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Wisebull
10-26-2010, 07:16 AM
Hello, I'm seeking for best addons for healing, especially for restoration Druids. I have downloaded and tried dozens of addons which doesn't please me, so I'm asking your help: Can you tell me the all necessary addons? I practically need everything (Unit Frames etc.)

Reev
10-26-2010, 07:20 AM
I believe the most popular healing addons, at least among the healers I know, are Grid and Clique.

Grid is a raid frame addon that's heavily customizable as to how you want your frames, buffs and debuffs to appear. Many druids use it to monitor who has rejuv on them, etc.

Clique lets you rebind your abilities to mouse buttons with modifiers, so right click might be Rejuv, and Shift right click might be Regrowth or whatever. It lets you just clique on raid frames instead of having to click and then mash a key.

Theotherone
10-26-2010, 07:45 AM
I use Healbot and Decursive on my priest and pally. I've tried VhuDo also which is actually pretty nice, but I just am used to and like Healbot.

Reev
10-26-2010, 07:48 AM
I use Healbot and Decursive on my priest and pally. I've tried VhuDo also which is actually pretty nice, but I just am used to and like Healbot.

I'm oldschool and use only Grid. I think I should get with the program and get Clique or a similar program.

Thegreatme
10-26-2010, 07:49 AM
clique is completely optional if you are capable of clicking on someone to change targets in less than 1 GCD,I personally can't stand not being targeting someone to heal.

Bovinity
10-26-2010, 07:50 AM
Nah. Us old Grid-only codgers gotta stick to our guns!

Reev
10-26-2010, 07:53 AM
Yeah, I've always been able to retarget within the GCD no problem. I think the reason I'm considering Clique is simply to be able to have more binds readily available, especially for my priest, who has so many spells on her bar already. I almost never use Binding Heal, for example, simply because there's no space on the action bar for it.

Thegreatme
10-26-2010, 07:55 AM
That seems more like an action bars issue than a keybinds issue, unless you really do have 48+ abilities taking up all of your other spots.

Theotherone
10-26-2010, 07:55 AM
I'm oldschool and use only Grid. I think I should get with the program and get Clique or a similar program.

I just used Healbot from when I started healing on my Pally. While I like it, the interface is "blah" but it does do what I want it to do and I don't ask too much from it; ubber -customization and I dont' get along too well. I really like Decursive it makes Necrotic Plauge so easy on LK, little square lights up , timer appears in the box and one click and it's gone.

Although, the best healer I've run with, a Druid who was in a couple of guilds with me, is old school and heals using X-perl as his raid frames. He tells me I'm not really healing since I cheat with Healbot.

Reev
10-26-2010, 07:55 AM
I also find it amusing that all of us hardcore tanks here also play healers and dps. A sign of the age of the game, I guess.

Aoife
10-26-2010, 07:59 AM
For what it's worth, I use Xperl for raid frames and Healium on all my healers.

warlord.hellscream
10-26-2010, 08:08 AM
I use Healium on my Holy Priest.

Bashal
10-26-2010, 08:15 AM
I couldn't imagine using Healium in a raid -- wouldn't that just take up too much space? And the little icons for each spell beside the health bars... isn't that difficult to click on in a hurry? Wouldn't it just be easier to bind your heals to mouse clicks, if you want to be clicky, and use clique/vuhdo/healbot?

Pöny
10-26-2010, 08:44 AM
I would have to agree with Reev about Grid+Clique being one of the most popular among verteran players.

Here are a list of the more popular ones that I know of. You can Youtube and see what best suits your play style.

Healium - Can be clunky at times. Well, all the time. I do not recommend for Raids at all.

Healbot - This works very much like Grid+Clique. I would recommend this one if your just starting out with using a healing addon. Not as confusing as Grid+Clique as far as getting it set up. I feel this is more of a stepping stone into click healing.

Grid+Clique - Decent add on, highly customizable. You can make it as clunky or as stream lined as your heart desires. Only Con? requires 2 addons... not that big of a deal :)

Vuhdo - So I saved my favorite for last. I just recently started using this add on. Due to Grid not having an update in time when 4.0.1 dropped in our laps. And I have not looked back. :) Has a click healing function, like all the ones above. It is HIGHLY customizable, can be confusing at times though. But once you get it set up to show all that you are wanting it is a great addon.

All the above add ons listed are all super addons. I have used the above mentioned add ons on a priest healer Disc/Holy and a Resto Shaman. I have yet to use Vuhdo on my Pally. but of course I am always taking the damage. LOL

Also, all the above raid frames support mouse over macros. If you are not sure what mouse over macros are. It is pretty much the same as hovering your mouse over a raid unit frame and clicking a mouse button. Instead you hover over a raid unit frame and mash a keybind on your keyboard.

Hope you can find one you like. Good luck with the add on hunting!

As for unit frames I like both Xperl and Pitbull Unit Frames. I like the latter better. I have heard Shadow Unit frames are decent, but I cannot comment I have never used it. I just know a few people that swear by it.

Thegreatme
10-26-2010, 10:29 AM
click to heal/clique is overrated. clicking to target then pressing keybinds or bust!

Bashal
10-26-2010, 11:01 AM
click to heal/clique is overrated. clicking to target then pressing keybinds or bust!

That's exactly what I used to do, no mods of any kind involved. It worked well for me in 5-mans, but saw that I'd have trouble in raids. I started wondering about mods, found something called "healbot" and just stuck with that. (I suppose if I'd found grid first I might have stuck with that instead, lol). Later I got curious and tried VuhDo, which I found I liked better.

I guess what I'm tryin to say is, if whatever you use doesn't feel right, you gotta try something else, whether it's target/cast, mouseover macros or click-to-cast. :)

sifuedition
10-26-2010, 11:07 AM
I would highly recommend trying all three of the most popular. I have used grid+clique, healbot and vuhdo. After using all three, I am a dedicated vuhdo fan. It does everything the other do. I think it still does more than healbot but healbot has been improving. It it much easier to configure than grid. Additionally, the developer of vuhdo is one of the most responsive (to tickets on curse) and active developers I have ever come across. The man should be paid.

Pöny
10-26-2010, 11:16 AM
click to heal/clique is overrated. clicking to target then pressing keybinds or bust!

I use to target/mash buttons. Then I found mouse over macros. Then I found click to cast mods.

I actually use all the above. There are uses for all play style.

My point is as such: Everyone has there own play style.

Back to the OP - Please do not think there is only one way of doing things. There is always more than one way of doing things that come up with the same out come that you are looking to get. Find something that you feel comfortable with, mix and match if that is what will make you a better player. :)

Again Good Luck

Way2funny
10-26-2010, 01:54 PM
Hello Healers of all kinds,

First time on Tankspot and first Post ever..hope this helps someone.

With the New Raid/Party UI I only use decursive, omen, and bartender. I dropped Ozraid when 4.0 hit. My best weapon is my Belkin "N52te" game controller, this is not an add..lol. All I do is setup my Bartender to match my N52te, and away I go ! Just click on Toon who needs my service, hit correct button on my belkin...Bamm done. With the new addon it also shows incoming heals, this keeps me from overlapping the raid heals. I use Omen to watch if any DPS are getting close to agro, so I can stay ahead on my heals. Decursive bar I set up right next to UI boxes, so my mouse is always near by. Simple is better for me. The controller also has joystick on it so I can move more freely, I find myself jumping in and doing some Boss smashing, which is a good thing now that Blizzard changed us Holy Paladins.

Good luck and if you want I can send you a pic of my UI if you want, SpàrHawk of Bladefist

Predakhan
10-26-2010, 03:02 PM
Like others have said I would try the "big" 3 first and go from there. I prefer vuhdo myself. I have heard great things about grid but I found the setup daunting and decided to not even try to get through all the config stuff.

Aroa
10-27-2010, 12:48 AM
I use Grid and mouse over macros. I do this because I want to be able to keep the boss targetted to see his abilities, be able to do an interrupt or maybe just send an odd flameshock or so. I still want to be able to use the mouse button to select a raid member so that is one of the reasons why I don't use Clique-casting with mouse buttons. Another reason is that this is what I have done for a long time and what I feel comfortable with.

I like to keep the tank I put Earth shield on as my focus.

Skaterjoec55
10-27-2010, 11:10 AM
OH MAN! Talk about a question that has infinite answers. First and foremost, what addons you use are completely up to you but I will state the addons I use for my Restoration Druid. One addon I love is VuhDo I like this better than Healbot because VuhDo is much more customizeable in my opinion, allowing you to have Buff warnings, threat warning, inc heals, heals, display of icons to your choices (where your HoT icon will be placed on the name plate) and much much more! But I also use Grid, you will see that many Healers like to use 2 Raid Frames, I use Grid for Battle Rezing so I can easily select the player I wish to bring back from the dead, along with being able to set player foci more quickly. Also I like to use PitBull because I can create and customize my own party name plates, move them to my liking etc. I also like to have Satrina Buff Frames its a great way to organize all your de/buffs you like in your personal way and show them anywhere on your UI. Also I use Dominoes for my action bars because I always need more room for all my spells. Also a great addon would be Power Auras because instead of searching through your buffs and trinkets and wondering if your spell proc'd anything PowerAuras provide you a visual effect letting you know when something happened/avaliable for example I have Wildgrowth as one of my PowerAuras everytime I cast it I have 2 half circles pop around my character tunnel vision and once they go away that is when I know my wildgrowth is off CD, you can do the same thing with Swiftmend and Omen of clarity. There are both tutorials for GRid and PowerAura set up's by our lovely Aliena on Tankspot.

PowerAura Tutorial can be found here: http://www.tankspot.com/showthread.php?58444-PowerAuras-Tutorial
Grid Configuration Tutorial can be found here: http://www.tankspot.com/showthread.php?58066-Healing-Grid-Tutorial

I hope you have the best of luck finding the AddOn's that are right for you! If you need anything else please don't be afraid to ask! GOOD LUCK!

~`~`~Earthgoddess`~`~`~

Maros_vek
10-27-2010, 03:16 PM
VuhDo for the win! Much easier than Clique to setup, and hugely customizable. Never tried Healbot. VuhDo even helps for my tank for a visual placement.

Ludy
10-28-2010, 09:54 AM
VuhDo all the way.

Reev
10-28-2010, 09:56 AM
Yeah, I use Grid when I'm not healing too. It's important for a tank or raid leader to always have a quick visual snapshot of what's happening to the players in the raid.

Insahnity
10-28-2010, 10:04 AM
Like many, I migrated to VuhDo simply because they were the fastest off the mark after 4.01 to come up with an interface, and it's decent once you get used to it.

I came from Healbot, never did try grid+clique, the fact that there is a tutorial here on how to setup grid+clique should not daunt you in terms of setup. I find VuhDo takes a lot of setup itself if you want it to be useful.

Healbot is a great starter interface, simply because you don't have a lot to customize. Having too many options to mess around with is nice for us Grid+Clique/VuhDo/Veteran Healbotters, but for starters, keep it simple.

Grid+Clique, from what I can tell, is simply a legacy from older raiders. It's great, but VuhDo and to some extent Healbot can do what is needed anyways.

If you don't want to change later on, then start with VuhDo up front. If you can navigate through its option to understand, then it's the best balance of power and ease of use, which is why it is so popular.

BruisedOoze
10-28-2010, 10:18 AM
I'm oldschool and use only Grid. I think I should get with the program and get Clique or a similar program.

I prefer Grid with mouse-over macros over using conjunction with Clique. Don't think I'll ever switch to such clicking functionality. I'm starting to look at Healbot and Vuhdo to see if I can get the information presented how I like it, for patching purposes. I have Grid profiles for my priest and druid that I've grown quite accustomed to, however they require additional Grid addons (like gridstatushots) which can be seemingly problematic during updates so that's why I'm looking at an all in one package right now.

Billabolla
10-30-2010, 03:06 AM
Pitbull 4.0 is highly recomended. And Clique. Only downside with pitbull is that it can be hard to learn how to customize it. Once you know what your doing only your imagination stops you from making your perfect UI.

Fetzie
10-31-2010, 05:46 AM
I don't use vuhdo any more because it had issues with redrawing the frames if I disconnected during combat, so I needed a backup raidframe regardless. Grid does not have this problem (which is fairly major if you ask me).

CatabriOnEarthen
11-01-2010, 06:38 AM
Healing addons:
Grid + Clique. When combined with mouseover macros for other things, it works wonders. If your system has trouble w/ too many addons, you can enable the default UI party frame as a raid frame (which is moveable, and can be made smallish) and use Clique with it.

Grid Pros: Highly customizable, you can make it tell you just about everything you wanna know, depending on what plugins you use.

Grid Cons: Can be a resource hog if you load it down w/ various plugins.

Clique: You have to make sure that you tell it not to act on frames you don't want it to.

I've tried Vuhdo and Healbot. Vuhdo I got kinda cross eyed at the configuration and Healbot, well it's annoying and clunky.

Raid frames/Party frames: Currently, I'm using the default raid frame, I will probably change back over to grid from the stand point of being able to see debuffs better. As I'm rebuilding my UI from scratch, I'm only adding in things one at a time. My Unit Frames are Shadowed Unit Frames, and while I may not be able to customize it as much as PB4, PB4 was making my head hurt. SuF is lightweight, and easy to configure.

Threat/Damage meter: Skada. Only turn on what modules you actually want, and you'll conserve resources over Omen/Recount combo. I have 2 skada windows: 1 for threat, open during combat, and 1 for damage, closed during combat.

BossMod: Everyone has their favorites. I've tried DXE, BigWigs, and DBM. I may not have given BigWigs a fair shake. Consensus in our guild, DBM.

Buff Bar Mod: Optional. I use Satrina's Buff Frame, highly modded for my use. Set it up how you want it, then turn off the options in your addon loader. The mod itself is fairly light weight, the configuration is not. But Satrina is a stand up dude, and unlinked the two.

Look thru the Show your Interface, and Rate the UI above threads to see what you like. Then CREATE it yourself. Download packs are rarely ready to go out of the box as you will want to tweak things for your playstyle. If you have questions on how to set up various different addons, then go to the UI thread and ask there. We're glad to help.