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2-21-2010 @ 8:36PM
Sweet - nice post for the priesty folks. It is, however, worth mentioning that the modifier macros (shift / ctrl / alt) are mostly for those who click their spells. they'll be worthless to the majority who hotkey things.That wasn't to diminish the post or the author, just a heads up. If you're not a keyboard turner, these may not apply to you.
2-21-2010 @ 8:41PM
I'm pretty sure that the modifier key macros will work even with keybinds. I seldom use modifier macros for anything important, but I do have one for my Hunter's stings, and I seem to recall that holding down the correct modifier key while hitting the key the macro is bound to works just fine. I could be crazy, though.
2-21-2010 @ 8:44PM
Yup, I just tested it. Modifier keys work fine even if you're hitting a keybind for the macro instead of clicking it.
2-21-2010 @ 8:50PM
Perhaps a stupid question, but can't you bind such a macro to an actionbar key just like any other skill? A key you can then press, not click, if you like. That means if my macro is on key button "2" it will do different things whether I press ctrl+2, alt+2, shift+2 and so on. I don't use any modifier macros myself since I use Clique, so don't know how they work :P
2-21-2010 @ 8:51PM
Seems Sleutel was some sec ahead of me, but I got my answer!
2-21-2010 @ 9:06PM
I can confirm what Sleutel says. I have a macro that summons my Traveler's Tundra Mammoth when I hold alt and my normal frostsaber when I don't, and I have the particular slot on the action bar bound to a key on my keyboard so I can hit it easily, and when I hold alt and hit that key, I summon my Traveler's Tundra Mammoth.
2-21-2010 @ 9:12PM
To clarify, I was referring to those of use who keybind everything. I use the standard interface, and have all my main keybinds (1 2 3 etc) also set to side buttons for ALT-1 ALT-2 etc...(Sounds complicated but it's sweet once you never have to use the mouse again except to move and scroll the camera. Speeds you up immensely.)But yes... if you, for example, have renew on 2 and do not have ALT-2 or CTRL-2 set to somethign else, these will work fine.
I suspect - though I am not certain - that when Fluufykins refers to hotkeying, s/he is referring to using all possible permutations of hotkeys - that is, having Spell A bound to 1, Spell B bound to Shift-1, Spell C bound to Ctrl-1, and Spell D (or self-cast on any of the above) bound to Alt-1.Personally, I have hotkeys for 1-6, Q-Y, A-H, and Z-N, plus Shift+each of those. (It seems like overkill but it lets me keybind a lot of things that most people don't bother with (mount, potions, buffs, etc.).) With that setup, [mod:shift] is useless to me, since I already have Shift+Whatever bound to something else. I use [mod:ctrl] to toggle between spells in macros, and [mod:alt] to self-cast.
2-21-2010 @ 9:31PM
@Fluffykins/Jake (Are you the same person, or what? Did we catch a sock puppet account in action? :O):Using a modifier macro is exactly the same thing as binding a whole separate action bar slot to a key plus a modifier: it just uses less screen real estate. The only time it would matter would be if you were running out of macro slots.IOW, having a macro that uses Ability A with Shift, Ability B with Ctrl, Ability C with Alt, and Ability D with no modifier and dropping it into slot 2 on your action bar is exactly the same as having Ability D on slot 2, Ability A on a button that's bound to Shift+2, Ability B on a button that's bound to Ctrl+2, and Ability C on a button that's bound to Alt+2.So unless you actually need to keep an active eye on all of those cooldowns at once, there's no reason other than personal preference to have them all located in different spots on your UI. No need at all to make it a "clicker" versus a "keybinder" thing. (And FWIW, I keybind.)
2-21-2010 @ 10:03PM
While what everyone here is saying is technically correct, I suspect that each of you has changed up your keybinds in some way (just a guess). The reason I say this is that if you use the default interface, Shift-1 will take you to action bar 1, Shift-2 will take you to action bar 2, etc.So, macros that make use of modifier keys will not necessarily work by default. However, to get the functionality that you want, it is relatively easy to remove the Shift + NumKey functionality.
2-22-2010 @ 3:10AM
I use mouse and keybinding buttons, as well as modifiers. I am no priest but I like to column :) So for example, all my life-saving cooldowns are on mouse button 5 (yeah I have a nice mouse :), with no modifier its bear-heal, with shift dodge trinket, with alt barkskin, with control last stand. It is great. I have all of them on buttons, and keybind on Bartender. Also, for healer I use healbot, and the mousebuttons with shift+alt modifier are enough for all my healing spells.
2-22-2010 @ 4:48AM
To clarify on using modifiers. Basically, pressing shift-r or whatever, will work with the macro modifier *as long as you don't have it keybound*. If you have shift-r keybound, the macro you have on the r key with a modifier will only work when you click it. Essentially, keybinds take precedence over modifiers.
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