The addon I refer to can be found here: [url]http://www.curse-gaming.com/mod.php?addid=388[/url]
Put simply, this is one of the greatest "minimalist" unit-frame replacement addons out there. The problem, sadly, is that it has not been updated since 5/17/05 and its creator (Daniel Wesslan) has abandoned it. His final post on the addon's page states:
Just a little note to let you know that I am no longer updating StatusBars. I have essentially stopped playing WoW.
If anybody wants to pick up where I left and make their own version, drop me a mail and I will send you the php file used to generate StatusBars.xml (much easier to work with).
I registered to the WoWAce forums to make an appeal for one of you excellent developers to take up the reigns on this wonderful addon. It needs a few tweaks to bring it up to speed with the new features in the game and some general fleshing out.
A list of a few modifications that would boost the already incredible value of this addon:
[list]Show up to 16 debuffs (1.7 feature).
Show the debuff-stacking number that was implemented in 1.7 (for example: showing you how many times Sunder Armor has been applied to the foe).
An option to show a resting state or PvP flag indicator on the player and target statusbar.
Possibility of target's class identification via a class icon or similar. (i.e. if I am targeting a Night Elf Rogue in the distance, perhaps the target statusbar could identify him as such so I can be aware of his class). Currently require a seperate addon to do this, such as ClassViewer.
Built in option to disable Blizzard's default unit frames (playerframe, mainbarframe, partyframe, targetframe), currently Statusbars users require a seperate addon to do this.
Additional statusbars system to replace the party frame. Statusbars does not provide bars to replace the default ones, leaving users to make do with the default or seek an alternative.
General maintenance of the code, etc.
Please note that there are also many good suggestions in the thread devoted to this addon at the URL above.
I very much respect the coders on these forums and am a happy user of many Ace-related products. I am sincerely hoping one of you might take on the task of updating this addon.
I don't really know in which way you can change things yet in 1.8 but there Blizzard decided to make their UI components to be loaded as addons instead of the default UI. What they will place in there is a complete mystery to me but that might aswell be the unitframes.
the 16 debuffs... well it sounds nice but I sure as hell don't use it. I use DUF atm and have 8 or 10 (depending on the frame itself) debuffs and 4 buffs for targets which is more then enough. so my suggestion would be a slider or something where you can users to set the amount of buffs and debuffs they would like to see in the frame.