The addon Power Auras helps you to notice when things happen. It will show a symbol (or text) on your screen/make a sound when you/your party/your opponent/your focus does/does not have a buff/debuff.
There’s about 50 symbols included or you can add your own.. they can be colored, stretched, flipped, scaled and positioned wherever you want them on the screen. There’s entrance and exit animations..and you can add sounds to events. In addition to “random” images you can also show text or icons on the screen.. and you can also incorporate timers.
Auras can be configured for individual toons.. or you can setup auras for all your toons.
Auras can also be chained together so they fire in very specific complex circumstances.
A simple aura:
Let’s say I’ve decided that I want to show an aura when my character does not have the “Well Fed” buff. This is something I want on all of my toons.
Because I want this on all of my toons I’ll choose “Global 1″ (if I already had 24 global auras I’d choose Global 2)(If it was an aura -only- for this toon I’d instead chose “Page 1″ under Character effects) and then click “New” (or “Edit”).
This will open the second setup screen.
At the bottom on the “Activation” tab you specify when you want this symbol to show. “Well Fed” is a buff so I choose “buff” from the drop down. The name of the buff is “Well Fed” so I typed that in the text box. Below that, I choose “ignore uppercase” … I think it was a default I didn’t really change it. Most importantly, I choose “Show when not active”. That is, “if I don’t have the ‘well fed’ buff on me, show the symbol I setup above.”.
You can use the animation and sound tabs to add entry/exit animations to the symbol and to have the addon make a sound when the symbol shows up/leaves.
A complex aura:
In addition to simple auras you can also chain auras together so that the trigger in very specific circumstances.
On my hunter, I want to show a symbol on my screen if my mana is below 50% and I -don’t- have Aspect of the Viper up. Because of the way the addon structures the auras I need to build these as two separate auras and then link them together.
First I build the aura for “when I don’t have Aspect of the Viper up” (click screenshot to see details). For this aura it doesn’t matter what symbol I pick because the symbol for this aura is never going to show. I’m just using this aura to hold the logic. So, I create this aura, save it, note the aura number (this one is #6. See it on the tooltip.) and then shift-click it to turn it “off”. That is, it won’t actually fire.. but my second aura can use the logic from this first one.
Now I will create my second aura. This one fires “when my mana is below 50%”. In addition to the basic settings I also put the number for the first aura (6) into the box to the right of the “exact name” checkbox. You can chain more than two auras together by comma separating the aura numbers in this box.
In order for this second aura to display, both aura #6 and this aura must be true. So, if my hunter is below 50% mana.. and not using Aspect of the Viper a big blue drop will show up on my screen to remind me to change aspects. I have another set of chained auras setup if I -am- using Aspect of the Viper and my mana is at or above 98% to remind me to change out of Aspect of the Viper.
Show symbol when I don’t have “well fed” buff.
Show symbol when I’m in combat and any pally in my party has “Crusader Aura” up. (it’s a buff on me.. so I can treat it like a buff)(allows me to remind them/myself to change pally aura).
Show symbol (big and red and in the middle of my screen) when my target has “spell reflect”. (So I stop shooting myself)
Show colored sparks to help me figure out which class buffs I’m missing in a raid (see entry here)
Show symbol when I don’t have Fel Armor up.
Show a symbol when I don’t have either a spellstone or firestone or fishing lure applied to my weapon. (“spellstone/firestone/lure” weapon buff)
Show symbol when I don’t have “frost wyrm” flask.
Show symbol when I’m in combat and at 100% health AND my mana is at 80%. (to remind me on my warlock to lifetap a little).
Show symbol when Nightfall proc’s for a 0 cast time shadow bolt (buff is called “Shadow Trance”)
Show symbol when I’m at 80% mana and my pet is at 100% mana (reminder to Dark Pact back when I was spec’d into that)
Show symbol when my target is below 25% health (reminder to change to Drain Soul for Affliction spec)
Show symbol when my target doesn’t have my sting on it. (reminder to sting them)
Show symbol when I’m at 50% mana and I don’t have Aspect of the Viper up.
Show symbol when I’m at 98% mana and I do have Aspect of the Viper up.
Show symbol when my pet’s health is below 50% AND “mend pet” is available to be cast.
Show symbol when I don’t have “Seal of” up on myself.
Show symbol when I don’t have “Blessing of” up on myself. (though really I use pally power to manage my blessings)
Show symbol when I don’t have my “Aura” up on myself (reminder to put up an Aura).
When I’m tanking, show symbol when I don’t have “Righteous Fury” up.
When I’m healing, show symbol when .. um that thing procs that give me a free flash of light.
When I’m Ret, show symbol when Art of War procs (reminder for free flash/exorcism).
Show symbol when I have the Necrotic Aura debuff with a count down (so I know when I can pot/bandage/heal in the Loatheb fight)
I’m using a fan update of Power Auras that allows me to restrict my auras by which spec I’m in.
Here’s a screenshot with 3 auras showing.
1. blue parenthesis around the middle telling me that I have full health and low mana and should lifetap
2. purple half circle around the bottom middle of the screen telling me that my flask has worn off (actually it looks like I’d used elixirs for this fight instead of the flask)(this was probably a “last attempt”)
3. orange spark on the right-hand side above my mini map telling me that I do not currently have druid buffs. Since there isn’t a druid in the party that makes sense.
Here’s a video I posted with several auras firing:
“Ding” for when haunt is off cooldown. (heard @3:28)
Blue Parenthesis for when I have 100% health and ~80% mana (need to life tap).(@3:35)
Purple parenthesis for when Nightfall procs. (actually looks like nightfall didn’t proc during this video.. bummer)