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  • Updated 09/28/2015
  • Created 08/07/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • 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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  • #151

    I just downloaded it a few days ago and won't work for me.

    Says it's out of date in the in game interface.

  • #150

    It appears the update to make the world map the parent to the HandyNote frame no longer works.  When I Alt+Right Click, the HandyNote frame is behind the World Map.  Is anyone else having this problem?

  • #149
    problems display the special npc on map

    Hello , 

    Today i have discover that if i press m and then look on uldum i see all special npc and location of em, but if i teleport to uldum and press m again all the npc on map are not display , can any 1 help me to fix this problem please ? 


  • #148
    Over One Year Since Last Update

    It's been over a year since this addon has been updated.  I hope we have not lost another WOW player (the author) with the abiltiy to create great addons like this.

  • #147

    For those that want to have HandyNotes in Carbonite I have thrown together a quick addon for my self and figured I would share it. It should work with most if not all HandyNote addons straight out of the box.

    It's called HandyNotes_Carbonite and can be found here:

    It's BETA currently (only made it last night) so feel free to test it and give me feedback in the form of new tickets for bug reports and surgestions here:



  • #146

    Message: ...nterface\AddOns\HandyNotes_Directions\Directions.lua:6: Cannot find a library with name 'Astrolabe-0.4'
    Time: 11/05/11 23:50:20
    Count: 1
    Stack: [C]: in function `error'
    ...face\AddOns\HandyNotes\Libs\Astrolabe\DongleStub.lua:17: in function `DongleStub'
    ...nterface\AddOns\HandyNotes_Directions\Directions.lua:6: in main chunk

    Locals: (*temporary) = "Cannot find a library with name 'Astrolabe-0.4'"


    I keep receiving this error every time my screen reloads.

    Rather it be intentional or between zoning.  

    Hope this helps.  

  • #144
    There is a yellow exclamation mark to show "low level quests" but it would be nice if you added a blue exclamation mark so we can mark where dailies are located. For now I use the yellow mark :)
  • #143
    This mod conflicts with ItemNotes (in game - not in the WoW Addons interface at loading screen); one addon will disable the other.
  • #142
    what would i use at the end of a /hnnew macro to simulate the OK click
  • #141
    Notes do not show on the minimap in Uldum unless you do a /reload after entering the zone. They do not show on the minimap in the Molten Front no matter what you do.

    I am getting no errors though.
  • #140
    here is "the wall of text" fuglybear was referring to as far as my buggraber tells me:

    1x LibBabble-3.0-2 (LibBabble-Zone-3.0):51: LibBabble-Zone-3.0: Translation "Telredor" not found.
    InFlight_Load-4.2.001\InFlight_Load.lua:475: in function `GetNodes'
    HandyNotes-1.2.0\HandyNotes.lua:318: in function
    (tail call): ?:
    : ?

    (tail call): ?:
    HandyNotes-1.2.0\HandyNotes.lua:373: in function `?'
    CallbackHandler-1.0-6:147: in function

    : ?
    :"safecall Dispatcher[1]":13: in function `?'
    CallbackHandler-1.0-6:92: in function `Fire'
    AceEvent-3.0-3 (DataStore):120: in function
    : ?
    : in function `SetMapToCurrentZone'
    Interface\FrameXML\WorldMapFrame.lua:157: in function :
    : ?
    : in function `Show'
    Interface\FrameXML\UIParent.lua:1936: in function `ShowUIPanel':
    Interface\FrameXML\UIParent.lua:1927: in function `ToggleFrame':
    HealBot-\HealBot.lua:1150: in function `HealBot_OnUpdate'
  • #138
    Is it safe to assume that the author hasn't had time to update this addon ?
    I still get too many errors running this addon to be able to use it . Sadly there is no way for me to copy the wall of data that buggrabber spits out when I try to enable this addon .
    I hope you can get back to this soon Xinhuan , I really came to rely on this for my mapnotes.
  • #137
    how can i copy the notes to another account?
  • #139
    Go to your WoW install folder, /WTF/*Account name*/Saved variables and copy Handynotes.lua.
    Then paste it to /WTF/*other account name*/Saved variables
  • #136
    by reading some of the comments im confused as i cant get the handy notes quest giver to work for me, am i right in saying it if i got it working it will just show quests on my map that ive not got, because im struggling to find quests i want to do for the achievements. ive never used handynotes before so any information would help alot :)
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