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Fizzwidget Hunter's Helper  Popular! (More than 5000 hits)
Version: 2.4.3
by: Gazmik [More]
Really, I'm not one to gallivant about the wilderness trying to make friends with beasts... at my size, it's a good way to get eaten! Besides, keeping a full stock of bits & bibbles for your critter can be terrible for your cash flow. But a Hunter friend of mine managed to convince me there'd be good money in outfitting such outdoorsy types, and before I knew it my workbench was cluttered with all sorts of animal-seeking, food-measuring, and pet-minding contraptions.

This gadget couldn't be any simpler to use: point it at a beast you see in the wild, and its zootropic neurowave scanner will analyze the critter's noggin and tell you what, if any, new tricks it can teach you.* Know what you're looking for, but not sure where to look? It'll help with that, too -- I've pre-programmed it with an extensive database on creature behavior (straight from Petopia, the best zoological resource on Azeroth), easily indexed by skill.

* Not recommended for use by elderly gnolls.

Features
  • When you mouse over a beast in the world, the tooltip will show which abilities a Hunter could learn after taming it. (Or no additional info if the beast doesn't have any known abilities.)
  • If you're currently playing a hunter, the abilities will be colored according to whether you've already learned them: green for abilities you have yet to learn, and gray for those you already know.
  • Need to know where to find new abilities for your pet?
    • Type `/huntershelper` (or `/hh`) to show the Hunter's Helper UI and browse its database by ability or by zone. Various filters and a search feature are available, so it's quick to find a pet that has what you're looking for.
    • Visit the Hunter's Helper pane in the Interface Options window (or type `/hh button`) to enable the HH minimap button, which shows when you're in a zone that contains beasts you can tame to learn new abilities. (Mouse over it for details on them.)
    • Type `/hh find <ability> <rank>` for a quick search with results in the chat window.
  • The Hunter's Helper UI also serves as an improved replacement for the Beast Training window; its compact layout and flexible filters make finding an ability and rank much quicker... and it shows accurate training point costs for upgrading an ability to a higher rank. (Tip: this means you can also show the HH UI by "casting" Beast Training from your spellbook, action bar, or macro.)
  • Hunter's Helper also notifies you in chat if you tame (or cast Beast Lore on) a beast whose skillset isn't what was expected. HH's database of pet abilities comes from Petopia -- visit there to submit a correction.
v. 2.4.3 - 2008/06/20
- Availability (color) of abilities in the top part of the HH window should now follow more sensibly from that of individual ranks.
- Uses a new, locale-independent way to keep track of spell names and icons -- should result in proper behavior and fewer errors on WoW locales other than English. (Localizers need no longer provide translated spell names. Pet family names are still required for providing fully correct functionality, though.)
- Thanks in part to the above, fixed an issue where Avoidance wouldn't show the proper icon.
- The menu of pet families is now alphabetically sorted for all languages.
- Includes minimal localization (enough for proper functionality, no translated UI) for European and Latin American Spanish.
- Includes new French localization by oXid FoX.
- Fixed layering of the minimap button relative to other frames.
- Compatible with Awbee's BeastTraining addon; if it's installed, it replaces the Beast Training window, and HH can be used for finding abilities but not for training them to your pet.
- Rebuilt pet skills database from http://petopia.brashendeavors.net as of 2008/06/20.

v. 2.4.2 - 2008/05/05
- Fixed an issue where the Filter (availability) menu wouldn't always work as expected.
- Fixed an issue where the pet family menu would sometimes fail to actually show the selected family.
- Fixed an issue where the HH UI could conflict with the Enchanting window, preventing it from being shown.
- Fixed an issue where a beast with multiple learnable abilities would be listed multiple times in the minimap button tooltip.
- Fixed some issues with positioning the minimap button.
- Fixed some issues related to HH's cache of known abilities becoming outdated.
- Fixed an error that would occur when using the `/hh reset` command. All saved data is cleared and options reset to default when the command is used.
- Dash now correctly shows as learnable by Raptors.
- Updated German localization by Ghanur of EU-Alexstrasza.
- Rebuilt pet skills database from http://petopia.brashendeavors.net as of 2008/05/05.
- KNOWN ISSUE: Classification of abilities by availability doesn't work as expected in some cases where availability of individual ranks is mixed (e.g. Growl 1 is tameable, Growl 2 is known by the hunter but not the pet, and Growl 3-8 are all well above the hunter's level).

v. 2.4 - 2008/03/25
- Hunter's Helper now has a GUI, bringing many new features:
- You can now easily browse pet abilities and find out where to learn them. Choose an ability (and rank, if applicable) in the list and you'll see which beasts you can tame to learn it, sorted according to where they can be found (with the zones closest to your current location listed first).
- You can also browse/search by zone to see all the beasts with learnable abilities in a given area. (Zones are sorted based on proximity to your current location; i.e. how many other zones you must pass through to reach them.) Choose a beast and you'll see which abilities can be learned by taming it.
- In both modes, beasts and abilities show additional useful info when available: level, normal/rare/elite status, and diet for the former; required level, description, and training point cost for the latter.
- Both modes also offer several ways to search or filter their data: by typing part of a zone, beast, or ability name; by beast family (e.g. Cat, Boar, Sporebat, etc.); or based on which abilities you already know (or can't yet learn).
- Show the new Hunter's Helper panel by typing `/huntershelper` or `/hh`.
- The new Hunter's Helper UI also serves as an improved replacement for the Beast Training window:
- Open it while you have a pet summoned and it'll automatically filter to show only those abilities learnable by that pet type.
- The list can be futher filtered based on which abilities your pet already has, which it can be trained with, and which it's can't learn yet.
- Choose an ability and the highest rank trainable to your pet will be automatically selected (and unlike the standard Beast Training window, choosing a different rank or ability doesn't require scrolling an extra-long list).
- Displayed training point costs take into account the points refunded when training a higher rank of an ability your pet already knows, so it's easier to see which abilities/ranks you can afford.
- Since the new UI replaces the Beast Training window, you can also show it by "casting" Beast Training from your spellbook or action bar.
- The new UI is separate from the main Hunter's Helper addon and is only loaded when it needs to be shown. (Don't like the new UI? Disable or delete the Hunter's Helper UI addon and HH will keep working as it did before.)
- There's also a new minimap button (off by default; type `/hh button` to show/hide it):
- Click it to show the full pet/ability browsing UI.
- If you're in a zone with beasts you can tame to learn new abilities, the button shows how many such beasts there are; mouse over it to see details in the tooltip.
- Configuration controls are moved into a pane in the new Interface Options panel provided by the default UI.
- Fixed an issue where taming or casting Beast Lore on a creature with learnable abilities would report that Hunter's Helper didn't know about them even if it did.
- Updated German localization by "Zara".
- Slash command feedback text is now localizable. (Translators should look at the top of localization.lua for new keys.)
- Rebuilt pet skills database from http://petopia.brashendeavors.net as of 2008/03/24.
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Unread 04-18-08, 05:54 AM  
Purity
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Originally posted by Jzar
I'm getting a little annoyed having the beast ability tooltips showing up on all my alts until I turn on "only show tooltip info if hunter" option. Could we get either that option enabled by default, or made global so that once I've turned it on once, it applies to all my toons? Thanks!
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FHH_Defaults = {
	NoBeastTooltip = false,
	BeastTooltipOnlyHunter = false,
	ShowMinimap = false,
	MinimapPosition = 260,
	ShowAlreadyKnownBeasts = false,
	NoUITooltip = false,
};
You may change line 12 to = true in HuntersHelper.lua.
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I'm getting a little annoyed having the beast ability tooltips showing up on all my alts until I turn on "only show tooltip info if hunter" option. Could we get either that option enabled by default, or made global so that once I've turned it on once, it applies to all my toons? Thanks!
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Thankyou!

*nods* Yeah, its =was= doing it, but thanks to your hand edit, it seems to be working again.

Thanks for the lovely mod. I have found myself growing rather fond of the Fizzwidget gizzmos that you have produced.

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Re: Fixed Error?

Originally posted by Azareus
First of all, I'm really sorry for my english

Now, the problem you are having comes from Cobra Reflexes, an ability with NO rank but the addon is looking for a rank on every ability, and things go wrong

Apparently I fixed my own copy as follows:

1) exit WoW;
2) go to the GFW_HuntersHelper folder in the World of Warcraft\Interface\Addons folder;
3) open file HuntersHelper.lua with your preferred text editor;
4) search for the string

if (rankNum and tonumber(rankNum)) then

it's at line number 398, if your editor supports them;
5) replace the following block of text:

if (rankNum and tonumber(rankNum)) then
rankNum = tonumber(rankNum);
end

with the following one:

if (rankNum and tonumber(rankNum)) then
rankNum = tonumber(rankNum);
else
rankNum = 0;
end


6) exit the text editor after having saved the file;
7) enter WoW and enjoy.

Please note: I'm not sure if this modification leads to different problems in different places in the addon; apparently, anyway, it works fine for me now.

If you are having problems, and we find a way, I can send you the file I modified and use.

Azareus
This is the "hand edit" that I mentioned.

So it's still broken, I'm guessing.
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This was working fine a week ago but now with the last patch to 2.4.1 (BTW what is the 'hand edit' the last poster mentioned) When I try to train it tosses up and error and the top pane is all full of '?' in just 2 days of use I can see why this is so popular is it something I am doing? I run on a Mac Pro OS X 10.5.2 if that makes any difference
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etc
this is the first part of the error msg.
Date: 2008-04-04 11:40:30
ID: 57
Error occured in: Global
Count: 1
Message: ...rface\AddOns\GFW_HuntersHelperUI\HuntersHelperUI.lua line 621:
FHH_UIShowSpellDetail(bite,nil): can't find requiredLevel
Debug:
[C]: ?
[C]: assert()
...rface\AddOns\GFW_HuntersHelperUI\HuntersHelperUI.lua:621: FHH_UIShowSpellDetail()
...rface\AddOns\GFW_HuntersHelperUI\HuntersHelperUI.lua:512: FHH_UISetSelection()
...rface\AddOns\GFW_HuntersHelperUI\HuntersHelperUI.lua:44: FHH_UIOnShow()
[string "*:OnShow"]:2:
[string "*:OnShow"]:1
[C]: Show()
..\FrameXML\UIParent.lua:1620: ShowUIPanel()
GFW_HuntersHelper\HuntersHelper.lua:143: FHH_OnEvent()
[string "*:OnEvent"]:1:
[string "*:OnEvent"]:1
[C]: ?
[C]: UseAction()
..\FrameXML\SecureTemplates.lua:266: SecureActionButton_OnClick()
[string "*:OnClick"]:1:
[string "*:OnClick"]:1
(tail call): ?
[C]: securecall()
..\FrameXML\SecureStateHeader.lua:1052:
..\FrameXML\SecureStateHeader.lua:1033
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Just downloaded this, and tried the 'hand edit' to get it to work.

Still getting errors -- would really like to get this one working, as it answers a skill of the Hunter class that I never could keep straight.
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Getting errors from the pet skills window when selecting certain pet skills. Seems the database isn't working properly as it can't find any details about Dash and Dive.
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Bugs...

I keep getting bugs from this Program and am uncertain as to what to do every time I click on a skill it shows the skill name but will not change in the upper section and it then pops up an error report, but I do not know how to copy it so that I may post it here. Over all though since I downloaded this addon I have really enjoyed it.

Well I am having a new problem with this addon now, it wont show Bite at all as a skill to learn to train pet.../sigh. I hate to say it but Ithink I need to uninstall it and maybe reinstall...
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the other day, I was looking to get Prowl 1 for my cat and tamed a Hulking Mountain Lion since the tooltip said that it had the ability. Unfortunately, it does not have prowl or any other ability. Thought I'd let you know.

Thanks for all your work!
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Notes for UI Central

You may want to update your notes on the UI Central. It's been out of date since 2.0.3
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Just wanted to let you know that Olm The Wise does not come with Screech 3, I am not sure if he used to or not (I just tamed him for the first time yesterday) but the the tool tip says he has it.
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had the same problem, but when i tried the fix I got this -

Date: 2007-06-27 07:19:20
ID: 51
Error occured in: Global
Count: 1
Message: ..\AddOns\GFW_HuntersHelper\HuntersHelper.lua line 1:
unexpected symbol near '{'
Debug:
[C]: ?
AddOns:
AspectBar, v2.05
Bandager, v1.0.018
GFWFeedOMatic, v2.1
GFWHuntersHelper, v2.1
Swatter, v4.0.2

error.

What went wrong?
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@Azareus

Thanks for the quick fix. Works like a charm.
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Fixed Error?

First of all, I'm really sorry for my english

Now, the problem you are having comes from Cobra Reflexes, an ability with NO rank but the addon is looking for a rank on every ability, and things go wrong

Apparently I fixed my own copy as follows:

1) exit WoW;
2) go to the GFW_HuntersHelper folder in the World of Warcraft\Interface\Addons folder;
3) open file HuntersHelper.lua with your preferred text editor;
4) search for the string

if (rankNum and tonumber(rankNum)) then

it's at line number 398, if your editor supports them;
5) replace the following block of text:

if (rankNum and tonumber(rankNum)) then
rankNum = tonumber(rankNum);
end

with the following one:

if (rankNum and tonumber(rankNum)) then
rankNum = tonumber(rankNum);
else
rankNum = 0;
end


6) exit the text editor after having saved the file;
7) enter WoW and enjoy.

Please note: I'm not sure if this modification leads to different problems in different places in the addon; apparently, anyway, it works fine for me now.

If you are having problems, and we find a way, I can send you the file I modified and use.

Azareus
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