BeneCast 10

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BeneCast is an addon for casting beneficial spells on party/raid members.

Warning! When you download a version check to see whether it's at least beta.

The End of BeneCast

I'm afraid I'm gonna have to let this addon go. I have been raiding more and more these days and by design BeneCast is not equipped for that. As a consequence I have been using Grid / Clique to fill healing duties (even though I'm Balance atm... a real druid is always ready to pop a heal).

In fact, Grid has been so good that I no longer use partyframes at all.

Clique is not ideal however. I tried to start a GridBeneCast addon by using GridManaBars as a template to add tiny casting buttons to the side of the Grid-frames. But the further I got the more it was obvious that I was simply not good enough of an addon-programmer to make it work. Additionally the thought of all the time I'd have to spend was too much.

I'm marking this addon as no longer maintained or something. If anyone wants to pick it up, gimme a jingle on here.

This may not be the end of my addon-developing career. But it's being moved from the fridge to the freezer for now.

As for a non-Grid replacement for BeneCast: I use Healium now. It's rocking my socks off.

Versions and Wintrow and you

Alpha-versions are not meant to be run as it's just me checking intermediate versions into the repo while I work or when I think I'll be switching pc's.

Beta's are versions that I have tested myself and that I think are lacking in one way or another and I need more testing and/or feedback from my peers and/or users.

Releases are beta's that I deem good enough for general use. It may still not be perfect (when is it ever :). Generally this is decided based on positive user-feedback or whenever I feel like it. I'll also release if it's simply "better than the previous release".

There is another type that I call 'brave ones-alphas'. I have VERY little testing time, so whenever I get around to loading it up I'd like to have gotten the obvious errors out of the way. When I call out a certain revision like that I am stating my intent to dedicate my next testing session to that version (unless it's taking too long and I start twiddling at the code again :p). Anyone brave enough to load up the addon in the mean time is then free to test and post tickets with impunity (but for god sake, mention the exact revision number when you do).

What is this BeneCast
BeneCast is an addon for casting beneficial spells on party/raid members. This includes: buffs, cures and heals. Basically it will add buttons next to unitframes for quick and easy casting without cumbersome targetting. BeneCast comes preloaded with a list of skills that fall under this category and allows you to pick who gets which buttons next to their healthbar.

It is only meant for 5-man healing due to the complexities that accompany creating and attaching buttons to up to 40 raid-unitframes. You can still raidheal, but you'll have to target them and use the action buttons attached to the target or focus-frame. There are also better addons out there for raidhealing like Grid and Clique.

Various unit-frame addons are supported. If you find BeneCast does not detect your unit frame of choice post me a ticket and I'll try and add them.

See for a more accurate status.

See for a manual.

See for the Official BeneCast 10 thread.

See for what's cooking in my brain concerning BeneCast.

BeneCast was originally developed by Skurel. His 1.x version was picked up by several developers when he stopped releasing versions. As it was lacking certain features and had a minor amount of bugs I started my addon-development fixing and adding to the best version out there at the time.

A big part of the addon for me was the inclusion of healing bars for party-pets as my druid was often grouping up w a hunter.

Skurel briefly resurfaced once more to release a buggy 2.0 version (still wow classic though) and I opted to move to the "new and improved" version and fix the bugs. For several years I maintained the addon naming it BeneCast 2.1.2 Wintrow x.yy. After a while the addon was barely recognisable, Skurel had dropped off the planet and people insisted that I took more credit by leaving out the "old" version number.

This is now a complete rewrite based on the new ideas of how an addon should be developed as well as using wowace-libs to do the things I am mostly inept at.

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  • Avatar of Tyraeel Tyraeel Sep 06, 2009 at 00:19 UTC - 0 likes

    This is by far the best healing mod really needs that update :P

  • Avatar of Freydis88 Freydis88 Aug 08, 2009 at 06:23 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi Wintrow, is this still "on hold", my healer really needs an update ;)

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  • Avatar of grtech grtech Jun 22, 2009 at 15:55 UTC - 0 likes

    dam shame to see this is not updated, this is the best tool i have come accross for healing and tanking.

    please please update, everyone would like to use full capability.

    i have a slight prob with it at the mo, keeps refreshing cause right click function on anything hard to do, also rightous defense doesnt show on selected targets.

  • Avatar of nicometo nicometo Apr 30, 2009 at 21:01 UTC - 0 likes

    Thats cool wintrow. Just wanted to make sure this project still has a heartbeat :)

  • Avatar of Yodarocks Yodarocks Apr 30, 2009 at 08:15 UTC - 0 likes

    Nice to see a response :)

    Cheers for all your work Wintrow. You have done loads of work since you took over this add on, and I think the changes you made have improved it ten fold.

    I really hope you can find the time to work on this as I have tried many other add ons (in the same mould) but none even come close to the versatility that benecast offers.

    I check back here every couple of days. Hope you can help :)

  • Avatar of Wintrow2 Wintrow2 Apr 30, 2009 at 07:32 UTC - 0 likes

    I wouldn't want to call it dead. More like... "on hold" until I can free up the time needed to look at it.

  • Avatar of nicometo nicometo Apr 29, 2009 at 14:38 UTC - 0 likes

    Does the lack of recent responses indicate that this project is dead?

  • Avatar of Yodarocks Yodarocks Apr 27, 2009 at 17:54 UTC - 0 likes


    I have used this add on for about 2 years and am lost without it. Can anyone tell me when/if this is going to be updated and where on Earth we can download a new version.

    I wish I had the knowhow to keep this updated as I think it's the best add on for the whole game.

  • Avatar of nicometo nicometo Apr 20, 2009 at 17:06 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi, I think Benecast is the best add-on available. Since the 3.1 patch however, its pretty much broken. I am wondering if you will be updating the add-on, or perhaps its all ready been updated, and its available at a different site. Thanks...

  • Avatar of maci28 maci28 Mar 25, 2009 at 02:03 UTC - 0 likes

    perfekt addon but without palas main dispell cleanse:_( paladin needs cleans:)


Date created
Oct 13, 2008
Last update
Feb 04, 2009
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