For a while I have been seeing people talk about this GRID addon so I looked it up. Seems like a neat addon to assist healers and curers (decurse/dispell/cleanse/etc.) that don't have AGUF. At least that's what I got from the page. Yet I see people talk about using AGUF and GRID...both. Can somebody please explain how GRID gives you anything that you don't already get from AGUF raid frames? Maybe I need GRID and just don't know it yet.
Grid gives you a lot of (highly customizable) information about the status of your raid/party members in a very small space. Think of it as a HUD for your raid/party. It's also very convenient to use with a click-casting addon for healing and/or decursing.
I suggest you try both. I am amongst those using both ag_UF
and Grid, as Grid does not have a target/focus frame and I
like seeing myself, my target and my focus with a more ex-
tensive frame showing a 3D portrait, my health/mana deficient,
my targets race, class, faction, type and full name. Though
for my focus I only show health and name.
I use Grid for healing purposes and to show the status of
my fellow party and/or raid members.
Here's what my current UI looks like - You can see Grid just
above the minimap and ag_UF at the sides of it:
I'm using Grid for every raid member, and agUF for myself, target and targettarget. Theoretically I could also use agUF for a focus unit, but I'm still not really used to that idea, so I keep forgetting it.
I normally use ag_UF for myself, target, tot, tott, party, and partypets. In a raid, I hide the party frame and use Grid. You can't beat Grid for compact info. It even managed to convert me from PerfectRaid, which I loved.
little noobish question .. but what does the focus thing from AGUF do?
cause enabling it doesnt do anything .. or is it raid only?
Go into your keybinding (the regular Blizzard ones) and you'll see keybinds for Focus Target and Target Focus. Keybind Focus Target, then target something and hit that keybind. Your current target should now appear as the focus frame. Useful for monitoring and targetting enemies that you're assigned to CC, or monitoring a tank, or an escort NPC, etc. Pressing the keybind for "Target Focus" will... well, target your Focus. The command "/clearfocus" will clear your focus.
Just to underscore something that is a little vague in the above description: Focus is a "sticky target" - you can set your focus, switch to party members to heal, other hostile units to CC or offtank or whatever, to yourself to bandage and all through that your focus remains the same. You can use focus in macros as you might use player, target, party1 and so on. I'm sure that there are some macro's possible that will streamline selecting focus, such as assisting a party member and setting that assist as your focus, but I wouldn't know. Target is nearly automatic, but focus needs to be set and cleared.
Focus has a lot of great uses. You could select a raid or party target if you're a healer or CC and are switching a loot obviously, or you could select your main healer if you're the tank and get a quick heads up if they pull aggro, as well as all the ways that Harwel pointed out. (I never thought of monitoring an escort NPC before.)
I only thought I'd rephrase a little of what was posted because the missus looked at me and said "hwah"?
This is probably a bit off topic, but the focus target is extremely useful for any class which can CC a mob(sheep,shackle,hibernate). You can set up a macro which CC?s your current target (just as usual) but CC?s your focus target if u have one. Combine that with e.g. Chronometer or any other addon which will track the duration of your CC ability.
Now ontopic: Imho AGUF is great for player frame, target frame etc. and party frames in a 5 man party. Grid is simply the best for any raid group between 5 and 40 players. Both together = all the infos you need anytime, anywhere (and looks pretty, too).