I've been using DHUD for quite a while now and I've been happy with it pretty much so far. But since I got it I've noticed something of a performance hit on my rather slow computer, and it's annoyed me greatly..
Finally today I found something visually annoying and got knees deep in the source files to change it. When I got in there I was a little bothered. It seems to be VERY expensive on the CPU, just from the look of the source code. I never bothered to look in-game, but it does completely explain my performance hit, and now it's really bothering me. On such a slow computer as mine I can't really afford such performance hits and lag has gotten me in combat many times already.
So, could anyone recommend a HUD replacement with a decent visual layout that's not heavier on the CPU than it really needs to be? (DOESN'T need to be Ace2.) I've tried IceHUD (though I'm not sure how light that is) and I didn't like the way it handled pet bars at all, and ArcHUD's visual layout just annoyed me overall. I really don't know of any others to try.
MetaHud is about the same as DHUD. But I don't think it's going to be much better performance wise.
From what I remember, MetaHUD is DHUD, with a Meta tag on it. I actually tried it and hated it for all the same reasons I hated MetaMap. lol
I added DHUD's textures to IceHUD and I'm about to test it out to see if I can get a nice layout going with it. Maybe that'll serve my purposes well.
Edit: Forget that. It appears you can't change bar textures on a per-unit basis in IceHUD, so I can't get past the visually appalling way it handles pet bars without modify its files--something I lack the time to do.
Aren't there any nice-looking, well-written HUDs out there? =(
I presently use ArcHud, but have used both. Neither seem to be much under development though.
both are found in the Ace Repository.
I've used both before, and you'll see in my original post that I liked neither. =(
My bad... I did a skim read.... as you can see I skimmed more than read.
Well never mind guys. I've searched all the mods sites on the net and tried plenty of HUDs and I hate all of them. It seems no HUD out there is as visually nice as DHUD. I guess I'll stick with the performance hit on my slow computer (I range 5-10 fps and generally only expect to see around half that due to lag lockups). Just sucks now that I know how bad DHUD really is; when I disabled it to try some others my framerate doubled and I lost much of my normal idle lag/choppniess.
I despise straight bar HUDs. They're annoying as hell. I'd personally rather deal with IceHUD's horrible pet bars or ArcHUD overall crap textures. (No offense intended to any authors! =P This is personal opinion.)
Edit: Duh. The layout for gHUD seems to be fairly simplistic. Making this look like DHUD may be as simple as changing out the textures. Maybe I will try it. Thanks guys.