As promised, I'm posting a screenshot of my UI, with a listing of the mods I use and why I use them. I will admit that this is a continual work in progress, as I continue to find out about new addons and tinker with existing ones. All mods I use are from either Curse or WoW Interface, but I will not be putting together mod packs or copies of my settings. One other thing to note before getting into the UI stuff, I'm reproducing the Elemental TTT entry over at my Blogspot blog
, mostly so I can break it down into smaller chunks for ease of editing (working with a 5.6k word document inside a vB editor is not exactly fun, especially with all the code that goes along with it).
Now, most people have a philosophy when it comes to Addons and UI design. For my own, I try to make sure that I have the information I need, without getting too cluttered. As a caster hybrid, it makes sense to have a raid frame up so I can do some emergency healing. I also need to keep the middle of the screen as clear as possible so I can see where I am, and what's going on. All those extra things which I need but I shouldn't pay attention to right away are tucked off on the sides of the screen. One of the other things I have is a small focus/focus target frame set up under EventHorizon, and I tie that in with a macro to /assist focus, which means I can change targets to whatever my designated MA is targeting. Also, before anyone says anything, yes, I know I'm not on the damage meters there, mostly because Freya isn't an Elemental friendly fight (lots of AE damage, target swapping, etc etc)
The following are the primary addons that I use, and then I'll write a little bit about why I use them. I have also attached a text file with the full addon listing if you want to get picky about what mods I use.
BigWigs is my boss mod of choice. I've been running this for many years now (from back in my MC days even), and I've always liked it. I guess the biggest reason why I've stuck with it is because it's generally been more reliable than the other boss mod, DBM (that, and I don't think I could bring myself to use something called "Deadly Boss Mod", but I'm silly like that at times).
For buff/debuffs, I use Buffalo. I've experimented with different personal buff/debuff layouts over the years, but keep coming back to the standard icon setup in the top right corner. Most of what I like about Buffalo is that I can arrange buffs, debuffs and weapon buffs however I want to, so I can look at things without having a massive list running down one side of the screen.
- Cooldown Buttons
Sitting in the middle of the screen is a Lava Burst icon with a 7 on it. That's Cooldown Buttons telling me how long I have before Lava Burst is back up (but it also watches other cooldowns). The nice thing about this is that I can set it up to watch certain cooldowns, and not have to worry about re-configuring the layout so that everything fits neatly.
Chatter may not be apparent from the screenshot, but it's the thing that makes chat channels easier to use. It handles item linking in custom channels, renaming those channels so you don't see "[3.LocalDefence][Askledarea] Hi" but rather "[LD][Askledarea] Hi", meaning you can have more space for text (or reduce the width of chat windows for other stuff). I have two major chat windows, on the left and right sides of the screen (the right hand one is that black space beside the action bars). I hide General/Trade from both, and then split Guild/Whispers as well as one of my three custom channels off to the right, with the remained on the left. General/Trade/etc are all on extra tabs on the left side.
Action bars are one of those "core" addons that everyone seems to have. I use Dominos, and have for a while (back when it was called Bongos). There's not much to say about it to be honest, as it's a basic, clean and useful addon.
EventHorizon is a mod that I had a little input into. I'd sent Tifi a PM at the start of April asking if he was able to make an Elemental version, as I liked how he'd set up the Shadow Priest version (well, that's what it started out as, anyway). By mid April he had a version up for testing, and I've been using it ever since (although I have swapped the CL & LB bars around, as I find it easier to use that way). I highly recommend it for all Elemental Shaman (and anyone that has a module built for their class).
Eavesdrop is my combat log viewer, and I can say it's easier to use a scrolling window like this than the flash-in-the-middle-of-the-screen view of most scrolling combat text mods (which means I can keep an eye on not-standing-in-things, as well as warnings & cooldowns).
Fubar is my info-bar and small mod collection tool. I've got lots of things on there, like mod controls, information about friends/guild. There's a large number of plugins for it (I've got 31 visible at the moment), and it's just damn useful.
Despite being a DPS spec, I still have Grid up for those Emergency Heals (and it makes resurrecting people easier too). I've switched off most of the extra bells and whistles, but as a hybrid caster I find it's worth it to be prepared for those times where it's needed. I also find that it's important for any player to have the whole raid visible too.
I used to use PitBull for all my UI needs, but now I've relegated it to just handling my MT/MA frames, because UnderHood doesn't have that (yet).
- Raid Cooldowns
Raid Cooldowns is a nifty little mod that allows you to watch who's used what cooldowns in the raid. I primarily used it for Heroism tracking prior to the cooldown change in 3.1, but it still has some uses.
Recount is pretty much the only practical damage meter around at the moment, but I am playing with Skada as well (it's a fairly even tossup between the two to be honest).
SexyMap is another mod by Antiarc, the guy that wrote Chatter (mentioned earlier). I find it "lighter" & easier to use that some of the other mini-map mods around.
As you can probably tell by the name, TimeToDie is one of those "Target dies in X time" mods. Mostly useful for predicting if you'll beat enrage timers.
- Totem Timers
Totem Timers is one of those "core" shaman mods that you've just got to have. If you don't have a decent totem management mod, go download one right now (seriously, do it). I use Totem Timers because it allows me to switch totems easily, and has shield/weapon buff trackers as well.
Trinketmenu is a nice little "click trinket" frame (although you should really macro up your trinket use anyway) and swapper utility.
Underhood is the unit frames mod I use. It controls anything unit-frame related apart from the MA/MT targets that PitBull is used for. It's fairly customisable, using DogTag code to do pretty much anything you want. It's also fairly light, and easy to configure. I have it showing my Vehicle HP/Power as well as Threat.