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  • Supports: 6.0.3
  • 2,319,372 Total Downloads
  • Updated 11/08/2014
  • Created 08/07/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v1.3.2
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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.

r247 | nevcairiel | 2014-11-08 13:58:44 +0000 (Sat, 08 Nov 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   A /tags/v1.3.2 (from /trunk:246)

Tagging as v1.3.2
r246 | nevcairiel | 2014-11-05 15:41:24 +0000 (Wed, 05 Nov 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.lua
   M /trunk/HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua

Some more local variable cleanups
r245 | nevcairiel | 2014-11-05 15:38:47 +0000 (Wed, 05 Nov 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.lua

Remove unused parameters
r244 | nevcairiel | 2014-11-05 15:17:35 +0000 (Wed, 05 Nov 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.lua

Fix minimap notes on maps not enumerated by GetMapZones
r243 | nevcairiel | 2014-11-03 08:52:39 +0000 (Mon, 03 Nov 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.toc

Use @project-version@ in the toc Version field
r242 | nevcairiel | 2014-11-02 12:23:19 +0000 (Sun, 02 Nov 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua
   M /trunk/Locales/Locale-enUS.lua

Remove cartographer waypoint support
r241 | nevcairiel | 2014-10-26 15:34:07 +0000 (Sun, 26 Oct 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua

Use TomTom:AddMFWaypoint instead of AddZWaypoint to avoid a bug in TomTom
r240 | kemayo | 2014-10-21 06:40:58 +0000 (Tue, 21 Oct 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.toc

Add an optdep on Astrolabe.
r239 | nevcairiel | 2014-10-19 11:10:52 +0000 (Sun, 19 Oct 2014) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua

Add Draenor continent mapping
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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  • #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 :)
  • #132
    Since the 4.0.6 patch, Notes do not work right in Uldum. They will show on the area map but will not show on the minimap. In every other zone, it works fine.
  • #135
    I ended up just renaming ["Uldum"] to ["Uldum_terrain1"] in the saved variables file. Probably to get it to show up in the zone and the minimap you would have to have both sections with duplicate entries?
  • #133
    It's even stranger than that. Notes created before the patch show on the minimap but not the zone map. New notes do the opposite.
  • #134
    I fixed it by editing the saved variables and deleting everything under Uldum. Then had to redo all the notes. What a pain.
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