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  • Supports: 6.2.3
  • 490,141 Total Downloads
  • Updated 01/25/2016
  • Created 02/16/2009
  • 600 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: 2.5.21

About ButtonTimers

ButtonTimers is action buttons with timers attached. The timers can be configured to show a buff/debuff or the cooldown of a spell. The timers are highly configurable, with lots of options to play with.

Important note:

There are a limited number of action slots (1-120). These correspond to 10 bars of 12 buttons each. These are the same 120 slots that every action bar mod has to use (Bartender, PitBull, Blizzard's standard UI, etc.)

Chances are you aren't using all 12 slots on all 10 bars. You can configure ButtonTimers to use any of the 120 action slots you want. Do this with the "First button on bar is.." slider in the bar configuration.

If you don't change the "First button on bar is..", the bars will default to bars 10, 9, 8, 7. Note that bars 7-9 are by default the stance bars, so if your class uses stances you may wish to change it.

Getting Started:

When you first start the mod, you will see 4 bars of 12 buttons each. Open up the options (in the interface->addons panel), and disable the bars you won't be using. Next change the number of buttons from 12 to however many buttons you would like to see.

Now change the action slots the bar is showing you. Just take the action offset slider and slide it until you see some unused action buttons. Then drag the spells/abilities of your choice onto the bar.

The default is to track dots/debuffs/buffs. If that's what you want the timer to reflect, you are done. If you want to see a cooldown instead, select the configuration for the button and change the selector from "Aura" to "Cooldown".

There are lots of configuration options, go ahead and play with them. But that should be enough to get you started.

Bar configuration options are:

  • '''Bar Enabled:''' enable / disable the bar.
  • '''Hide out of combat:''' don't show the bar out of combat.
  • '''Bar Locked:''' lock the bar in position so that it cannot be dragged.
  • '''Orientation:''' horizontal or vertical layout for the buttons on the bar. You can also put the timers on the buttons themselves.
  • '''Timer Location:''' you can select whether you want the bar be on the left or right of the button (in vertical orientation) or above/below the button (in horizontal orientation)
  • '''Button Spacing:''' the space between the buttons on the bar.
  • '''Bar Scale:''' size the whole bar larger or smaller
  • '''Bar Length:''' length of the timer bar
  • '''Button Count:''' number of buttons on the bar (1-12)
  • '''First button on bar is..''' action slot number of the first button on the bar. Blizzard gives 120 action slots, which are traditionally allocated into 10 bars, but this mod gives a finer control over which slots you wish to use. Just slide this control until you find some unused slots.

Button options are:

  • '''Type:''' Set whether you wish to monitor a cooldown or an aura on the default bar target. You can also monitor both aura and cooldown. The cooldown will show up on the button and the aura timer on the bar if you select both.
  • '''Timer Type:''' The timer can either be shown as a percentage of the aura/cooldown duration or in fixed time. For example, if you choose a fixed time with a time of 10s, a full bar will always represent 10 or more seconds. This makes it easier to see which aura/cooldown will complete first, regardless of the spell's length.
    • '''Bar Time:''' This sets the max time displayed on a fixed time timer bar. Any timer durations longer than Bar Time will show as a full bar.
  • '''Show others' spells:''' By default, the timer will only monitor auras on the target if you were the caster of the spell. Click this button if you wish to see other's spells as well. The timer will always show your own spell if you have one on the target. Note: Pet spells do not count as being cast by you, so if you wish to monitor a pet spell then click this button.
  • '''Other Auras:''' By default, an aura timer will monitor the bar's default target for an aura matching the name of the spell on the action button. In this field you can enter additional auras (in a comma separated list) to look for.
    • "Show Aura Icon:" When checked, the icon on the button will update to match the aura we are showing the timer for.
    • "Ignore Button Aura:" When checked, timers will only be created for the auras specified in the Other Auras field. If Show Aura Icon is also checked, then the icon on the button when no timer is present will be the first aura listed in the Other Auras field.
  • '''Cooldown spell:''' By default, a cooldown timer will monitor the cooldown on the action on the bar. But you can also enter a spell name to monitor instead.
  • '''Bar Color:''' The color of the timer bar.
  • '''Target:''' This will select the default target (to target, focus target, self, party, pet) for all actions on the bar. It also controls what target to monitor for auras.
  • '''Use as spell target:''' If set, target will be the spell target as well as the target to monitor for the selected aura.
  • '''Warn less than cast time:''' Change the bar color when timer less than cast time. Also tints the action button.
  • '''Warning Bar Color:''' Bar color for timers when remaining time less than cast time.
    • "Adjust Cast Time:" Additional number of seconds to add, or subtract, from the cast time. Set this value to the effect's duration * 0.3 for the warn color to show when its safe to refresh an effect without wastage.
  • '''Adjust Timer:''' Number of seconds to add to timer (can be negative).

Command line options:

'''/buttontimers reset''' - reset bar positions to default

'''/buttontimers config''' - open the configuration dialog (can also be accessed on Blizzards interface -> addons panel)

r74 | stencil | 2016-01-25 14:47:39 +0000 (Mon, 25 Jan 2016) | 2 lines
Changed paths:
   A /tags/2.5.21 (from /trunk:73)

Tagging as release 2.5.21
updated button skinning code to work with Masque
r73 | stencil | 2016-01-19 14:56:20 +0000 (Tue, 19 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/Core.lua

code cleanup
r72 | stencil | 2016-01-18 00:33:30 +0000 (Mon, 18 Jan 2016) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/ButtonTimers.toc
   M /trunk/Core.lua

Apparently this thing called LibButtonFacade was renamed Masque. Who knew? Probably everybody but me. Quick and dirty first pass to share for testing purposes.


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  • #870

    Thanks, Stencil :D

  • #864

    I love buttontimers so much I made a tutorial on youtube.

    I tried to be as thorough as I could.

  • #863

    Bug Report:  Every time I cast the warlock spell soulburn my game hangs for a split second.  I believe I have tracked the issue down to this addon, as turning it off is sufficient to eliminate the problem while having it as my only addon is sufficient to generate the problem.  In talking with other locks and looking at the forums, it seems this is a reasonably common problem.

    Love the mod, was so sad when it turned out to be the offender.

  • #857

    Bug report: The buttontimers bar is moving around on me. I drag it into the right spot over and over again, but every time I change specs it moves.

    BTW Stencil, you are doing an awesome job with the mod.

  • #860

    Scale was the key; it would repro whenever the profile was changed if they had different scale factor values.  So, if scale was set to .8 in both profiles it wouldn't repro.  Fixed in build 2.5.7.

    (I deleted my original reply since it was full of irrelevancy and the system nuked your reply to that)

  • #856

    No questions here atm, just wanted to say tks for keeping a great addon uptodate.  I have used this addon for years now.  I use it on every toon.  I would be lost without it.  So tks for keeping my most important addon running all these years.

  • #861

    Thanks for the kind, though probably undeserved*, words.  They were like an extra Christmas present :)

    * haven't been able to give it any time for improvements this xpac, been too busy fighting bigger fires in other addons and playing way too much.  dailies dailies and more dailies

  • #862

     This xpac has dailies in it? Surprised

  • #849

    I've just installed WOW on a new pc and, if possible, I'd like to transfer all my BT settings across from the old pc to the new,  to save having to set them up for each character again.  Is this possible?

    I've had a bit of a look around on the old pc (eg WTF, etc)  but haven't found anything that seems to store to BT settings.

    Thank  you  :-)


  • #850

    The user settings file, ButtonTimers.lua,  is under WTF in the general SavedVariables folder, the one that is at the same level as the per-realm folders.

    Please note that what you'll get from these settings is just the configuration info for the timers.  What spell/item/macro is actually *on* each button is not something we save or maintain.  That's because the button timer action bars are the games action bars and we share them with the game and all the other addons that display action bars. Its like the Bartender addon; its profiles are going to save what bars are shown, their positionining and size, etc, but swapping Bartender profiles doesn't change what abilites are on those buttons.

    If that's part of what you were looking for you'll have to find a differnet addon that does manipulate what's on your buttons, run it on the old pc to create a profile and then move it to the new.  There's an addon called ActionBarSaver that I think is supposed to do this; I've not yet  tried it out, so buyer beware.

  • #854

    Hi Stencil,

    Thanks very much for your reply and clear info - I'm now up and running on the new pc with a minimum of effort.    Decided not to go with the other addon - it's bad enough changing to a new OS and all its initial inadequacies without possibly impacting it more!  Sometimes Less is better.

    I adore this addon and am always very surprised to find that a 1m+ haven't yet DL and are using it.  What's wrong with them!!  Thank you for continuing to keep it alive  :-)

    Cheers and best wishes for the festive season

    Moonwinde  :-)


  • #848

    Can you update to 5.1 please as some players can not load out of date addons thanks 

    love this addon so much cant go with out it


  • #853


  • #847

    Is there not support for dual talents anymore? When I switch from primary to secondary all of my settings as far as cds vs auras stay the same, and if I change, it changes for the other spec as well.

  • #851
    Quote from Spongeof2009 »

    Is there not support for dual talents anymore? When I switch from primary to secondary all of my settings as far as cds vs auras stay the same, and if I change, it changes for the other spec as well.

    What does it say its using as the current profile when you look at the profiles section of the settings?  And is Enable dual profile checked with the profile for the other spec in the Dual profile dropdown? You should be able to see from that if its currently configured to use the same profile for both.

    Another question is whether this is a new or newish (recently got dual spec) character?  The old profiles stuff for ButtonTimers was saving some settings per spec and sharing others which caused people problems. So when I added support for the boilerplate ace3 and libdualspec profile ui and I had it migrate peoples existing settings into primary and secondary spec profiles.  That was the only way to preserve all of an existing users settings. 

    If its a new character, and one that didn't have a secondary spec, you should only see the one profile.  Once you get dual spec ability you can create and set up a different profile for your other spec but the addon doesn't do it automatically.  That seems to be the behavior of most addons which is why I went that way.  /shrug 

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