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10-20-2011 @ 5:06PM
So as I go on in my great big journey of having way too many addons, I find that I end up replacing and/or improving the default UI piece by piece. In that vein, does anyone have recommendations for changing the minimap and the normal party frames?
10-20-2011 @ 5:28PM
From my limited experience...For the map, sexymap. Choose the palette "simple square."For party frames, use grid or even the standard raid frames. Go to your interface->settings section, something in there lets you do this. I find suf and the like to take up too much space for anything but my frame and my target's frame.
10-20-2011 @ 5:30PM
I used dminimap, it hasn't been updated in a while but it is a simple square minimap that is easy to move. For frames, I use x-perl (over at wowace.com)
10-20-2011 @ 5:31PM
I replaced my party/raid frames with Grid.I have Pitbull as well for my own frame, my focus, my target, and my target of target...But Grid 'organically grows' better when group sizes change - and is very easy to set up alerts for. So I know who has aggro for example, which is useful both on my tanks and on my healers.And I can drag grid all over my screen on the fly - which despite picking a spot for it on my UI where it will 'stay' because its perfect... I end up doing once a night anyway because for some random situation I happen to want to see my left foot or whatever...
10-20-2011 @ 5:43PM
Chinchilla is a better mini-map addon than sexy-map.Smaller memory footprint by a massive margin, and it will remember its location better if you happen to turn off addons one moment and then turn them back on later.
10-20-2011 @ 5:46PM
Sexymap was always just a little too much for me... I was just using "Simple Square" anyways, so why did I really need a huge addon like Sexymap? Also, it seemed to get a little buggy from time to time, mostly with the hidden minimap buttons.For something much simpler, try BasicMinimap. I can't remember if I've seen it here or in UI Spotlight, but ever since I've tried it I've never looked back.Oh, and I personally like Grid for party/raid frames.
10-20-2011 @ 5:53PM
Lots of good minimap options here. I'll have to try some of them out. My problem is that I like the default raid frames, and I've just used some addons to expand their functionality, so I don't want to use Grid.
10-20-2011 @ 7:16PM
I tried Chinchilla, but I prefer SexyMap
10-20-2011 @ 10:38PM
second on Chinchilla map. not as flashy as sexy map. but great functionality. I really like the great flexibility of Stuf unit frames. It will handle your your party as well as your player, target, focus, etc. The flexibility comes at the expense of ease of setup. I have redone my unit frames several times with stuf and it is a pretty decent time investment.If you dont like Stuf. Shadowed is similar with a much different setup interface. I happened to find Stuf to my liking.still using Vuhdo for my raid frames.
10-21-2011 @ 7:39AM
I would recommend Shadowed Unit Frames highly for party frame replacement. It's a lot easier to customise than something like Pitbull4 (which I used to use), is slightly more efficient alllows all the customisation that most people would ever want and looks pretty great "out the box", IIRC ((it's been a while since I've seen what it looks like with default settings). I was able to make it look *exactly* like my Pitbull4 frames in about a quarter of the time it took me to set up Pitbull.For map addons I guess sexymap. I personally use Carbonite - which is a huge addon that it so much more than just a map replacement. It gives you this amazing scrollable, dynamically zooming, resizable, GPS-like map that I really can't live without. It's also a quest tracker (similar to the old days of quest helper), tracks enemies, has a gatherer-type functionality that will make routes round gathering nodes etc. as well as soooo much more. It's hugely resource hungry, however (ridiculously so). I wish someone would do a map addon that just did the Carbonite map thing without any of the extras...because, like I say, I just can't play without it now. Having said that, the resources may be not that bad when you consider it's replacing three or four seperate addons I might otherwise be using (map addon, quest tracker, gathering database)
10-21-2011 @ 10:58AM
I use Perl Classic Unit Frames for player and party frames. They're easy to configure and I like the design.I also agree with others on Chinchilla.Another must have mod for me is Minimap Button Frame. It gathers up all the addon minimap buttons and puts them into their own movable frame.
10-21-2011 @ 11:38AM
I use Mappy for a nice simple square minimap, and X-Perl for party frames. I found X-Perl took a bit of working with to get the frames to look right for me, though. :)
10-22-2011 @ 4:44AM
If you want something special as a minimap, it's always possible to code (or rather modify) your own.http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/banur/minimap.jpgWithout the buff tracker and party assemblance thingy, battleground icon is on the right side.I used Qminimap as a basis and added the clock from xone minimap and the date from another minimap that eludes my mind at the moment.Getting started isn't hard either, just load the .lua with an editor, I use notepad++, and look at thefunctions."Minimap:SetSize(150, 150)" or "Minimap:SetPoint("TOPLEFT", UIParent, "TOPLEFT", 10, -20)" should give you a hint what they do. Just start playing around with the numbers, save the file and do a "/console reloadui" ingame.If you can't figure out what a function does, google it. In most cases wowprogramming wowpedia/wiki have a desciption.The possibility of unique customization without the danger of losing profiles is why I like this approach.
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