baby healer needed something more suitable, more useful, to figure out what she’s doing.

Luckily, somewhere along the line in the past, I had installed this Addon Control Panel mod. It is certainly getting it’s workout time in now!

“ACP”, an in-game time saver!

I started with an old favorite, Grid. Still trying to get the configurations figured out so far. It’s a contender for Pitbull replacement, but questionable.

Then I gave HealBot a look over. I’m getting a bit further along with it than I did with Grid. I credit the HealBot website for the progress I’ve made so far. They have some good info available on set-ups, including some videos.

Part way through config

Neither of these unit frame mods have been on trial runs as yet. It looks like Healbot will get the first opportunity. My baby healer is level 14 atm. She chose to start her healing practice in battlegrounds today, using the stock raid frames. That’s a story for another time though. Tomorrow, we’ll be back to touching up the Healbot, and giving it a trial run.

If you happen to be a Healer with some insight about these unit frames, feel free to add them to your comments.

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Stray Thoughts

I’ve been knee deep scouring all the information available on tanking. I researched (again) what Killona’s first dungeon pick will be. Even had Aygaren take a quick run through tonight just for visual reminders of where everything’s at. Things are looking good for Killona to go soon.

I was tagging along with Nokila in the Ghostlands, while chatting with a friend about dungeons and the sometime chaos that ensues, how it’s hard to see everything going on. I had mentioned about a console script that could be typed in which allows for greater viewing distance, the ability to zoom out and see more area around you. I happen to have mine set to “45”, two examples shown.

zoomed-out to “45”

how it looks without all the fight numbers flying about

This got me to thinking briefly about the coming patch, and some of the UI changes coming with it. Looking at my own, which I’m quite happy with, I got to hoping none of the various add-ons and such become “broken” with the patch. Of coarse, these things do happen with major changes in the game. I just gripe to myself a lot each time they do. Always frustrating and a bit time consuming to go through and update each one, and then put everything back in their proper usual places I’ve become attached to seeing.

Are you looking forward to another round of re-setting your UI? After all, it is like an extension of yourself. Attached to your fingers which know where everything is at. Without even thinking of it. Okay. I’ll stop there. 🙂

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