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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.
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