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6-03-2010 @ 1:12PM
What sort of add on category do I need to change the look of the character panel?I am currently trying to set up a new UI, and am going for a fairly clean look, so that the UI doesn't distract from the in game graphics. But I have yet to find any way to replace the character pane (the one that opens when you hit "c"), which now does not look even remotely like it belongs, next to xperl, bagnon, or dominos.Is this difficult to do? or am I just not looking in the right add on category to find mods for this?
6-03-2010 @ 1:20PM
Get Skinner. It'll remove all Blizzard textures from default Blizzard interface panels and replace them with different border and texture that you can setup yourself. I still have minor trouble setting it to my liking (by default it makes everything semitransparent, which can be kinda inconvenient over a busy scenery) but it certainly works.
Skinner will change it for you, http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/skinner.aspx
6-03-2010 @ 1:25PM
As far as I'm aware, you can't change the overall look of the character panel. There are some addons that can change some aspects of it such as Outfitter, but for the most part, we're stuck with that look.
6-03-2010 @ 2:17PM
Look what I just found. :-)http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info14535-GupCharacter.htmlThis one changes a character panel layout a bit, making it bigger to fit more info. If this can be done, I guess other changes are possible too.
6-03-2010 @ 4:00PM
Skinner is a real monster of an addon - if you're looking to reskin just the Character Pane, I'd recommend finding an alternative that does just that so you can save on addon memory.Most custom UI packs I've seen that modify the vanilla interface's art do so by overriding the image files in WoW's .mpq libraries with their own art. Now this isn't at all like the model replacement hacks that Blizzard's broken in the past - you're not modifying the .mpq files or adding ones of your own. Instead, if you mirror the file path of the image you're trying to replace (typically within a folder in the Interface directory), when WoW loads up, it'll use your images over the ones stored in a .mpq. You can replace fonts this way too.Example:Say you wanted to change default UI buttons from red to a different color. Creating a Buttons directory within your Interface folder (WoWDir/Interface/Buttons) and generating new .blp image files with the same name as those you wanted to replace (in this case UI-Panel-Button-Down.blp, UI-Panel-Button-Highlight.blp, and UI-Panel-Button-Up.blp) would let you do just that. It also has the practical upshot of not costing you any addon memory or CPU cycles while playing, as there's no legwork done by addons to replace textures during loadup and no ingame configuration needed.
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