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  • Supports: 6.2.2
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  • Updated 09/03/2015
  • Created 08/07/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v1.4.4
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About HandyNotes

Handy Notes for your maps. This addon is intended to be a small and simple replacement for Cartographer_Notes and functions in a similar manner.

Use /handynotes to access options.

You can add notes to the maps in 3 ways:

  • Alt-RightClick on the world map to add a note.
  • Use "/hnnew" without the quotes to add a note at your current location.
  • Use "/hnnew x,y" without the quotes to add a note at location x,y on your current zone's map.

NOTE: At the time of writing, HandyNotes v1.4.x does not work when Carbonite is installed. Please report this to the Carbonite authors if you want to see it get resolved, thanks!

HandyNotes supports plugins that other authors can write to display their own set of notes on the map. See this link for a list of such addons:

Changes from v1.2.0 to v1.4.0

  • HandyNotes now uses HereBeDragons-1.0 instead of the unmaintained Astrolabe
    • Plugins which referenced Astrolabe directly should be updated, and ideally not require anything the HandyNotes API does not provide
  • New HandyNotes API function: HN:GetContinentZoneList(mapFile), retrieve a list of zones inside a continent (Z -> mapID hash table)

Changes from v1.1.6 to v1.2.0

  • Fix HandyNotes to use Astrolabe-1.0 instead of Astrolabe-0.4.
  • Place the New Handy Note dialog box above the World Map by parenting to it if the World Map is open.
  • Add a 6th optional return value "dungeonLevel" to the pluginHandler:GetNodes() API. This value is used if it is different from the input dungeonLevel, similar to the 2nd return's "mapFile".
  • HandyNotes plugin authors will need to be update their plugins to use Astrolabe-1.0 and its new API that has changed from using (C, Z) pairs to (mapID, level) pairs. HandyNotes has provided some additional functions to help with this (these functions will not work for instance and BG maps):
    • HandyNotes:GetMapFiletoMapID(mapFile)
    • HandyNotes:GetMapIDtoMapFile(mapID)
    • HandyNotes:GetZoneToMapID(zone)

Changes from v1.1.5 to v1.1.6

  • Update TOC Interface to 40000.
  • Add optional AddonLoader delayed load support.
  • Use latest version of Ace3 and Astrolabe libraries.

Changes from v1.1.4 to v1.1.5

  • Use latest version of Astrolabe library which has Hrothgar's Landing data.
  • Play nice with Carbonite which is trying to fake as being Cartographer.
  • Add HandyNotes to the Blizzard Interface Addon Options too.
  • When quest objectives are enabled, the HandyNotes icons on the world map will now show their tooltips again on mouseover.
  • When creating or editing a note on a map with dungeon levels, you may now choose which dungeon level the note appears in or choose to have it appear on ALL dungeon levels.
  • HandyNotes will now pass as 3rd parameter the dungeon map level when it calls pluginHandler:GetNodes(mapFile, minimap, dungeonLevel). Existing user notes in HandyNotes will still display on all dungeon map levels, but new notes will be level specific.
  • Remove compatibility code with all WoW versions earlier than patch 3.1.
  • Convert to use wowace localization system at
  • Notes without a title will now show "(No Title)" as the tooltip title rather than have no tooltip on mouseover.
  • Add the ability to create/change/copy/delete profiles in HandyNotes. HandyNotes was already using Ace3 profiles, just that this wasn't exposed.
  • Add ability to enable and disable plugins from showing on the map in the HandyNotes options.
  • Add a wider range of icons to select from.

r258 | nevcairiel | 2015-09-03 10:06:48 +0000 (Thu, 03 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   A /tags/v1.4.4 (from /trunk:253)

Tag to get new HereBeDragons-1.0
r253 | nevcairiel | 2015-08-21 13:02:40 +0000 (Fri, 21 Aug 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.toc

Update TOC for 6.2
r252 | nevcairiel | 2015-08-21 12:25:25 +0000 (Fri, 21 Aug 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/.pkgmeta
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.lua
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.toc
   M /trunk/HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua
   D /trunk/Libs

Use HereBeDragons-1.0 instead of Astrolabe
r251 | nevcairiel | 2015-05-03 20:41:49 +0000 (Sun, 03 May 2015) | 3 lines
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/.pkgmeta
   A /trunk/Libs/Astrolabe
   A /trunk/Libs/Astrolabe/Astrolabe.lua
   A /trunk/Libs/Astrolabe/AstrolabeMapMonitor.lua
   A /trunk/Libs/Astrolabe/DongleStub.lua
   A /trunk/Libs/Astrolabe/Load.xml
   A /trunk/Libs/Astrolabe/
   A /trunk/Libs/Astrolabe/lgpl.txt

Use Astrolabe Fork with Simca's fixes

hard-embedded since there is no standalone variant for no-lib users


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  • #335

    I wanted to make a note with Alt-RightClick on the world map but it did not work......and now I just found it but on a entirely wrong place.

    How do I remove / delete a note on the map ?

    Last edited by Kvickbob on 9/4/2015 2:16:11 PM
  • #334

    Is there anyway to add or make the Icons for points we've added Bigger?  Quite easy to lose them amongst all the other (bigger) ones that have been added? Thanks!

  • #333

    Could really do with a toggle button on the actual map.  All too often it obscures other map content, and it's a pain having to go into the options to turn it of and on again.

  • #331

    hello, as i stated in the handynote hallow end plugin, since last update i have an error with astrolab lib :/

  • #332

    HallowsEnd will get fixed soon. Luckily its still a  bit time until the event starts!

  • #325

    The 1.4.2 version is completely broken with my setup, with no other changes. This is compared to the 1.3.3 version I was previously using. I will try and get the error messages, but the first one that showed up, as soon as the game started, was about a Lib called ThereBeDragons? After that, my game map was missing and more errors from more mods started throwing everywhere.

    Went back to the 1.3.3 version and everything went back to normal.

  • #326

    Sounds like you are using Carbonite. Don't do that.

  • #330

    Carbonite breaks a bunch of map APIs, without which HandyNotes cannot function.
    Please contact the Carbonite authors to stop breaking things that come from the game.

  • #329

    That's a ... strange statement. The 1.3.3 mod works fine with Carbonite as well as every other mod I have installed. Only using the 1.4.2 version has this problem. I know getting all mods to work together is a challenge for all mod authors, but can you see it from my perspective where only 1.4.2 causes a problem and every other mod I have works just fine?

  • #323

    updatet today - doesnt work anymore. No ingame menue and no map icons.

  • #322

    Version 1.4 does not work properly when "Rotate Minimap" is turned on. The icons do not rotate with the Minimap.

  • #324

    I just tried, and everything seems fine with rotate minimap on. Any more details?

  • #328

    Thanks, that was it. It'll be fixed in the next version.

  • #327

    Apparently the bug can only be reproduced if you turn on "Rotate Minimap" and then exit the game completely and then logging in again. Just turning the setting on does not trigger the bug. Not even reloading the UI or even logging out triggers it.

    Just to be clear, the bug is there only if "Rotate Minimap" is on while starting the game.

    Last edited by Bam on 8/24/2015 1:45:58 PM
  • #321

    Most recent version breaks the map/quest.  I will try to find the errors and post them. I rolled back to an earlier version and everything works fine.

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