Hello and thanks for taking the time to look at this.
I have always loved the Buu layout for ag_unitframes as well as, now, for Pitbull.
This is what the Buu layout looks like:
As a healer it always gave the little bars I'm healing all the time a little personality and added some class to my UI. When I saw that Buu was included with Pitbull I was excited, until I realized the aura placement for it was kind of wacky. I wanted a layout that had all the impressive aura placement, text configuration, casting bars, threat bars and other goodies of ABF but looked like Buu.
Stock ABF usually looks something like this:
I was whining about this in guild chat until a friend guided me in a method to make ABF look like Buu while retaining all the functionality of ABF. Thought I'd write this up to help out any new Pitbullers.
Our goal here is to create a tall frame, 3d portrait, bottom placed power and health bars, as well as bottom placed auras. All using the ABF layout.
1) Choose the abf layout.
Shift click frame --> Other --> Layout --> CHECK Abf 2) Choose dimensions.
Shift click frame --> Other --> Size --> Height: 160, Scale: 100%, Width: 130 3) Enable and configure Portrait
Shift click frame --> Other --> Portrait --> CHECK "Enable portrait", Height: 8, Position: Portrait, Side: Center, Style: 3d. 4) Configure bars.
Shift click frame --> Bars --> Health Bar --> Height: 2, Position: Health bar
Shift click frame --> Bars --> Power Bar --> Height: 1, Position: Power bar
*NOTE: If you'd like a little more control over your bar heights, set your Portrait height to be a greater value then adjust your Health bar and Power bar accordingly. 5) Configure auras (to place them below)
Shift click frame --> Other --> Auras --> Enable --> CHECK Buffs & Debuffs
Shift click frame --> Other --> Auras --> Buff Size --> 17 (or something similarly small)
Shift click frame --> Other --> Auras --> Side --> Bottom
Hope this helps!
That should just about do it to get a general style almost identical to Buu using ABF. Of course, configure your texts and other goodies anyway you want. This layout is almost perfect but I wish I could go below size 1 on the power bar to emphasize the health bar a bit more. No biggie and I understand why it does that (this is a TALL uf for a layout that is supposed to be horizontal!). [*FIXED! Thanks OttoDeFe. See reply below.]
Thanks to Keisjaa who showed me this and I hope this helps all those people who are diving into Pitbull these days. To see how I fit this into a 10 man raid, check out the 100% Ace2 screenshot.
Hey ck, can you tell me more (or linky) about this new meta markup system for pitbull layouts? Sounds really really cool and I want to be ahead of the game when it's released. What are your thoughts on how this affects performance?
Up until now (and this is still how things currently are):
You had layouts, ABF, Buu, Industrial, etc. That defined their own functions on where placement was, how options were displayed, etc.
One real layout is left: ABF, which will be henceforth called "Meta-layout". This will then be hidden from the user as it is assumed. A new layout system will be built on top of Meta-layout, where you can choose what kind of settings you want to go with, e.g. Buu-style with portrait on top and such and icons on the portrait maybe, or ABF-style with portrait on left and icons in the corners, or oUF-style with portrait on the left and icons somewhere else.
Whenever you change a setting, a new "Custom" layout is created, which can be saved and given a name. There will be an export function so that you will be able to post on the forums layouts you made (this is what I'd like to see most). There will also be an easy way to import layouts. I might even theoretically allow for you to export a layout to your guild and have them import it into their database automatically.