My New UI

…is coming along nicely, but not quite ready for prime time just yet. It’s a full rebuild from the ground-up, so it may be another couple of days before I’m able to present it to you folks.

I took it for a test drive into a few battlegrounds last night, mainly to get Grid configured. For the life of me, I’ve never found a way to configure the look of it with all 10, 25 or 40 icons, without actually being in a raid. Maybe there’s a setting in there somewhere, but I haven’t found it.

Anyway, I’ve configured and installed most of the core addons. I’ve kept a few of my old addons, replaced a few with different ones, and found a few I’ve added.

Pibull 4

I’ve tried other unit frame addons, but they all come up short when compared to Pitbull in my opinion. This time around I toyed with a new one called Shadowed Unit Frames because it has an arena addon, but it just didn’t cut it for me. Initially I liked it, but then I went back to my tried and true combo of Pitbull4 and Gladius.

I think a lot of people get intimidated with Pitbull and then move on to something else. It’s feature packed, so it does have a lot of customization options in the backend, but once it’s demystified it’s pretty simple to use. My goal is to outline some simple steps to get people up and running with Pitbull4 once I post my final UI.

Bartender 4

I’ve tried Dominoes, messed with Trinity (or w/e it’s called), but Bartender 4 is still the champion of action bar mods. It stays as well.


I’ve been a Quartz man when it comes to cast bar replacement addons, but I’m trying AzCastBar now and I quite like it. Quartz is still a fantastic addon, but it hasn’t been updated since October of last year. AzCastBar does what I need it to and is super easy to configure.

Prat 3.0

If you know of a better chat addon, then please share. I messed with Chatter some this go ’round, but Prat is still in my eyes the best Chat addon out there.


I like Grid for its ease of use. Install it, position it, and bam! For a simple-minded DPSer like me it does all I need it to do. It shows me who’s alive, who’s dead, and who’s nearby. Pitbull4 offers fantastic raid frames, but I find Grid to be better for plug and play needs like mine. Disable Pitbull4 raid frames. Install Grid. Done.

Satrina Buff Frames

This is a new one for me. I was always fond of Buffalo, but it too looks like another addon where future development is in question. Satrina Buff Frames is a popular choice for many, so I decided to give it a try. I am thoroughly impressed with this addon. It seems there’s absolutely nothing that this addon can’t do in the way buffs are presented.


Chinchilla is what I’m moving forward with for my mini map mod since it’s being actively updated. Apart from that, it’s also a nice addon. It has enough customization options to get your map looking sweet and presenting relevant information, but without too much extra fluff.


This would be my first inventory management addon ever, and I have to say I think I’ve been missing out. This addon is brilliant. I haven’t dabbled with it too much, but so far it does all I need it to and more, plus you can even customize the look of it somewhat.


Gladius is still the best arena unit frame out there. Proximo was great in its day, but it seems like a dead project now.


Essential addon with no equal.


Essential addon with no equal.


Essential addon with no equal.

KG Panels

My previous experience with KGPanels consisted of implementing a 50% alpha background for my first real custom UI. Since then I’d not messed with it much since it’s purely for aesthetics.

However… this time around I’ve decided to revisit it. While I haven’t gone all crazy with it, adding custom artwork and such, it has definitely brought a nice added touch of slickness to my UI.

I don’t recommend KGPanels for everyone, as it takes quite awhile to get over the learning curve of configuring it, yet it has little in the way of return. It’s not going to improve game play one bit. But… if you’re like me and don’t mind sacrificing some playing time in order to have a better looking UI, then by all means go for it.

KGPanels is another addon I intend to offer a brief set of instructions for in order to get people up and running with it.

Alrighty, so that’s what I’ve gotten accomplished so far. I still have some more work to do with MSBT and Power Auras needs to be added. I’ve got a few minor tweaks left for my Pitbull party frames, then I need to look at some minor convenience addons, ie: clock, money, repairs, fps/latency, etc…

I’ll probably give it a few days of play before I get most the kinks worked out. I’m hoping to post screenshots on Friday.

Don’t expect the world with this one, but I am quite fond of it so far. 😉

10 thoughts on “My New UI”

  1. i use an addon called addon control panel. if u want a nice addon that doesnt take alot of memory and lets u enable and disable addons while still logged i suggest you download it, it has saved me tons of time.

    • I wonder what the issue was..? You figure it out?

      I think you may like this new UI btw. 😉 I’m just about done.

      It’s taken me awhile since I’ve been very meticulous about things this time. I’m learning the intricacies of each and every addon (as best I can anyway). …And holy shit Satrina’s rocks!!!

      I’ve been designing it specifically for Gar, but I think it will also translate well to my other characters.

  2. Nice dude! I tried a few of them last night and am using prat, Pitbull, and AZCastbars now. I dont know if i will stick with pitbull as it seems a lil to vibrant for my tastse. Honestly, I’ve thought about keeping pitbull to take everything off my screen but grid. Also, definitely still a fan of Morganti’s buff bar. Less customizable, so it might just be the familialrity factor. Great post man! Keep it going and drop some screenshots along the way!

  3. Gar, you should have just asked about a buff AddOn and I would have told you about SBF a long time ago. I’ve been using it for quite a while. I’m going to see if I can’t figure out pitbull here this coming week while I have some free time since I want to make my own frames.

    Why didn’t my gravatar work?:(

    • Dracky,

      The reason I didn’t try Satrina’s before was because I thought it could only be configured for the bar timers. That, and I just liked Buffalo. When I saw that it could be setup for icon view I was all over it. Plus, it’s 3.2 ready unlike some of the other buff addons.

      Your Gravatar is based on your e-mail address. From the looks of it, you have two separate e-mails you’re using. Maybe it’s confused. :-\

  4. I LOVE that you are putting this together. I’ve never figured out how to navigate the maze of Mods, and I’m eagerly awaiting your next installments on this. Thanks so much!

  5. Bagnon is awesome! Thanks for mentioning it here. The plus side is that it leaves my guild bank alone, but helps everywhere else.

  6. You bet. Being slightly dissatisfied with what I did yesterday, I scrapped a lot of it tonight and began anew.

    I have lots left to do still, but it is much improved over any of my previous UIs imo.


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