First try with DAB

After a month a pestering by Michael I finally took the plunge and set up Discord Action Bars. I’d been running quite a few UI mods prior to this but what I wanted was less stuff on my screen, not more and DAB seemed to offer just that. In hindsight I’m kind of pissed that I didn’t take a “before” image, but I’m sure this post will serve as the “before” with my next round of tweeks. This was my first try, but I think I have something pretty workable at the moment. Here’s what the UI looks like for Paineater, my lvl 41 undead shadow priest, in default mode – that is with no targets selected (basically for just running around):

ui-default.jpg

Before I get asked, that circular health bar around my toon is SM Unit Frames, the info at the top is Titan Bar and the XP bar at the bottom is BEB. So how do I do anything? Good question, keep reading to see some of the other modes.

ui-hostile.jpg

This is what I see when I target anything hostile. NPC or other player. As you can see I suddenly get all kinds of protection buffs and attack options. If I target someone or something friendly instead, I see something like this:

ui-friendly.jpg

So you can see the attack stuff went away and now I just have buff options. Additionally I have quite a few if/than options built in, for example if I get feared, I’m shown Will of the Forsaken or some other fear cancelling buff option. The beauty of this of course if if I’m not getting feared, those options aren’t taking of screen real estate.

You might notice that I haven’t shown any healing options yet. That’s because with Paineater I’m almost exclusively on offence and am really just there to melt faces. As many and as often as I can. Additionally in shadowform I can’t cast those Holy spells so they are useless to me and shouldn’t be on my hogging up my screen either. However, because I’m still learning this mod and trying to see what it can do, and figured that maybe once or twice I might want to heal a guildie, here’s what my UI looks like if I’m selecting a friendly target and I’m NOT in shadowform:

ui-heal.jpg

No attack options, but lots of buffs and mods. Again, if I change my target to something hostile, I lose these buttons and get the attack ones again. Good stuff.

13 Comments so far

  1. Fogarty (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

    That does look like a pretty cool mod, though I generally try to avoid relying on anything aside from default Blizzard options since it’s a big mess on any given patch day (and they seem to slow down my system).

    I might give this one a try, though. Can you assign the same number keys to various offensive/defensive spells? For instance, maybe giving Mind Flay and Flash Heal to the number 2, depending on the circumstance?


  2. Tektonic9 (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

    So what all mods are you using?
    I like your setup, I must try it.


  3. Jimmy (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

    After the last patch, I was thinking of dumping Cosmos for something simpler and more efficient. Discord, SM Unit, and BEB take the cake. Quite possibly some of the coolest mods of used. Along with Titan, there isn’t anything you cannot do. Thanks for the tips, Sean!


  4. Xander (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 9:49 am

    I decided to take the plunge into using DAB a while ago and I absolutely love it. The conditions that you can set up for each bar are great.

    My Warlock: http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/1883/myui6ek.jpg

    I finally remember to use Cannibalize because I have it pop up when I’m out of combat and my health is below a certain amount.

    Since you’re a priest, I highly recommend BeneCast:
    http://ui.worldofwar.net/ui.php?id=2375

    It places small (scalable) healing and buff panels next to everyone in your party. I really find it essential to heal.


  5. sean bonner (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 10:13 am

    Thanks Xander, I’m about to set up my warlock on it as well.


  6. Lex (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 10:50 am

    Looks very clean. I haven’t strayed very far from the standard button interface for my characters. I’ve gotten rather entrenched with my button placement, I fear. Was it much of a learning curve to switch it up for you?


  7. Gimble (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    I tried it, and was ultimately unimpressed.

    That’s not entirely true: I was impressed by the depth and comlexity of the mod. But it’s very, very complicated.

    Note: I’m a casual player – after about 10 months of playing, I have a 51 Mage. I don’t have the time to do most instances, even.

    It takes a lot of time and research to get this mod to work the way the poster has his configured.


  8. sean bonnerq (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    Lex – it’s definitely not a snap to set up. I was down for 3 days getting it working, and then another day to get used to things, but because you can set the keybindings you can keep things keyed to settings you already have.


  9. Rick (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

    It looks cool, but seems to be for the heavy clicker. I typically use hotkeys for most any spell or ability I might use, so I don’t see it being much use for me. I do like the idea of abilities changing depending on the target! :)


  10. Lex (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

    Sean — I’d second the BeneCast recommendation. I like it a lot for my lowbie shadow priest and my druid. Great for buffing in a party, too.

    On my druid, I placed the top 2 ranks of my Healing Touch and Regrowth spells, then my highest rank of Rejuv. I use the function keys to target party members and the number keys to cast the spells. Good mana conservation and once you get the patter down it’s easy.

    When I switch to feral form, I get another bar layout automatically anyhow, so I can just go ezmode there.

    Do you use more than one set of gear? I’ve found that ItemRack is perfect for swapping gearsets around.


  11. Grant (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    Sean,

    How do you have your scripts set up to change which bars are showing? And how do you get the bars to be a box of nine (so it’s three by three) instead of just a single string of boxes (where it’s nine by one)? Or is there a good guide for DAB that I’m missing? Because the readme sucks.


  12. sean bonner (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 3:50 pm

    DAB is all custom, so you have to set up everything.


  13. Mr. Wendell (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    DAB work great! I use it in conjunction with some other Discord mods like the art and frame modifier. I did my best to unclutter the screen by having menus only appear at appropriate times. The one other UI mod I’m sold on, however, is Move Anything. I can’t stand the mini-map in the upper right corner. I drag it to the bottom middle of the screen below my character. It’s easier on the eyes, especially if you have a large monitor and have to keep looking in the upper corner.

    The one mod I wish we could have would be a “rear view mirror.” I play on a PVP server and am constantly moving the camera around even (especially!) when I’m in combat.



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