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Version: v1.1.110
by: Nulkris, mercdev
WoW UI Designer Release Notes

These notes refer to wowuides.exe version 1.1.x, the public beta release.

Introduction

This is the WoW UI Designer initially mentioned here. It started off as an idea I had to be able to load in any addon frame and edit it like you would a form in Borland C++ Builder (my development environment of choice until recently). From that it developed into a full IDE, with the ability to edit lua scripts, and xml files in both code and designer views. Hopefully in the months ahead, it will develop into the only choice for WoW interface developers even if the visual designer is not powerful enough for them.

Features

* Native Win32 application developed in C# 2005 requiring .Net v2.0. Compatible with Windows XP Home(Untested) and Professional(Tested), Windows 2003 Server (Untested), and Windows 2000 Professional (Tested) with the latest service packs;
* Multiple docking form interface in the style of Microsoft's development environments, provides flexibility for the user and developer;
* Tight integration with Blizzard's World of Warcraft game, providing editors for their open User Interface standard that use XML and Lua 5.0 standards;
* Flexible renderer to display any LayoutFrame element defined in an XML file validated against Blizzard's UI.XSD schema;
*Embedded ActiproSoftware editor provides syntax highlighting for XML and LUA files, and the ability to display calltips in the future;
* Visual designer to create new forms and edit them. Uses skin files to define what components can be placed, what properties they have, and how to convert between the XML and Windows.Forms;
* This release WILL NOT handle your existing UI files within the editor, it can only handle files that it itself created.
* Lots of other stuff yet to do!

Note: You will need to uninstall previous installations before installing 1.1.107 as the new installer is not backwards compatible.

1.1.107: Beta Release 18 (02Sep08)
* Lua parser now handles % operator and hexadecimal numbers properly.
+ Added startup options for loading XML files.
* Added messages when files cannot be saved.
+ Added new functions to lua highlighting.
+ Handles DXT4/5 BLP2 files.

1.1.106: Beta Release 17 (11Oct07)
* Should now work on 64-bit versions of Windows XP.
* Templates loaded from addons now go into the Addons list.
+ Changed start up behaviour, the environment is now not created at start up by default, reducing load time significantly.
> New command line argument /lf loads the framexml on start up.
> New command line argument /la loads the framexml and addons on start up.
> New menu command Tools | Load FrameXML loads the framexml as required.
> New menu command Project | Load Environment loads the framexml, the addon and its dependencies.
> Loading a UI designer form will load the framexml first if it is not already loaded.

1.0.300.102: Beta Release 16 (3Oct07)
* Fixed bugs related to closing projects.
* Updated to latest version of the docking manager.
+ Can handle multiple inheritance without errors, although the result isn't correct.
+ Improved UI for closing of unsaved files.
* Updated lua syntax highlighting for 2.2.2 keywords.

1.0.300.10: Beta Release 15 (14Dec06)
+ Now hosts Lua 5.1.1 instead of 5.0.3 to be compliant with the new client. Internal structure parser should also handle the new constructs.
+ Handles new method of MPQ searching (also searches locale directory inside of \Data). Thanks Blizzard for changing this every damn patch.

1.0.300.9: Beta Release 14 (31Aug06)
+ Added Color and BorderColor elements to Backdrop objects, also has a visual display.
* Updated lua syntax highlighting for 1.12 keywords.
+ Added code snippets to the editor, some basic lua and xml snippets provided.
* Fixed a bug where key shortcuts would go to the wrong editor instance.

1.0.300.8: Beta Release 13 (18Jul06)
* Altered skin format slightly to support templates. Existing skins should just remove any comments around <FrameSkin> elements to work again.
+ Added missing Frame types to Basic skin (Model & derivatives, MessageFrame, ScrollingMessageFrame, SimpleHTML, ColorSelect).
* Redid Font rendering to support color changing escape sequences (i.e. |cffff0000Red|r), spacing and sizing still not exactly like WoWs.
+ Added ability to enter meta data fields in the project form.
* Fixed bug with loadWith dependencies not loading in before addon, and addons dependant on Blizzard addons not loading.

1.0.300.7: Beta Release 12
+ Added lots of options for the text editor, check them out!
+ Reintroduced autocomplete list for the XML editor, there are typing triggers for bringing up select lists, and you can use CTRL-SPACE to bring up the list when inside elements.
+ Reintroduced smart indenting for lua and xml.
* Fixed bug when opening a file that does not exist, it will now use the correct language syntax based on file extension.

1.0.300.6: Beta Release 11 / 2
* Made it so changing the background color of the "Text" font style will change the background of the entire text area.
+ Added clampedToScreen property to Frame class and Frame skin object.
+ Added ButtonText, NormalFont/Color, HighlightFont/Color, and DisabledFont/Color properties to Button class. Depreciated NormalText, HighlightText, and DisabledText, and added conversion from old style to new style Button properties.
+ Added fade and displayDuration properties to MessageFrame class.
* Updated lua syntax highlighting for 1.11 keywords.
* Improved MPQ file searching for PTR and live.

1.0.300.4: Beta Release 10
* Fixed a bug with the texture browser not showing.
* Redid some of the multi-document find functionality.
* Updated structure view so that it provides some help whilst editing XML files.
+ Added file modified detection to allow easy reloading/deleting of files modified outside the editor.
* Updated context menu of editor to add more functions.
* Options dialog now working, editor customization available again!

1.0.300.3: Beta Release 9
+ Added a symbol library. When the application first starts, it will parse each lua file for symbols, and whilst editing you can CONTROL-LEFT CLICK on a symbol to go to where it is defined.
+ Added an update application feature.
* Fixed path comparision when trailing '\' were different.

1.0.300.2: Beta Release 8
+ Added a help window that links directly to WoWWiki. Press F1 on a known function and it will bring up the wiki for that function.
* Reintroduced tooltips for known functions within the editor. Hovering the mouse over the function name will bring up a short summary.
* Updated highlighting definitions for new 1.10 functions.
* Updated apidoc definitions for new 1.10 functions (still very incomplete).
* Filled in more functionality in the Project Explorer, most of the context menus will work now.
+ Added code folding for block comments.
+ Added special region tokens for folding arbrarily defined regions of a file, use --#region [Description] to start, --#endregion to end (note: no space between -- & #)

1.0.300.1: Beta Release 7
+ Added outlining and bookmarking functionality to the text editor.
* Improved drawing speed within the renderer.
+ Added null functions for seterrorhandler() and GetItemQualityColor() so they don't bring up errors when loading the default 1.10 files.

1.0.300.0: Beta Release 6
* Large rewrite with new editor control and image editor.

1.0.200.5(4f): Beta Release 5
* Hopefully made the auto-indent a little more intelligent.
+ Added a Go To command for going to a line number.
+ Added initial support for XML autocomplete.
* Fixed up defaultCopy skin mechanism to set parent propertly.
+ Added Uppercase/Lowercase to context menu of edit control.
* Fixed up all forms to have consistant appearance with different themes.

1.0.200.4: Beta Release 4
* Some more text editor enhancements, including auto-indenting/unindenting, and brace highlighting.
+ Now has full support for reading data files directly from the MPQ files.
* Options has 2 separate directory entries, one for the install directory (containing the MPQ files), and another work directory.
+ Added a zip library and a utility to zip up your addon project files.
+ Added a utility to copy addon project files from the work directory to the WoW install directory.

1.0.200.3: Beta Release 3
+ Added a hide context menu command to the Frame explorers to hide sub-frames from the render.
* Xml files that do not validate are included in the File List with an error marker.
* Fixed BLP reader to read uncompressed texture files.
+ Options to add file extensions pointing to the application.
+ Project editor form now allows you to set localized properties, and handles 1.9 LoadWith property.
* Fixed a bug that didn't allow more than one instance of the application to run.

1.0.200.2: Beta Release 2
* Found what was causing extra error markers in the XML syntax highlighting and fixed with a new lexer dll.
+ Added line numbers and code folding to the editor, with options to turn them on and off, rearranged the options dialog to suite.
* Can now open text files with the Open File... command.
* Fixed up a few frame definitions so that they can be used as base frames in skins.
+ Added a new component to the Default skin, Multiline Edit Box with full scroll capabilities.

1.0.200.1: Beta Release 1
* Changed manifest file to work on IA-64 Windows versions.
+ Added a context menu to the file list to easily allow a project to be opened.
* Put in a work around so that addons with circular dependencies will still load.
+ Added an option to disable real-time error marking on the edit control.
* Changed the way window locations are stored between sessions, now stored in the registry and not version dependant.

1.0.200.0: Beta Release
* New version number for first public release.

1.0.100.13: Beta Release Candidate 3 (Internal)
* Changed the update strategy of the structure form to update only when the lua file is valid, this is a bit less distracting when typing.
* Now clears error markers from the whole file to eradicate left behind tails.
* Played with the message view to make it a bit less flashy when typing Lua.
+ Added the ability to set the GetLocale() return value (see the Options dialog), be careful as it isn't checked.
* Made addon loading take into account dependencies.

1.0.100.12: Beta Release Candidate 2a
* Release to test the program against the release version of the tools and framework.

1.0.100.11: Beta Release Candidate 2
+ Added a new skin called "Basic", this exposes most of the frame types and a majority of their properties.
* Changed the skin format and handling a little to make it more straightforward.
* Made it so placing any xml file in the skins directory will install it as a skin.
+ Added functionality to the Slider and StatusBar frame types to draw the bar and thumb texture.
+ Added custom type converter to backdrop that allows you to select from a list of predefined backdrops.
+ Added custom type converter to textures and fontstrings that allows you to clear and set them properly.
* Fixed a hang bug with the editor error marking.

1.0.100.10: Beta Release Candidate 1a
* Quick fix for Euro machines when loading Color tags.

1.0.100.9: Beta Release Candidate 1
* Fixed up a bug in the XML loader not correctly inheriting sub-frames, also ScrollFrames fixed up.
* When positioning frames, the renderer will now look for named parents.
+ Added some icons to the File List tree view to represent frame types.
+ Added icons to the format menu.
+ Added a texture viewer editor to xml properties that use textures.
* Changed the color type to use the standard colour editor.
+ Added filtering to the message view, and column-click sorting.
* Error marker now showing up when lua parser finds a syntax error.
* Changed Delete key handling for the editor control.

1.0.100.8: Alpha 9 Release
* Fixed freezing when lua parser couldn't find a token before the end of the file.
+ Added a window menu to display the list of windows in the document view.
+ Added a format menu to the UI designer view with some component alignment commands.
* When pasting components back onto a form, the new components are centred within the parent, instead of over the top of the old components.
+ Added a Renderer menu when the Renderer is displayed.
+ Project Explorer now contains a tree listing of all the frames defined in the project, this is updated when any file is saved.
+ New command with the Renderer allows you to rewrite the XML file that contains the frame you are viewing, changing properties will change those values in the output.
* Mass code changes to better support outputting XML that is close to what is read in, taking into account inheritance.

1.0.100.7: Alpha 8 Release
+ Now handles reading in lua files for the interpreter, should handle Euro globalstrings.lua correctly now.
* Fixed a bug where an invalid XML file in a project would cause the whole project not to load.
* Updated version numbers on DLLs so that the installer will overwrite old ones if they are present.

1.0.100.6: Alpha 7 Release
+ Comes in an install package now.
* Script support in the designer should be a little better now, can access scripts of sub-frames.

1.0.100.5: Alpha 6 Release
* Ensure line endings are all CRLF, and specify UTF-8 encoding when saving.
+ Structure view now tries to show tables that are defined in the source.
* Structure view now updates on error, and will only show contents prior to the error.
+ Message window will now show a Lua syntax error if available, as you are typing.
* Structure view should remember what is opened as things appear and disappear when typing.
* Docking state file is now stored in the same directory as the executable.
* Structure view will clear when buffer is closed.

1.0.100.4: Alpha 5 Release
+ About box.
+ Tooltips for known WoW functions displayed in editor, added apidoc.xsd containing the schema for the docfile. Some functions defined in api/*.xml
+ Added a toolbar with basic functions.
+ Expand scripts defined in an XML file within the project explorer.
+ Added support for include tag for XML files, this is now used alot in 1.8.
+ Now includes its own Lua parser.
+ Added a structure window for editing Lua Files, shows functions and variables defined within the file.
+ Options to not verify XML files against the schema, can turn off verification for Blizzard files only.
+ Now has a proper application icon!
+ Added a tutorial

1.0.100.3: Alpha 4 Patch
+ Added keywords for WoW API so that they are syntax highlighed (Thanks Beladona for the list)
+ Added skin file page to options.
+ Added editor customisation page to options.
+ Added per character saved variable support (1.8 feature).
+ Added support for changing the file load order in the project explorer, can use context menu or drag files around.
* Fixed copy/paste for UI visual editor.
* Fixed globalisation issues.
* Find form has some improved functionality.
* Debug file written to same directory as wowuides.exe.
* Hopefully fixed hard crashes with lua interpretor and text labels with odd characters.
- Removed need for wow.exe to be in WoW override folder.

Thanks for all the ratings!
1.1.110: Beta Release 20 (20Nov10)
* Updated MPQ file reading for WoW client v4.

1.1.109: Beta Release 19 (22Oct08)
* Updated Button rendering for WoW client v3.

1.1.107: Beta Release 18 (02Sep08)
* Lua parser now handles % operator and hexadecimal numbers properly.
+ Added startup options for loading XML files.
* Added messages when files cannot be saved.
+ Added new functions to lua highlighting.
+ Handles DXT4/5 BLP2 files.
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Old 10-21-08, 01:55 PM  
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Started acting weird after 3.0 with the buttons and some other minor features. Still, great program 5/5.
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Old 10-16-08, 05:20 PM  
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Yeah, I'm having the same problem...Thought I was the only one...This needs to be updated lol.

I get
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Interface\FrameXML\ChatFrame.lua:2218: bad argument #1 to 'strsub' (string expected, got nil)
Which then makes me not able to talk or see messages at all

Anyone figure this out yet??
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Old 10-15-08, 08:49 PM  
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I use WoW UI Designer for editing my addons, and I noticed recently, with the advent of the wow 3.0 patch that the text on all my buttons have disappeared. the wierd thing though is, the only label control on my addon is unaffected.
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Old 10-09-08, 12:08 AM  
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The inability to edit pre-existing files completely ruins this for me. Why in god's name would that be added anyway?
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Old 09-01-08, 06:55 PM  
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You can keep both by installing into a different directory, but there is no loss of functionality, only a few extra features and bug fixes so there should be no advantage to keeping the old version (unless there are major bugs that I am currently unaware of).
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Old 09-01-08, 06:33 PM  
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I see there is a new version up. And it asks to uninstall the old one first, but seeing as the functionality to edit existing addons is gone, could I just keep both? :X
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Old 08-23-08, 06:40 PM  
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<3

i would LOVE to see this get updated
i still see a few errors, where i create a form, save it, and reopen it, its all erased for some reason. i have to restart the whole program
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Old 07-27-08, 06:21 AM  
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I don't think the Author is maintaining this project anymore but I could be dead wrong.
Its a nice program thats for sure, and beats the **** out of its closest rival, AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft.
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Installation/Tutorial questions

I downloaded and installed the program with no problems. I didn't install the Windows Installer 3.1 or .NET Frameworks. I am able to open the program no problem.

In the example it mentions how to work outside the WOW folder by moving the interface folder and the fonts folder to the wowuides folder. I don't have a fonts folder in my wow folder, has the fonts folder been removed in a new patch of the game? Can I skip these steps and just work in the wow folder? I completed the tutorial and had my saved mod folder in my addon folder, but I could only see it from the open or save from the program (couldn't find it using windows explorer).

In the tutorial after adding a new form I get a bunch message errors:
attempt to index global 'bit' (a nil value) constrants.lua 48 1 framexml
attempt to call global 'createframe' (a nil value) UIParent.lua 1086 1 framexml
attempt to call global 'createframe' (a nil value) SecureStateDriver.lua 164 1
attempt to call global 'createframe' (a nil value) UIParent.lua 1086 1 framexml
Inherited frame InterfaceOptionsToggleButtonTemplate not found UIOptionsFrame.xml 1 1 framexml
attempt to index local 'frame' (a nil value) FloatingChatFrame.lua 1023 1
attempt to call global 'UnitName' (a nil value) ChannelFrame.lua 1113 1
attempt to call gloabl 'CreateFrame' (a nil value) UIParent.lua 1086 1 framexml

Under Tools-Options the "Verify XML files against ui.xsd schema" is not checked, neither is "Verify Blizzard XML files against ui.xsd schema"

After completing the tutorial logged on to wow and the window created popped up and that is it. Is something else supposed to happen? Is the text to be something other then $parentLabel1?

It would be helpful to show what is supposed to happen so you can tell if the tutorial worked properly.
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Old 02-01-08, 01:04 PM  
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Arrrrhh!! I really want to try this but somehow i can't open .msi-files!
I've installed windows installer and all that, rebooted, searched information how to get it to work etc! Is it possible to request a simple zip file?
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Exclamation Bug Report: % Symbol

Hello. Using the latest version of WoW UI Designer. Found a problem with how it parses LUA code.

Specifically, I have this piece of code...

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slot  = ( aUnitNumber - 1 ) % 5 + 1;
The "%" symbol is generating an "unexpected symbol" error in the Messages section, and the line on the left side of the editor window that shows the start to end of a function, stops at the line.

Don't know why, but WOW UI Designer doesn't like to see a "%" character in LUA code, which is as far as I know, a valid math symbol in LUA (http://www.lua.org/manual/5.1/manual.html#2.5.1 ).


EDIT: I made a post about this over at the forums area, and one of the replies suggested this...

It was probably built with 5.0, which is what WoW started out with. % used to be the upvalue operator, and in 5.0 it didn't exist at all. In 5.1, it became the modulus operator.

Look for a lua/luac.exe in the program folder and see if you can't update it to 5.1.

If all else fails, math.mod() is a valid solution.
I ended up using the math.mod() method to get around the problem. I haven't tried replacing the lua/luac.exe files.
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Old 11-10-07, 06:26 PM  
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Question Tabbed window possible?

Hello. Can a frame with multiple tabs be created via WoW UI Designer?

If so, what are the steps/widgits to use?
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Old 11-05-07, 07:24 PM  
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program locks up

when i make a new frame it stops responding
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Old 11-01-07, 01:03 PM  
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Nice

Really nice tool, should make my UI designing life far easier.

However, I am running across a development issue. I want to anchor an additional button under the social frame, or (not sure if this is possible) overwrite one either by cheating the layers or finding some other work around.

How do I even anchor something to the social frame? Can it be done with this program?

Help is appreciated! ^_^
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Question Question about existing add-ons

Hello. First off, thank you for a great application, appreciate the work you've done.

I noticed in the release notes this item...
  • This release WILL NOT handle your existing UI files within the editor, it can only handle files that it itself created.
I was wondering, what manual changes could I make to an existing add-on so that WoW UI Designer would display it in the renderer?

I have an existing add-on, AutoShoutOut, that I would love to make work with this application.
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