Topic Please don't flame me ... Why not Healium?
Mouseover macros are the best, but before that
Learn how to heal without addons and without macros first...It sounds stupid and many will think"Why the hell woudl you need to do that" ...the only reason is so you learn your spells and their speeds...and your largest gap of reaction time...I didn't heal with addons while leveling(not like you need too) and I didn't heal all through the DS dungeons without a single healing addon or macro...but now I only use mouseover macros and its so easy...I barely even have to think about who i'm healing usually its just mouse over push button, mouseover push button...
Learn how to heal without addons and without macros first...It sounds stupid and many will think"Why the hell woudl you need to do that" ...the only reason is so you learn your spells and their speeds...and your largest gap of reaction time...
if you Really want to figure that out, go do some PvP.
I use VuhDo, and still have my spells keyed and set up for mouseovers. I can heal without VuhDo just fine, but it was trying to heal while humping a column that taught me why that it was important.
VuhDo shows me what I want to know in a nice neat package. Healium is the exact opposite of that.
I use life grip to help my team mates around sand pools, or cast shield on a dps giving them a speed boost for focused lightning while I myself am still running out of the water. To be able to do that you need your information to be condensed, not expanded. Healium expands the information. VuhDo subtly changes colors of frames and adds dots for things like when my shammy co-healer is taking care of something. There is no way we could be such an effective team if we were using healium.
Edited by Vishtara on 7/16/13 9:44 PM (PDT)
I've had people tell me they swear by it, but I just don't feel you would be able to react very well. I mean, I would honestly rather use the default ui and click heal w/o mouseovers.
Never even bothered trying it (the pics scare me), but does it work by actually having to click the spells to the right?
If so... yikes. Not trying to be rude, but anything would be better. Try vuhdo or healbot. They're pretty basic even out of the box. Or hell, even the default ui for that matter. Least you have some keybinds that way.
Personally, I can't live without VuhDo.
Edit: missed a letter.
Answer to the title of your post:
Vuhdo. Get it. Learn it. Love it.
It's ugly. I can't get it to look as pretty as Healium.
Grid is ugly.
Healbot is ugly.
I like pretty. Healium is pretty. And it's fine on my screen, and I scale down it's UI. Plus it's clique and mouseover macro friendly, so I don't have to click every freakin' button on it.
I use Healium, and I love it. Love love love it. But I do bust out the ugly grid for 25 mans, because I haven't set up Vuhdo for my Priest. (I did for my Shaman and Druid though... so it's not like I can't use it, I just don't like the look and I hate keybinding things to mouse.
Now... onto responding to the original post.
Now, let me give you a REAL answer P-altcharacterIdon'tfeellikelookingup-ki.
First, if you don't scale down the UI it will take a lot of real estate on your screen. Especially if you put a lot of buttons on it. For Priesting, yeah, there's a lot of buttons... I use all 15. For other classes, I don't need as many, it just seems that Priest needs the most.
Second, if you're clicking all the time on the buttons, there's a few things you have to be aware of.
--> You can misclick. That can really be bad when you're a healer, as it could mean loss of healing or even worse, a death.
--> For an ability like Rejuv that's on a 0.5 GCD, you may not be able to click through fast enough. Or if you're trying to cast a spell on top bar and then one on the bottom bar, it might take you more than a GCD and you lose valuable time.
--> Lack of Horizontal plus vertical stacking. One way that the others gain some GCD speed is that you can go across and up and down, making the area your mouse move in smaller and increases accuracy.
You can mitigate some of this through mouseover macros and Clique. That way you're not clicking each button, you're just hovering over their name on the raid frame and using your keybinds. But for anything more than a 25 man, it's still too far of a distance to travel.
Third, lack of visibility to buffs and debuffs. If you want to see certain buffs on players, then you have to have it on the bar to track it. When you have a rejuv button and you press it, it puts the rejuv icon on them so you know they have that buff and how long it lasts. If you didn't have a rejuv button, you wouldn't see that. And well, for Druid healing, that's kinda important.
The dispel button is quite dynamic for Healium, recognizing what type and changing the color and placing a border around the button. But when I do PvP, this isn't really that useful. With the 6 second dispel cool down, I don't want to just dispel anything. And well, dispelling a Frostbolt slow is pretty silly compared to dispelling a living bomb plus combustion. Healium won't allow you to track that.
What Healium needs that other add ons do is allow a user to add spell ids to the interface so that we can decide what we want to track. So for things like Heroic Tortos, I have to use Weak Auras to track the debuffs on players to make sure the shell is up. Healium can't track that for you making it incredibly difficult to heal such a fight with it alone. The other add ons just don't need the outside help.
Those I think are the major points against Healium. To summarize:
1.) It can take up a lot of screen space and can cause "blind spots." Really unusable for 25 mans outside of LFR.
2.) It encourages clicking each icon separately, which can reduce the speed at which you heal... especially if it takes you more than 1 GCD to get from one player to the next.
3.) Lack of vertical and horizontal movement.
4.) Lack of customizable tracking for buffs and debuffs, which can be very difficult for PvP and certain raiding mechanics. An outside add on may be needed to do what other add ons can.
Don't get me wrong. I healed heroic ToT fights with Healium just fine, but not by using Healium without other add on support. But if you're really looking for the best of the best healing add ons, I think Vuhdo has the best functionality and flexibility. It's just a pain in the butt and took me about 4 hours of constant tweaking to set it up to an acceptable level. I just won't bust it out unless I'm doing a normal or heroic 25.
Edited by Feythylan on 7/19/13 3:13 AM (PDT)
I posted the way it looks on mine, so I don't care how it looks on other people. If you don't think I gave a fair assessment of it above, then ridicule me all you want. It's absolutely fine on my screen.
Edit: I watched the vid - didn't realize it was a vuhdo.
Yes - I prefer the class colors, but even the class colors in vuhdo aren't the exact class colors used by wow so it annoys me to no great end. I hate having to set where I want to see where which buffs appear around the screen, and I hate the fact that he doesn't use the Lifebloom, Rejuv icons when he could.
But that's what I mean, it just takes a long time to set it up the way you like and you're constantly tweaking it until it's where you want it to be. I just like Healium's usage of class colors, tracking of mana, and usage of default icons.
And well, in terms of real estate, that video takes up just as much if not more real estate then mine.
Edited by Feythylan on 7/19/13 3:03 AM (PDT)
So does it work that you click on the healing spell for that particular player?
Yes, what healium does is that each spell you put to the right is a [@mouseover] macro, so you can even use macros with it (like my Flash Heal, Greater Heal, and PoH have Inner Focus macro'd to it, even though I never click the buttons and use my keybinds). But each line is a [@mouseover target=player to the right] so you always hit that player as the target.
For a spell like penance, you can left click to cast it on the friendly target, or right click to cast penance on your current target. So if you are clicking things, you can have a boss up as your target or if you're tank healing, have one tank targeted and just use the one line for the other tank and effectively cast a Flash Heal on one tank and then a Flash Heal on the other tank without ever moving your mouse, which is the one thing other add ons can't do - you'd have to move over to the other tank frame or move off the frame.
Healium will also work like normal raid frames so you can click the name plate to target that player, use an [@mouseover] macro over the raid frame, and has an option to use Clique keybinds over the raid frame.
That's the basics of how it works.
Please just kick the habit now. You'll thank yourself later.
There is no reason to see all your spells next to each persons name. Healium enforces slow reaction time and takes up WAY too much screen real estate.
Please, do mouse over macros or click to cast addons such as Healbot/VuhDo . (With these addons, instead of clicking on the spell you jus click on the frame of who you want to heal. For example, left click for me is healing wave).
But seriously, get rid of Healium ASAP
Edited by Dailee on 7/19/13 7:36 AM (PDT)
This image isn't any better. Plus youre doing a 10 man BG, how does that look in LFR?
I find it highly unnecessary to see your spell icon more than once anywhere on your screen.
The only way to make it fit well with 25/40mans is to make the icons ungodly small
I've never even heard of this addon.
Then I looked at screenshots.
I actually LOL'd. My god.
Ignoring the blatant clusterf... on the screen...What the hecks the point of that addon? If you're going to actually click spells anyhow....Why? lol
*IMO* If you're going to clickspells anyway.....which is slower and highly inefficient - at least for my class - just use no addon.
The point of healing addon is to make things easier/quicker; Literally has 2 jobs; 1 make targeting instant/not necessary. And, 2; avoiding clicking on spells to cast...
If you absolutely want to click spells to cast, well just play default UI. You'll be just as inefficient. Even if you think that addon helps.