UI’s (User Interface) are such a personal thing. Everyone has different views on what they should look like. I never thought about UI’s until I received a screenshot one day and realised that the screen in the photo looked nothing like mine. Since then I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect UI.
I’m constantly striving for the balance between minimal and uncluttered and actually being able to see everything and reach all my abilities easily. And then often I get it how I like and am content for a week or two and I find I want to tweak it a bit more.
I also have a completely different UI on my healing toons to my dps toons. I use VuhDo to heal with, so that needs to be slotted in nicely. I hate when VuhDo doesn’t fit and just seems to hang on my screen above my bars, so for that end I’ve created a layout where my buttons fit around it. So far, this is the UI my healing toons have.
I have all the non-essential bars faded out so I don’t see them unless I mouse over them.
What I am unhappy with is my portrait and target bars. I can’t seem to get them looking like what I want and sitting in the right place, they just look messy. I’ve seen UI’s that have just a long panel for their portraits and target, I might look into that. I slot a tiny little focus bar in there as well. When I’m on the druid I have myself focused and have a macro that uses innervate on the focus so I don’t inadvertently give my innervate to another mana using class, way too many times have I accidentally had a mage targeted and given my innervate to them.
On my priest I have myself focused so that my cascade goes onto a friendly and potentially alive target (nothing like having to find another target if your focus target dies). Both these spells could potentially be moved to moreover macros or even slotted onto VuhDo and I could go back to having focus free. Hmm, I might think about that.
I also would like to get into writing weak auras so I have visual icons and effects come up on my screen to remind me when abilities are off cd and ready to be used. I don’t like looking down at my bars that much and while I do have a cooldown counter on the spells, I’d prefer something to flash up and stay up on my screen until that ability is used again. I know I’ve seen that in a video somewhere, I just need to try to find it again.
I’ll keep looking for the perfect one but in the meantime this is what I have.