As far as I know, Carbonite is one of the only addons that actually does that with the map. Now, if you're looking for a good quest tracker and helper, that is an easy recommendation to make. You're going to want to grab WoW-Pro and TomTom. These addons will work in tandem to give you the best questing experience out there. I am still of the mindset that a questing addon isn't all that necessary these days, but people do like them and I can't say they are bad in any way. Carbonite's is just bloated and awful, but WoW-Pro is nice and happy and won't bring your system to a grinding halt.
The punks list is another Carbonite-only deal, I believe. I looked around for an addon just like it and only found forum threads that are looking for the same thing you are, a non-Carbonite replacement for the punks list. Mayhaps one of our diligent readers has the answer for that one.
Check out WoW-Pro's website.
Download TomTom at [Curse].
Return of the addons
Have any addons that you used to use come back into favor after extended times away? Does this ever really happen anyway? For me, if an addon goes extinct for a long time I just move on. I don't think I could ever go back to an addon that left and came back.
Thanks for the great columns!
This email came in a long while ago, and my answer at the time would have been a mirror of the actual email. However, over the last few weeks, my baby, my love, my utterly favorite buff/debuff addon of all time, Elkanos, came back into my life. For a long time, Elkanos was causing all sorts of problems and making life miserable. I swapped to Raven
for a long time, and while I still think Raven is a spectacular addon, going back to Elkanos was like coming home. Sentimentality and all that.
That's not to say you shouldn't use Raven if you already are and are comfortable with it. This is totally a preference deal. While Elkanos' interface isn't as spiffy as Raven's, I have this innate understanding of it so it just feels easier, even though it is demonstrably more difficult to deal with. I don't know, I'm weird. But yes, Elkanos' is back, and I am excited.
Download Elkanos Buff Bars
What is a good site to help you set up add ons and changing your UI? I play a lot of different toons, Druid, pally and lock. Just assume I'm a beginner here.
Well, Ryan, if you're a true beginner, you can start at my very own four-part series, Addons 101
, which will help you understand the pieces of your user interface and what is available to tinker with. You're going to want to remember to only download and install addons from trusted sites like Curse and WoWInterface, which are also good resources for learning about and tinkering with your user interface.
As for the actual helping you set up addons, I'd like to see what the community thinks. Do you guys have any favorite tutorial websites that you use for addon customization and configuration? Personally, I try to find a tutorial on the addon page by the author, which are usually great if they are available. As for blogs or other websites, what say you, readers?Wordy
Diatenium of US-Bladefist here, I generally type very long, very elaborate blocks of text in chat (Not for RP, I like to ramble, a lot), and I find it extremely difficult to proofread what I'm going to say with the default chat UI.
My question is thus: Is there an add-on that allows your chat bar to display text in paragraph format instead of line format?
I just popped into game and tried to make the edit box bigger with my two favorite chat addons, Chatter and Prat
, and they did not let me insert text in anything but a line. Now, that doesn't rule out an addon that can do this, but it might just be a limitation of the Lua and the type of input available for the chat box. If someone has a recommendation, by all means suggest it, but I think this might be one of those interface issues that doesn't let the edit box work in such a way. We will hopefully have an answer, though, I am sure.
Readers, this is where you come in. Can I count on my fellow addon junkies to rise up and make the best damn recommendations possible? Here are some people in (potentially dire) need. Do you think we can help these poor souls find what they are looking for? To the comments, friends! Man the barricades! Ready the rifles! Again, it is very odd having Elkanos' back -- I feel like something is complete again. Everything snapped back into place.
See you guys next week.
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