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    Saturday, April 11, 2009

    Upyursh User Interface Setup Guide

    The following is a World of Warcarft User Interface Setup Guide that I wrote up while I was redoing my UI.

    This is the final outcome :)

    Curse Client

    I will be using the Curse Client to install my addons as I go, it's really up to you if you want to use this tool but since the latest version came out I have been very happy with the performance
    and the application in general.

    Go here to download:

    The Curse Client will not only make the installation of Addon's
    easy it will also keep them updated :)

    Client (Vanilla) User Interface

    The following is my clean UI, no addons or modifications.

    Core Modules

    This list is probably highly debatable but the following are
    modules that I consider to be 'Core' to my game play, they include;
    Unit Frames, Bar Mod, Minimap Mod, and a couple of others which are
    nice to have :)


    You can install these in a batch and we will then configure them
    all together too.

    Pitbull 4

    While still in Development, I find this to be by far the best Unit
    Frames around, the configuration is piece of cake and I think they've
    done a great job on this one.


    there are a few addons out there for
    this but I like Dominos. I also use several tools with it as shown


    Show's cooldowns in
    your Action Bar


    Unfortunately this one isnt listen on Curse so go to WowInterface for
    it. This simply makes your buttons red when your target it out of

    Button Facade

    Really a cosmetic thing, makes the buttons pretty :D


    Minimap customisation :) move, change shape etc etc


    Does a few things like Auto-Repairs etc
    but also allows customisation of your chat frame. Very small but
    useful addon.


    This is really a nice to have but it helps clear up your minimap, basically moves all your minimap icons into a frame you can move, hide etc.

    At the end of that your Curse should look something like this:


    Now it's time to do all the configuration of these modules. The screenshot below shows how it looks prior to any customisation.

    Ugly huh!?! this is where a lot of people would delete all the addons :) but we'll push on.

    First thing to configure is Dominos,which is the main cause of the confusing screen :) Find the MBF From and left click on the Dominos icon to enter the configuration mode.

    You will see all the bars fade a little and you can now make the changes
    you want.

    Hide the bars you do not want, for me that is;

    • Action Bars 4-10

    • XP

    • Bags

    • Class Bar

    To hide the bar simply “click” your wheel mouse (not roll but click) on the bars you do not want. I also like to move my additional bars to the top left to make it easier. Move the other bars around as you like.

    Bar Setups

    Right Click on the “Menu” Bar to load the options window.
    • Menu

      • Set the following:

        • Columns: 1

        • Scale: 60

        • Faded Opacity: 0 ← this means that when your not mousing over it it
          will be hidden.

      • Move this bar to the button right of the screen :)

    • Action Bar 1 and 2

      • Set the following:

        • Scale: 75

    • Action Bar 3

      • Set the following:

        • Spacing: 20

    • Vehicle

      • Set the following:

        • Scale: 75

    • Pet

      • Set the following:

        • Scale: 75

        • Faded Opacity: 0

    Once done hit Exit

    Button Facade

    This is really just a way to make your bars look nice.

    • Right Click on BF button

    • Use the following settings:

      • Skin: Adorn: Light Square

      • Gloss: 100%

    Click OK

    Type /chinchilla into the chat window to load the config menu.

    Go through and set the minimap up how you like it. You can also drag and drop it as needed

    I used the following:

    • Appearance

      • Border Style: Gloss

      • Shape: Square

      • Size: 75%

    Notice I have moved the map to Bottom Left.

    • Coordinates

      • I untick this option as I will get these through another module later

    • Show/Hide

      • Untick

        • Mail

        • North

        • Voice Chat

        • World Map

        • Zoom

    Type /minimalist into the chat window to load the config menu. Go through and set the options up how you like it.

    I used the following:

    • Automation – Leave as default

    • Chat (ticked)

      • Fix Arrow Keys

      • Hide Buttons

      • Mouse Scrolling

      • Move Input Box

      • Reduce Chat Clutter

      • Time Stamps


    This is pretty self explanatory so I wont waste my time, I basically have the window sitting above my
    minimap and then hide it when I dont need it.

    This is going to be the hardest configuration you will do but the new Pitbull makes it real easy.

    Basically we will create a few different layouts.

    • MySelf

    • MyTarget

    • PetsFocus&Targets

    • RaidUnits


    • General

      • Width: 200

      • Height: 40

      • Scale: 100

    • Bars

      • Disabled

        • Cast

        • XP

        • Threat

      • Height

        • Health: 12

        • Power: 2

        • All others :1

    • Texts

      • Name

        • Location: Outside-Left

        • Size: 195%

      • Class

        • Location: Outside-Left

        • Size: 100%

      • Health

        • Location: Right

        • Code: Health: Absolute and

      • all others removed

    • Auras Disabled


    • General

      • Width: 200

      • Height: 40

      • Scale: 100

    • Bars

      • Disabled

        • Cast

        • XP

        • Threat

      • Height

        • Health: 12

        • Power: 2

        • All others :1

    • Texts

      • Name

        • Location: Outside-Right

        • Size: 195%

      • Class

        • Location: Outside-Right

        • Size: 100%

      • Health

        • Location: Left

        • Code: Health: Absolute and

      • all others removed

    • Auras Enabled


    • General

      • Width: 100

      • Height: 20

      • Scale: 100

    • Texts

      • Name

        • Location: Left

      • all others removed

    • Auras Disable


    • General

      • Width: 80

      • Height: 20

      • Scale: 100

    • Texts

      • Name

        • Location: Left

      • all others removed

    • Auras Disable

    See this page for more details on how
    to setup PB4 (rather than me revisiting)

    Non-Core Addons

    These addons you dont NEED but they make life easier.


    Really nice mod that allows you to manage your whispers in an easier way, also helps to not miss any whispers too.

    No Config needed, it just works out of the box :D


    Consolidates all your bags and bank slots into single windows. Can also be setup to group and auto-sort your items but out of the box achieves what we want.


    Helps with your auctioning, I generally only run this on my shopping toon but up to you :)


    Instance maps and world map love, no config needed


    Just gives you your gear color in your character and bag screens, nice to quickly see how many purples you are wearing, no config needed


    Is supposed to speed up your UnitFrames and how they pickup when group members take damage, no config needed


    Quartz is a great Cast Bar addon that clearly shows latency and when you should be hitting your next spell. Very useful!

    Type /quartz to open the config menu and play with it to get the best out of it for yourself. I just use my own cast bar and my targets.


    Simple mod that shows the distance from your target and/or focus.

    Right click on the Range Display areas (focus or target) and set your fonts and preferences.

    I hide focus and just use Target.


    Allows customisation of the Bliz Buff area. Scale/Move and more.

    Type /sbf options to open the window

    I have 2 setup, 1 for buff one for debuff. This is the default but I make some changes.

    Frame 1

    • No of Buffs: 40

    • Buffs per row: 2

    • Reverse Order: Yes

    Frame 2

    • No of Buffs: 20

    • Buffs per row: 1

    • Show in Rows: Yes

    • Reverse Order: Yes


    Move the Tooltips window wherever you want it :)
    type /tipsy show to get the window to move where you want.


    Nice little addon that takes screenshots whenever you level, get an achievement or down a boss.

    No configuration needed.

    Raiding Addons

    The following are mods that are essential if you plan on raiding.

    Deadly Boss Mods

    Raid alerts and warnings for all instances

    No configuration needed.


    Automatically enable Combat Log for instances. Useful if you use a website like WWS to analyse your performance

    No configuration needed.


    Threat meter is all I need to say, essential for DPS.

    No configuration needed really but I do get rid of all backgrounds and borders.


    Recount gives you ingame stats like dps\damage\healing etc.
    No configuration needed.


    Raid module especially useful if you are leading/assistant
    No configuration needed.

    Misc Addons

    These are misc addons that are useful to some classes.


    Shows your hots in a list to allow you to easily see who needs a refresh of Lifebloom or something similar.

    Type /hotcandy to get your options like whether to lock the window etc.


    Warning when Mana is low to remind you to use Innervate
    No configuration needed.


    Autobar is a dynamic bar that is will update based on what you have in your
    bags and your class\scenario.

    Type /autobar and click “move the bars” to move them around. I get rid of all the other bars and just stick with my general. I remove Quest Items as they dont work the best anyways and tick on Fading


    SBC presents LibDataBroker data. The other modules also install their own but I disable most of them. I use the following additional addons as well.

    • StatBlock_Durability

    • StatBlock_FPS

    • StatBlock_Latency

    • StatBlock_Memory

    • StatBlock_Money

    • Broker_Currency

    • Broker_Location

    • Broker_Regen

    • Broker_SocialState

    • SimpleMarker

    Healing Addons


    Useful for any class that can decurse etc. Presents warning and click casting to quickly get rid of those pesky curses and poisons.


    Grid is a Raiding UnitFrame addon that presents information in an easy to use format. It can be extended with a number of addons but I use the below.

    I use grid with the below:

    • GridIndicatorCornerIcons

    • GridIndicatorCornerText

    • GridManaBars

    • GridStatusHots

    • GridStatusLifebloom

    • Grid_QuickHealth

    My configuration how to can be seen here:

    Final Screenshot

    So this is how it looks for my Hunter
    and Druid.

    1 comment:

    1. Downloaded and setup OUF with the OUF_Nivaya layout and it is awesome.

      1. Small memory footprint
      2. Clean layout
      3. Highly customisable
      4. Automatic alignment of targets / focus / pets etc
      5. Shows Combo points easily (yummy for my feral druid)
      6. Has a neat cast bar / target cast bar that replaces Quartz for me

      I'm yet to give the party / raid window a full test but it looks very similar to Grid in its appearance. Works for me for DPS and probably tanking but I'm not sure if it will be effective without major tweaking for healing.