***Disclaimer: I am a simpleton. I like things uncluttered, chaos-free and minimal. Keep this in mind while reading this post. I also change my mind frequently, so I may end up creating a whole new UI again. >.> For reference, I play on a widescreen monitor set to 1920 x 1080 resolution. Kthxbai***
I’ve read many, many forums posts, blog posts, and heck, even Trade channel rants about how a lot of people dislike the default UI in World of Warcraft. The issues are it’s clunky; it’s not pretty enough; it doesn’t display information needed/displays it obtusely… I’ll agree that some information is not as readily available as some addons have made it and that this information is quite important for success in certain aspects of the game (e.g., raiding, arenas, questing, etc). But sometimes, when looking at completely overhauled UIs, I get the feeling that some people replace default components with addons just to do it. I think this need to replace the UI can be, at times, a little overzealous (and in certain extreme cases, lazy) while not being as beneficial as it appears.
For instance, take the raid frames. I know there are healers (and DPS and tanks) that swear up and down that the default raid frames are garbage. Up until Patch 4.0, I would have been inclined to agree.
But have you seriously played with the new default raid frames? They are pretty slick. And the best part? They come with the game. No need to download something and tie up memory that can be better utilized to look at pretty spell effects, just sayin’.
I am currently running the default UI plus Deadly Boss Mods, Omen and Recount, as seen below:
I’ve done the “completely overhauled UI” before (many times) and enjoyed it (for a time). I’ve used Dominos, Bartender, Pitbull, Shadowed UF, ForteXorcist, Mapster, Skada, Satrina Buff Frame, SexyMap and more great addons. I also had lots of lua errors and “Interface action failed due to an addon” messages — and those bugged the ever-loving snot out of me.
After taking a lot of time to painstakingly set up all of these addons (sometimes it would take days), I would end up reverting back to the default UI. As in delete my Interface and WTF folders and login.
My observations have shown me that some people are resistant to opening info panels or drop-down menus. They want stuff in their face, screaming at them. For me, I just get distracted really easily by shiny things. I also don’t need to be 24/7 aware of my stats or how much money I have or even which spec I’m in (if you don’t know this based on the spells on your action bar, something is really wrong, amirite?)
Along with the default UI (and my
3 4 mods – I added AtlasLoot), I also use mouseover macros to use with this for healing. Tanget: if there is one piece of peripheral equipement you should get, it’s this mouse. I found that using the new raid frames while in a party is quite good, as Matticus mentioned a really long time ago (Okay, it seems like an eternity ago). As a healing priest, I can dispel magic and diseases. The raid-style frames identify these two debuffs pretty well — I mean I really don’t need to know which exact debuff it is, right? If I do, I can just mouse over it to see the tooltip in case I need to conserve mana (and let the tank stay rooted in ice for 10 seconds while he’s not moving anyway). I actually like the disease icon; it looks like the Pac-man baddies. :3
One of my biggest pet peeves with interface modifications is lack of consistency in organization, textures, fonts, etc. You know what I’m talking about — The tricked out unit frames, inventory panel, action bars, minimap, default character panel.. what? Yeah, I said it. The bane of my UI modding-existence. I know “there’s a mod for that.” Call me persnickety, a control-freak, or ridiculous; I don’t care. I really like the consistency of the default UI as a whole. There’s no random texture somewhere sticking out like a sore thumb. I like consistency in visual media. So sue me. (No, please don’t sue me. I paid my mortgage twice this month by accident, so you won’t get much anyway.)