Former main healer for a WoW raiding guild here. In that game, most high-end healers utilize mouseover healing.
What that means, is when you cast a beneficial spell (e.g. Science Team), and your mouse pointer is hovering over a friendly unit, the heal should go to that unit. In this way, you can continue to have an enemy target selected while you're healing someone. You don't have to actually select the unit you want to heal, you simply hover over their health bar and cast the spell. Very handy for reducing unnecessary fatigue, frustration, and wrist strain.
I was just wondering if there is any way to do this in STO. Perhaps a macro, or 3rd party UI add-on. I don't know much about the add-on scene for STO.
I mainly play escorts but I'm leveling up a cruiser and science vessel as well. When they reach high level, I want them to be effective healers and I don't want to be fighting the UI.
I cannot agree more with this. Healing in STO is extremely frustrating because you constantly have to fight the UI. Some sort of gridlike option and the ability to heal on mouseover would be fantastic.
Healing is inefficient. If not a "Grid" like option, perhaps our healing abilities could be next to, or underneith, our fellow players or Boffs, similiar to how our Boff powers are now. Then we could easilly choose the appropriate healing ability without having to fumble with the keyboard or moving the mouse all over the screen.
Couldn't agree more. With a healing focused science ship I have little opportunity to deal any damage as I'm too busy fighting the UI and trying to dispense shield and hull heals. Mouse over + Grid would be awesome.
I agree that, given the general absence of team heals, anything to make the healing workload simpler to manage would be immensely helpful. This is especially true in an environment where you have to keep track of a team in pseudo-3D.
I would love to have a little mini-hotbar as someone suggested, attached to each team member's avatar in the team list; it should have between five and eight slots, and I should be able to drag any power from my P window onto something like a little "setup" bar also part of the team UI. Then all the powers that I have staged for the team interface will show up automatically in the heals hotbar for any person who joins my team.
This wouldn't even have to be for heals only; really any target-friendly buff would work in this interface. So when you click the icon for a specific buff on a specific teammates mini-bar, it automatically and instantly casts it on him, without having to switch targets.