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10-04-2011 @ 5:18PM
There are a lot of people who do wonderful things with their UI but many seem to focus on one class or type of class. What happens when you play all the roles and most of the classes? You need an interface that can handle healing, dps, dps with a pet and tanking.I’m a certified altaholic, they only class I haven’t gotten above 70 is a warrior, I need a UI than has all the info I need for every class without having a radically different layout for each.
10-04-2011 @ 5:40PM
10-04-2011 @ 5:43PM
It all depends on how much information you need that is different between each of your classes. I have this problem quite a bit and play with my UI much more than I should. If you're just starting off, you can try a pre-packaged UI like tukui or elvui. This will look identical from character to character (but comes with all the warnings about using a pre-packaged ui that on patch days things can get hairy if that critical mod has not been updated). My other suggestion for keeping things updated from character to character is to make use of the "profiles" features in most addons. Tweak layouts the way you want them on one toon, save that profile as "general configuration". Then you can copy that profile to your other characters and tweak it for them as needed under a new name (for example if you use VuhDo, you'll need to, of course, tweak what spells, hot icons, etc, shows on each of your healers). If you are a raiding with multiple characters, another time saver is to make any raid-buff or raid-debuff power auras you use (if you use that addon) on the "global" pages rather than the "local" page. Then when you hop on an alt to run an alt raid or pug, you'll have the big GTFO or critical buff reminders already made. Similarly, for procs that are common between your characters, having one global power aura for them all can be nice (I mainly use this for Powertorrent and Landslide procs, for example). Rather than having to remember how you made the proc indicator on each toon, you have a unified look.
10-04-2011 @ 6:18PM
I had this issue with my altoholism a while back. Here's a few things I learned from my experience:1st: profiles, profiles, profiles. I assume the majority of your addons are used the same way across all your toons. If you setup a profile for an addon you can then alter that profile and whatever changes you make will be carried across all other toons that use that same profile for that addon. If you really want all your stuff to look the same but don't want to much about creating a bajilion profiles, the addon Reflux can take an addon screenshot (i.e. make a profile for every profile-ready addon) that you can easily copy onto other toons. Reflux doesn't cover everything, but it can really speed up the process if you already have a semi-finished UI and don't want to worry about getting things set up all over again.2nd: type in X/Y values rather than dragging things into position whenever possible. You can drag things to get a rough idea where you want a frame to be positioned, but by typing values in you increase your precision and ease of transfer/scaling to other setups.3rd: if you are using a class-specific addon, either try to find a more generic counterpart or minimize the graphical impact (i.e. if you use Mage Nuggets, hide the stat window thingie).
10-04-2011 @ 6:22PM
i myself play a variety of characters, with my top end being a DK, hunter, shaman, and a warlock i never use.the DK is primarily a tank, and when i DPS with him, it's actually pretty similar and my needs for info in frost are really low, so the lack of power aura display other than what's universal to DKs doesn't hinder me, and i only need to know general threat levels as DPS so tidyplates takes care of that. my tidyplates tank hub is tuned for a lot more information including uptime on debuffs, threat-gauges etc.the hunter runs obviously pure DPS and the UI reflects my somewhat spartan attitude towards it. tidyplates to give me a general threat reading at a glance on everything around me, power auras tuned for that character(and hunter procs have NO visual display and downtimes are critical so i have a lot of auras) and located centrally, but are also kind of minimal.the shaman is where the real significant tweaks come into play. elemental/restoration is a fun combination. elemental runs a generic tidyplates and nothing else. don't have any need for it.restoration runs a significantly tuned tidyplates profile that's set to show ONLY friendly healthbars nice and big with the more injured ones getting the highlight treatment. dispellable debuffs are split apart from my own buffs which have power aura backup in case for some reason i'm not looking directly at the people i'm trying to keep alive.you can get by with a fairly lightweight heads-up concept if you're willing to take the time to tune to various roles and build profiles to match. believe it or not, i leave action bars exactly as they are, out of the box. of course, i have a really big monitor so they're kind of out of the way anyways. but but but you have to hunt for abilities! you might say, given how some alternate ability bars will give you 50 abilities in one nice little cluster in one spot. okay, that's great to have everything in a 4x3 square but i like what i have.i also keybind like mad. no useful ability is less than a quarter inch away for my left hand, and all the primary abilities for each character are worked into the same cluster of keys so as to ease transition from toon to toon for me.for this UI in the article... i'd certainly want to put more information right there in heads up mode. be looking at the fight more. the action bar is a dense little cluster. you could, honestly, flatten that out and enlarge it so it's wider and the same height. bigger icons, less hunt and click. that alone would make things easier i think. lose the wide party/character bars. it's a horrible mass of clutter.tidyplates. get the health bar up and away and put your own dead center above the action bar cluster. just my own thoughts.
10-04-2011 @ 6:23PM
I haven't personally tried it, but Real UI looks pretty good (IMHO) and handles all classes/specs/roles:http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info16068-RealUI.html
10-04-2011 @ 11:32PM
I have role-based setups.My rdps UI is beautiful for hunter, mage and lock. It has teeny buttons, a streamlined look that still accommodates CDs, and a designated spot for a pet bar, with raid frames tucked off to the side and party target on.My healing UI means I'm as comfortable with buttons on my priest alt as on my paly main. Big main buttons are dps/utility since I use clique for heals (and what heal=what button is standardized), raid frame is centrally located and large, CDs are accessible even while panicked.My shaman and my druid share a structure meant to transition from healing to mdps, which is based on what my paly had before I gave up non-holy specs.Tanking still needs work, since my DK is really my mining alt, and my warrior is my banker.I tried having one universal set-up, but from an aesthetic standpoint I hated everything that felt functional.
10-05-2011 @ 1:45AM
I'm in a similar boat, and swear by power auras for customizing what I need to know now. Add in vuhdo (used for misdirects, slowfalls, and raid/party frames), a standard bartender setup (which can be copied from toon to toon), omni cc for helping me keep track of dots/cooldowns, and chocolate bar with various plugins, and you can create a fairly flexible, alt-friendly setup.Of course you still have to tell vuhdo what click-castings you want, and set up power auras for each toon.
10-05-2011 @ 1:30PM
@djsuursoo:Wait... you... use TidyPlates as healing frames? Like you click on party members' nameplates in the game world to target them for heal spells? I'm... not sure how to react. I've never heard of someone doing that. How does that work for you? Don't you have problems with stuff around you being obscured by nameplates? How do you deal with targeting people who are moving? Or changing targets while you're moving? Seriously, any screenshots?My gut instinct says this would be the most awkward way EVER to heal, but now I really want to try it.
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