Handy Notes for your maps. This addon is intended to be a small and simple replacement for Cartographer_Notes and functions in a similar manner.

Use /handynotes to access options.

You can add notes to the maps in 3 ways:

  • Alt-RightClick on the world map to add a note.
  • Use "/hnnew" without the quotes to add a note at your current location.
  • Use "/hnnew x,y" without the quotes to add a note at location x,y on your current zone's map.

NOTE: At the time of writing, HandyNotes v1.4.x does not work when Carbonite is installed. Please report this to the Carbonite authors if you want to see it get resolved, thanks!

HandyNotes supports plugins that other authors can write to display their own set of notes on the map. See this link for a list of such addons: http://www.wowace.com/search/?search=handynotes

Changes from v1.2.0 to v1.4.0

  • HandyNotes now uses HereBeDragons-1.0 instead of the unmaintained Astrolabe
    • Plugins which referenced Astrolabe directly should be updated, and ideally not require anything the HandyNotes API does not provide
  • New HandyNotes API function: HN:GetContinentZoneList(mapFile), retrieve a list of zones inside a continent (Z -> mapID hash table)

Changes from v1.1.6 to v1.2.0

  • Fix HandyNotes to use Astrolabe-1.0 instead of Astrolabe-0.4.
  • Place the New Handy Note dialog box above the World Map by parenting to it if the World Map is open.
  • Add a 6th optional return value "dungeonLevel" to the pluginHandler:GetNodes() API. This value is used if it is different from the input dungeonLevel, similar to the 2nd return's "mapFile".
  • HandyNotes plugin authors will need to be update their plugins to use Astrolabe-1.0 and its new API that has changed from using (C, Z) pairs to (mapID, level) pairs. HandyNotes has provided some additional functions to help with this (these functions will not work for instance and BG maps):
    • HandyNotes:GetMapFiletoMapID(mapFile)
    • HandyNotes:GetMapIDtoMapFile(mapID)
    • HandyNotes:GetZoneToMapID(zone)

Changes from v1.1.5 to v1.1.6

  • Update TOC Interface to 40000.
  • Add optional AddonLoader delayed load support.
  • Use latest version of Ace3 and Astrolabe libraries.

Changes from v1.1.4 to v1.1.5

  • Use latest version of Astrolabe library which has Hrothgar's Landing data.
  • Play nice with Carbonite which is trying to fake as being Cartographer.
  • Add HandyNotes to the Blizzard Interface Addon Options too.
  • When quest objectives are enabled, the HandyNotes icons on the world map will now show their tooltips again on mouseover.
  • When creating or editing a note on a map with dungeon levels, you may now choose which dungeon level the note appears in or choose to have it appear on ALL dungeon levels.
  • HandyNotes will now pass as 3rd parameter the dungeon map level when it calls pluginHandler:GetNodes(mapFile, minimap, dungeonLevel). Existing user notes in HandyNotes will still display on all dungeon map levels, but new notes will be level specific.
  • Remove compatibility code with all WoW versions earlier than patch 3.1.
  • Convert to use wowace localization system at http://www.wowace.com/addons/handynotes/localization/
  • Notes without a title will now show "(No Title)" as the tooltip title rather than have no tooltip on mouseover.
  • Add the ability to create/change/copy/delete profiles in HandyNotes. HandyNotes was already using Ace3 profiles, just that this wasn't exposed.
  • Add ability to enable and disable plugins from showing on the map in the HandyNotes options.
  • Add a wider range of icons to select from.

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  • Avatar of mgitzen2 mgitzen2 Jul 20, 2015 at 15:13 UTC - 0 likes

    This hasn't been updated for 6.2 which makes me sad. Yeah it still works, but still is not up to date after 6.2 has been up for over a month. Here's to hoping it gets updated soon perhaps!! Thanks for the awesome add-on

  • Avatar of venom30 venom30 Jul 03, 2015 at 02:56 UTC - 0 likes

    Is there a way to make a Note that is shown on the normal map. Because everytime when i make a note, it is only shown on the zoomed out World Map.

  • Avatar of Lazare Lazare Oct 26, 2014 at 00:50 UTC - 0 likes

    Where are the HandyNotes info stored when you make a note? Is there a way to automatically populate a map with notes other than the plug-ins?

  • Avatar of Xiallaci Xiallaci Jun 25, 2013 at 22:04 UTC - 0 likes

    thx so much for updating! <3

  • Avatar of s-conley s-conley Feb 25, 2012 at 21:06 UTC - 1 like

    This addon has not been updated in over a year. Still works for me. I hope we haven't lost another WOW player (the author).

  • Avatar of wtwilson3 wtwilson3 Dec 07, 2011 at 15:35 UTC - 0 likes

    Will there be an update for 4.3?

  • Avatar of chaos_war chaos_war Sep 20, 2011 at 01:12 UTC - 0 likes

    hey i have the new one and i cant get it to keep all the stuff i mark like the old one did why ????? and i cant transfur to did avatars like the old noe did

  • Avatar of spiralofhope spiralofhope Jul 22, 2011 at 05:41 UTC - 0 likes

    I'm using svn to check out this addon and its libs. Astrolabe's svn repository is down, and so I downloaded the package from curseforge and unpacked it in the HandyNotes/Libs directory.


  • Avatar of dch48 dch48 Feb 16, 2011 at 04:43 UTC - 0 likes

    Since the 4.0.6 patch, notes do not work in Uldum. They will show on the zone map but not on the minimap. In every other zone, it works fine.

  • Avatar of isharra2 isharra2 Jan 02, 2011 at 18:38 UTC - 0 likes

    Xinhuan, thanks so much for updating this. It's really appreciated.


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