When I played World of Warcraft before my hiatus, TitanPanel was all the rage. What did it do? Well, it put this sexy little bar at the top of your UI with a lot of useful information that would otherwise have taken up a large area on the screen with the default UI. Titan Panel was excellent in that it provided easy to use hooks for other User Interface developers to tie their mods in with TitanPanel.
My new love in minimized data display in a sexy-little-bar format? FuBar. Why? Well…its basically the same mod with a slightly uglier texture behind it…but it has one amazing benefit that sold me on first use. You can have more than one bar!!!!! There’s a bit more than that so I’ll list FuBar’s features below:
Drag and drop rearragement of plugins.
Any plugin can exist on left or right.
Automatically adjust frames (can be turned off)
Any number of bars (not limited to just 2), you can attach to the top, bottom, or detach any amount you want.
Can detach a tooltip and pin it to the UI.
LoadOnDemand capabilities for plugins.
Modularity (absolutely no plugins are intimitely connected to the core)
Minimal resource usage
Lots of handy features for developers.
Well documented API.
Can change the thickness, font size, transparency, spacing through simple sliders on the right-click menu.
Can place plugins on the minimap, which will function like standard minimap buttons.
MetaHud is an addon that adds a HUD to your UI, showing all the information normally displayed by the Player and Target frames and more. This is a derivative of Drathal’s HUD with some added features that are pretty useful…some of the excess stuff has been removed.
Here are the features:
Health/Mana Bars colour levels.
All Bars are animated.
Shows Level, Name, Class and Elite/Boss, Pet, NPC.
4 Alpha Settings for: Combat/Target selected/No Target/Player is regging.
4 Displaymodes for Health/Mana.
Many positioning and Scaling Options.
Hide Blizzard Player/Targetframe.
Target Menu with Leftclick on Targetname.
Player Menu with Rightclick on Playername.
Castingbar with Cast-time.
Option to hide Petbars.
Option to hide Targetbars/Text.
Load-on-Demand configuration display.
Target’s Target display – click to switch to that target.
Aggro alert – audible and visual warnings.
Target PvP status.
Self PvP status.
Status icons for Rested, Combat, Raid leader, and Loot Master.
So what’s the use of MetaHUD? You’ve got your health and the mob’s health at the top left of the screen as per the default World of Warcraft interface. Well, thats the problem. I play with a high resolution and a small UI which places that information at the far top-left of the screen, well away from the center of the screen. In tight situations, the act of pulling my eyes from the center of the screen – however easy that seems – can be the death of your character. You know…that idiot Alliance Rogue that’s creeping around to back-stab you and had your eyes remained in the center of the screen rather than checking your target’s health – you would have seen the little bastard appear for a split second and you could have reacted appropriately, pwned him, and continued on your merry way. But no. You find yourself pissed, dead, and rezzing at a graveyard.
Thats why MetaHUD is useful. Stop crying and download the mod. You can thank me later.