Click the image above for the full-resolution 1680×1050 screenshot.
As you can see above, I have a lot going on in my interface, but I’ve tried really hard at keeping it clean, concise, and lightweight, in terms of addon efficiency. Chat messages and names on Recount have been blurred to protect the innocent.
Here is a (quick-and-dirty) diagram showing the majority of what’s on my screen during a raid:
I play on a 22″ widescreen at 1680×1050, using a Logitech G5 mouse and a Logitech G15 keyboard.
In the top left, I have:
- Broker_Memory – a memory usage display, click to start garbage collection and free up some RAM, hover for a list of highest memory usage in your addons
- fps display from Broker_SysMon
- ping display from Broker_SysMon
- Calendar display
- gold displayed from Broker_Money
In the center, I have:
- AutoText – for posting macros like Vent info, boss tactics, healing assignments, etc.
- Broker_Currency – can be toggled to show any counter from the Currency tab of your character frame, and shows them all in a tooltip on mouseover
In the top right, from left to right, top to bottom, I have:
- Broker_Transit – a portals/teleport/hearth menu
- launchers for Cooking and First aid, from Broker_Professions
- Broker_Switcher – a fullscreen/windowed mode toggle
- gfxToggle2 – for switching between presets for video quality
- configuration button for my LDB display addon of choice, DockingStation
- spell reagents counter
- launchers for my other professions, Alchemy in this case
- BankStack – a super fast way to keep your bags and bank nice and neat
- TradeBook – lets me view the professions of all my other toons while only using a tiny bit of memory
(I just realized proofreading this post that I do not have a usable screenshot of my actual player/target unitframes, so I’ll have to add those later.)
Next up we have my Grid frames. Mine have mana bars on the bottom, two text lines in the center, and several corner indicators for HoTs and missing buffs. The second line displays a color-coded timer for Lifebloom. The white square in this shot is for Thorns. As you can see, we’ve only got it on our tanks, as it should be. The first row are only the tanks. I took some of what I’m doing with Grid from Resto4Life and two posts from Tree Bark Jacket. Once I put some more time into creating my own Grid setup, I’ll do another blog post, but I’m starting to eye another addon, VuhDo, with some interest.
On the left you can see my RaidBuffStatus window. This lets me see at a glance who/how many people are missing crucial buffs like Well Fed, flasks, and so on. A control-click will (very matter-of-fact-ly) whisper those players who can give the buff about who is missing it. An alt-click on a buff I can provide myself will cast it on one person who needs it, or if at least 4-5 are missing it, it may cast the group version. In my case, Gift of the Wild instead. The bottom buttons can report to yourself or to a channel/whisper the overall status of who’s missing what.
My lower left chatframes are separated by one last row of LDB addons:
- BuffEnough – self-check for all available buffs
- RBS window toggle
- Broker_RaidSave – let’s me see on mouseover exactly what instances I’m saved to and for how long, across all toons
The top chatframe has most of the more personal chat channels, party, whisper, raid, and guild, while the bottom one is all the regional channels, says, yells, emotes and so on. You can see the style applied by PhanxChat as well. It’s a very clean, concise look that I really like.
My minimap is customized by pMinimap, also by P3lim, configured to show new mail and server time. Again, very clean and sleek. Below that you can see the rest of my minimap buttons arranged by TidyMinimap, including a redundant BugSack icon that I have since rid myself of, and another DBM button. Rawr!
My actionbars are controlled by Bartender4, here with ButtonFacade and the Caith skin. I do dabble in PvP, but I largely click-cast my heals, so my action bars are fairly empty. You can also see a fine example of my macro naming policy!
On the right I have my micro-menu bar, bags bar, and two (technically three) more chatframes. Rightmost is the vanilla combat log, while the left are colored backdrops for EavesDrop.
All in all, it’s served me well, but this UI layout and collection of addons are getting a little long in the tooth, and to be honest, a little chunky too. Here’s to hoping I can come up with something svelte over the next week or so.