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Old 11-30-2004, 12:10 PM   #1
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POST A PIC OF YOUR GUI AND EXPLAIN WHY IT'S THE BEST!--------------------EQII Options button remains hidden until mouseover.-Backdrops on chatwindows disappear on mouseover.-Top Left chat is combat and miscellanous events.-Bottom Left chat is group, guild, say, auction, etc.-Bottom Right chat is traders and crafting channel.-Grouping box remains unlocked for quick adjustments.

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Old 11-30-2004, 03:54 PM   #2
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Not bad. However I do wish that SOE would implement a chat filter system for the chat windows. I hate the system they have.
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Old 12-01-2004, 11:19 AM   #3
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What do you mean by chat filter?You can already filter out stuff you don't want to see in the chat window (like 'speels others cast' and whatnot), if that is not a chat filter, what is? I'm curious.
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Old 12-01-2004, 11:26 AM   #4
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me too.
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Old 12-01-2004, 02:27 PM   #5
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Brunhilde wrote:
What do you mean by chat filter?

You can already filter out stuff you don't want to see in the chat window (like 'speels others cast' and whatnot), if that is not a chat filter, what is? I'm curious.


By filter I mean a tab system like SWG for example. So you can have just 1 chat window with several tabs. A tab for combat, for group chat for guild chat etc.
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Old 12-01-2004, 02:38 PM   #6
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Muahaha, I honestly think this is about as organized as one can with the GUI :3
 
Organization of Chat Boxes:
-All nearby chatters, shouts, ooc chats, and NPC dialogues go into the upper left box (which has been named "Vicinity").
-All Group chat, Guild chat, Raid chat, and Private chat go into the upper right box (the "Community" box.  You don't miss what is most important!)
-All combat messages, narratives, system broadcasts, spells, etc. go into the lower left box (called "Status").  This box is, of course, invisible unless moused-over, so during non-combat situations it remains hidden.
 
Organization of Colors:
-All player and NPC names that don't belong to my party, guild, raid group are YELLOW, and all players that are in my group or guild are VIOLET.  This way I can easily identify messages from important people, even if I am not paying particular attention to the boxes.  The colors are a good visual cue.
-All default chat colors has been changed to make identification of chat channels easier.
-All game colors have been changed to make identification of NPCs and Con difficulties easier.  (I use red for tougher things, green for easier things; level of difficulty is decided by the depth of color, rather than variety; this keeps things simple.  i.e., from easiest to toughest, Too Easy, Easy, Slightly Challenging, Even Match, Tough, Very Tough, Incredibly Tough
 
Organization of Hotkey Windows:
-All Melee abilities go in window #1.
-All Ranged abilities go in window #2.
-All misc. abilities go in window #3 (call of Qeynos, activable slot, Tracking, etc.).
-All abilities related to Invisibility or Hate Reduction go in window #4 (this includes attacks that require stealth mode to initiate).
-All abilities/macros related to buffs or Heroic Opportunity go in window #5.
-All Crafting-related abilities go in window #8 (some extents into #9 and #0, but I can easily toggle them through in the upper right window, which is dedicated to crafting only)
 
Misc:
-Compass is relocated to the bottom, sitting next to the EXP bar; I find it easier to be looking down rather than up when I walk (you really should be staring at the ground, not the sky, when you travel, you know ;3)
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Old 12-01-2004, 07:10 PM   #7
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Jowana, maybe you have an "organized" GUI, but my resolution is a lot lower than yours. I have a much more compact setup. What video card and resolution is that?

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Old 12-01-2004, 07:30 PM   #8
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Yes, I do realize that this GUI setup is not possible with lower resolutions, but I didn't see a resolution restriction in your contest description! SMILEY
 
Radeon 9700 Pro on an Apple Cinema HD Display 23".  This particular monitor does not work with my new Radeon X800 XT though (a known compatibility problem with the Apple monitor when used with some PC cards), so I've ordered an HP L2335 to replace it; it's the same size and resolution (23", 1920x1200) as the Apple, and from what I heard, they use the same panel and everything (manufactured by LG-Phillips), so pixel response time should be the same; should be no visible ghosting prevalent on most 19"+ LCDs (and I've tried quite a few).
 
Reselling my Apple 23" is gonna be quite a hassle though, but if the HP works with the Radeon X800 XT then it'll be well worth the trouble.
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Old 12-01-2004, 07:44 PM   #9
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I like a more old school non transparent (mostly) look. I like the widescreen black bars as they help performance and give me somewhere to stick things such as open backpacks for easy swapping of gear. The chat boxes are just big enough to cover the bottom black bar so as not to waiste space, and maximize performance of not rendering what I can't see anyway (except for the main chat window, which I like having a tick bigger to set it apart as the main window). The top black area will get filled up a bit more once I get bigger backpacks. Once I get more stuff that needs swapping, I'll add another pack on the other side of my hotkey bars to stick with the overall symmetry. I like having my health and the mobs health in the very center of the screen as opposed to a corner so I don't have to dart my eyes all over. I have my HO wheel slightly down and to the right of my target box for the same reason. Throwing it in the corner just encourages people to not use it, I think.
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Old 12-01-2004, 08:40 PM   #10
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I actually like the default setup of windows, though I wasn't too keen on the lack of customization of some of the windows. I installed several UI (visual) changes to better suit my playing style. Now I have all the information i need on screen and neatly tucked away.
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Old 12-01-2004, 08:44 PM   #11
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By the way, UI changes include:-Smaller power hotkey bars (3/4ths the size)-Character stats display (bottom)-Money Display (Below EQ2 button)-XP bar % (Displays XP percentage to right of bar)-Health and Power figures (Top left window)I also now have a more detailed target box (below the top left box) which displays enemy health, percentage and such.
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Old 12-01-2004, 09:32 PM   #12
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EDIT: Where did you get those additions? What are they called?
 
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Old 12-01-2004, 11:27 PM   #13
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do a search for EQ2 UI on Yahoo and you'll get a bunch of sites dedicated to custom UI makers. :3
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Old 12-02-2004, 01:58 AM   #14
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I think mine is pretty organized.  I am very picky on window widths and heights lining up perfectly.  I like my windows also mostly transparent.  Even my EQ2 button, because I don't really need to know what that looks like anymore, so it is almost completly transparent.
 
 
 
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Old 12-02-2004, 02:49 AM   #15
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Clean and organizedSpaces out spell slots, easy to findonly thing I could go againest is compass and pet health location is a little sloppy.
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Old 12-02-2004, 02:59 AM   #16
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xphil3, I'm really liking that setup. I gotta copy you in some way.Petsrock, you gotta do better than that.GoeMG, please post a link for the smaller hotkey bars!
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Old 12-02-2004, 03:45 AM   #17
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http://www.eq2interface.comThere you go. Sign-up at their forums and go to the 'Released Mods' section. Enjoy.

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Old 12-02-2004, 05:02 AM   #18
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Old 12-02-2004, 06:33 AM   #19
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Ok, I'm lost, where's the option to turn off the stupid cinematic black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, permently =P
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Old 12-02-2004, 11:45 AM   #20
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in letterbox, push the slider all the way to the left. :3
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Old 12-02-2004, 06:15 PM   #21
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I don't want a bunch of sites to sift through, just the one.
 
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Old 12-02-2004, 08:51 PM   #22
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I think my UI looks pretty good:Top left shows mob I'm targeting, then my stats, then group in top middle.Top right is quests.Bottom are my chat windows.Bottom most chat is everything but guildchat and combat/spells. It expands all the way to the edge of the hotkey icons.Above that is guild chat and guild chat channels.And finally above that is combat and spell messages.Bottom right are hotkeys, exp, and EQ2 button.
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Old 12-03-2004, 03:53 AM   #23
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dont mind that skill window :smileyhappy: the UI is just nice ( for me at least ) small and practical. the group bar is in the top left of the screen also modded with a
smaller space between the names of the players
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Old 12-04-2004, 03:55 PM   #24
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Ok here is my interface, looks a bit like the first one.
 

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Old 12-05-2004, 12:16 AM   #25
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Here is my UI.  I have to give some credit to Solini.  Their UI was the inspiration for my setup.
 
I am running at 1280x1024.  I decided to leave the widescreen bars for few reasons.  First of all, I am already using that space for the
the UI and I might as well save a few FPS by having it not render the area behind it.  Second, I have a difficult time reading the text on
same enviroments such as grass and it is much easier on my eyes with a full black background.  Finally, for some reason on my
system when I change the size of or remove the widescreen bars my graphics become noticeably lighter and more washed out.
I'm not sure why this is but I've tried adjusting it many, many times and the result is the same each time.  I'm running an X800XT card.
 
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Old 12-05-2004, 12:26 AM   #26
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Wow those all look nice...wish i had a bigger monitor...
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Old 12-05-2004, 01:52 AM   #27
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It's concise and to the point SMILEY It has:
  • Easy to see personal name and group
  • Quest journal in top right corner since you don't have to look at it that much
  • Buff bars on both sides (for the two different types) - doubled on the right hand side for when you have a ton of buffs SMILEY
  • EQII button in an easy to reach place that's out of the way
  • Two chat boxes doesn't cluster up the screen and are efficient - one on the left for chatting, one on the right for combat, simple and effiicent
  • Two hotkey bars on the bottom provide plenty of use - a simple Shift+# changes the bar, so there's no real need for more than two hotkey bars
  • Everything is transparent and the two chat boxes are invisible unless I move my cursor over them (same w/ the buff bars), allowing for better viewing when I'm running to someplace or just goofing off
  • Raid box on the left hand side, completely invisble unless I move my cursor over it, that way the huge raid box never gets in the way of anything and I can easily use it when I need to
  • Lowest resoultion, makes everything nice and big and beautiful (yes I could max out the resolution, but I prefer to have it how I have it, since there's no need for me to make everything smaller when everything fits perfectly right now)
  • Kokichi tested, squirrelonga approved SMILEY

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Old 12-05-2004, 03:34 AM   #28
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Old 12-05-2004, 03:44 PM   #29
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Couple mods from www.eq2interface.com
 
Fit a lot of stuff on there without cluttering my visual space and kept it smooth looking (except for the ugly raid window, might find a mod for it).
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Old 12-05-2004, 10:20 PM   #30
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this seems to work for me.Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
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