X-Perl UnitFrames

A much enchanced version of Nymbia's Perl UnitFrames, and a complete replacement for Blizzard's default unit frames, including raid frames...


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A much enchanced version of Nymbia's Perl UnitFrames, and a complete replacement for Blizzard's default unit frames, including raid frames and raid tools, with many additions and improvements over the original Nymbia code.

Range Finder (combined with optional health check) for all frames based on spell or item range test.

HoT Monitor will highlight units clearly that have your own active Heal over Time spells.

Debuff Highlighting in standard debuff colors on all friendly frames. Priority given to show debuffs that YOU can cure first.

Raid Frames, buff icons, MT list units and some other portions or X-Perl are Created on demand. Saving a lot of time and memory at system startup. Defering the creation of many parts of X-Perl to when they are actually required. And of course, most often outside of raids they are never required and are never created.

Raid Target icon support for Target, Target's Target, MT Targets.

Unit tooltip will show much CTRA information, with the addtion of combat rezzers available (druids with Rebirth ready (or very soon available) and any normal rezzers out of combat) if you bring up tooltip of a dead person.

'In-combat' indicators for Pet, Target, Target's Target, Party, Party pets, Raid, MT Targets.

3D Portraits for player, pet, target, focus, party. Optional. Of course this may degrade your framerate somewhat because you are displaying more 3D character models that without this option. But some like it pretty, and it does look cool.

Red and Green combat flashes for frames when player, pet, target, party, partypets, raid take damage/heals. Useful indication of things happening.

Added time left on party member/target buffs/debuffs when in a raid, these depend somewhat on CTRA/oRA/oRA2 sending appropriate information over the addon channel, although some of it can be determined at run time by X-Perl, when a player gets a buff for example, we know how long it should last, and therefor when it should expire.

Totally new options window including all X-Perl options and access via minimap icon.

Configurable colors for borders and backgrounds. Including class colored names, and configurable reaction colors.

Much care has been taken with code size, memory load, memory usage per cycle and so on. LuaProfiler/OnEvent mods used extensively and regularly to ensure that X-Perl does not do more work than is absolutely necessary.

With that in mind, the event system was totally re-written, and is as kind to system performance as possible. The majority of events are disabled while zoning to alleviate any event backlog issues. And where most addons use 1 event handler per unit frame, which although standard, the alternative has improved X-Perl's performance. By using single main event handlers, we can route the events to appropriate units. So, for example, when a single UNIT_HEALTH update is fired, then just a single raid frame or party frame etc. gets the event, rather than 40 raid frame's handlers, 4 party and so on. Nymbia's Perl used to do a lot of crazy full frame udpates all over the place, eating away at CPU cycles. This was all fixed to only update what was necessary based on events.

Liberal usage of local functions to cut down compiled code size, and increase speed since functions are called directly rather than by name. Every time you have a global function, you have a global string name associated with it, so size in the global environment saved where possible.

XPerl_RaidHelper sub-addon Assists View Will show anyone from raid assising you with your target, and can also show healers or all plus known enemies targetting you. Tooltips for the same also available (on player and target frames) if you prefer to not use the main window.

MT Targets Replaces CTRA/oRA2 MT Targets window, and doubles as a replacement for the Perl RaidFrames warrior targets. Indicator shows which target you are on. Frames will be colored to show if tanks have duplicate targets.

XPerl_RaidMonitor sub-addon (WORK IN PROGRESS) Casting Monitor Shows selected classes in a list (much like the MT List), but with some differences. Shows mana bars and cast bars on left. Their targets on right. Health bar as normal, but a secondary small red bar on targets which shows the maximum single hit this unit has received since entering combat. The secondary bar will extend downwards from their current HP level down to as far as zero. A green name on the targets indicates this is the same target that you have. You can click on casters or their targets as expected.

All bars can be re-sized in X-Perl main options (Monitor section).

Totals can be toggled (from the 'T' minibutton at top of frame) which gives overview of raid mana status.

XPerl_RaidAdmin sub-addon (WORK IN PROGRESS) Raid Admin Save/Load raid roster setups Only does direct save and load for the moment, but more to come (templates and such).

Item Check Replacement for /raitem /radur /raresist /rareg. Use the old commands before, or drop items in the left item list. Query button will perform /raitem on all ticked items (query always includes dur and resists) and you can then view and review all the results whenever, without having to re-query each item. Includes everyone in raid, so you don't have to work out who doesn't have items, it'll list them with 0 instead of no entry. Active Scanner to check raid member's equipment for the item selected. So you can be sure that people actually have the item worn (Onyxia Cloak for example), without having to go round single target inspecting everyone who 'forgot' to install CTRA for the 50th raid in a row.

XPerl_GrimReaper sub-addon The Grim Reaper remembers the most recent combat events for each unit in the party or raid, so that you may mouse over someone and immediately see the kind of damage/healing they took prior to death.

/grim for options

Right click Reaper for menu (when un-docked) Alt-Mousewheel to scale the reaper window (when un-docked)

Supported Addons CT_RaidAssist, oRA2. Shows tooltip info and player status, replaces MT Targets List, improves raid frames, shows player status, resurrection monitor, buff timers aware. MobInfo-2 / MobHealth3 - Shows target health from MobHealth database. SmartyCat, DruidBar and SimpleDruidBar - Shows druid mana bar from DruidBar when shapeshifted. Clique compatible. And any other click cast addon that uses the same communication method.

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Patch notes for X-Perl UnitFrames 2.4.1
Issues out of my control:
TARGETTING PROBLEMS - Some addons can cause taints in WoW which will stop the target frames from functioning properly in combat. Most notably, action bar mods not updated since the patch.
ACTION BLOCKED in Blizzard Raid Frame - The functions to set maintank and mainassist flags are now protected, and ANY mod that uses ANY Blizzard menu will taint this. You just get the warning blaming whichever mod made the taint first. Taint is made by using the menu system. Needs a Blizzard fix.


Changed: The Hit Indicators now has an option for target and focus frames to show all damage or yours only.
Changed: Files moved into appropriate folders per module in preparation for compatibility with WoW Ace Updater. (Requires a WoW restart to work)

Fixed: Target/Focus hit indicators.
Fixed: Erroneous tooltip indication in raid monitor for which mouse button to press.

Fixed: Talent query fixed.

Changed: TOC updated to 20400
Changed: Target frame hit indicator now only shows YOUR hits/heals against the target and focus units.
Changed: The toggle raid pets keybinding now cycles through pet options (both pets, hunter pets, warlock pets, off).
Fixed: Sorting anomoly with the Assists Frame, which would occassionally sort wrongly.
Fixed: Target class as text would show the unit name instead of class name if targetting an NPC (WoW 2.4 only, because of a change to the UnitClass function).
Removed: X-Perl Grim Reaper is now a seperate and much improved addon and will be made available on the wowace site asap under the name of GrimReaper. (Hopefully later today)

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