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As many of you are aware of by now, Tour Guide has been purchased by Zygor for use with his pay-for-use leveling guides. It is expected that we will be asked to take down our addon, as it uses Tour Guide code as a base. Users are welcome to continue using any versions of our guide addon currently on their PCs, but we will most likely no longer be able to distribute the addon.

For more background on the situation, see Tekkub's (Tour Guide's author) blog:

More on what this means for us after the break.

What this means for our addon: Don't worry, it's not the end of the world! With Cataclysm and a huge revision of all the guides on the horizon anyway, this is the best time for this to have happened. WoW-Pro will be coding it's very own addon, possibly using the old addon Jahwo was working on as a base.

What we need from the community: First of all, patience. We will do our best to come out with an up to date, new addon quickly, but it will take time.

Secondly, we need input! Please post here with suggestions for features you'd like to see in the new addon.

Thirdly, we need help! We have a couple experienced coders in the moderator group here at WoW-Pro, but many of us are busy with RL activities and may not have a lot of time to devote to so huge a project. If you are experienced with addon writing, let us know and we'll see if we can put you to work!

Core feature list:

  • Check-able list of steps with the ability to access more detailed descriptions for each step.
  • Arrow pointing the way to coordinates associated with each step, and/or interaction with other arrow addons such as TomTom, Cartographer, and Carbonite.
  • Ability to read Tour Guide format guide files.
  • For now, ability to pull NPC coordinates from Lightheaded database. However, by default, hard-coded coordinates should override database coordinates. In the future, we should hard-code NPC coordinates in order to make our addon self-reliant.

Additional Feature List:

  1. Auto-completion, checking the user's completed quests and auto-checking off steps accordingly. The ability to input multiple completed quest requirements and and/or logic might be nice. Example: A fly to the area step that completes when the player enters the area, OR if they have completed all the quests in that section. This is a lower priority feature of the auto-completion.
  2. Integration of the arrow (as a separate, toggle-able module), and preferably a version more like Cartographer's than TomTom's, which changes color based on distance rather than direction. Maintain the ability to use other addons if the user desires (such as TomTom, Cartographer, or Carbonite).
  3. Create a "plug and play" functionality for the addon, so that guide for tradeskills, talents, money making, and all sorts of other things can be added. Essentially we would like to use one interface to run all the modules, so it looks and feels the same. Additional windows etc might be needed for individual modules, however (the talent module comes to mind).
  4. Additional step tags, specifically a "use" tag for non-inventory items (world objects) which will recognize when the corresponding quest objective is complete.
  5. Customization of the window: ability to choose how many steps are shown and how much information for each step. Possible options:
    • Mouse-over (one liner with mouse-over like Tour Guide)
    • Short (mouse-over info displayed at all times
    • Detailed (more like Jame's paper guides, with lots of detailed information)
  6. Improved path / area coordinates. Some ideas:
    • Ability to list a "path" without having to clutter up the note with a ton of coordinates. Preferably, a way to list coordinates hidden from display.
    • Map markings, for point locations, paths, and areas. Quest-helper has areas, I'm not sure what it would take to do this but it's really nice looking and would be awesome for quests where you just need to kill everything in an area.
  7. Improved logic/display for multi-objective steps. Not exactly sure how this would work, but perhaps have "substeps" which are displayed together, and checked off as they are completed.
  8. For guide coders, I'd like to see a little more formatting ability for the mouse over notes. There were many times I'd wanted to add new lines to improve readability, and was unable to.

Guide File Updates:

  • Include quest tags for each step (not just quest steps) so they will be auto-completed properly (I understand this was already being done when the addon switch was initiated).
  • Our own coordinates for quest givers and turn ins. Lightheaded sometimes lists incorrect coordinates for some NPCs due to NPC movement. It would also just make it easier for users so they don't need multiple addons.

Possible Future Addons:

  • WoW-Pro Talents - Easy talent recommendations while leveling, for all specs. Possibly include rotation suggestions as well. For players jumping in partway through, it should be able to detect their current talent changes and adjust accordingly, or recommend a respec if the talents are too messed up. Talents should be prioritized to make sure people pick up the most vital ones. Recommendations of glyphs would also be nice.
  • WoW-Pro Gold Making - Daily quests, gathering/farming circuits, perhaps even auctioneer advice.
  • WoW-Pro Reputation - Reputation guides created using the addon.
  • WoW-Pro Holiday - Holiday guides created using the addon.
  • WoW-Pro Achievements - Other achievement guides.

Please give us your input! We want to make this addon the best it can be for you, our users. Please let us know what you'd like to see in the new addon!

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