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  • Updated 09/28/2015
  • Created 08/07/2008
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  • 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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  • #358

    I have a perciluar problem here.  The little blue arrow that shows rare elites is missing from my mini map on just one of my characters.  I've tried deleting all addon config files in the WTF folder as well as my Cache and the addon itself and it still refuses to show me that blue arrow.  I went to a completely different computer running handy notes and it too was missing the blue arrow.  This is on a Death Knight if that makes a difference.  Very frustrating because I've come to rely on that blue arrow!  HELP!! lol

  • #354

    Please update, got the same problem as Ringeltangel.

  • #357

    You have to update HandyNotes_Directions, as noted in replies to previous reports of this "error"!

  • #353


    Thank you very much for your nice addon, it's highly useful. Can you please consider adding the yellow and green node icons that you see on minimap for minerals-fish etc. (7th and 8th icons in the first row of this image: Your default icons are not nicely visible on the maps for me and the icons I mentioned will make it a lot more enjoyable to use your addon. Please consider :) Or if it is a simple file modification, please give instructions and I can do the change myself.

    Thank you.

  • #351

    Date: 2015-10-25 22:48:26
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ...nterface\AddOns\HandyNotes_Directions\Directions.lua line 6:
       Cannot find a library with name 'Astrolabe-0.4'
       [C]: ?
       [C]: error()
       ...dOns\FlightMapEnhanced\libs\Astrolabe\DongleStub.lua:17: DongleStub()
       ...nterface\AddOns\HandyNotes_Directions\Directions.lua:6: in main chunk

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  • #356

    You need to update HandyNotes_Directions, as noted in replies to previous reports of this "error"!

  • #350

    Same problem as Purgatorywolf here...

    Can´t find Astrolabe-0,4

  • #352

    Update HandyNotes_Directions

  • #349

    Hey love handynotes! :P I was having some issues with my icons disappearing from my map/minimap, turns out it was a conflict with Minimap Button Frame, if anyone else has it to fix the issue you have to go to MBF settings and add HandyNotes under the Add Protected Item box.

  • #355
    Quote from Andonysis »

    Hey love handynotes! :P I was having some issues with my icons disappearing from my map/minimap, turns out it was a conflict with Minimap Button Frame, if anyone else has it to fix the issue you have to go to MBF settings and add HandyNotes under the Add Protected Item box.

    This didn't fix my icons disappearing. Any ideas?

  • #347

    I get this error on log in:

    Date: 2015-10-13 15:45:46
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ...nterface\AddOns\HandyNotes_Directions\Directions.lua line 6:
    Cannot find a library with name 'Astrolabe-0.4'
    [C]: error()
    Gatherer\Astrolabe\DongleStub.lua:17: DongleStub()
    ...nterface\AddOns\HandyNotes_Directions\Directions.lua:6: in main chunk
    (*temporary) = "Cannot find a library with name 'Astrolabe-0.4'"

  • #346

    I'd Like to point Out that the reset button does not do dick.... Meaning that when reset the icons do not reappear on my map I would love to have this fixed please.

  • #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?

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