Sunday, July 18, 2010

A-o-R: !BugGrabber (& BugSack)

I'm trying to post these addon posts in alphabetical order, but for some reason my alphabetical list keeps changing. Silly windows. Ah well, it's good enough I suppose.

This time we'll look at a small but significant addon called !BugGrabber which combined with the addon BugSack will help you keep your game free from error messages.

!BugGrabber & BugSack
Category - Gaming Utility
Necessity Level - Depending
- Any

The necessity of these two addons totally depends on how many addons you use. When you use many addons they tend to clash with eachother and the game sooner or later, no matter if you update them frequently. That's just what hobby-made addons do. This results in a whole lot of error messages, especially just after patchdays when alot of addons become outdated. Those error messages usually turn up smack in the middle of the screen. I love it when someone goes "everytime I press this button I get a huge error message in the middle of the screen", while raiding. There is a reason for this of course, an error means there is something wrong and you should know about it so that you can fix it. It might interfer with your gaming.

Woot, I have an error! (It's the little red sack in the top left corner)

Thing is, most errors are very minor and you won't notice them while playing at all. And even if you might want to know about them, you don't want to have them in your face every other second. Ok, you -know- something is wrong, thank you very much.

!BugGrabber does the first part of two things. It simply removes the error messages from the middle of the screen and hide them. If you're happy with that, you don't need anything else. But with an addon like BugSack you get all your errors in one place, that isn't your face. BugSack will do the second thing and place them where you can look at them easily (a little icon around your minimap usually). Therefore these addons combine greatly together to help you manage your error messages (you can't really use BugSack without BugGrabber). BugGrabber will actually allow you to look at your errors by itself through a /command, but BugSack does it in a better way with a proper interface.

So if you use alot of addons this could really help you out to save some of that nerdrage for where it's really needed instead, like for shamans that gear spirit. These addons are still updated continuously (just some weeks ago when writing this) and have never stopped working for me.

And you can find them here; BugGrabber & BugSack.

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