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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!
  • MASQUE 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
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Unread 10-16-08, 02:42 PM  
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Tried to control emberstrife for the key to ubrs, I have a pet bar etc but it did not show any of his abilities or the pet bar. I had to disable macaroon to control him and complete the quest
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Same problem, I remember with trinity bars, blizzard's action bars just went away.
I've just started using it and I can't figure out how you put spells in the actions bars, they're linked to blizzard's action bars (ex: Blizzard action bar1 = Macaroon action bar one with spells in same order). What I would like to know:
Is there a way of draging the spells into the action bars? (On TB2 it was possible, good thing).

Ty for any help =)
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Unread 10-16-08, 02:35 PM  
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i cant remove blizzard's ui

Love the addon man but for some reason like the other bar addons i had b4 it doesn remove blizzards defualt bars =( any suggestions?
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Unread 10-16-08, 02:25 PM  
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hi maul, its me...

erm, nice Addon, i think its a good replacement for trinity !

Just 1-2 options to make it perfect

(A option to hide the MinimapButton would be nice)

Keep up the good work Maul!

2. Can we still create key bindings to spells directly in the spell book like trinity?
@sietelle: Yes you need MacaroonBound from Macaroon Xtras !
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Unread 10-16-08, 02:21 PM  
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Love mac

Just wanted to say that I love macaroon, whatever people say it's really nice. I used Bongos2 before, hated it, went to trinity, loved it. Now this and it makes the love from trinity turn into liking So if trinity would've had a 9+ this will have a 15, both on scale from 1-10

Nicely done, will report any bugs I find to help you out with these things

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from what i hear this definitely works alot like trinity (which i loved so much), hopefully i can get macaroon to work for me
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Hello maul,

thx for xp bar info. and i have an other problem. I was using trinity2 before this. So I used your Trinity Bars to Macaroon Importer. But now the bars that have been imported doesnt have shortcut keys on them. They are working but not showing the associations.
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Unread 10-16-08, 01:33 PM  
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So far Macaroon is working well for me. Thanks so much for a great mod I still have the issue with my pet bar though. I deleted the original bar and created a new one using the instructions in the FAQ. I tried using the bar as "Pet" and as "No Pet" but either way when i bring out my Shadowfiend its abilities are question marks so i cant really control him to attack a certain target. Is there a way to refresh it? Unlike hunter pets i dont have a pet ability book and i can just drag and drop his attacks to the bar. Any suggestions?
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I haven't seen anything, but it's possible I'm blind.

Is there a way within Macaroon to set a bar to use a different state (as there was in TrinityBars)?

What I mean is that with my druid (for example) I have my main bar set to change on stance. However, I have no need for a specific bar when in Travel or Aquatic form, so I'd like those forms to use the Caster form bar instead.
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Unread 10-16-08, 12:48 PM  
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I had been using Trinity Bars before 3.0.2 patch....and admittedly I wasn't even all that great at it but I was looking forward to tackling it after the big patch. However I see that Macaroon is replacing it...

While I wish I didn't have to get used to using this one, I have a couple problems/questions...

1. I have no idea how to page my main action bar for my druid, spriest, etc. for different stances; and actually, I don't even know how or if the main action bar can be edited by macaroon? Since there is still the blizzard main action bar (though its visibility can be toggled)

2. Can we still create keybindings to spells directly in the spellbook like trinity?

I think that's it... my main problem is the paging issue and main action bar... I barely managed to set it up when I first installed trinity and never bothered to really figure out how it worked (things just weren't showing up in the dropdown menu back then), and now I'm lost on macaroon. I'm going to see what's new with Bartender 4 in the meantime (since bar3 couldn't do what trinity did for me) and possibly even use both if I can..
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Unread 10-16-08, 12:46 PM  
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Re: Druid Faerie Fire

Originally posted by brodiezafa
I am not sure what I am doing wrong but dragging Faerie Fire to the bar doesn't work. Just gives me a question mark box. Is this something on my end?

Thanks Maul this is the best addon yet...
I had the same problem, my solution was to use a macro for Faerie Fire:

/cast Faerie Fire (Feral)(Rank 5)

Very nice bar mod, thanks Maul.
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Unread 10-16-08, 12:29 PM  
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thx Maul
i found Button Facade and hope it works (can't test it our RealmPool is down)

to the self-cast modifier
ok i think i understand how it works
if i change the Button Type before adding the Spell it should work
but for the "rightclick-option" i have problems, because i'm not soo much into makros
how should a makro look like when i want to cast a spell on my target by leftcklick und on me on rightklick?
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Unread 10-16-08, 12:28 PM  
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Re: Re: Pet Bar Woes


It is Blizzard that is limiting it to 10 action ID's, unfortunately.
...and the Original Blizzard UI can only give us three of the four abilities too. I think, they will be change in one of the next patch. Not only in this case, we macaroon-Users are lucky player, because we can make a fourth ability-Button ;-)

by the way, once again: thank you Maul for your Work, specialy in this days!

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Unread 10-16-08, 12:05 PM  
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I notice dominos has this listed: The ability to move buttons in combat

can macaroon do that as well? If we set action ids can we also move skills around in combat if needed?

sorry if this is a stupid question I don't really understand 'taint'
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Thumbs up Thanks for the DrDamage clip!

Originally posted by Maul

@Zantom - Well, it does not work 100% because of the way DrD handles updating buttons when macro modifiers are used...however, here ya go -

    elseif IsAddOnLoaded( "Macaroon" ) then
        ABglobalbutton = "MacaroonButton"
        ABgetID = function( button )
            if (button.config.type == "macro") then
                return nil, button.macrospell, button.macrorank
                return SecureButton_GetModifiedAttribute(button,"action",SecureStateChild_GetEffectiveButton(button))
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