So first off, most of these visuals come from Weak Auras 2. You can get the addon here. I’ll try to provide simple and clear instructions how to get things working and which files you will need. Eventually I’ll get around to cleaning up my Dropbox so its easier to navigate (maybe).
You will need to download the .tga art files from my dropbox and save them to WorldofWarcraft/interface/addons/Custom UI, other wise Weak Auras can’t find them and you’ll see a bunch of green boxes. You will have to create this folder because it won’t exist.
*IMPORTANT* If you are using an old import string, you will probably need to change the texture filepath for each custom texture by removing the in front of each path. Most of the strings should have been updated to not have this issue though.
Alternatively, you can save them where ever you want, and just re-direct each aura to the new location, if you know the basics. Its important that the art files are in place BEFORE you start the game.
Go to my Pastebin page and find the appropriate string you want Click on the Pastebin link for the class spec and copy the text from the Raw Paste Data field (bottom section).
Next, start up the game and open Weak Auras 2 config by typing /wa and click New . You should see a bunch of options for what things to make, so hover on down to Import.
Paste the raw text from the string and if it’s working right, you should see a new window appear with an “Import” button.
Updating with more recent strings:
If you are trying to update an aura with a more recent string, Weak Auras does not do that. It can only add auras. So you should always delete the old group and its children when replacing stuff, otherwise it will only delete the group name, and rest of the auras will scatter and you have to hunt them down one by one.
If you get a de-serialization error, then that’s my fault, and I am slacking off cause the aura group is too large, but this won’t happen that much. Otherwise I wouldn’t be sharing the strings with you.
Class Icon or Class Crest?:
Almost every class/spec UI setup is composed of 2 paste string groups – 1) the center class sigil and 2) the spell auras. If its something else unique to the class, I’ll usually have it as its own import string. So you see something flashy is missing, its because you don’t have one of those groups. I should probably mention that there are two icon types, the class icon and the class crest. The crests are the smaller compact versions and the class icons are bigger with a runic plate background. Just in case you needed that cleared up.
Other Addons You Might Need:
Since I use a bunch of custom imported sounds and fonts, I need a way to bring them into the game. To do so, I use 2 other addons. There’s lots of ways to do this, but this is the method I use. Weak Auras 2 doesn’t need to import sounds though.. You can just direct it straight to your sound file when you choose a custom one.
- Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text (MSBT) – Other than displaying info text on the screen, the built-in Custom Media module lets you use any font, texture, or sound file that is placed within the addon’s designated folders.
- SharedMedia – As it’s name implies, it allows you to share any font, texture, or sound file across any addon that supports LibSharedMedia.