World of Warcraft’s standard trade skill window annoys me. I
know it’s impossible but I can’t help but feel that
it’s personally out to hinder me as much as
possible. It’s a conspiracy I tell you! Not only is
the trade skill window difficult to read (or perhaps I need
to pay a visit to my eye doctor) it is constantly glitching out. It
randomly decides to stop functioning, showing only five or six patterns
available when I know for a fact I have hundreds. Opening and closing
the window sometimes fixes the problem, or logging off and then back
in, but a great majority of the time the problem just refuses to fix.
I know I can’t be the only one who has these issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to fix all these problems and
many others with a wave of a magic wand? Well I may have found the
magic wand, in the form of a mod called Advanced Trade Skill Window.
: Advanced Trade Skill
Trade Skill Window is one of the larger
mods I have had the chance to review, but for all it does I can
understand why it’s a little bigger than some. Once
downloaded the mod (after a short wait on the first start up) converts
your old trade skill window from a beat up Chevy into an Aston Martin
Vanquish. Bigger, easier to read and more streamlined than
the original trade skill window it gives a much better vantage point to
view your craftable items.
ATSW sports all the features of your current trade skill window,
including sorting recipes by groups, and allowing you to view patterns
that you currently have the materials four, and has a few new tricks up
it’s sleeve. Players with the mod will be able to sort
patterns in new ways, such as by difficulty or in alphabetical order.
You may even venture to create your own sorting method.
ATSW also provides an interactive queue where you can queue multiple
items at once even if you don’t have the materials for the
item. Once queued ATSW will tell you with a click of a button (Process
Queue) what item you are missing, and if you are at a merchant that
sells the item it will automatically purchase it for you.
ATSW can also be set up to check your alternate characters for
materials. On the other hand if you have the item, but have lost it in
the recesses of your bags, bank, or even the guild bank ATSW will allow
you to see exactly what bag it’s in by simply hovering over
the item. For example let’s say you have misplaced an Arctic
Fur, you are quite sure you have it but those pesky fairies (the same
ones that steal the socks from your dyer) must have done something with
it. Simply find and click on the Fur Lining you wish to create, and
hover your mouse over the Arctic Fur icon under Reagents. This will
produce a box which will tell you which character has the item, and the
options menu is simple, with relatively
few options, none of which
are cosmetic. Don’t be discouraged though, the options it
does offer are impressive. Some of the smaller options allow the player
to decide if they want recipe tooltips enabled, and to use a compact
recipe link instead of multi-line links. The big (and very cool)
options are the ability to display a shopping list at the Auction House
(my personal favorite), and to automatically open a reagent
list in the
bank if there are saved queues on any of your characters.
Overall I have fallen in love with this mod. It fixes every problem I
have ever had with the original trade window and showed me some other
features that I had never even imaged. The mod works well, and I had no
issues with it while using it., I tend to break things a lot so that
really is saying something. The website does state that since ATSW is
such a complex mod that some bugs are to be expected but the author
seems to fully intend to continue working on the mod and fixing any
bugs that arise. ATSW is not just your old trade skill window wrapped
in pretty paper, it truly makes the window more functional, your
patterns more manageable, and crafting more pleasurable.
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