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Jul 11

I’ve been meaning to make one of these posts for ages, so here goes:

A Guide To My UI

First up, here’s a shot of my UI, full-size, for comparison’s sake. Note that I’ve resized it down to 1200×750, so you can actually see it onscreen; I play at 1920×1200.

Now, let’s take a look at it piece-by-piece:

Sailan's UI

1. FuBar and a whole swag of FuBar plugins. This provides me with configuration menus for a lot of my other addons, and informational displays on all kinds of things (reputation progress, bag space, who I’m set to assist, and lots more). Similar to TitanBar, but much less memory-intensive.

2. BunchOfBars, my raid frames. Excellent for healers, this mod is compatible with the LibHealComm-3.0 library (which means, in practice, that you can see incoming heals being cast by other healers if they’re using BunchOfBars, Grid, VisualHeal or similar mods).

3. PallyPower, a blessings manager for Paladins that allows you to set Greater Blessings by class and single Blessings by individual, and then recast your set blessings repeatedly with just a few mouse clicks. Even better, the config allows you to set blessings for other pallies in the raid too, making sure that every blessing is covered and no-one’s doubling up. Almost essential for pallies.

4. ag_UnitFrames, also known as AGUF, which I use for my party frames…

5. …and AGUF again for my unit frames. Here you can see that on the left of my action bars, I have my own unit frame; above it is my focus frame, and above that is the target of my focus unit. On the right of the action bars is my target’s unit frame, above that is my target’s target, and above that is the target’s target’s target. (Confusing, yes? In practice: if I have the MT targeted, he’ll be my target, the boss will show above him as the MT’s target, and then the MT will show at the top as the boss target. If that top bar changes to another player, it means the MT has lost agro and someone else needs some healing – usually urgently. ;-)

6. Informational bars. The top two are PallyTimerFu, below them are main tank and tank target displays, courtesy of oRa.

7. Action bars! Trinity Bars 2.0. Others swear by Bongos or Bartender, but I love Trinity, despite the fact that it’s not an Ace mod. What I love about it more than other action bar mods: you can set each bar’s number of buttons individually, which means I can have a five-button bar here and a ten-button bar there with no problems. It also has some neat other features, as you’ll see:

7A: These are my “use in combat” consumables: health and mana pots (and various specialty variants), healthstones and charged crystal foci, bandages.

7B: My main spell bars. The square buttons at the top are activatable effects (mostly trinkets, with a macro and a cooldown spell for good measure). The round buttons below them are spell buttons. Yes, pallies have a lot of spells – and that doesn’t even include those spells that are bound to keypresses only, with no position on the actionbars. (Again, something handled by Trinity.) The class bar of auras is positioned vertically down the left side.

7C: My “tank emergency” bar. This bar is set, via Trinity, so that all spells on it are automatically cast on my focus, regardless of who I have targeted. I’ll usually set focus on someone likely to need emergency heals – usually the tank, sometimes someone else with a critical role. The bar has my “holy shit” heal macro, cleanse, Blessing of Protection and Lay On Hands, which means if I see the essential person is in trouble I can get a one-click heal onto them without having to acquire them as a target first. On Australian latency, that can be a wipe-saver.

7D: Miscellaneous crap. Mount macro, hearthstone, tradeskills, food/drink/elixirs, that kind of stuff.

8. ElkBuffBars for buffs and debuffs. Buffs go to the left of the minimap, debuffs and weapon buffs go to the right (although I don’t have any in this screenshot).

9. The minimap, as repositioned and squarified by SimpleMiniMap.

10. Chat windows, managed by Prat. As a guild leader, raid healing lead and master looter, I use a lot of chat – as you can imagine. I manage this by splitting different channels into different windows. The left-most window is for guildchat, officer chat, and custom channels (healer channel, tank channel, some server-wide custom channels, etc). The middle window is for raidchat, party chat and battleground chat. The right-most window is for general chat, trade chat and whispers – ie, it’s the one I can usually safely ignore unless I hear the ‘whisper’ alert sound.

Others: You can also see a Recount window open to ‘healing done’ on the right hand side of my UI. Normally I don’t have Recount open, but this screenshot was taken during a PuG raid and I was curious to see how I rated compared with the other healers. (Top on healing, top on overheals – such is the price of Aussie latency! ;-)) I also use a number of other addons that aren’t really visible on my screen, but I still wouldn’t want to play without them. These include:

  • ItemRack inventory manager (not an Ace mod). Others swear by Closet Gnome or Outfitter, but I still prefer ItemRack.
  • BigWigs raid boss warnings, and its 5-man cousin LittleWigs.
  • ACP Addon Control Panel, for activating and deactivating addons without having to log out.
  • ClearFont2 font changer.
  • SunnViewport, for the black section underlying my chat windows.
  • AtlasLoot loot reference mod.
  • Cartographer: the best map addon ever.
  • Quartz casting bar.
  • BankItems and Possessions inventory managers, great for those of us who are packrats. BankItems is better for browsing what you have on a character, Possessions is better for searching by text string when you know you have something, you just don’t remember where you put it (or which alt you mailed it to).
  • Parrot: scrolling combat text of awesomeness.
  • TradeSkill Info: a handy browser of tradeskill recipes, filterable by name, profession, what your characters know, etc. Very useful for looking up crafting mats.
  • TankPoints helps you assess tanking gear by giving each item a points value based on how much effective health it grants. Invaluable for tanks and occasional tanks.

There are others I use, but those are the awesomest – the ones I wouldn’t want to do without.

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12 Comments

Comment by Tiggrr

Made Friday, 11 of July , 2008 at 2:12 pm

Still broken on lj – just thought you might like to know.

I’m always surprised by how different other people’s UI’s are.

Comment by Siha

Made Friday, 11 of July , 2008 at 2:17 pm

Yeah, haven’t worked out how to fix it yet :/
I always like seeing other people’s UIs – I often wonder how they play like that, and I’m sure they think the same of me :)

Comment by Bernard

Made Friday, 11 of July , 2008 at 10:23 pm

Even though I am a non raiding Priest that is similar to my UI for the addon selection. I switched from trinity to Bartender after one patch where trinity was worthless for long time. The only other major change I have is that I use HealBot, which almost makes things too easy especially when I use it in AV.

Comment by Reyson

Made Saturday, 12 of July , 2008 at 7:29 am

I’ve always liked XPerl as my raid/party frames. I don’t use any action bar mods, though I might try out some of them and see which I might like. I have no healing problems using the Blizzard default action bars, but that’s probably because it’s just what I’m used to.

Comment by Feather

Made Tuesday, 15 of July , 2008 at 8:54 am

I love looking at UI setups. Just a quick couple of notes on your listed addons:

1. Bongos3 now lets you set the number of buttons per bar, meaning you truly can have a bar with just two buttons in it, leaving the rest to be used elsewhere…instead of just hiding the unused ones.

2. Chatter is an excellent upgrade from Prat. It has more options and is easier to setup.

I agree with your comment that pally power is almost necessary for all pallies…I can’t do without it now! If only I could convince my hubby (A holy pally of the oldest school) that he needs to use it too!

Comment by Odyssius

Made Wednesday, 16 of July , 2008 at 1:48 am

I don’t understand how you can raid with all of that crap on your screen. Put everything in Aperature and call it win.

Comment by Jagerbombz

Made Wednesday, 16 of July , 2008 at 6:21 am

Ok, I really need to get a bigger monitor. I am still rolling with a 17″ crt and my UI is jsut cramed in there. I roll with xperl, bartender, and clique. I have others, but these are the big three. If you have not tried clique, I highly recommend it.

Comment by Siha

Made Wednesday, 16 of July , 2008 at 4:54 pm

Feather – excellent news on Bongos3, glad to know I’m not tied to Trinity :) And I’ll give Chatter a try, too.

Odyssius – what, exactly, would Aperture do for me that SunnViewport doesn’t? (Also, note that this is on a 24″ monitor, so although I have a lot of action bars and information displays, there’s still an awful lot of screen real estate available for showing the fights.

Jagerbombz – thanks for the recommendation :) I tried Clique once a year or so ago and hated it; I’m not much of a clicker, which probably explains why.

Comment by Falkara

Made Saturday, 19 of July , 2008 at 4:19 am

Have you tried ZOMGBuffs instead of pallypower? They are compatible from the assignment portions, but also allow you to manage 10m buffs and exceptions (i.e. salv all pallies, except pallytankA and pallytankB giving them light instead). Also has some chat commands, if enabled, allow individuals to request a different blessing than they currently have (i.e. !buff -bok +bom = I want BOM instead of BOK). Works for other classes besides pallies (assign priesty, mage, and druid buffs) along with the visibility of who’s missing what buff raid wide.

Comment by Kathrix

Made Tuesday, 5 of August , 2008 at 10:19 pm

Hello,

I believe that i have browsed through comments and the actual article itself; i still cannot find out what add-on you use as the background of your buff and chat bars..

sorry, but please enlighten me.

thanks

Comment by Siha

Made Tuesday, 5 of August , 2008 at 11:57 pm

The black bit at top and bottom? Right, sorry, that’s Sunn Viewport Art, an ACE mod, set to ’solid color’ display.

Comment by Michael

Made Sunday, 25 of January , 2009 at 2:18 am

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