A user-interface compilation for World of Warcraft. v2.41
There are many user interface (UI) modifications available for World of Warcraft (WoW). Some such modifications are aimed at simplifying certain tasks in the game, while others add functionality in an area where there previously was none. The mendax.wow UI compilation is a collection of UI addons for WoW aimed at making WoW a more pleasurable and efficient experience.
It ought be noted that while mendax.wow is a compilation of UI addons, it is unlike other such suites in that mendax.wow does not include unique code. If an issue comes up with a particular modification, a fix in the scripting for the respective mod may be made available, but in most all cases, the individual addons in mendax.wow are out-of-box.
This page is less of a detailed instruction manual as it is a mini-guide for getting started with mendax.wow. A comprehensive list of included addons is listed below, usually with guidance on how to configure or activate the respective addon.
If you believe a particular addon should be included in future revisions of mendax.wow, please do not hesitate to inform me of such. If you need detailed help with a particular addon already in the compilation, however, the best place to go would be the respective modification’s author. All other basic questions can be sent my way.
Included mods (Ace):
Advanced Control Panel: A utility to enable/disable addons from within the game.
Ag UnitFrames: A Unit Frames modification.
ArkInventory: An inventory solution that combines all bag-related inventory space into one window, with the option to partition bag space based on variables (i.e. food, equipment, etc.).
Bartender 3: A configurable action bar replacement.
beql: A quest-log and tracker addon.
BigWigs: Announces boss events/phases for raiders.
Capping: Timer-bars and mini-map for Battleground-related information.
Cartographer: An improved in-game map that doesn’t prevent the user from chatting or issuing other commands while up. Also includes maps of all instances with objective locations.
CowTip: Extends the information available via tooltips.
DrDamage: Shows average damage/healing per ability in spell tooltips and the actionbar. Use /drdmg to configure.
ElkBuffBars: A configurable buff/debuff display.
EQCompare: Easily compares gear to what one currently has equipped.
ezIcons: Easily set raid icons.
FishingAce: Allows for easier casting when fishing.
Fruity Loots: Moves the loot window above one’s mouse cursor, and closes it when it is empty.
FuBar: Keep one one more bars on your screen that contain numerous plugins to keep track of data, enable certain functionality, etc.
FuBar – AmmoFu: Shows how much ammo is carried via FuBar.
FuBar – BattlegroundFu: Shows Battleground info, to include queuing times.
FuBar – ClockFu: Shows the time via FuBar.
FuBar – DurabilityFu: Shows equipment durability via FuBar.
FuBar – HonorFu: Keeps track of honour and PvP statistics.
FuBar – LocationFu: Shows present character location and recommended areas for grinding, via FuBar.
FuBar – MailFu: Alerts of incoming mail.
FuBar – MicroMenuFu: Displays the basic game menu in micro-form via Fubar.
FuBar – MoneyFu: Tracks money on all characters.
FuBar – PerformanceFu: Keeps track of system resources.
FuBar – TopScoreFu: Shows the highest hit of any ability done by the character, via FuBar.
FuBar – TrackerFu: Moves tracking selection to FuBar and off the minimap.
Grid – Party/Raid unit frames using minimal screen real estate. Also tracks dispellable debuffs for healers.
NDragIt: Makes all frames draggable.
Omen: A threat meter that shows one’s threat. Synchronizes with other party/raid members also using this mod or KLHThreatMeter.
Parrot : Shows combat-related text on the center of the screen ala console RPGs, such as damage received, reputation gains, health/mana gained, etc.
Proximo: Adds enemy unit frames on mouse-overs specifically for Arena matches.
Quartz: A casting bar addon that integrates a latency-checking feature.
RatingBuster Summarizes equipment stats to better compare gear. Use /rb for help.
Recap: Tracks damage done, healing done, et al, by all members of a party/raid.
SimpleMiniMap: Allows customization of the minimap.
Skillet : Replaces the default trade skill window with a larger one complete with options such as queuing and auto-creation of items needed for another item’s creation.
Sorren Timers: A window that contains timers for every ability.
Sphere: A spherical button layout that offers a hierarchal menu. Compliments the action bars, and can display information about a character or target.
WhoDrop: When inspecting an item, adds information about which NPC drops it.
Included mods (Non-Ace)
Auctioneer Advanced: An improved auction house window. Use /auc for options.
Clique: A healer-helper, which allows one to one-cast abilities on party members by way of their respective frames. A tab for Clique will be created on the abilities window.
Gatherer: Keeps track of locations mined, where herbs were found, etc. These locations will be recorded on one’s map for future reference.
Fizzwidget AdSpace: When a recipe is looked at in the auction house, the tooltip will make note of the vendor the recipe can be purchased from, where the vendor is located, and how much he sells the recipe for.
Fizzwidget Hunter’s Helper: Makes it easier to determine which beasts have trainable skills.
LightHeaded: Scans WoWHead for quest-related information, and adds it to the quest window.
MetaHUD: A heads-up display that shows health, mana, etc.
OmniCC: Universal cooldown counter.
Recipe Radar: Identifies all vendors in a particular zone, displays what recipes they sell, and shows their location on a mini-map.
TomTom: Allows one to click coordinates in LightHeaded, and have them automatically added to one’s minimap.
TwoBox Toolkit: Automates various actions for “slave” characters in dual-boxing configurations, such as auto-following.
Download the non-Ace addons now! (Last compiled 01/23/2008.)
_Note: _The download above only includes the non-Ace addons of mendax.wow. If you are a first-time user of mendax.wow, you’ll want to also download the appropriate version of WoWAceUpdater linked to below. Launch WoWAceUpdater, view all available Ace mods, and select the ones listed above. Thereafter, WoWAceUpdater will allow easy updating of any Ace addons installed, ensuring that mendax.wow is always up-to-date.
Sorry for those who’ve been hanging on, but it should have been clear by now: we stopped playing World of Warcraft (WoW) some time ago, and with that, mendax.wow was effectively killed. Should someone wish to resurrect this WoW add-on compilation, we’d be happy to continue hosting it, but unless that happens, expect mendax.wow v2.41 to be the last one published.
In the heels of this announcement comes word that InsomniMax, which initially shared roots with mendax.wow despite their drastic differences in the end, will also be discontinued. Maxator hasn’t mentioned such on the InsomniMax web page (which we only spotted today!), though it sounds like he will not be moving ahead with WoW either.
Looking back, the birth of mendax.wow is a testament to the gaming community, from the players themselves, to the motivated LUA coders, to those managing the distribution of the respective add-ons. From the simple out-of-box UI that WoW shipped with, to some of the first add-on compilations, and later the excellent Ace libraries that made developing WoW add-ons significantly easier, future MMOGs are poorly designed if they don’t support user-enabled UI packages. Blizzard has shown that not only can opening up UI tools to the community greatly increase gameplay, but that opening up these tools doesn’t mean that a developer is enabling botting, automation, or other vile methods of gameplay. Blizzard, in support of LUA, struck a great balance in usability and restricting certain methods from players, and we wholeheartedly expect Mythic to follow Blizzard’s example in Warhammer: Age of Reckoning (WAR).
In conclusion, thanks for the support, and please keep supporting the add-on developers who spend countless hours making the magic of MMOGs even more magical.
We noticed an issue with Parrot since Patch 2.4, and found a fix at the WoWAce fora. The problem arose because Patch 2.4 changed the way World of Warcraft (WoW) handles the combat log. This fix can be applied by registering/logging in at the WoWAce fora, and grabbing the file from the afore-linked post.
There also appears to be an issue with Sorren’s Timers not displaying enemy buffs properly. For example, Sorren’s Timers usually tracks when a Mage uses Ice Block, such that players don’t waste valuable mana on invulnerable opponents. The lack of this kind of display may be a user error on our part, though, because we had our combat log set to display only “self” information. We’ll see if displaying “all” information in the combat log prompts Sorren’s Timers to work properly again.
In addition to exploring the aforementioned issues, we took a stab at ElkBuffBars, and actually like them more than Buffalo2 for displaying buffs. So, we’ve replaced the latter with the former, bringing mendax.wow to version 2.41.
mendax.wow v2.40; 2008-04-02
It seems that mendax.wow survived World of Warcraft’s (WoWs) 2.4 patch without any difficulties, thanks to the appropriate Ace updaters and the respective addon developer’s full preparedness for the patch release. Fortunately, patch 2.4 didn’t break any of the addons included with mendax.wow, so this update brings changes to the compilation not patch related.
Firstly, TinyTip was giving us a couple issues even before patch 2.4, namely in regards to the configuration window. In short, trying to configure the addon kept throwing an error, and though out-of-box TinyTip is already a good-looking tooltip replacement, we decided to ditch it for CowTip, which includes some nice features like showing the talents of individuals using certain addons. CowTip is configurable to show a whole slew of character information, and also happens to be built on the Ace architecture, so it’s as easy to update as all of mendax.wow’s other addons.
Secondly, we decided to finally drop Decursive, which has been part of mendax.wow for quite a long time? This decision was mainly founded on our approval of Grid, a “raid” unit addon that can be configured to display dispellable debuffs in addition to the basic health display of party/raid members. We initially tried Grid to replace the clunky raid unit frames that most people end up with when they join a raid, and we quickly fell in love with Grid’s small real estate use. Better yet, it’s great for all classes, not just healers.
With addons like Clique still part of mendax.wow, it makes little sense to include Decursive which clutters the screen and offers marginal benefits over Clique and a good-looking unit frame addon. For those who like the larger unit frames offered by Ag UnitFrames, the latter is still part of the mendax.wow compilation, so there’s no need to fret just yet.
For those that are considering a new addon compilation and haven’t given mendax.wow a look, don’t hesitate to check it out.
mendax.wow v2.38; 2008-03-12
Of late, we’ve sworn by the Hunter-specific addon Venantes, which was influenced by the infamous Necrosis addon popularized by the Warlock community. In fact, so taken by Venantes were we, that we were seriously considering adding Necrosis, Totemicus, and the various other sphere addons for other classes to mendax.wow, but instead, we did some research, and finally came upon Sphere. While Sphere isn’t the only attempt at designing a class-neutral addon akin to Necrosis, it’s arguably the simplest to set up that still offers much of the core functionality of what we love about Venantes. In the end, it’s replaced Venantes, and is a staple in out UI suite that greatly simplifies our UI.
So soon after its last release, mendax.wow doesn’t stop by adding another Ace-based addon, but also adds the raid-necessary BigWigs addon, which alerts raiders of various boss phases/events. Finally, we decided to throw in the buff display replacement, Buffalo2, which greatly compliments Sorren Timers and Quartz.
In the end, we’re up to the stunning version number of 2.38. Grab it now!
mendax.wow v2.34; 2008-03-11
We finally found an Ace-based inventory system that we like, and so with this new version of mendax.wow, we’ve replaced BaudBag with ArkInventory, which not only duplicates the functionality we had earlier, but also adds the ability to set up “virtual” bags such that our inventory is auto-magically sorted per item filters (i.e. quest items are segregated from food/pots, etc.).
We’ve also added additional FuBar functionality with the inclusion of the following: HonorFu (for PvP stats), MailFu (mail alerts), MoneyFu (money tracking), PerformanceFu (system resources), and TrackerFu (minimap tracking).
With added functionality in mind, we decided to finally add back a tooltip addon (TinyTip), add a better quest-log system (beql), make it easy to add raid icons to targets (ezIcons), and enable objective-tracking for Battlegrounds (Capping). All of these additions are, of course, Ace-based. The functionality of beql also makes Doublewide and QuestsFu redundant, so those have been removed.
The changes are fairly notable, bringing us to mendax.wow v2.34.
mendax.wow v2.23; 2008-01-22
This minor change brings the removal of the Target Range addon, after we realized that a recent change to MetaHUD added a more accurate range display option than previous versions had. The fact that the Hunter deadzone was greatly reduced only makes Target Range that much more redundant.
We’ve also dropped the link to MacAceUpdater, the utility to keep Ace addons up-to-date for players running OS X rather than Windows. MacAceUpdater wasn’t running stable since we upgraded to Leopard, and so we decided to replace it with a version of WoWAceUpdater that is Leopard compliant.
Expect a new ready-to-download compilation soon. In the meantime, hop over to the mendax.wow main page and grab what you need if you don’t have it already!
Update: The downloadable compilation is now ready to be used in conjunction with WoWAceUpdater. Also, we added WhoDrop to the list of Ace addons, which we apparently forgot to list previously. WhoDrop adds information to inspected items as to what NPC drops the respective item.
mendax.wow v2.22; 2008-01-12
In keeping with our trend of sticking to Ace addons, we’ve finally replaced Bongos 2 with Bartender 3 for handling our action bars. While Bongos 2 has an awesome built-in keybinding utility (which I hope Bartender 3 incorporates in the future), Bartender 3 is a tad easier to configure, and having a shared library with other addons, in addition to auto-updating thanks to the Ace updaters (see the mendax.wow main page), makes Bartender 3 is a solid choice for the mendax.wow compilation.
mendax.wow v2.21; 2008-01-11
I’ve had enough of PitBull, because despite the fact that it’s highly customizable, it’s just a pain in the ass to configure quickly. That is to say, the out-of-box functionality leaves much to be desired, and at current, it’s the addon that takes me the longest to configure to my liking. This is because silly things are enabled by default, such as the lines connecting source and target Unit Frames, while other things like buff icons aren’t readily visible.
All said, I’ve replaced PitBull with another Ace UnitFrames mod call Ag UnitFrames. The setup is much simpler, and only required a couple tweaks to meet my minimalist approach to Unit Frames, bringing mendax.wow to version 2.21.
mendax.wow v2.20; 2008-01-02
Although previously included in mendax.wow, the Arena-specific addon Proximo was previously undocumented, and is now included in the compilation. BulkMail2 was removed from mendax.wow since multi-item mailing was included in the last patch. Also, we’ve added TwoBox Toolkit, which helps automate certain actions for players who dual-box.
mendax.wow v2.17; 2007-11-30
Not a huge update this time around, other than adding DoubleWide, which is an addon that effectively doubles the size of the quest frame by moving the quest text to a new window, and using the real-estate of the old frame to show all quests available. We’ve also made available a new compilation for download, with all included addons up-to-date.
For those who use, or want to use, mendax.wow, should we host a file that includes only the non-Ace addons?
mendax.wow v2.16; 2007-11-18
I cleaned up the list of addons by separating them into two lists: those built on the Ace libraries, and those not.
Also, I replaced DragQueen with NDragIt, and EquipCompare with EQCompare. These replacements are both Ace addons.
Aside from the fact that having more mods use Ace is more efficient in terms of memory use, another advantage I realized is that there are automated tools available for OS X and Windows to keep said addons updated. The links for these tools are now noted at the bottom of the mendax.wow page.
Finally, I’ve removed DruidBar from mendax.wow, if only because I haven’t played my Druid in ages and don’t know if the addon still works. For those of you who still use DruidBar, or want a mod like it (that displays a Druid’s mana even when in non-caster form), consider the Ace addons SmartyCat and SmartyCatManaBar. Do let me know what works best for you.
mendax.wow v2.13; 2007-10-29
When mendax.wow adopted DamageMeters in lieu of our old favorite, Recap, it was because the latter was supposedly outdated and inaccurate. However, as an Ace addon that’s now constantly being updated, we’re reverting back to Recap, particularly because it’s easier to use and has more at-a-glance information without needing to change output settings.
This version of mendax.wow also drops TheoryCraft, which hasn’t been updated in quite some time. Our love of Ace addons continues by using the less-featured DrDamage, which nonetheless has all the key tooltip information we’ve come to rely on.
Finally, even though I love Bagnon and have considered it a staple of mendax.wow for some time, the last version (admittedly in beta) is broken for browsing the bank. Thus, we’ve replaced it with Baud Bag, which is just as nice but actually works at the moment.
mendax.wow v2.10; 2007-10-27
Added Advanced Control Panel to enable/disable addons from within the game, added Quartz (a casting bar addon with latency “protection”), and replaced MetaMap with Cartographer, which is a map mod built on the Ace library.
I’ve also changed the versioning method for mendax.wow, since my old method was aberrant at best. Now, versions will increment by .01 whenever a mod is added/removed/replaced. Increments of whole version numbers will be for individual expansions (i.e. version 3.00 will be released in conjunction with Wrath of the Lich King).
mendax.wow v2.07; 2007-10-19
Another addon we’ve used for quite some time is Advanced Tradeskill Window, but I was recently informed that there is an Ace-library equivalent, called Skillet, which we’re adopting in lieu of its predecesor.
For those of you who are Hunters, note that the Venantes addon has some minor bugs, though its’ still a useful addon to get. If you like it, urge the author to come out with an update, since it’s been awhile.
mendax.wow v2.06; 2007-10-07
While mendax.wow has included the Scrolling Combat Text (SCT) add-on for quite some time, I’ve finally decided to exchange it (and its damage display extension) with Parrot, an Ace-library equivalent. Out-of-box, Parrot has a nicer default display than SCT, and looks to be just as customizable (if not more so).
mendax.wow v2.05; 2007-09-27
Fresh on the heals of 2.04 comes a minor update, with an improved version of Venantes for Hunters, and FishingAce replacing the currently-broken broken FishingBuddy. Also not previously mentioned is the replacement of Auctioneer with Auctioneer Advanced, which will, presumably, ultimately replace Auctioneer altogether (they’re by the same author).
Sadly, Advanced Tradeskill Window is currently broken, and causes WoW to crash, so for those who have it, I’d suggest disabling it until a new version comes out. I did a brief search for a similar mod that is updated more frequently, but found nothing. If anyone knows of something similar, drop me a line to let me know!
This update of mendax.wow adds the ability to bulk mail other characters and customize the minimap. Also, KLHThreatMeter was replaced with Omen, and a Hunter management system, Venantes, was added. Since Venates has a tracking selector built in, Fizzwidget TrackMenu was removed. I have also re-explored PitBull, and given its new customization window, have replaced Perl Unit Frames with it. Finally, QuickLoot was replaced with its Ace counterpart, Fruity Loots.
Added RatingBuster to the compilation for better gear comparisons.
Two minor changes: the included unit frames mod was switched back to Perl Classic Unit Frames from PitBull, and DHUD was dropped for MetaHUD, its spiritual successor. The latter mod is actually updated, unlike DHUD, which has been stagnating for some time.
Numerous addons for World of Warcraft (WoW) were updated today, thanks in part to the long-awaited WoW 1.11 patch. Among the changes to the new version of mendax.wow (1.03) are updates to CT_MailMod, CT_RaidAssist, EquipCompare, GFW_AdSpace, GroupHeal, MetaMap, Perl Unit Frames, RaidHeal, Scrolling Combat Text, and TTSpellTimer.
One pending issue at the moment is the “broken” TipBuddy addon, which works as intended though is not replacing the default tooltip. At most this is a minor aesthetic annoyance, but one that will likely be addressed in the next TipBuddy update.
_Update: _mendax.wow version 1.04 is now available, which includes updates to AceGUI and RecipeRadar. Version 1.04 also includes DHUD, a heads-up display at the center of the screen that shows health, mana, etc. I ought also point out that AcePlayerMenu is not working since patch 1.11, though it remains in the compilation nonetheless, for now.
Routine maintenance of my WoW UI compilation has resulted in some updates and additions. Updated mods include Bagnon, CallToArms, DHUD, FuBar_GroupFu, MetaMap, Perl, PetExtend, RecipeRadar, and TTSpellTimer.
AceLoot was replaced with FruityLoots, which has the same functionality. However, AceLoot appeared broken in certain situations, while FruityLoots seems a bit more robust, and is built using the Ace2 library.
Added RPPolice for reporting bad apples on RP servers, and SquareMinimap for making the minimap square, which has a cleaner look than the default round minimap.
A couple errors are still being thrown, most notably by FishingBuddy and MyRoleplay, though such errors are insignificant, and both mods still have most of their functionality intact.
A few mods in the mendax.wow package were updated, which don’t change functionality much, but do bring the respective mods in line with their most current versions. Among those affected are AcePlayerMenu, Bagnon, CallToArms, FuBar_GroupFu, FuBar_ReagentFu, MetaMap, and TTSpellTimer.
ItemSyncConvert was removed from this version, since most users have had plenty of time to convert their existing databases. For those new to mendax.wow who were using LootLink or KC_Items, you can find the conversion mod for your item databases at WoWInterface.com.
GuildEventManager has officially been added in this distribution, after being tested throughout the last two versions. Many will find this mod to be invaluable in scheduling events with friends and/or guilds.
As mod authors are finally getting around to updating their respective works with World of Warcraft (WoW) patch 1.11, I’ve been able ot gather the updates and compile them into mendax.wow accordingly. With these updates comes version 1.05 of mendax.wow.
Updated mods include: Bagnon, CT_RaidAssist, Discord Action Bars, FuBar, FuBar_AmmoFu, FuBar_BagFu, FuBar_DurabilityFu, FuBar_HonorFu, FuBar_LocationFu, FuBar_MoneyFu, FuBar_PerformanceFu, FuBar_QuestsFu, FuBar_TopScoreFu, MyRolePlay, Recipe Radar, Scrolling Combat Text, SuperInspect, TheoryCraft, TipBuddy, and Yatlas.
New mods include: AutoTurnIn, which allows automated turn-ins for repeatable quests; Perl_Party_Pet and Perl_Raid, which add extensions to the Perl mod for party pets and raid groups; and wdn.minimap, which simplified the minimap art.
After returning to my PC after being relegated to my PowerBook for over a week, I tried updating my AddOns folder with my last mendax.wow compilation. It turns out that since 1.01 was put together on my PowerBook, the files didn’t play nicely with Windows, so I spent some time putting an updated compilation together.
Version 1.02 of mendax.wow is SmartPet free, since the mod didn’t work well under WoW 1.10 anyway. Instead of SmartPet, I went with ExtendPet, which is in beta but still has some nice features. Nurfed DKP has also been removed, since it was throwing an error and was outdated.
KC Enhanced Items as well as KC Enhanced Trades have also been removed. The former was replaced with ItemSync, while the latter was replaced with Advanced Trade Skill Window (ATSW). Admittedly, ATSW doesn’t replace all the functionality of KC Enhanced Trades, but what it does offer is more significant, and the lost functionality is rather negligible.
Finally, FlagRSP has been removed and replaced with MyRolePlay, which is compatible with FlagRSP. MyRolePlay seems to be well on its way as the go-to RP mod, and appears to be a much cleaner install.
An update so soon? I haven’t been playing much World of Warcraft (WoW) over the past week, on account of real-life events making a solid WoW session rather difficult. I have, however, been able to sneak some time to update mendax.wow, as I recently did a from-scratch reconfiguration of one of my characters for play on my PowerBook. This reconfiguration resulted in the discovery that a few pieces of mendax.wow were not working in an ideal fashion, so I hit the download sites and put together a more sleek package of mendax.wow, resulting in the version upgrade to 1.01.
Among the changes made was the removal of Healix and gfxToggle, both of which had problems in the prior distribution. The FuBar suite, which was based on the “Complete” FuBar distribution, has also been downsized; I kept only the FuBar plugins I thought were most useful, and got rid of the rest. All in all, mendax.wow was scaled down about 2MB in size.
Historically, mendax.wow, the user-interface (UI) mod compilation for World of Warcraft (WoW), did not have any documentation to go along with it. While the compilation of UI mods continued to evolve, installing the package was still a somewhat lofty goal for many gamers. Now, however, mendax.wow has its own page that contains an explanation of included mods and how to activate/configure them.
Along with the documentation for the mod, I’ve upped the version number to 1.00, representing a proper public release of the package now that people have more than a zip file of folders to rely on. The new version includes an auto-invite utility for Battleground raid groups, a search field for crafting windows, a replacement for Atlas, and a GM reporting utility.
As is usually the case when Maxator updates his InsomniMax, World of Warcraft (WoW) UI compilation, I’m reminded to update my own, which is now labeled as version 0.20. The compilation, mendax.wow, is now linked from the navigation bar to the right, and all future versions will be linked accordingly. If you’re looking for a UI compilation and don’t think InsomniMax fits the bill, give mendax.wow a look, which has a few different mods included; this version updates numerous mods, and also adds Recipe Radar, a handy mod for mapping vendor locations.
_Update: _A more detailed look into the UI scene gave me a few ideas for changes I could make in mendax.wow. Thus, the new version is 0.20, signifying some more significant changes made. For example, MonkeyQuest and TitanBar have both been replaced, not because they are bad, p, but because of FuBar, which is more flexible than TitanBar, and is built on the Ace libraries, of which I am a fan. Other nice additions are a mod to speed up zone loading times, as well as changing the unit frames to be more customizeable. In the future, I hope to write up a quick and dirty list of all included mods and the commands to access them, as well as hosting an example screenshot of my own UI setup.
Also note that mendax.wow weighs in at a hefty 14MB, versus InsomniMax’s humble 6MB. The size difference is indicative of just how different the two UI suites are, despite their common beginnings.
In the heels of the new InsomniMax version comes a small update to mendax.wow, raising the UI compilation to v0.11. The fixes are minor, and include MoveableFrames and an newer version of Decursive and Auctioneer, the latter appearing to be sans the performance issues the Auction House was under lately. Whether the Auctioneer update caused things to get better, or if it was a server issue all along is unknown. Suffice to say, the new version of mendax.wow is better working than the last.
With constant UI-tweaking intermingled with my normal playing, mendax.wow, my UI compilation for World of Warcraft (WoW), is ever becoming less buggy. Not that the compilation was ever truly buggy in the first place, but every new WoW patch tends to break something.
As of the recent version, which you can now download, mendax.wow is also free of any legacy Insomniax files. When mendax.wow was born, it began as a modified version of Insomniax, one of the more popular UI compilations. As Insomniax tended to severely break with every new WoW patch, mendax.wow was “fixed” repackaging of Insomniax sans a bunch of mods I never used, with others thrown in for good measure.
While my friend Maxator carries on a similar project with his aptly named InsomniMax compilation, mendax.wow has come into its own as a unique compilation no longer based on its former Insomniax roots. With the last such files removed, mendax.wow achieves a healthy version increase to 0.10. And yes, there is only madness is its version-numbering scheme.
As Maxator prepared his latest UI compilation for World of Warcraft (WoW), I spent my time doing same. As some may recall, his compilation and mine are subtly different, since his is based on a recent release of Insomniax, while mine was started on the premise of escaping Insomniax. While I have yet to completely remove the last staggering ruins of an ancient Insomniax undercity, I am content with my compilation’s functionality under WoW 1.10.
While most changes in my compilation are simple updates to make everything not crash, a few important changes are notable, one of which is the removal of the autobuff mod I previously included, as the mod refuses to work because of a recent API change Blizzard made. Furthermore, to handle the problem of moveable bags, I added Bagnon, a mod that works similar to the way AllInOneInventory had in the past (giving you one large bag). The library included with Bagnon allows the bag to be moved, and more importantly, the interface is much sleeker than the one AllInOneInventory used.
For those of you who aren’t afraid of lacking a readme, or who might otherwise prefer my compilation over Maxators, feel free to check out the latest version of mendax.wow (0.04), and contact me for feedback/help.
Apparently, some sick uploading error created an unzippable copy of InsomniMax, but rest assured, Maxator’s modified version of the Insomniax user interface (UI) distribution for World of Warcraft (WoW) is now available for download.
I’d also like to remind everyone of mendax.wow, which is my own homebrew UI distribution. Though I didn’t write up any documentation with it, for those who’ve asked, it’s fully-working, and as of the current 0.03 version, has a number of different useful and updated mods for those familiar with WoW addons. For those frightened of documentation-less addon distributions, give InsomniMax a look instead.
Apparently, there was a nasty bug in the professions window in yesterday’s WoW addon distro, which I’ve since fixed. There is still one minor issue with windows overlapping, but word has it that the issue is in Auctioneer, which hasn’t yet been updated beyond a non-stable test version.
Nonetheless, this distro of my addons folder is working mighty dandy, and comes with the newest version of Discord Action Bars (DAB). The downside of DAB is that it takes a few minutes to set up, and the more significant downside with the recent upgrade is that one needs to re-do one’s button layout since the DAB upgrade is a significant one. Still, the new version has a number of dandy features, and I’ve recently redone my Hunter’s UI such that my combat buttons disappear when I’m not in combat or targeting a friendly unit.
If I continue to post my addons folder, the version numbering of the file would be beneficial, to make sure you folks have the latest out there. For those who haven’t followed the link, or have your browser’s status bar hidden, know that the aforelinked addons distribution is what I’ll call version 0.02, if for no other reason than it’s been upgraded once before.
After running into numerous issues with third-party UI compilations for World of Warcraft (WoW) like CosmosUI and Insomniax, I’ve since begun downloading individual mods as I see fit. Generally, individual mods are updated fairly quickly, while major compilations like the aforementioned make customized changes to the individual components such that all the mods play well together. In most cases, however, such custom modifications are not necessary.
Since many people have requested I do so, I’ve decided to host my own AddOns directory, which you’ll find zipped up here. This is my raw AddOns folder, updated as of the 1.9 patch, with minimal errors. Should people have suggestions for mods I ought to add to my distribution, feel free to add comments below, or contact me directly.