I forgot you were building your UI around Grid. >.< hehe :P
I think the minimap only looked out of place on the first one because grid wasn't there so the space was empty.
The second one looks a bit better because you at least have the background there to fill the space. How does it look with your quest tracker in that space? Have it there for soloing, hide it for raiding?
I'd also like this UI posted if possible, but if it's not, would it be possible for you to post larger pictures so we'd have something to work with to try and replicate it on our own? And your Pitbull.lua would be great!
Can you share your EBB settings, I've been trying all day but can't get the two texts to work? :o
I'm at work right now, so no sharing, but basically, do this:
1. Set the top-left text to show the buff name only.
2. Set the bottom left text to show time left, in your preferred format. In my screenshot I'm using the "Default" format.
3. Set the top right and bottom right texts to display nothing.
4. Increase the icon size so that both texts display without overlapping at your chosen font size. I think I have an icon height of 29 with a font size of 14.
5. Turn off the status bar and background display for buffs, and turn off the status bar for debuffs.
6. Reduce the bar width. I think my buffs are set to a width of 100 and my debuffs 200.
7. Every time you see a new buff, type "/ebb config" and give it a new short name. You can do the same with debuffs, but I don't (that's why my debuffs are wider than buffs) as there are hundreds and hundreds of possible debuffs, but a relatively limited set of buffs, and trying to abbreviate every debuff name would not only be a never-ending endeavor, but it would also be a lot harder to remember what every abbreviation meant!
Oh, I also have just two groups: "Good Stuff" which shows tracking, temp enchants, and buffs, and "Bad Stuff" which shows, obviously, debuffs. :P
The second group anchors to the right of the first; it's not visible in my screenshot though.
I don't understand why people want so many different chat windows shown at once. One has always been enough for me. I have 6 tabs on one window, and switch to whichever one is appropriate for the situation:
1. General - say, yell, whisper, party/raid/battleground, guild
2. Public - say, yell, whisper, party/raid/battleground, guild, general channels
3. Raid - say, yell, whisper, party/raid/battleground
3. Private - whisper only
4. Combat - default combat log
5. SelfOnly - combat log messages relating directly to me
6. Loot - loot messages
For me, "easy on the eyes" means minimal things distracting my attention from important things. It also means that things need to be able to become more eye-grabbing when they're important, and get out of the way when they're not; to that end my chat usually has a transparent background, but I turned up the hover alpha and turned off hover delay, so if I need to read something that the game world is making difficult to read, I simply mouse over the chat frame. I've tried having an always-on chat backdrop, and it just annoyed me. :P
I have 3 chat windows, one for chat, one for combat, and one for loot. I do not want to be clicking stuff (or pressing keys) to switch chat tabs to see what's going on. All windows are transparent and locked and sized to fit my UI, which uses a viewport.
I think for me, it's important to have both raid/w/g/private chans/bgs/p all at the forefront. I once had tabbed windows, but I found that often I'd completely forget about one ie. the whisper tab. Then I'd go back and find a long list of whispers or just one important one.
In terms of a combat log, I found it completely useless (only until recently) unless I noticed I got dropped fast and hard, and wanted to take a cap of some uber pyro crit or something, which I have many of :p (I play a warrior). So now, I just keep it tabbed.
Currently, since I am not in a guild currently and don't play on joining one anytime soon, I have one window visible. Long as I don't join trade or lfg, I can handle the /ra /w /p /1 and private chans. I think I like having less clutter on the screen, but if I were to join a guild, or especially a raiding guild, I's most certainly create another standalone window for guild chat and such.