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Well it's your decision... I can't force you to use a site.
I just know what wow matrix was doing was disturbing and disgusting, and regardless of curse's intentions (which IMO theft is a good reason) stopping them was the right thing to do.
Still, the reason that curse wants to block out wow-matrix is enough to not want to support them, for the community at least not sure if authors have to gain what curse does.
Yup the transition from WAU to the CC was TERRIBLE.
Then they rewrote the CC completely. It's 100% new code, which they still want to improve.
I use the CC, and I don't have any issues with it, it doesn't overwrite any addons on me, if there's a conflict, it says "hey what do you want me to do" etc... there's been a lot of improvements.
WoWI is coming out with an auto-updater as well.
As for paying to download addons, you never have to do that. You can use the client to update them one at a time, or you can get them from the web free of charge. The update all is a premium perk... which I'm a bit biased against because 20% of all the premium revenue gets funded back to addon authors. So you pay $30 a year for the client, that means $6 goes into the authors "pockets" so to speak. I know they want to up that ratio as well, but will need more subscribers.
To be perfectly honest, the author rewards program will continue ARL development. I'm at a point in the game where I don't play at all really, and I have no motivation to do anything. Getting the rewards/donations has helped me renew my subscription, which now allows me to do more development work.
I know the who WoWMatrix thing is a huge nightmare, and I'm glad people in this thread are at least looking at it rationally (IMO). :) All I can say is give the client another try, or wait for the WoWI client.
For ARL to get on WoW Matrix they'd have to do a lot... apologizing publicly for one would be a huge start.
why i prefer WoWMatrix to the curse:
you need to pay for premium curse to get options that where free in WUA and stil are in wowmatrix
Yes i pay to play Wow, but paying to download addons in a way we didfor free before is taking it a bit to far.
My experience with the Curse client is similar to Shubeyash. When WAU stopped I tried the Curse one and it was too flaky. I like using beta and even alpha versions of addons and they'd keep getting overwritten by older versions - regardless of the settings I used. In the end I gave up and went back to just manually updating. That said, it was some time ago now so maybe it's better now.
It also felt a little counter-intuitive when it came to checking for the addons. I can't remember the exact problem but I was never sure whether I'd be checking for updates, updating one addon or all of them.
I'm not trying to dissuade other people from using the curse client. It's just that my experience with it wasn't all that great. I had 150 addons when I tried switching from wau to curse, and loads of addons went from the latest version to an older one on curse (or even worse, a "fan update" from months ago), or to a different addon with the same or a similar name. Of course I haven't tried the curse updater in a while, since this was right after wau was discontinued.
i loved wau, so i gave wowmatrix a try and it seemed to work like a charm for me.
well, now i have to update addons manually again. bad luck i guess, but i can live with that (at least i have to) :P
I'm really having trouble understanding why people have issues with the curse client.
I have 251 addons in my addon directory.
I recently went from emedded to disembedded and it worked flawlessly (I found 1 bug in an addon from the addon perspective, not the client which I fixed).
All my addons are detected with a few exceptions.
3 addons weren't detected because I have repository versions of them. The curse client however did match them correctly.
Devtools which is only on wowi says there's a match on curse, however it's the war devtools. It didn't automatically install it for me.
And then the rest of the addons I have (5 in total) aren't on Curse at all, and there's no match for them, and nothing was installed.
I very much miss wau. These days it takes me hours to update addons after a patch (mostly due to slow sites during the rush, to be fair), but I'd never trust something like WM that doesn't even have the community's support, and when I briefly tried the curse updater, it "updated" some addons to entirely different addons, so I don't feel inclined to trust it either. If I do it myself, at least I'll know it's done properly.
I (brace yourself) rather enjoy browsing the AddOn sites anyway.
WowAce is a great site and community from what I've seen. You can subscribe to updates and have them mailed to you as soon as an author commits, I don't see how this will be hard for you or anyone. You won't even have to browse.