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The Adventure Continues (6.1)
Updated:02-25-15 12:12 AM

Ion  Popular! (More than 5000 hits)

Version: Hydrogen-12.1
by: Maul, Jrosk, SLOKnightfall


A macro-based action bar addon. It can stand on its own or supplement any other action bar addon or even the default Blizzard UI.

"Feel the power of the macro side..."
A WoW 5.x Mists of Pandaria addon.

Official Thread - Visit this thread for more information on Ion!

FAQ - The official FAQ for Ion!

Bug Reports - Report bugs here

Feature Requests - Request features here

Comments - If you wish to post a comment, you may do so here.

Be sure to check out the Optional Ion Addons to give you additional control
over UI elements other than buttons using the Ion UI configuration framework.


Features -

  • An unlimited number of macros, create as many bars/buttons as you want/need per character!
  • Are you a keybinder extreme? Use the button storage area for all your macros/keybinds! No buttons on screen needed!
  • Are you a clicker extrodanaire? As many buttons on the screen you want where you want, when you want!
  • Macros the size of Texas! Up to 1024 characters in length!
  • Maul's unique mouseover key-binding system - where the mouseover binding system was born!
  • Many other of the favorite desired bar addon features and then some!
  • Button Facade support!
  • Every button in Ion is a macro button by default and in many ways they behave like normal action buttons. Buttons can also be set to be "action" or "pet" buttons.

Commands - Type /ion alone to display a list of available commands, which are:
  • menu: Toggle the main menu
  • storage: Open the button storage area
  • create: Create a blank bar
  • delete: Delete the currently selected bar
  • config: Toggle configuration mode for all bars
  • add: Adds buttons to the currently selected bar (add or add #)
  • remove: Removes buttons from the currently selected bar (remove or remove #)
  • edit: Toggle edit mode for all buttons
  • bind: Toggle binding mode for all buttons
  • scale: Scale a bar to the desired size.
  • snapto: Toggle SnapTo for current bar
  • autohide: Toggle AutoHide for current bar
  • shape: Change current bar's shape
  • name: Change current bar's name
  • strata: Change current bar's frame strata
  • alpha: Change current bar's alpha (transparency)
  • alphaup: Set current bar's conditions to 'alpha up'
  • arcstart: Set current bar's starting arc location (in degrees)
  • arclen: Set current bar's arc length (in degrees)
  • columns: Set the number of columns for the current bar
  • padh: Set current bar's horizontal padding
  • padv: Set current bar's vertical padding
  • padhv: Adjust both horizontal and vertical padding of the current bar incrementally
  • showgrid: Toggle the current bar's showgrid flag
  • x: Change current bar's horizontal axis position
  • y: Change current bar's vertical axis position
  • state: Toggle states for the current bar (/mac state <state>). Type /mac statelist for vaild states
  • statelist: Print a list of valid states
  • load: Load a profile
  • lock: Lock buttons

Just remember:"With great flexibility comes great configuration..."- Maul

Trinity/Trinity Bars Note: Read: Of mages, multiboxing and macros...mmm?

Hydrogen 12
-Update ToC to WoW 6.1
-Fix for PetJournal being renamed

Hydrogen 12
-More fixes for ability cooldowns & procs
-Fix for Fairy Swarm tallent
-Fixes for Draenor Garrison ability button cooldown and range
-Fix for shadow dance triggering a stance bar change
-Nephyrin's Dualspec bar fix
-Misc bug fixes

Hydrogen 11
-Added items to the Ion Menu
-Fixed macro generation and cooldowns for most spells
-Added profile system

Hydrogen-10.3 Beta
-Reverted spell name change and added different work around for hunter call pet macros

Hydrogen-10.2 Beta
-Fixed TOC so bar position are global again. 10.1 accidentally contained a version that had the settings stored per character

Hydrogen-10.1 Beta
-Included SLOKnightfall's WoD updates
-Fixed mount macro's
-Fixed random mount macro
-Changed which spell name is used in the generated macro to fix issue with hunter pets summon macros not being correct.
-Created a list of spells that will ignore subtext in the spells. Mainly for hunter traps that were getting Trap Launcher added to the macro and not working.

Hydrogen-10 Beta
-Updating to Warlords of Draenor Expansion patch

Hydrogen-9 Beta
- Debug spam fix

Hydrogen-8 Beta
- Minor update to fix smaller issues

Hydrogen-7 Beta
- Updated for patch 5.4.1

Hydrogen-6 Beta
- Updated for patch 5.3

- Spell Count bug fix (i.e. Death Knight's Scent of Blood count update)
- Spell Charges fix properly implemented

- Forum version, include most hotfixes appearing on the forum (flyx, Nephyrin, chinoloco,kouik)
- should now display the appropriate tooltip in all cases.
- GetSpellCount replaced by GetSpellCharges (roll charges issues)
- spells with distinct subtypes between specs should be shown as useable in all cases.
- spell cooldowns should update (trash, symbiosis, disconnect/reconnect after a spec change should not show questionmark anymore)
- flyout should show the proper spell


Hydrogen-2 Beta
- Updated for patch 5.1
- Fixed texture issue
- Dual spec toggle should work now
- Fixed extra bar action ID
- Other minor changes
- Sorry folks, that is all :(

Hydrogen-2 Beta
-Now scans profession spells
-Tentatively enabling/disabling of the Blizzard Main Bar should work
-Blizzard ExtraAction button should now only show if the Blizzard Bar is used
-Moved localization to one file

Hydrogen-1 Beta
- beta release for patch 5.0.4
Optional Files (8)
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11-29-11 08:59 AM
07-02-11 11:28 PM
07-02-11 07:51 PM

Archived Files (7)
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Hydrogen-10.3 B
10-21-14 12:00 AM
Hydrogen-10.2 B
10-18-14 10:17 AM
Hydrogen-10 Bet
10-15-14 08:38 AM
Hydrogen-9 Beta
04-08-14 05:30 PM
Hydrogen-8 Beta
03-31-14 08:51 AM

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Unread 01-21-09, 05:57 PM  
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I also did not back up my WTF folder. Thankfully I have a second machine that had not even gotten the WoW patch yet. Using previous comments I was able to restore most functionality by re-installing the .28 version and modifying the .lua file.

However, it seems that the "Combat" option no longer functions. I had a driver bar setup originally, so that my main bars would be stance'd. I did try creating a new bar that just reacted to combat, but that also fails to appear when fighting.

The ability to have bars only show up in combat was my favorite feature, as I have several bars show up near the center of my screen for combat, as I am a "clicker" vs a keybind user. Has anyone managed to get this functionality working? Note - I am completely NOT a programmer >.<
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Unread 01-21-09, 05:44 PM  
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[quote]Originally posted by kittykitty3864
I hope this is updated. I effed up and didn't back up my WoW folder.

This is seriously the best bar mod out there, I feel lost without it. Even the keybind functions were seriously awesome!

In the meantime, can anyone recommend a replacement?

I went back to the addons I had previously - Dominos & Autobar. I did an analysis of my requirements which you may find interesting. I use Dominos for my combat actions and (taking off my druid stances) I have six 12 button bars available. I looked in the guide and found that (surprisingly) my hunter had the most spells, around 56 in total. Now my available bars give me 72 buttons - more than enough for all the hunter spells. If you include modifiers you could have 288 actions/macros!

I use Autobar for non-direct combat actions - bandages, food, drink, professions etc. as I like the fact that it automatically gathers items and grades them for you, e.g. bandages.

I don't think memory is a big problem - Autobar and Dominos take up about 3.5 Mb as opposed to Macaroon's 1.5 Mb (my total addon usage is about 50 Mb.)

So the main thing I might miss about Macaroon is number and size of macros, although you can write macros for Autobar that are not included in the Blizz total. Having said that I currently have 8 general macros and a max of 6 char specific ones, most of whom are less than 100 chars. My chars are lvl 30-35 so that might change.

I was hoping Macaroon would replace Dominos and Autobar but perhaps it was 'a bridge too far'! Cheers!
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Unread 01-21-09, 04:44 PM  
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Sad Panda..

I'm already missing this addon.
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Unread 01-21-09, 04:04 PM  
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This fix ist old and do not work in every case. All in all, it is great, that the author has bring this out, but it do not help everyone.

I try out Bartender, and I need two hours to learn, that this addon needs three of the ten bars to hold the buttons for my warrior-stance-bar. So I have now 6 bars with 12 buttons for my one - MAUL WHERE ARE YOU!!!!

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Unread 01-21-09, 03:46 PM  
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3.0.8 fix

Here's a fix that makes it work in 3.0.8:
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Unread 01-21-09, 03:36 PM  
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Same here. no bars, tons of LUA-errors.

CreateFrame(): Couldn't find inherited node "SecureHandlerShowHideTemplate":
<in C code>: ?
<in C code>: in function `CreateFrame'
Macaroon-30000.28 (release candidate)\Macaroon_Bars.lua:1061: in function <Interface\AddOns\Macaroon\Macaroon_Bars.lua:1059>
Macaroon-30000.28 (release candidate)\Macaroon_Bars.lua:1305: in function <Interface\AddOns\Macaroon\Macaroon_Bars.lua:1287>
Macaroon-30000.28 (release candidate)\Macaroon_Bars.lua:1428: in function `CreateBar'
MacaroonCB-30000.11\MacaroonCB.lua:995: in function `CBLoadSavedData'
MacaroonCB-30000.11\MacaroonCB.lua:1384: in function <Interface\AddOns\MacaroonCB\MacaroonCB.lua:1366>

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Unread 01-21-09, 03:28 PM  
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crazy , try doing what i did cause i was having the same issue and it resolved mine, now i just need to remember to save the profile if i change anything incase this happens again
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After today's patch all macaroon bars dissapeared. I installed the newest 30000.30 version but it didn't help me. There are still no bars. I tried to create all my bars again from the scratch but when i try to creatre one i get and error message and nothing happens. Here is the error message text, maybe i'll help solve the problem:
Date: 2009-01-21 23:13:44
ID: 1
Error occured in: Global
Count: 1
Message: CreateFrame(): Couldn't find inherited node "SecureHandlerShowHideTemplate"
[C]: ?
[C]: ?
[C]: CreateFrame()
Macaroon\Macaroon_Bars.lua:1428: CreateBar()
Macaroon\Macaroon_Bars.lua:1446: ?()
[string "*:OnTextChanged"]:3:
[string "*:OnTextChanged"]:1
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what i did after installing the updated version and the ptr patch which did not bring back my buttons , i saved all the lua files under the wtf folder , account, name , server , toon. then deleted them , logged back in , everything was back to default, went back in, all the buttons were there .

No the issue i am experiencing is i have no pet bar. I can summon my pet no problem but i have no buttons on the bar , the bar itself is there. And i cannot drag the abilities to the bar.

Any ideas on how to fix this issue would be greatly appreciated.

ok i got my pet bar back. i just deleted it and recreated it and it came up with all my pets abilities
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So I deleted the generic WTF files for my main and another character I logged in since the new patch(s). I reverted back to the old version and applying the PTR patch.

I'm rebuilding the bars for my main and the other character.

Do I have to remake the bars for any character I didn't log in since all this or will their WTF files work fine?
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I have tried both method

Both method I have tried below did not help out. I have no problem redoing all the bars if i could ever get them back up again.

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This addon is working almost perfect for me. Almost, because it show my bars, but every time I turn off WoW and after few mins turn on everything again, my bars are in the middle of screen and there are "?" marks where my skills should be. I saved my profile and even when I try to load it, it is the same thing.
Any suggestions? What should I do to repair it?
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I have a fan update ready to post and upload I just need permission to post it.


I hate stuff like this...

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Originally posted by Krumster
I had the problem where none of the suggestions here worked, but I finally got this going.

1. I deleted all macaroon addon folders from interface\addons
2. I moved all macaroon lua files out of wtf to a temp location. This includes all the files from the global as well as character folders
3. Reinstalled Macaroon 30000.28.1, then installed the patch
4. logged in so that i got the basic default macaroon. all the bars finally started working.
5. Exited the game, then copied back all the lua files i moved back to their original location
6. logged back in, loaded my profile.

Everything seems to work fine now.

One thing to note, I still havent reinstalled macaroon extras, castbars, or re/xp bars. not sure if these are working or not.
This works if you have backups of your bar setups.

Originally posted by raenius
...Based on an earlier post I reverted back to 30000.28.1.rc then applied the patch MacaroonbugfixpatchforcurrentPTRbuild3.0.8 Didn't restore my current profile but i am able to add bars etc....
This works if you DIDN'T backup your setups.
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Originally posted by perenor
For all the people saying that it's working for you, do you have stances?

I'm on my warrior and it's not switching stances (IE: Buttons are the same in all stances). It'll switch my combat / no-combat bar fine, but just not my stance bar. It's a good thing that I don't have to stance dance anymore (even though I do miss doing that) so it's at least workable.

It does go into my possession bar.

I have 2 bars set up like this:
Each bar is 8 buttons for Battle, Defense, Berzerk stance.
Each bar has 6 buttons set up for possession.
Bar 1's possess bar is action id 121 - 126.
Bar 2's possess bar is action id 127 - 132.

I cannot do this kind of set up with any other bar mod. I can't even do the 8x2 bar set up with any other bar mod since they swap other bars completely (7, 8, 9).
Delete your old bars and start from scratch. I was having the same issues.
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