Shadowed Unit Frames

Another example

SUF focuses on a simple configuration while maintaining the flexibility that most users will care about, preventing unnecessary bloating of the addon that sacrifices performance. While you aren't going to be able to set the health bar to be exactly 3.14 pixels outside of the unit frames, you can change options you actually care about such as bar height, ordering, frame height and so on. To speed up configuration, you can configure multiple units at the same time through the global configuration. For example, if you want to set the height of the Player, Target, Focus and Party frames to 50 then the height of Target's Target, Target's Target of Target, Focus Target to 30 you can easily do this by changing two options instead of having to do it seven times.

However, should you need a little bit of extra configuration do not despair! An advanced option is included that will unlock additional configuration giving finer control over the configuration.

Slash commands: /shadoweduf (/suf)

Donations are not required, but are appreciated!

Are you driven crazy by your party frames not aligning up exactly with your player frames, even if it's only half a pixel off? The anchoring system will let you solve all alignment issues, by allowing you to anchor a frame to another and set a simple offset from the frame it is anchored to, or by manually setting the X/Y position of the frame.

Using the screen shot as an example, if you drag the player frame the other frames will move with the player frame preserving the alignment and spacing. Each frame can still be manually positioned wherever you want, but this gives you a way of easily anchoring and moving frames around without having to use a ruler.

Zone configuration (Disabling options/units by zone type)
Units and modules can be enabled or disabled based on the type of zone you are in. For example, if you want to see party targets and party pets while you are in an arena but nowhere else then you can use the visibility options to enable it only while inside an arena. Modules can also be disabled by zone type, if you want to see party auras while in a raid instance but nowhere else you can disable the module in raid instances only.

Profiles do not have to be swapped and it is all automatic.

Supports unit frames are as follows:

Player: Player, Pet, Pet Target
General: Target, Target of Target, Target of Target of Target, Focus, Focus Target
Party: Party, Party Pets, Party Targets, Party ToT
Raid: Raid, Raid Pet, Main Tank, Main Tank Target, Main Assist, Main Assist Target, Boss, Boss Target, Boss ToT, Main Assist ToT, Main Tank ToT
Arena: Arena, Arena Target, Arena Pets, Arena ToT
Battleground: Battleground, Battleground Target, Battleground Target


  • Tags: Includes a simple tagging system that can be customized in virtually any way using Lua, even if something isn't included by default odds are you can make the tags
  • Incoming Heals: Supports the Blizzard Events for incoming heal data, no external libraries needed
  • Auras: Can be set to only show auras you casted, or can cast on others. Can enlarge auras that you casted, and hide the cooldown ring on the timers of auras you didn't cast as well to make it more obvious which ones you casted and which ones you didn't
  • Aura Timers: You will need a mod such as OmniCC to show timers on buffs and debuffs
  • Aura Indicators: Display colored squares or icons for certain auras on any unit
  • Fader: Fades frames when out of combat and inactive (100% mana/no target)
  • Class Power (Eclipse, Holy Power, etc): Supports all of the class power features from Eclipse to Burning Embers.
  • Highlighting: Border highlighting of frames based on mousing over them, curable debuffs, aggro or you are targeting/focusing them
  • Range Checking: Fades frames out that are out of range of you
  • Exportable Layouts: If you have a layout, or your friend has a layout you want to try out you can export/import SUF layouts by going to /suf -> Layout Manager
  • Profiles: You can change from any profile to another one without reloading your UI, should you want to use a completely different layout based on zone you can easily switch profiles without hassle

Pretty much all the general unit frame settings are in, health bars, cast bars, power bars, portraits, indicators and so on.

Basic module support is included, should you be interested in building a module see the documentation on github for more information.

Currently released:


Please focus all discussions, questions or general feedback to the forum thread:

For feature requests and bug reports, please continue to use the Ticket tracker. Feel free to ask on the thread first, if you're unsure what to do!

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  • Avatar of evergamer evergamer Oct 15, 2010 at 05:08 UTC - 0 likes

    So I did all that. Still no raid/party. removed my interface/wtf folders. ran the cleaner again to verify. still no go.

  • Avatar of Aratar Aratar Oct 15, 2010 at 05:07 UTC - 0 likes

    and I just switched back ;) As much as I appreciated Aviana's work, Shadowed Unit Frames is being continued under its original name and has Shadowed blessing. Maybe Aviana can be involved here? just a thought

  • Avatar of Eido1on Eido1on Oct 15, 2010 at 03:20 UTC - 0 likes

    @evergamer: even with a fresh download sometimes certain saved variables or lua .bak files may interfere with the fresh install. prior placing the folders (SUF and SUF Options) into your addons folder, make sure all those variables are deleted via a method i suggested below. also, once you made some changes to SUF, see if you can log out and log back in (complete restart is not necessary), sometime changes made to configs won't show up until after relog (or perhaps /reloadui)

  • Avatar of Sisgmund Sisgmund Oct 15, 2010 at 02:55 UTC - 0 likes

    I'll probably just play Hungry Hungry Hippos.

  • Avatar of Eido1on Eido1on Oct 15, 2010 at 02:44 UTC - 0 likes

    hmm sorry :/ virtual machine Win7? :)

  • Avatar of Sisgmund Sisgmund Oct 15, 2010 at 02:40 UTC - 0 likes

    I'm on a Mac, so crap cleaner isn't much help. Thanks for the idea though. :)

  • Avatar of Eido1on Eido1on Oct 15, 2010 at 02:35 UTC - 0 likes

    Do a search on wowinterface for an addon called "wow crap cleaner". It's an executable, and once started do "search" to populate all the addons and variables you have. I advise deleting .bak files as well as leftover settings and any residual variables you have prior installing the new version of SUF. I had to re-configure the new SUF after a fresh install, as I too had Simplistic installed prior, but deleted all the settings since this addon got raid and party to work first.

  • Avatar of Sisgmund Sisgmund Oct 15, 2010 at 02:28 UTC - 0 likes

    Yeah, I can't get raid frames to turn up even with a fresh WTF and only SUF installed.

    I did use Simplistic, and did the rename thing on a copy of my SavedVariables, then kept them both around once Shadowed got updated again.

    But even with as clean a slate as I can manage I can't get party or raid frames.

    I'll be ticketing it but I seem to be pretty solitary on my problem (barring evergamer, 'sup dude). Not too fussed because everything else works (player, target, even boss (which is a subset of raid)), but I do miss my good looking UI.

  • Avatar of evergamer evergamer Oct 15, 2010 at 02:14 UTC - 0 likes

    Hmm...I still don't see any party or raid frames. the config is there, but they aren't on my screen at all. I double checked the anchors too, and anchored them to the screen/center.

    Also completely removed the folders in the addons folder, and re-downloaded.

  • Avatar of evergamer evergamer Oct 15, 2010 at 02:05 UTC - 0 likes

    Nope. Read it earlier. Hence, why I asked.

    Eido1on - thanks for the info. will look again.


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