What's Overhead?

Overhead at this stage is a very simple nameplate addon. Its purpose is provide additional behaviors inside ARENA ONLY. It does two things:

  1. Hides non-player nameplates in arena (totems, pets, mirror images, etc) and Note: The nameplates aren’t actually hidden, just the art is so you’ll still see them shuffle around if they’re clustered
  2. Displays castbars on all enemy nameplates regardless of target selection.


4.0+ New Features

  • Now it's castbar also works with parties' and enemies pets' nameplate, and you can disable this feature by slash command.
  • A new slash command table, this will be presented later on this page.
  • Add blacklist and whitelist, you can show totems only that you want(eg. only show Grounding Totem), hide pets that you don't want to see(eg. hide Treant and Shadowfiend)

Slash Command

  • /oh party <on/off> -parties castbar on or off, default is on
  • /oh pet <on/off> -enemies' pets castbar on or off, default is on
  • /oh <disable/enable> -the addon on or off, works after reloading
  • /oh status -show addon status
  • /oh showlist <add/del> <name> -add or delete whitelist items
  • /oh hidelist <add/del> <name> -add or delete hidelist items
  • /oh <showlist/hidelist> -show all items in showlist or hidelist
  • /oh reset -reset to default and clean all lists, works after reloading

Some Addition Notes

  • When add or delete names in lists, you have to take care of the letters case and spaces and not add any kinds of quotation marks(eg. /oh showlist add Spirit Link Totem is just correct)
  • The hidelist is for parties, pets and enemies(default is shown), the showlist is for guards and totems(default is hidden), but all this config is under your game conifg of nameplates. In other words, if your game option of enemies pet is hidden, you can't show it whatever you do using overhead.

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  • Avatar of plopek plopek Dec 31, 2013 at 20:00 UTC - 0 likes

    Update to 5.4.2, please.

  • Avatar of Spyro_ Spyro_ Dec 17, 2012 at 13:30 UTC - 0 likes

    Update it for 5.1 plz! :(

  • Avatar of GNWP69 GNWP69 Oct 19, 2012 at 05:35 UTC - 1 like

    Please update it to 5.0.5!

  • Avatar of Baracoot Baracoot Jan 13, 2011 at 07:23 UTC - 0 likes

    Someone please update this. :( I miss castbars on nameplates

  • Avatar of Axaion Axaion Mar 18, 2010 at 15:07 UTC - 0 likes

    This still seems to work, but with it hiding pet's nameplates still, since i use the Pet's nameplates to quickly see if the felhunter is low on health or anything like that, its nice to have it, so is there any way to disable the function of overhead disabling pet nameplates?

    (Yes i know this is very much after the latest post, but alot of people still use this addon :) )

    Last edited Mar 18, 2010 by Axaion
  • Avatar of Shigeki Shigeki Nov 02, 2009 at 19:28 UTC - 0 likes

    Thanks so much for this and spellalerter addons! Awesome job, helps me manage multitasking role as Enh shammy in arenas. However similiar to Mezoh I have same reuqest if possible; is there a chance you can either allow users to check/uncheck showing nameplates for totems and pets or help me find in code how I could turn it off? Don't want to use 2MB weight addons just to be able for a fast switch on Water Elemental, Mana Tide or even hunters FD (their bar drops during FD as well).

    Thanks in advance.

    Once again, thank you for this addon, as previous one great job and never colliding with any other I'm using so real pleasure to use it.

    Last edited Nov 02, 2009 by Shigeki
  • Avatar of mezoh mezoh Oct 06, 2009 at 23:47 UTC - 0 likes

    First off I'd like to thank you very much for this addon as it made my life as a warlock in arena much easier.

    Any chance you could split the addon into 2 different addons? I'm mainly looking for an addon that does ONE thing and ONE thing alone: displays in arena cast bars under every enemy nameplate not just the ones I target.

    Due to the recent change to how totems work, and how I now manually have to kill them, I'm pretty much forced to use Aloft for my nameplates, because I can make the tremor and grounding totem nameplates stand out. If I could also use the part of your addon in addition to Aloft so that I can view the cast bars under each nameplate it would be great!

    Any chance you can help me out? Thanks in advance, Soh

  • Avatar of kollektiv kollektiv Aug 15, 2009 at 08:00 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi, I updated it for 3.2. It still uses the old yellow castbar border instead of the new silver shield one.

  • Avatar of Jak Jak Aug 14, 2009 at 22:28 UTC - 0 likes

    Broke in 3.2

    Date: 2009-08-14 10:33:56
    ID: -3
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 8
    Message: ..\AddOns\Overhead\Overhead.lua line 201:
       attempt to call method 'GetText' (a nil value)
       [C]: GetText()
       Overhead\Overhead.lua:201: GetNameplate()
       Overhead\Overhead.lua:211: AnchorNameplates()
    Date: 2009-08-14 10:34:56
    ID: -2
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 528
    Message: ..\AddOns\Overhead\Overhead.lua line 94:
       attempt to call method 'SetText' (a nil value)
       [C]: SetText()
    Last edited Aug 14, 2009 by Jak


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