Addon Spotlight: Commenters' favorite addons

Mathew McCurley
M. McCurley|11.03.11

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Each week, WoW Insider's Mathew McCurley brings you a fresh look at reader-submitted UIs as well as Addon Spotlight, which focuses on the backbone of the WoW gameplay experience: the user interface. Everything from bags to bars, buttons to DPS meters and beyond -- your addons folder will never be the same.

Thank you to everyone who commented on last week's Addon Spotlight with your favorite addon for a chance to win the Razer Nostromo that I've been rocking for a few weeks. Hopefully the winner of this piece of hardware will find as many uses for it as I did during my time reviewing it. You all had an incredibly diverse array of addons that you deemed your favorites, and I was not surprised at the direction those suggestions took. Today, I'll pull a bunch of commenters' suggestions, and we can give those addons a quick rundown and see which are your most recommended.

Altoholic Altoholic had a huge showing in the comments, as people attested to its robustness for making sense of a huge stable of alts. It is no surprise that WoW players are invested in their game and even me, master of hating alts and having trouble playing any other character than my designated main, have alts and appreciate addons that make managing them easier.

Commenters like Drunken_wookie and Albain liked Altoholic for its ability to see all of their alts' money and plan out currency transactions, as well as being able to deal with profession materials. I agree: Altoholic rules.

Download Altoholic at [Curse].

AdiBags My bag addon of choice, Adibags, was heavily represented in the comments. I was proud of little ol' AdiBags, considering I used to be an ArkInventory man, which is still an amazing addon. I just didn't want to make my own slew of changes as time went on. AdiBags is my bad mod of choice for people who want something with enough customization to keep you happy but with an ease of use that rivals most addons.

User Blacklight is still an ArkInventory fan, so I'll shout-out Ark as well. Remember, ArkInventory is the advanced version of a bag mod -- it might take a little bit of time to learn, but the payoff can be amazing.

Check out my Addon Spotlight on Adibags.
Check out my Addon Spotlight on ArkInventory.

TidyPlates How could you say no to TidyPlates? I'll let commenter djsuursoo spell it out for you, because he says what I'm thinking:
hands down one of the most useful addons out there. a simple heads up threat-gauge that works across multiple mobs in real time, dot/debuff tracker, and can be configured for heals/dps/tank pretty quickly and it's bloody great.
Check out my Addon Spotlight on TidyPlates.

GupPet Ah, GupPet. My favorite pet and mount addon ever, sadly lost to the non-updating gods. Fear not, I will be helping you GupPet faithful update your addon for new mounts and pets that come into the game, as I have done before. Even though it requires a little bit of elbow grease from the user, GupPet is still the premiere addon for pets and mounts because of the randomness controls. Please, please, please someone update GupPet.

Check out my Addon Spotlight on GupPet.

ReforgeSaver I'm surprised ReforgeSaver hit the comments. I've talked about ReforgeSaver before and have had it installed for awhile. The real-use case scenarios of ReforgeSaver have come, in my experience, from PVPers who do lots of reforging between raid nights and extended PVP play sessions. Need to save lots of reforging profiles and then have it all done with the click of a button? Get ReforgeSaver.

Check out my Addon Spotlight on ReforgeSaver.

HealersHaveToDie They certainly do, reader Isen. They certainly do. Want to pinpoint the healers in a Battleground or in world PVP to punch in his or her smug healer face? You need HealersHaveToDie.

Check out my Addon Spotlight on HealersHaveToDie. It's down in the mailbag section.

SLDataText One of my favorite addons of all time, SLDataText provides loads of information in a simple text interface. Extremely customizable and easy to use, SLDT is one of those addons I had to use before I figured out all of its use cases. Once I did, SLDT became a constant in every UI since. Armor percentages, time, lag, and FPS are just easier to comprehend as numbers for me versus an abstract visual representation. SLDT lets me have all that and more.

Check out my Addon Spotlight on SLDataText.

Conjured Announcer Commenter Freedom suggested Conjured Announcer, a simple addon that announces to your group or raid when you have conjured a repair bot, feast, cauldron, ritual, or refreshment portal. Letting your friends know when stuff gets dropped makes for smoother groups and raids. Plus, no one can argue that you didn't let anyone know the feast was down. Who am I kidding? They will still argue.

Download Conjured Announcer at [Curse].

PetLeash If GupPet isn't your thing or you're just looking for a companion pet addon, PetLeash is a solid choice. PetLeash always makes sure you have a little companion hanging out at your side at all times, desummons pets when you stealth or go invisible for one reason or another, and lets you set certain pets to come out at certain locations. Good find, reader rhorle.

Download PetLeash at [Curse].

Thank you all so much for participating and sharing your favorite addons. It's a very odd feeling sometimes that the user interface we all stare at for hours can be one of the most unifying aspects of the community that we can point to. Good work, all. Blizzard's UI team works in mysterious ways.

And the Nostromo goes to ...

The Razer Nostromo is a slick piece of gear, in my humble opinion. Check out my review of the peripheral for more information and what I thought about it. Even if you didn't win, I'd say check the thing out, since it has a ton of use cases in World of Warcraft and beyond. I use it for League of Legends nonstop. Truthfully, I only wrote that last sentence so Rossi has an excuse to jump out at me from some bushes.

The winner is Cetha! Congratulations! I'll ship this out ASAP. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, as well, so drop me an email when you're done tinkering around and playing with your new Nostromo.

Addons are what we do on Addon Spotlight. If you're new to mods, Addons 101 will walk you through the basics; see what other players are doing at Reader UI of the Week. If there's a mod you think Addon Spotlight should take a look at, email
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