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#1 Feb 13 2013 at 11:46 AM Rating: Good
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I'm retro, I use the OLD icons :15 (50.0%)
I'm cutting edge, I use the NEW icons:5 (16.7%)
I'm clueless and don't understand the question:1 (3.3%)
I just like PIE:9 (30.0%)
Total:30


For reference, the "old" icons are used here on allakhazam next to the names of spells when you search for them. Here's one:
http://everquest.allakhazam.com/spellicons/gem_99d.png

The "new" icons are the ones that come with the default UI. You can roll back to the "old" icons just by copying nine files into your UI file found in your Everquest->uifiles folder, usually called "default" unless you renamed it. The files involved are the versions of spells##.tga (## going from 01 to 07) and gemicons##.tga, with ## going from 01 thru 03. The file versions I use are dated 10/27/2005, which presumably was the date EQ introduced the new spell icons. You do have to recopy these over after every patch that affects these folders which means save those 2005 versions someplace safe!

Gem icons are what are displayed in your spell bar. Spells##.tga are displayed as buffs/debuffs.

Not to warp the poll but personally I detested this change. The new icons were so complicated and there are so many that I could never get use to them. Thankfully, Sony continues to assign "old" icons as well as new ones to every new spell even those for level 100.



Edited, Feb 13th 2013 12:50pm by Sippin
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#2 Feb 13 2013 at 12:24 PM Rating: Good
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I hate the new ones.. I still remember the old ones and it makes it harder for me to find buffs (and to know at a glance which spell gems are what).

But I just live with it. Sigh.

If they gave me an option in game, I would use the old ones. I have 6 or 7 installs of EQ spread around various systems and I don't think I'd be dealing with manually updating them every patch.

I never understood why they changed the spell icons.
#3 Feb 13 2013 at 1:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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The old ones are easier to tell apart in my opinion. But it might just be more of a consistency thing for me. I never got used to the extra gold filigree and shading on all the newer icons. I use these ones specifically:

http://www.eqinterface.com/downloads/fileinfo.php?id=5003
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#4 Feb 13 2013 at 7:21 PM Rating: Excellent
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I use Drakah's default_old which has the same look as the old UI circa 2004ish? but with the option of small buff icons.

http://www.eqinterface.com/downloads/fileinfo.php?id=4615

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#5 Feb 13 2013 at 10:39 PM Rating: Excellent
I use T.King's v2.5 icons and have since they were first released.
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#6 Feb 14 2013 at 6:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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I use/voted the newer ones.

Though I never knew why they changed the older ones in the first place.

#7 Feb 14 2013 at 8:11 AM Rating: Excellent
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I use default old ui as well. I use all classic models with old school 800 X 600 resolution.
#8 Feb 14 2013 at 9:38 AM Rating: Good
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old icon FTW ............. Smiley: nod
#9 Apr 18 2013 at 4:45 PM Rating: Default
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Since the Shadow of Fear release patch, I can't get the old icons back, even with the 9 files from 2005 in my UI folder. Anyone else have this problem? It's like the old files aren't even used anymore or something.
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#10 Apr 18 2013 at 6:23 PM Rating: Decent
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I haven't had this problem.

You sure you're copying the 2005 files? I usually make a copy of Sony's default folder in the uifiles directory, call it something else (like mydefault) and THEN copy the 2005 files into that folder, overwriting the new files. Then to be safe in game you can be sure to have your edited skin being in use by by issuing the command: /loadskin mydefault

I just did that on an account I hadn't updated yet and I'm getting the good ole icons so you are doing something wrong...



Edited, Apr 18th 2013 8:24pm by Sippin
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#11 Apr 21 2013 at 10:44 AM Rating: Decent
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I use whatever the default is.
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#12 Apr 29 2013 at 5:33 PM Rating: Decent
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dilxar wrote:
Since the Shadow of Fear release patch, I can't get the old icons back, even with the 9 files from 2005 in my UI folder. Anyone else have this problem? It's like the old files aren't even used anymore or something.


They switched from using .tga to using .dds on some image files (not sure if spell icons were included in that change).
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