World of Warcraft Spotlight
This addon enables you to take notes easily without needing to use pen and paper or a separate program. Notes are divided into different categories that can be accessed by clicking the tabs on the bottom. Also, you can view your notes with all your characters, aside from the character specific ones saved under "Char".
Futhermore, the addon comes with built in LDB support; which lets you access your notes from your Titan Panel, Minimap and others, or if you prefer commands, you can use /snp to open the notepad.
Simply clicking the "Install via Curse Client" button found on the main page is all you have to do to install this addon.
World of Warcraft Interview
We also had the opportunity to hold an interview with Jaxomuk, the developer of Simple Notepad. Be sure to read on to learn more about the addon's development process!
How did you get into World of Warcraft?
Friend gave me a 10 day free trial disk the week of Hellfire Launch.
What made you decide to become an addon developer?
My guild was using Guild 2 Guild but it kept breaking and randomly doing strange things, so I contacted the original developer and took over the project.
What was your inspiration for this specific project?
All the notepads had too many bells and whistles and one of our guild members asked if I could make a Simple Notepad, Just for Notes.
How did the community respond to the addon’s release?
A lot of nice comments about how nice it was to have a simple straight forward notepad.
Roughly how much time did it take to finish the first functioning version of Simple Notepad?
About 40 hours, sometimes making somethng simple can take longer than we realise.
Did you come across any problems during development and, if any, how did you solve them?
One issue was making it simple, Blizz coding sometimes makes you do things in a round about way, I just did some more research and expanded my knowledge of LUA and Blizz base code.
What was your favourite development tool for this project?
I use WOW UI Designer, its a bit old but I like it.
Have you learned anything new from this project?
Yes, I am always learning. This was written in straight lua code so I had to increase my understanding of how wow saves data.
What stage of Simple Notepad’s development process did you enjoy most?
The 1st release and seeing how many people downloaded it.
And what is your favourite feature of the addon itself?
That it is simple, I get requests for other functions and point out it is just a simple notepad.
Are you currently working on any other addons or updates?
I am the current author of Guild 2 Guild, Guild Check and Simple Notepad. Guild 2 Guild is constantly being improved and I am in the process of introducing a simpler setup, Guild Check is a completed project so just requires toc updates and Simple Notepad is being expanded to add 2 more optional tabs which should be in beta release over the next couple of weeks.
In addition to your World of Warcraft addons, have you ever released any custom content for other games?
No, I have been building my own computers and coding for fun for 40 years. I learnt LUA specifically to fix Guild 2 Guild and then went from there.
Besides your own projects, what are some of your favourite addons from other authors and why?
My 3 all time Favourite addons are Dominos, GTFO and X-perl. Dominos because it allows me to create all the bars i need and I can use the same base setup for all my alts so I don't have to think about which character I'm on my basic fighting buttons are the same as I can key bind them to match. X-Perl as I like to have my character in one spot and my target and targets target in plain sight and the 3D image is fun. GTFO is one of those addons you go "Why didnt I think of that?" Tells you when you're standing in stuff you shouldn't "Loudly" so you can concentrate on the battle.
Do you have any advice for other potential addon developers?
Read all of WoW Wiki first, wish I had :) and don't be afraid to ask for advice on the Curse Forge forums. I would also suggest building the demo addon from WOW programming which just "Says hi" but it will give you the feel of how addons work.
Having reached the end of the interview, we would like to thank Jaxomuk for taking the time to answer our questions and of course for developing the addon in the first place!
Simple Notepad is a very useful addon if you tend to take notes often. Once installed, you can take your notes from within the game, without having to switch to other applications.