Sep 26, 2010

Creating an Effective User Interface

Some have asked about my UI. Specifically, what does it look like, and how to create a decent one. I aim to solve both issues in this post.

1. What does my UI look like?

Becaue I would have to reformat all of happyshredding to fit my 1920x1080 screenshot in the margins, here are two external links:

Out of Combat

In Combat

Using these addons:
A. Addon Control Panel
B. Bad Kitty (I disable all parts of this addon except the shred counter)
C. Bartender4
D. Deadly Boss Mods
E. DocsCorporeality (just picked this up, not in the screenshot but useful for Halion)
F. FeralbyNight (I've talked about this before on the blog. I disable everything except the melee stats frame and the time till boss kill.)
G. kgPanels (this is used for the forest background at the bottom of my screen. Here is a link on how to use it.)
H. Omen
I. PowerAuras
J. Prat 3.0
K. Quartz
L. Recount
M. SexyMap
N. TipTac
O. X-perl Unit Frames

A simple google search should produce places to download these mods.

2. How should I create my UI?

One's UI is a really personal thing, however there are several things to keep in mind:

I. Everyone one needs Recount, Omen, PowerAuras, DBM and Unit Frames (there are other addons with the same functionality and they will do just fine)

II. You should bind all abilities to a keyboard button. If you are clicking your abilities are you gimping your play. While many good players are clickers, you simply can't argue that it is optimal. If you have to turn quickly you must turn using your mouse, which means you have to give up dps because you can't click. If you don't use your mouse to turn, you'll probably die from a boss mechanic frequently. I use a Belkin n52te, this allows me to bind all my abilities and never lift my hands in combat. If you don't use a gaming pad, I suggest keybinds like this.

III. If you are a healer, a setup like this one is required (stolen from a guildie), and for everyone else, its useful to put everything you need to see in one place. I, however, have gained enough experiance with the feral rotation, that I rarely watch my timers, I can keep them in my head very effectively. Because of this, I put them off to the side, so I can better view the boss mechanics. I only recommend this for experienced players.

Happy Shredding!


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