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  • Supports: 6.0.2
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  • Updated 10/18/2014
  • Created 08/07/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v1.3.1
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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.

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 v1.1.6 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.

r238 | nevcairiel | 2014-10-18 12:05:28 +0000 (Sat, 18 Oct 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   A /tags/v1.3.1 (from /trunk:237)

Tagging as v1.3.1
r237 | nevcairiel | 2014-10-18 12:03:29 +0000 (Sat, 18 Oct 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.lua

Restore mapping for the "World"/"Azeroth" view (continent id 0)
r235 | nevcairiel | 2014-10-15 09:40:31 +0000 (Wed, 15 Oct 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.lua

Fix GetMapZones weirdness
r234 | nevcairiel | 2014-10-15 09:13:21 +0000 (Wed, 15 Oct 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.lua
   M /trunk/HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua

Update for 6.0
r233 | nevcairiel | 2014-10-15 07:47:16 +0000 (Wed, 15 Oct 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.toc
   M /trunk/Libs

Update TOC and strip Ace3 svn:externals


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  • #191

    Date: 2014-10-18 14:07:43
    ID: 11
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ...nterface\AddOns\HandyNotes\HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua line 292:
    bad argument #1 to 'next' (table expected, got nil)
    [C]: ?
    ...nterface\AddOns\HandyNotes\HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua:292: (for generator)()
    (tail call): ?
    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[2]"]:9:
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[2]"]:5
    (tail call): ?
    HandyNotes\HandyNotes.lua:390: ?()
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[1]"]:4:
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[1]"]:4
    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[1]"]:13: ?()
    ...edia-3.0\CallbackHandler-1.0\CallbackHandler-1.0.lua:92: Fire()
    [C]: SetMapZoom()
    HandyNotes, v1.2.0
    HandyNotesTimelessIsleRareElites, v2.32
    HandyNotesTimelessIsleChests, v1.11

  • #192

    You're running a totally outdated version of Handynotes (v 1.2.0... about 2 years old)

    How about updating to a new version, like 1.3.1 ?

    Last edited by Pakka on 10/18/2014 7:41:14 AM
  • #189

    Since 6.02 the game freezes for 30 sec when you open the map. Deactivating HandyNotes-v1.3.0 solves the problem :-(

    I'm creating a ticket.

  • #186

    Recently I have had to stop using HandyNotes due to a huge performance hit when enabled. Every few seconds Wow will freeze and my FPS will drop from 59/60 to 7. This issue happens with only the core add-on enabled. I have tried reinstalling HandyNotes after deleting all corresponding files with no resolution. Has anyone else experienced this issue? 


  • #188

    I've been experiencing the same performance issue, got really worried but when I disabled HandyNotes everything returned to normal.

  • #184

    Does anyone know if there is a plugin or way to show these notes on OmegaMap? OmegaMap has the ability to show MapNotes notes, but that addon is pretty outdated (2012) and gives me several errors.

  • #183

    This is a great addon but it has been outdated for too long now. I'm having problems with it, the notes I make in a continent or zone stay on screen after zooming out to any other map area or continent. Basically a mess.

  • #185

    I just installed this addon a few minutes ago, but I don't have any issue where the notes appear when I zoom out or view a different zone. Perhaps you have another addon that is conflicting. The map mods that I use are: HandyNotes (this addon), Explorer Coords (shows points to unlock map areas), MozzFullWorldMap (uncovers unexplored areas), OmegaMap (map replacer?), TomTom (waypoints).

  • #182

    Got a couple of errors.

    2x HandyNotes\HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua:154: attempt to index field '?' (a nil value)
    HandyNotes\HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua:154: in function `initFunction'
    FrameXML\UIDropDownMenu.lua:69: in function `UIDropDownMenu_Initialize'
    FrameXML\UIDropDownMenu.lua:884: in function `ToggleDropDownMenu'
    HandyNotes\HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua:226: in function <HandyNotes\HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua:222>
    (tail call): ?
    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[5]"]:9: in function <[string "safecall Dispatcher[5]"]:5>
    (tail call): ?
    HandyNotes\HandyNotes-v1.2.1.lua:193: in function <HandyNotes\HandyNotes.lua:192>




    10x HandyNotes\HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua:83: attempt to index field '?' (a nil value)
    HandyNotes\HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua:83: in function <HandyNotes\HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua:76>
    (tail call): ?
    [C]: ?
    [string "safecall Dispatcher[3]"]:9: in function <[string "safecall Dispatcher[3]"]:5>
    (tail call): ?
    HandyNotes\HandyNotes-v1.2.1.lua:186: in function <HandyNotes\HandyNotes.lua:184>


  • #181

    Can we have in a future update a way to add custom icons? like reading .tga files from a custom folder within the Interface one? Chinchilla map addon does something like this with the mini map blips. This would be really great cause I use to explore A LOT the whole game maps and having a wider set of icons to choose from would make my map more detailed about my findings.

    Thanks in advance. Link.

  • #187
    Quote from guarandinga »

    Can we have in a future update a way to add custom icons? like reading .tga files from a custom folder within the Interface one? Chinchilla map addon does something like this with the mini map blips. This would be really great cause I use to explore A LOT the whole game maps and having a wider set of icons to choose from would make my map more detailed about my findings.

    Thanks in advance. Link.


    I would absolutely love to be able to customize icons or at least have some more additions to the standard set. I also have been noticing this feeling "old" and slowing things down a bit lately. I really find this addon so useful, I hope it continues to be effective. Thank you! :)

  • #180

    In Full Map, Alt+RightClick does not create a new note, it just zooms the map out.

  • #178

    A small suggestion for a future version: I think it would be a good idea to add a small "help" function, showing the commands available. (Alt+Rightclick, "/hnnew" and "/hnnew x,y".) Or else add a description of the commands to the current Handynotes config screen. I recently started using Handynotes, and I keep having to alt-tab out of WoW and do a websearch so I can remember the commands - not very convenient!

    Other than that I find it very useful, and I like the fact that other people can write their own list of notes and upload them for people to use. Much better than trying to copy and paste loads of text, as happens with Tom-tom.

  • #177

    Okay, so the Description tab tells me how to create notes and associate them with map locations.

    It does not say even one thing as to how to access any note(s) after they are created. It is reasonable to assume that the Map must be displayed to access any note(s). However, if a PC must be at the location in order to read a corresponding note(s), then that severely limits the utility of the add-on.

    Is there a way to review the entire set of notes, or to search all of those that have been made? I don't necessarily associate (1) numeric coordinates with (2) textual or graphic content in my own mind -- what I remember are the names of locations ("Mistfall Village"), or the names of NPCs ("Master Cheng"), or sometimes the names of quests. We give people, places, and things names so that we can remember them. "12:25" is not a name.

    Can a note be edited? Can a note be deleted?

    Last edited by Quark365 on 10/13/2013 4:11:29 PM
  • #176

    6x Localization\en.lua:141: attempt to index local "HandyNotes" (a nil value)
    Localization\en.lua:141: in main chunk



    I am getting this bug everytime i log in.. how do i fix it?

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