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6-02-2011 @ 2:22PM
Jack (from the mailbag), I was in much the same boat as you. I read all of these articles and tried to emulate some of the cooler and more useful addon integrations. After spending inordinate amounts of time on it, I could never get the cohesive feel that I wanted. That's when I found ElvUI. There was a previous spotlight on it:http://wow.joystiq.com/2010/11/18/addon-spotlight-elvui/I found that, by default, it did all of the things that I wanted my custom UI to do: track buffs and debuffs, reskin recount / omen, update the chat windows, move the unit frames, etc. And it did it all in an extremely slick and well integrated way.The only things I added were Bartender (because I have a fairly unorthodox bar setup that I couldn't accomplish with Elv) and IceHUD (because it keeps my eyes on the center of the action - I'm Fury). Check it out at:http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info17749-ElvUI.htmlDisclaimer: I have no affiliation with Elv or his UI... I just think it's badass.
6-02-2011 @ 3:41PM
Agreed.I do almost the same thing (though without IceHud). I even once tried to replace the default party/raid frames with Vuhdo, Healbot, and Grid, but went back to the default party/raid frames because they just looked so much prettier than what I could achieve, and did almost everything I wanted. (the reason I tried the others was I kinda wanted an Icon rather than just a square for hots, but I decided for the low memory req. and the way they integrate, I could live with colored squares :D )
6-02-2011 @ 5:27PM
I'm usually not one to really want to go for addon compilations, but with all the errors that keep showing up that I can't figure out on what's becoming a bloated personal UI I've been using for years with little change... I might give this a shot. Thanks for the post.
6-02-2011 @ 9:11PM
I'm going to throw in my 2 cents, just to give Jack a different perspective, and perhaps open up some lively debate. This is in no way intended to be disrespectful to anyone.My advice, Jack, would be to check out the reader ui of the week pics. Figure out the elements you want, then try to find the add-ons. Basically, enjoy the journey. There are thousands of add-ons out there, more than Mat could possibly cover in his articles. I have yet to come across a situation where I really want something for my ui, and the add-on does not exist. And in the course of hunting, I often find little gems that I didn't even know I wanted.For example, I like the IceHUD player menu, but wanted a 3d pic to go along with it. I tried replacing grid with both pitbull and suf, just so I could get player and target frames with 3d pics. But neither could be configured the way I wanted, so I hunted down an add-on called Simple 3d portraits, or something like that, and that is all it does. I attached my IceHUD player menus to the portraits, and it looks great and does what I want.In my search for 3d portraits, I came across an add-on called speedy actions, which starts your ability on button depress, instead of release. I downloaded it immediately, but was then inspired to check my bartender options again, and sure enough, bartender has the same option. So I uninstalled speedy actions and gave bartender one more thing to do.The point of this long story is that pre-built ui's are nice, but I think there is a certain satisfaction in putting it together piece-by-piece, until it is exactly what you want. Don't be afraid to try out add-ons, uninstall them when you find something else, reinstall them when you realize that it works better with another add-on that you love, or try out some obscure add-on that you come across. Again, take your time and enjoy the journey. It is really fun to sketch out what you want, and then put it together. It is fun to read the ui of the week column, and find a way of putting it together that you havn't thought of. It is fun to go through an add-ons configuration options, one-by-one, and try them all, just to see what you can make it do. Some if the add-on authors do truly amazing work. Just look at all that Raven and IceHUD can do.Finally, it is worth noting that mine is the perspective of a computer dummy. I have absolutly no knowledge of how to go in to an add-on and tweak the script to make adjustments, or to write my own add-ons. I just like benefitting from the knowledge and skill of those that are clearly cooler than me.Like I said, no disrespect to those using Elv or any prebuilt ui. It just not the road that I took, and I'm glad I didn't.
6-02-2011 @ 9:12PM
Another satisfied ElvUI user here.I started with TukUI, then found Elv on the forums there, and have never looked back.If you want a sharp UI that doesn't require much finangling, I highly recommend it.
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