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2-09-2010 @ 7:18PM
Copypasting from a post I made on a different UI of the Week a while ago:I'm sick of seeing UIs featured here that are nothing but the player sitting in Dalaran. What makes UIs cluttered is things like raid frames or DBM or SCT that appear in combat. Anyone could hide their action buttons out of combat and call it minimalist. The best UIs have things appear in logical places and look like they belong there. Unless this player really spends all his time flying in Crystalsong, this is a waste of a feature.
2-09-2010 @ 9:27PM
While he says it in kinda a harsh manner, I have to agree with Sedirex's opinion and aggravation. First: healing UIs tend to be more cluttered, and it is all the more important that we are at no point unable to reach a critical part of our UI. One of your DMB bars popped up underneath your chat log while on Lord Jax? Hope some other healer can see how close little Timmy is to blowing up your raid (I use this example because I have had it happen). And DBM is the most clutter-tastic Addon ever. Guaranteed to throw 14 timers, 2 bars, and 5 important messages up on your screen in at least 3 different location. In 5 years of playing WoW, I have to say my hate for a need for this addon has grown to ridiculous proportions. I, too, am ready to see UI's of people in raid who are in the process of interacting with something other than the tree vendor in Dalaran. WTB screens of raid healers on boss fights.
2-10-2010 @ 12:21AM
Heh, I've never touched DBM; BigWigs all the way. And before an update a few patches ago, the default settings never got in my way. (After that update, getting everything back to where I was used to seeing it was simple.)
2-10-2010 @ 3:38AM
But these pics are from Silvermoon City...
2-10-2010 @ 9:07AM
@Sedirex and Ahvi:What about a healing UI in use in a 40-man battleground? That oughta show you how much a UI is cluttered, right?I'm a minimalist, and I love having things hidden that I don't need. Action bar paging, transparent actionbars that don't show up until moused over, Omen and Recount hidden until I'm either 1) in combat, or 2) toggle them, and even Sexymap turned into a minimal square with all the buttons hidden until mouseover, and even then most of them are caught by Titanpanel so you don't have to see them. Though clever use of say... an off-center Grid that uses some pretty small squares and mouseover macros, you can REALLY shrink down how much of your UI you have to see to heal effectively.My favorite mouseover macros (I find them more reliable than Clique or Vuhdo since my four healing spells as a Pally are all on buttons very close to my movement keys) are this:#showtooltip/cast [target=mouseover,help,nodead][help,nodead] I use this for Flash of Light, Holy Light, Holy Shock, and even Cleanse to quickly heal and remove debuffs (I use the Cleanse one to help remove debuffs even while tanking). It will FIRST check to see if you have a mouseover target. This can be either them in the playing field, or their grid icon/party frame. If your mouseover target is a friendly (the 'help' part) and not dead (nodead), it casts your spell on them. If you have no mouseover target, or your mouseover target is an enemy or dead, it casts it on your current target. If you have no target, either mouseover or otherwise, or both of those targets are unfriendly, it casts on you. EXTREMELY helpful, requires just a little bit of setup for your healing spells (I've used it on my Disc Priest for Flash Heal, Dispel Magic, Penance, Power Word: Shield, you name it) which can generally be done with Copy/paste, and removes the need for any kind of click-cast addon which removes some memory usage. And so long as your party/raid frames are big enough that you can see your targets, but still small and out of the way, even your Healing UI can be minimalistic.(On an unrelated note, you can also use that mouseover macro for harming spells. Change "help" to "harm". I use it for mouseover Devastate on my Prot Warrior).
2-11-2010 @ 5:54AM
It's been quiet a while since I played my resto shaman but when I raided with him I think I found a pretty decent way to unclutter a healing ui.Here's a shot from a Sartharion-run, I know it's not showing DBM or SCT but it's in a raid setting and should give you a hint of what it can do. http://imgur.com/7urduI basically made sure to have ALL my necessary skills keybound and memorized, and with some complementary clique I could hide my actionbars altogether. That frees up a whole lot of space and gave me more room for the unitframe-cluster. Which is basically me to the left, target to the right, focus on top left and raid in the middle.I think it looks pretty nice, and there's really not a ton of stuff all over the place. I think most people could really do without actionbars, it's not like we're clicking away at them most of the time anyway, and if you are, you probably shouldn't be.
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