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  • Updated 09/28/2015
  • Created 08/07/2008
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  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v1.4.5
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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.

r261 | nevcairiel | 2015-09-28 18:03:20 +0000 (Mon, 28 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   A /tags/v1.4.5 (from /trunk:260)

Tag as 1.4.5
r260 | nevcairiel | 2015-09-28 17:19:17 +0000 (Mon, 28 Sep 2015) | 3 lines
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua

Fix moving notes

Fixes Ticket 32
r259 | nevcairiel | 2015-09-20 16:31:02 +0000 (Sun, 20 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.lua

Fix two icons in the same spot overriding each other


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  • #345

    Forgive me for asking a question that may be obvious to others but I'm a complete newbie at this. Is this and all the various modules supposed to display icons for all the locations or just the ones you have already visited? Thanks for the time and effort you put into this.

  • #344
    Markers not appearing on minimap

    I am having a recurring issue in which the markers for the modules appear on some characters but not on others. for example. My main character sees them fine and has gotten quite a few toward the achievement. However, a few of my alts cant see the nodes in the garrison and another cant see them at all. Ive reinstalled the addon numerous times in different ways but continue to have issues. 

  • #340
    Deprecated modules now totally broken

    I've been using HandyNotes_CityGuide, HandyNotes_Mailboxes, HandyNotes_Trainers and HandyNotes_Vendors for a loonng time now, since they were new and supported.

    Until the latest HandyNotes release which replaced Astrolabe with HereBeDragons, these older modules worked--mostly--and I've kept them around since there is no replacement I'm aware of for them, and it's handy to be able to find a mailbox or an NPC in another zone or whatever and get a TomTom waypoint to them.  Now, alas, these addons are pretty much dead.

    Is there any suitable replacement for (any or all of) these HandyNotes modules?

  • #341

    All the HandyNotes modules you listed have been updated now.

    FWIW, I think they should've been broken long before the recent changes.

  • #343

    Oh, they were - I made minor repairs to keep them running.  The latest change to HandyNotes was rather fatal though.  Thanks for the fast update, very much appreciated!

  • #339

    Hello, i'm having an issue with the addon. Activated but :

    /handynotes doesnt work

    Nothing is displayed on the map.

    Date: 2015-09-22 16:25:29
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ...rface\AddOns\HandyNotes\Libs\Astrolabe\Astrolabe.lua line 1090:
       Usage: SetMapZoom(continentIndex [,zoneIndex]) .. requested continent out of bounds
       [C]: SetMapZoom()
       ...rface\AddOns\HandyNotes\Libs\Astrolabe\Astrolabe.lua:1090: activate()
       ...face\AddOns\HandyNotes\Libs\Astrolabe\DongleStub.lua:78: Register()
       ...rface\AddOns\HandyNotes\Libs\Astrolabe\Astrolabe.lua:1142: in main chunk
    (*temporary) = 8
    (*temporary) = 0

      Swatter, v5.0.0 (<%codename%>)
      AtlasLoot, vv8.00.00beta7
      BagBrother, v
      Bagnon, v6.2.4
      Bartender4, v4.6.10
      Castbars, v
      DBMCore, v
      DBMDefaultSkin, v
      DBMStatusBarTimers, v
      ElkBuffBars, v2.4.2-185
      GatherMate2, v1.35.4
      Grid2, vr785
      Grid2AoeHeals, vr785
      Grid2LDB, vr785
      Grid2RaidDebuffs, vr785
      HandyNotes, v1.2.0
      BlizRuntimeLib_frFR v6.2.2.60200 <none>

  • #342

    Your HandyNotes is ancient. I recommend you update!

  • #337

    Date: 2015-09-18 21:21:59
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ...dyNotes_SpecialNPCsEtc\HandyNotes_SpecialNPCsEtc.lua line 15:
       Cannot find a library with name 'Astrolabe-1.0'
       [C]: ?
       [C]: error()
       ...nterface\AddOns\TomTom\libs\Astrolabe\DongleStub.lua:17: DongleStub()
       ...dyNotes_SpecialNPCsEtc\HandyNotes_SpecialNPCsEtc.lua:15: in main chunk

      Swatter, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      Altoholic, vr165
      AskMrRobot, v28
      AtlasLoot, vv8.00.40
      AucAdvanced, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      AucFilterBasic, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      AucFilterOutlier, v5.21e.5566.5459(5.21e/embedded)
      AucMatchUndercut, v5.21e.5566.5507(5.21e/embedded)
      AucStatHistogram, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      AucStatiLevel, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      AucStatPurchased, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      AucStatSales, v5.21e.5566.5476(5.21e/embedded)
      AucStatSimple, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      AucStatStdDev, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      AucStatWOWEcon, v5.21e.5566.5323(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilAHWindowControl, v5.21e.5566.5347(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilAppraiser, v5.21e.5566.5545(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilAskPrice, v5.21e.5566.5447(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilAutoMagic, v5.21e.5566.5537(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilCompactUI, v5.21e.5566.5550(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilEasyBuyout, v5.21e.5566.5507(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilFixAH, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      AucUtilItemSuggest, v5.21e.5566.5417(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilPriceLevel, v5.21e.5566.5535(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilScanButton, v5.21e.5566.5403(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilScanFinish, v5.21e.5566.5515(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilScanProgress, v5.21e.5566.4979(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilScanStart, v5.21e.5566.5347(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilSearchUI, v5.21e.5566.5556(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilSimpleAuction, v5.21e.5566.5531(5.21e/embedded)
      AucUtilVendMarkup, v5.21e.5566.4828(5.21e/embedded)
      Babylonian, v5.1.DEV.332(/embedded)
      BeanCounter, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      Configator, v5.1.DEV.382(/embedded)
      DataStore, vr55
      DataStoreAchievements, vr41
      DataStoreAgenda, vr22
      DataStoreAuctions, v6.0.001
      DataStoreCharacters, vr35
      DataStoreContainers, vr51
      DataStoreCrafts, vr68
      DataStoreCurrencies, vr30
      DataStoreGarrisons, vr14
      DataStoreInventory, vr43
      DataStoreMails, vr43
      DataStorePets, vr38
      DataStoreQuests, vr35
      DataStoreReputations, vr36
      DataStoreSpells, vr26
      DataStoreStats, vr25
      DataStoreTalents, vr51
      DBMCore, v
      DBMDefaultSkin, v
      DBMStatusBarTimers, v
      DebugLib, v5.1.DEV.337(/embedded)
      Decursive, v2.7.4.4
      Enchantrix, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      EnchantrixBarker, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      HandyNotes, vv1.4.4
      HandyNotesDraenorTreasures, v1.15
      HandyNotesLostAndFound, v1
      HandyNotesSpecialNPCsEtc, vV1.1.0 BETA
      LibExtraTip, v5.12.DEV.390(/embedded)
      SlideBar, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      Stubby, v5.21e.5566 (SanctimoniousSwamprat)
      TipHelper, v5.12.DEV.389(/embedded)
      TomTom, vv60200-1.0.0
      BlizRuntimeLib_enUS v6.2.2.60200 <none>
    This error is causing me to lose the ability to see anything on maps in battlegrounds, never had this issue until the latest release of all of the extensions, etc. Thoughts or fixes would be appreciated, and love your work!

  • #338

    This is an error in the HandyNotes_SpecialNPCsEtc plugin, I recommend you report to them. :)

  • #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
  • #336

    You can right click it on the map and delete from there, just don't be flying near it at the time since you can't seem to select it then...

  • #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!

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