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ItemAge
Version: 0.14
by: ybe [More]
Records how long you have had an item and displays it in your bags/bank and/or tooltip. Stacks of equal items will have separate ages. Notes for items can be attached to tooltip. Counts how many times an item has been on auction.

New in ItemAge v0.14
[changed] WoW4

The addon
I made this addon because my bankers are always loaded with items and I loose track of how long I have had the different things in my bags. ItemAge will keep track of items' ages for you. It tracks individual items/stacks, so two equal items or stacks may (and will) have different ages.
The age can be displayed directly on the item in your bags, and/or in the item's tooltip.

Auction
ItemAge will also track how many times you have put an item up for auction. This is displayed in the tooltip alongside the item's age.

Notes
You can attach your own notes to items. Even separate notes for equal items. Personally, I use this facility remember how much I payed for an item and sometimes where I got it from. A nice feature if you for example buy stuff from the auction-house just for resale.

To use notes, you must set up a hot-key in WoW's "Key Bindings" from the game's option-menu. Find the section for ItemAge near the bottom, and set a key for notes. When this has been done, you can press this key whenever you mouse-over an item to open a dialog-box where you can enter text. The entered text can be as long as you like.

Supported items
Most items in WoW is trackable. However, items you have bought from a vendor will basically never be trackable. This is due to how WoW generates the items. A vendor-bought item will be generic and undistinguishable from another vendor-bought item.
There are also some add-ons out there that will change all the in-game item-links to such a degree that it removes the Blizzard-supplied trace-data. If this is the case, it will make most (if not all) items untrackable.

Options
The options are available with the command "/age". These are:
bags -> Bag-display on/off
bank -> Bank-display on/off
gbank -> Guild-bank on/off
tooltip - Display in tooltip on/off
Note that guild-bank does usually not show anyway because of WoW's handling of these items. Some items does however display.

ItemAge can also be assigned a key so you can press a key to show/hide the display whenever you want to check the ages. This is very handy for non-banker toons, and can be assigned from WoW's standard key-binding interface.

Stacks of items
Many items are stackable, like leather and cloth. If you already have a stack that is not full and you receive one more item, WoW will merge the new item into your old stack. The "new" stack will be registered with the age of the old stack.
This is particularly important to notice when retrieving unsold items from the AH and you already have a half-full stack in your bags of the same item.
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Old 08-18-08, 04:24 AM  
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Great Idea, already downloaded it, checking out tonight.

Is this compatible with arkinventory?

Feature request/or just question: could I turn off the text on the bags and turn on for the tooltip instead? I got crazy amount of items in on my chars and I feel the tooltip text would make the items more visible in the bag if no text on them.

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Old 08-18-08, 09:07 AM  
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Heh... I haven't tried, but I doubt the numbers will appear there.

The tooltip idea is great
I'll take a look at that.
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Old 08-19-08, 03:15 AM  
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Originally posted by ybe
Heh... I haven't tried, but I doubt the numbers will appear there.

The tooltip idea is great
I'll take a look at that.
Yep, addon didnt work with arkinventory. But if you make it work with tooltip text instead then you could make it bag addon independent I recon.

Feature id: maybe some groups for the addon to count/not to count item age for separate type of items? for instance I would like to see the mat age, possible quest item age, but definitely not soulbond items and gear and potion age, etc, etc.
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Old 08-20-08, 04:37 AM  
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Fantastic idea. Ran into a bug on first use of v0.01 on WoW 2.4.3 live, though.

Logged on to my AH alt. The time for items in backpack started. Got a couple things out of mailbox, went to the AH, started a KC_Items scan (also running CensusPlus on the AH alt; it was doing its own scan as well).

During the session (using standard Blizzard bags), the item timer on the items in the bags stopped counting down. It froze at "5m". So did a "/age bags" twice, toggling the timer on and off. It finally came up with the proper time (18m), but threw an error: <string>:\"*:OnUpdate\":1: 'end' expected near '<eof>'\n\n ---. Recorded it with the BugSack/BugGrabber mods.

EDIT: further testing, this error currently occurs at every logon. Disable ItemAge, it no longer occurs. Enable it (with the other-mod load) and it occurs. Hope to see the bugs out soon .
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Old 08-21-08, 05:20 AM  
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Originally posted by Zidomo
Fantastic idea. Ran into a bug on first use of v0.01 on WoW 2.4.3 live, though.

Logged on to my AH alt. The time for items in backpack started. Got a couple things out of mailbox, went to the AH, started a KC_Items scan (also running CensusPlus on the AH alt; it was doing its own scan as well).

During the session (using standard Blizzard bags), the item timer on the items in the bags stopped counting down. It froze at "5m". So did a "/age bags" twice, toggling the timer on and off. It finally came up with the proper time (18m), but threw an error: <string>:\"*:OnUpdate\":1: 'end' expected near '<eof>'\n\n ---. Recorded it with the BugSack/BugGrabber mods.

EDIT: further testing, this error currently occurs at every logon. Disable ItemAge, it no longer occurs. Enable it (with the other-mod load) and it occurs. Hope to see the bugs out soon .
Hmm... I found a thing that could potentionally produce that error, but it's all sorta weird that I don't have the same problem.
Anyway - I have made a first version with support for age in the tooltip, and that version will most likely fix the problem. I will try to get that posted in a few hours.
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There's the new version uploaded, and it should also fix your problem if you do not have an addon conflict.
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I like the idea of the addon. Unfortunately it doesn't play nice with Bagnon mod
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Cool idea...

The age would be nice to know, but of more use to me would be an indication of how many times an item has been put up for auction. I wonder if that is possible to do in an AddOn.

I used to keep a paper log on my desk of each item as I put it in the AH, to keep track of starting prices and buyouts as well as to track each item's auctions in case it didn't sell the first time. That got too cumbersome once I got to where I had bankers on several realms. I ended up with stacks of paper for each banker; a real pain looking up items.

Auctioneer solved the pricing part of that and I gave up the item tracking.
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Re: Cool idea...

Originally posted by Jaim Sandar
The age would be nice to know, but of more use to me would be an indication of how many times an item has been put up for auction. I wonder if that is possible to do in an AddOn.
Think it would be possible, if the addon could count the times you grab an item from a mail, even better if the addon could check the header of the item, like "auction expired". I guess it could work.
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Old 08-24-08, 06:39 AM  
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Re: Cool idea...

Originally posted by Jaim Sandar
The age would be nice to know, but of more use to me would be an indication of how many times an item has been put up for auction. I wonder if that is possible to do in an AddOn.

I used to keep a paper log on my desk of each item as I put it in the AH, to keep track of starting prices and buyouts as well as to track each item's auctions in case it didn't sell the first time. That got too cumbersome once I got to where I had bankers on several realms. I ended up with stacks of paper for each banker; a real pain looking up items.

Auctioneer solved the pricing part of that and I gave up the item tracking.
From the auctioneer folks is an addon called Bean Counter. It will keep track of how often and for how much you posted items and well as what you have sold items for.

To the addon author for this mod (YBE): Sorry to continue the derailment of your thread.
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I have gotten quite a few requests for support for different bag-modifying addons now, and it would be close to impossible to support all of them if I still were to keep my regular day-job. What I have done for now is to provide other addons access to the data. If another addon author wants to use the data, he/she can call this function with the link or itemstring as an argument and get the age back. Easy as pie.

EDIT: np Manaman

EDIT 2: To all of you who have bag-modifier addons - as of v0.02, ItemAge also displays the age in the tooltip.
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Re: Re: Cool idea...

Originally posted by Manaman
From the auctioneer folks is an addon called Bean Counter. It will keep track of how often and for how much you posted items and well as what you have sold items for.
Thank you for the heads up. I have BeanCounter installed, but have never taken the time to investigate exactly what it does. I guess I need to.
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Old 08-27-08, 11:30 AM  
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tooltips not showing

for me the tooltips will not show. i have turned off all other options except the tooltips because the other options don't play nicely with my bag addon, Combuctor. it seems to me that disabling the bags option is also breaking the tooltips. the only way for me to get the tooltips to work again is by toggling the bag option on and off.

tooltips did display at first, but they stopped displaying after a relog in.

i looked at my savedvariables and the only thing it shows other than item prices is:

"ItemAge_Info = {
["Init"] = true,"

shouldn't it display my options i set somewhere in the SV? maybe they are not getting saved?

also, would be nice if the /age command showed what my current options are set to, currently there is no way to tell.
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Old 08-27-08, 02:27 PM  
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Re: tooltips not showing

Originally posted by joshwill80
i have turned off all other options except the tooltips because the other options don't play nicely with my bag addon, Combuctor.
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i looked at my savedvariables and the only thing it shows other than item prices is:

"ItemAge_Info = {
["Init"] = true,"

shouldn't it display my options i set somewhere in the SV? maybe they are not getting saved?
Actually, if everything is off except tooltip, that is all the SV will show. This have some history, but bank, bags and guild-bank will show as "true" when it is on, and tooltip have a variable called "NoTooltip" which will show "true" when off.

Originally posted by joshwill80
the only way for me to get the tooltips to work again is by toggling the bag option on and off.
I will have to look into this a bit more. Not today, as it is getting very very late here now

Originally posted by joshwill80
tooltips did display at first, but they stopped displaying after a relog in.
This is probably related to the previous thing. Will check that also. It might also be related to a load-on-demand addon that you have. If so, I would very much like to know which one.

When it comes to the tooltip, I must say that it can be a bit tricky because it depends highly on what other addons (tooltip modifiers) are active. Some of these modifies too much, and breaks the way WoW sets tooltips. However, ACE and most standard things should be covered, I hope.
Anyway, I will look into it.
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Old 08-28-08, 12:36 PM  
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When Itemage is enabled and I open a box of multiple items the tooltip only shows the information for the first item in the box for all the other items inside. This addon is awesome, but it will have to be deleted until this issue is resolved. Best of luck in fixing this!
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