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Version: 1.4
by: Dayn [More]

*** Version 1.6.1 is temporarily unavailable while I work on a new version. In the interim, you can still download version 1.4. ***

This addon accelerates key bindings so that they are activated by key press rather than key release. This allows you to activate your abilities faster than you could otherwise. This can really make a difference for situations where you need to react quickly, like when casting heals, when dispelling, when interrupting spells, or in PvP. In these situations, the addon can have an effect similar to reducing your network latency by 100ms. Of course, the exact impact depends entirely upon how much time you personally spend between key press and release.

"Dude, this addon is going to increase my DPS by so much!" No, it's not. DPS rotations (or even priority systems) are not to any great extent affected by latency. Because they're predictable, good players can anticipate what's coming next and compensate for latency. In fact, if you're a good player who is already compensating for the press-to-release latency, you may actually find that your DPS goes down when you first use this addon until you learn to readjust to the reduced latency. Find a target dummy and practice your rotation until you're comfortable with the changed timing.


Configuration

There is an in-game configuration GUI accessible through the usual Options->Interface->Addons menu. From this panel, you can add or remove keys and mouse buttons to be accelerated. You can also globally enable or disable all key acceleration.

The GUI provides exceptionally fast entry--you can enter your whole keyboard in seconds and all your mouse buttons in a few more seconds. The easiest way to understand this GUI is to start by hitting the "Clear All" button and then adding and removing some keys. In order to add just one key or mouse button, hover over the "+" button and type the key or press the mouse button (including whatever modifiers you desire). In order to remove that key, hover over the "-" button and type that same key with its modifiers. In order to enter all 8 of a key's modified and unmodified combinations with just one key press, hover over the "+ (Modifiers: All)" button and type the key.

If you want to do mass entry of modified and unmodified keys and mouse buttons, hit the "Clear All" button. Then hover over the "+ (Modifiers: All)" button and face-roll your way across keyboard and mouse buttons. You're done.

The default configuration accelerates all the modified and unmodified keys on a standard 104-key US keyboard (except PRINTSCREEN) plus mouse buttons 3-5. If you'd like to get back to this configuration at any time, simply hit the "Reset To Defaults" button.


Mouse Buttons

SnowfallKeyPress accelerates key bindings of mouse buttons, but it doesn't accelerate mouse button clicks that interact directly with frames without any associated key binding. This means that although SnowfallKeyPress is compatible with click-casting addons like Clique and Vuhdo, it won't accelerate their mouse clicks. Vuhdo already provides its own mouse click acceleration, though, and perhaps Clique will at some point, as well. Until then, you can add support yourself by navigating to Interface\Addons\Clique, editing Clique.lua and CliqueOptions.lua, searching for instances of "AnyUp", and replacing them with "AnyDown".

Mouse scroll-wheel bindings do not need any acceleration, so don't be concerned that SnowfallKeyPress offers no way to accelerate them. Each "tick" of the mouse scroll wheel is, in effect, already a simultaneous press and release.

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1.6.1 - 1/2/2010

Fixed a bug that may have affected compatibility with override bindings that some addons were applying.



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1.6 - 12/20/2009

Reduced the size of the default button animation by 25%, which should help keep it from obscuring other indicators on buttons.

Added the ability for other addons to customize the SnowfallKeyPress button animations. An example is included.

Removed the deprecated Lua configuration capability (the SnowfallKeyPressSettings folder). This functionality was superseded by the in-game GUI in version 1.2, so it's not needed any longer.



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1.5.1 - 12/14/2009

Fixed a bug introduced in 1.5 that was throwing a lua error with OPie.



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1.5 - 12/12/2009

Added button press animations (enable or disable through the configuration panel).

Made some infrastructure changes that should be invisible to the user, but which should improve compatibility with addons written in the future that may have more complex behaviors than we generally see in addons today.

Reduced the memory footprint of the code.



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1.4 - 12/8/2009

Updated the interface version to 30300 (patch 3.3).

No functional changes.



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1.3 - 12/4/2009

Fixed a minor error introduced in 1.2 that was causing some people problems with Bartender4.



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1.2 - 11/28/2009

Added an in-game configuration GUI accessible through the usual Options->Interface->Addons menu.



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1.1 - 11/25/2009

Added complete support for Dominos and Bindpad. At this time, there are no known incompatibilites with any addons.

Added a user configuration file to control which keys are accelerated.



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1.0 - 11/15/2009

First full release version.
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Unread 11-18-09, 10:35 AM  
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thanks for such a great addon
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Unread 11-18-09, 11:39 PM  
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Only seems to be working on some Dominos buttons, seems to be pretty random which ones work and which ones don't.
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Unread 11-19-09, 12:13 AM  
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Okay.

It does what it said it does, however I became really annoyed with it because there is a catch. It does work great with instant reaction abilities, however it works poorly with any GCD interaction.

The reason is it prevents actions form firing from key release. It also for some reason removes the keypress highlite from the button frame in the game. Having played wow for 5 years I have gotten used to being able to fire a keybind off of a release, having the key pressed some tenths of a second during the GCD time, and releasing it when the GCD is finished.

If there is someway to make it work off of key release as well as keypress in the same instance, as well as mouseclicks, then I personally will donate 50 dollars as well as use the mod and preach it to my guild and recommend it to my friends. Until then, it just feels like a cheap workaround.
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Unread 11-19-09, 09:57 AM  
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Originally posted by affix
Only seems to be working on some Dominos buttons....
SnowfallKeyPress uses three methods to find key bindings to accelerate:
1. All key bindings of actions (listed on the Addon Info. page)
2. All key bindings of button clicks that addons add to Options->Keybindings
3. All key bindings of macros

I'd expect that the buttons for most action bars will fall into category 1 or 2. Apparently, though, Dominos bars 2 and 6 don't fall into either category. They're not actions and they don't have bindings that show up in Options->Keybindings. So, SnowfallKeyPress isn't going to find them. I'm undecided what, if anything, I want to do about that. Here are the options.
1. Do nothing. Put stuff on bars 2 and (I think) 6 that doesn't need to be fast (tradeskills, etc). Certainly this is what I'd recommend in the short term for folks.
2. SnowfallKeyPress could search for additional bindings and be able to find these. The only downside of this is that I don't want to do too much searching because it could affect performance, even causing the game to freeze for a fraction of a second whenever bindings update (which they do on every combat entry/exit, among other times)
3. Dominos could add its bindings for bars 2 and 6 to Options->Keybindings



Originally posted by Landsoul
....I have gotten used to being able to fire a keybind off of a release....
It does take some retraining to get used to the faster timing. Go find a target dummy and practice for 15 minutes, and you should get the hang of it.
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Unread 11-19-09, 12:39 PM  
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Originally posted by Dayn SnowfallKeyPress uses three methods to find key bindings to accelerate:
1. All key bindings of actions (listed on the Addon Info. page)
2. All key bindings of button clicks that addons add to Options->Keybindings
3. All key bindings of macros

I'd expect that the buttons for most action bars will fall into category 1 or 2. Apparently, though, Dominos bars 2 and 6 don't fall into either category.
Beyond that issue, other bars seem not to work either. The issue is resolved by removing the bind from that button (type /kb, highlight the button, hit escape, and then the keybind).
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Unread 11-19-09, 01:02 PM  
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Originally posted by affix
Beyond that issue, other bars seem not to work either. The issue is resolved by removing the bind from that button (type /kb, highlight the button, hit escape, and then the keybind).
Type /kb to enter Dominos key binding mode, and then hover over various buttons. The buttons that I'd expect to be accelerated are

ActionButton1-12
MultiBarRightButton1-12
MultiBarLeftButton1-12
MultiBarBottomRightButton1-12
MultiBarBottomLeftButton1-12

The other buttons wouldn't be accelerated because Dominos did not create entries for them in Options->KeyBindings. Let me know if you observe something different.
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Unread 11-19-09, 04:04 PM  
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Originally posted by Dayn
It does take some retraining to get used to the faster timing. Go find a target dummy and practice for 15 minutes, and you should get the hang of it.
Really? I would expect a more intelligent response but instead you give a smartass one. I'm simply giving some advice to make it a much better addon than what it is at the moment.
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Unread 11-20-09, 01:07 AM  
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Im not able to get this program to work, I currently use Dominos, and i DLed the newest version.

Any suggestions as to what might be wrong?
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Unread 11-20-09, 09:24 AM  
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Originally posted by Landsoul
Really? I would expect a more intelligent response but instead you give a smartass one. I'm simply giving some advice to make it a much better addon than what it is at the moment.
I agree, would be nice to have icon highlight as they normally would when pressed, its not a huge deal tbh, just the little things people enjoy having i guess.
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Are there any other bar mods that you plan to support as this feature would be great to have it just doesn't help certain bar mods out there.

For example I use nurfed and this has no effect at all, It would be nice if it did but if it's not possible then I understand that as well.
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Is it possible to get this to work with Clique?

It would be a great healing tool. Thanks.
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Unread 11-20-09, 01:06 PM  
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Originally posted by Forage
Are there any other bar mods that you plan to support as this feature would be great to have it just doesn't help certain bar mods out there.

For example I use nurfed and this has no effect at all, It would be nice if it did but if it's not possible then I understand that as well.
SnowfallKeyPress doesn't support specific action bar addons per se. Rather, it supports certain types of bindings. In particular, it supports key bindings of the Blizzard actions, it supports key bindings of macros, and it supports button-click key bindings that addons create that 1) appear in Options->Keybindings and 2) don't appear to be already sensitive to separate up/down key behavior.

That being said, if you point me to a download link for nurfed (I wasn't aware it was still alive), I'll take a look at it.


Originally posted by betazen
Is it possible to get this to work with Clique?

It would be a great healing tool. Thanks.
I have never used Clique, but my understanding is that it works based upon mouse button clicks on frames rather than on key bindings. I don't have any plans to modify mouse click behavior in SnowfallKeyPress. The reason is that there are all kinds of complex behaviors that addons can create based upon mouse button up/down, and there isn't a good way to just "convert everything to mousedown" because that would interfere with a lot of things. Even the default Blizzard action bars have complex behavior on mouse up/down (like drag and drop of actions), and these should not be messed with.

In the short term, I'd suggest one of these two solutions for you:

1) Use mouseover macros instead of Clique. These are supported by SnowfallKeyPress just fine. This is what I'd do if I currently played a healer, because I think it's important to have as much of the user-input part of your user interface using the stock Blizzard functionality as possible (yes, I see the irony!). That way, you won't be unable to cast when addons are broken in the next patch or due to addon bugs. Also, if you have to temporarily deinstall an addon, you won't be dead in the water because your ability to cast spells was tied up in that one addon. With mouseover macros, you are supported by Blizzard and are always good to go.

2) Use Vuhdo instead of Grid+Clique. Based upon what I've read, Vuhdo supports click casting based upon mouse down.

Longer term, perhaps Clique will support casting on mouse down like Vuhdo does.
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Originally posted by Dayn
SnowfallKeyPress doesn't support specific action bar addons per se. Rather, it supports certain types of bindings. In particular, it supports key bindings of the Blizzard actions, it supports key bindings of macros, and it supports button-click key bindings that addons create that 1) appear in Options->Keybindings and 2) don't appear to be already sensitive to separate up/down key behavior.

That being said, if you point me to a download link for nurfed (I wasn't aware it was still alive), I'll take a look at it.

http://www.curseforge.com/search/?search=nurfed

It's Nurfed 2 in 5 pieces or so, It's currently in beta but coming along nicely, I really hope it becomes possible because I really like my nurfed ui but this is forcing me to use default bars for now.

Ok I understand for this to work I would have to use a bar mod that uses the keybinds from the default UI which nurfed uses it's own keybinding system which is why I like it so much. So for the Keypress to be the system it would have to be hard coded into nurfed or can this not be done unless it's through Blizzard?
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Originally posted by Dayn
I have never used Clique, but my understanding is that it works based upon mouse button clicks on frames rather than on key bindings. I don't have any plans to modify mouse click behavior in SnowfallKeyPress. The reason is that there are all kinds of complex behaviors that addons can create based upon mouse button up/down, and there isn't a good way to just "convert everything to mousedown" because that would interfere with a lot of things. Even the default Blizzard action bars have complex behavior on mouse up/down (like drag and drop of actions), and these should not be messed with.

In the short term, I'd suggest one of these two solutions for you:

1) Use mouseover macros instead of Clique. These are supported by SnowfallKeyPress just fine. This is what I'd do if I currently played a healer, because I think it's important to have as much of the user-input part of your user interface using the stock Blizzard functionality as possible (yes, I see the irony!). That way, you won't be unable to cast when addons are broken in the next patch or due to addon bugs. Also, if you have to temporarily deinstall an addon, you won't be dead in the water because your ability to cast spells was tied up in that one addon. With mouseover macros, you are supported by Blizzard and are always good to go.

2) Use Vuhdo instead of Grid+Clique. Based upon what I've read, Vuhdo supports click casting based upon mouse down.

Longer term, perhaps Clique will support casting on mouse down like Vuhdo does.

Thanks for the quick and thorough response. I am currently considering the options you've mentioned. Thanks again for the great mod.
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Originally posted by betazen
Is it possible to get this to work with Clique?

It would be a great healing tool. Thanks.
This works fine with Clique, what exactly are you trying to do or what behavior do you expect?

Clique works on mousedown, which I suspect is part of the reason it feels faster and more responsive when people switch to it.
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