I've got a few questions about ForteXorcist, and I'm hoping that some of you can help me.
I used to use DoTimer to track my DoTs and CDs, but it seems that it doesn't get updated as often as it used to, and has several annoying bugs in it (example: I tell it to show my target only and that usually works, but a lot of the time in ICC when i'm tab spamming seed I end up with 20 timers). I ended up adding Power Auras to my UI to track procs like Decimation, Eradication, Molten Core, and the Glyph of Lifetap. When I figured out how to use Power Auras to also track my DoTs/CDs i liked it, and stopped using DoTimer.
Then I switched over yo my druid, an had to spend an hour configuring Power Auras for my Tanking Feral spec. Then I switched to my priest, and had to setup Power Auras for that. Then I went Feral DPS for a VoA... and had no Power Auras setup for that... etc etc. Power Auras is awesome, but for a person like me who has four toons and plays all of the specs of all of my toons... its very annoying.
I'm looking for a CD/DoT/Debuff/Proc timer, and several people pointed me to ForteXorcist. I installed it, logged into my warlock... and I don't even know where to start...
I hit a target dummy as affliction, applied all of my DoTs. The "bar" (more like a giant rectangle after all of the bars appeared) showed me so much data that I don't know how someone could effectively use the addon. Here's an example of what it showed me during a very short test. The way the bar looks is:
So after a very short (like one minute) test, my screen says that following:
Curse of Agony
Illustration of the Dragon Soul
Alright, I'm a pretty good player (8/12 heroic ICC) and I'm very attentive to my UI. I don't see how seeing all of that information in that manner is the least bit useful though, especially since things are disappearing and reappearing all of the time which changed the placement of the things that I'm trying to track. Example: I lose Eradication and everything drops down one (or goes up one if I invert it), which makes keeping an eye out for the things I care about even harder.
So here are my questions:
1. I'd love an all in one package for tracking DoTs/CDs/Procs, and it appears that this is supposed to do just that. Is there a way to "break up" the three sections of the timer bar? If I could put DoTs in one place, Procs in another, and CDs in another (I'd probably keep CDs with the DoTs) then the bar wouldn't end up "moving" around so much as I gained and lost procs/DoTs/CDs.
2. Is there a way to block certain Procs/Buffs? I really don't need to see some of them... like the internal cooldown of my Ashen Verdict ring or Lightweave Embroidery, or the Illustration of the Dragon Soul / Muradin's Spyglass buffs. Hell, I'd like to hide CDs until they are getting close too, things like Fel armor... yeah I'd like to know if its going to run out mid fight (I usually reapply it before every fight, but everyone forgets from time to time). But I don't need to sitter there telling me that there is 28:44 left on it.
3. Is there a way to remove the "bars" and just have an icon and timer? That's how I had DoTimer setup, a horizontal line of icons with a timer right below each one to tell me how much time is left on that DoT/Cooldown. I found that when I set the bar length to "0" in Forte, it would hang WoW everytime a DoT fell off (wicked annoying). I also couldn't find a way to make it grow horizontally, so it might not even matter.
I guess that's all the questions I have to this point...
Here is a picture of my current UI:
That is using Power Auras as Demonology to Track the Glyph of Lifetap, Molten Core, Corruption, Immolate, and whatever curse I am using at the time. I'm a stickler for efficiency in my UI. After installing AddonProfiler to track the CPU time, memory usage, the junk data spit out from my addons, I found that Power Auras is spewing out 10MBs of data every 5 minutes that is just junk, and it is using more CPU time than any of my other addons... which i find surprising since its not doing nearly as much as some of my other addons are.
That's why I'm looking to replace it. I've been told Forte is the way to go. But in terms of usability, and "at a glance data"... I just don't see Forte as working out for me. Just a tiny bit of attention to my Power Auras setup shows me my DoTs, and what Procs I have. I don't have to look around for the data, or even think about it. However the addon seems to be very inefficient, and is annoying to resetup and disable some auras, reenable others, write new ones, etc everytime I change toons/specs.
Any help is appreciated, even if its as simple as "Yeah, Forte will never give you the data you are looking for at a glance". If you have any suggestions as to other addons I could use, I'm all ears.