This is the second in a series of TSM 4.10 feature highlight blogs. Today we will be discussing the new User Interface and Designs in 4.10.
This blog post is very GIF heavy to demonstrate the new functionality being discussed.
Overall Look & Feel
As we mentioned in an earlier teaser, one of the biggest areas we tackled in version 4.10 is a complete overhaul of the User Interface and the Design of the addon. Moving away from some of the bulky screens and reducing the amount of wasted space, surfacing more information in the right places and at the right time. Every screen and page has been scrutinized and rebuilt to make sure everything you do in TSM is incredibly responsive and intuitive.
The new Default colour scheme is called ‘Midnight’, which has a darker visual approach and higher contrast than version 4.9.
Additionally, as a re-introduction of sorts from the old colour selection options in TSM3, we have implemented a Theme selector in 4.10 which will switch to new colour palette instantly. We’ll be adding more colour schemes as part of the Beta program and through to release based on your feedback and suggestions!
The Dashboard in TSM 4.10 is made to be the first port-of-call in your daily gold-making activities. It allows you to keep track of your status or progress towards your goals, and check some at-a-glance statistics taken from your Accounting data such as your number of daily sales, your top purchase, or your most profitable item.
The Gold Chart is now much more interactive and provides significantly more detail. You can zoom in on specific time periods, and filter by character or guild. The chart will be coloured green or red depending on whether you finished the time period with more or less gold than you started with.
Your characters total gold is also displayed at the top right of the core TSM UI, and mousing over it will show a tooltip with how much gold you have on your other characters with a sum total of everything.
In TSM 4.9 we recognised a lot of the information displayed across the addon and the Auction House was a bit cramped, or might not be particularly necessary for certain situations. So we have turbo-charged all of the tables to allow resizing and hiding of columns across all interfaces.
Here are some examples. At the Auction House you can hide or add new columns including Buyout Total and Bid %.
In the Ledger, you can hide or add new columns such as Total Profit per item. You will also notice a new summary at the bottom of this screen that shows the sum of both total Items Resold, and Total Profit of all items per the group and time period selected.
Where there are vertical dividers in the interface, such as the Crafting UI, these can now also be dragged left and right to be resized. Combined with table customisation this offers a lot of possibilities to tailor your addon to your specific preferences.
In all places that the Group Tree is surfaced, it’s now much easier to select or deselect and expand or collapse all of your groups with the options taken out of the context menu.
All of this UI contextual information, such as positioning, sizing, displayed/hidden columns plus Group Tree selection will be saved and persist across sessions either per character, per profile, or globally as appropriate.
Inputs & Selections
Creating Custom Sources wasn’t the most elegant experience in 4.9, so we have introduced a new dialog which also includes the validation mentioned in the previous blog. If the string you have entered is not valid, the text box will be highlighted red and saving will not be possible until the string is valid.
Selecting multiple items can be quite cumbersome, such as a list of items in a Group or the items shown in ‘Post From Bags’ at the Auction House. A big quality of life improvement in 4.10 is the addition of multi-select while dragging with the right mouse button held down to quickly select multiple rows.
With the changes introduced in patch 8.3, there was a lot more room for improvement in the flow and process of purchasing commodity items from the Auction House. With 4.10 we have introduced a new dialog that takes inspiration from the Blizzard UI but enhances it to meet the expectations of functionality in TSM.
You can see the % at which the items are posted against your independent search or Shopping scan, plus a total buyout is dynamically updated for the quantity you are selecting to purchase. The overall experience is much smoother and quicker than before.
This is the first in a series of TSM 4.10 feature highlight blogs. Today we will introduce the new Price Sources and Value Sources, and new places you can use them in 4.10
Operation-Based Price Sources
When you’re setting up Auctioning Operations for example, you might have already set up a preferred maximum purchase price in a Shopping Operation or vice versa. We thought it would be beneficial to leverage those prices in other Operations so in TSM 4.10 there are new Operation-based Price Sources available.
In the example, your Maximum Purchase price from a Shopping Operation can be referenced as shoppingopmax. If you’ve assigned an Auctioning Operation to a group, the Minimum, Normal, and Maximum price can be referenced as auctioningopmin, auctioningopnorm, and auctioningopmax respectively.
Additionally, if your Sniper Operation differs in Maximum Purchase price you can reference this with sniperopmax. Now you can buy things for less than your Minimum Auctioning price, or post things for more than your Maximum Purchase price!
Smart Average Buy Changes
A lot of you make use of the ‘Smart Average Buy’ setting, which sets your Average Buy price according to the number of the item you currently hold. In TSM 4.10 this will become its own Price Source in the form of SmartAvgBuy, independent of AvgBuy.
If you currently have none of a particular item, then SmartAvgBuy will be invalid for that item. However, if you have ever purchased the item then AvgBuy will return the average of all purchases.
Personal Sale Rate
A common request we receive is to expand the Region Sale Rate values to specific Realms. We would certainly love to do that but there’s just not enough data to provide something meaningful. Having said that, we believe in making use of the data we do have and the next best thing is your own data. From your own Accounting Data we can calculate your personal Sale Rate and you can reference this as SaleRate in TSM 4.10.
Sometimes you want to change your action, or make a decision based on how many of a particular item you have. Perhaps you might buy fewer if you already have a large stock, or you’d pay more if you don’t have many on hand. The new Value Source NumInventory represents your total inventory quantity of a particular item. This will include your bags, the AH, your bank, mailbox, alts, and guild bank.
Using The New Sources
Many Operation settings only allowed integers, such as buying 500 items in a Shopping Operation or making a maximum of 20 items in a Crafting Operation. We felt this was quite restrictive for goblins that had mastered a lot of TSM configuration, so in TSM 4.10 we have converted these fields to accept Custom Strings.
This also applies to Auctioning Operation settings, including Post Cap, Max Expires, Keep Quantity, and Stack Size which will all accept Custom Strings.
For some simple examples, now you can set a lower Post Cap based on the new NumInventory Value Source, or Craft more of an item if the DBRegionSaleRate is greater than a certain threshold with a Logic Function.
On a related note, the Auctioning Operation Post Cap limit has also been increased to 50,000 from 5,000 in Retail WoW.
Finally, to help with editing all of these settings we have also implemented some improvements to the input fields of Operations. If a Custom String is invalid, the field will be highlighted red and will prevent you from pressing ‘enter’ to save it. Previously this would have cleared the field, but your progress will persist and allow you to double check your input and close any parentheses.
We’d like to extend our thanks to the gold-making and TradeSkillMaster community for sharing constructive and polite feedback after the changes to the Auction House were announced earlier this week.
At that time we made the decision to push an update to TSM that disabled the TSM Sniper functionality in the Retail version of the game, in the hope that Blizzard responded to our requests to engage in discussions on how we can contribute to improve the Auction House for everyone.
It is worth noting that there has been a throttle of 100 searches per 60 seconds since patch 8.3 went live. This would have appeared as your TSM scan pausing for a while, but importantly would not have impacted posting speed as the recent throttling did. We believe the fact that people are just now noticing this shows how slow the Auction House has been since 8.3 launched, and how much faster it is now that Blizzard have reverted or relaxed the more recently implemented aggressive throttling.
At this point in time, we plan to re-enable Sniper with TSM4.10 as we have still not heard back from Blizzard. However, we remain absolutely open to working with their team to address any concerns they are willing to share regarding TSM functionality or implementation. As we’ve expressed in the past, we are prepared to make changes to TSM, including permanently removing the Sniper feature to help improve the AH for everyone. We hope to hear back from them soon on these topics.
We’re very excited to share the following work-in-progress list of changes you can expect in TSM 4.10. Over the coming weeks we’ll deep-dive and highlight some of these new features in future blog posts.
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Before 8.3 you could only see 50 auctions at a time, and you could only get information for another set of 50 auctions if you loaded the next or previous page. This also meant that there was a ‘first’ page and a ‘last’ page, and based on the way Auctions were sorted you could reliably identify those which had just been posted if they were on the ‘last’ page.
After 8.3 with pages being removed and no means to sort auctions by ‘most recent’, the only way to replicate the Sniper functionality is to repeatedly run a search for the items on the Auction House in general – just like you would search for something in the Default Blizzard UI.
This may feel sluggish and slower compared to how Sniper functioned before 8.3, so we would recommend using a smaller, focused group of items for a targeted approach to Sniping which requires searching for fewer things on the Auction House. We would also recommend removing the #Default Sniper Operation from the Base Group, as that will waste time running searches for all items that are not otherwise explicitly grouped.
When you search for an item in TSM or in the Default Blizzard UI, all items listed will be returned since there are no pages as described earlier. This behaviour will also occur behind the scenes when Sniping which slows down the process a little further – so when an auction is found to match your Sniper Operation, all auctions listed for that item will be loaded but those that do not match your Sniper Operation will be discarded by TSM.
We hope you are still finding deals while using TSM Sniper in 8.3. We will continue to explore options to improve the feature and adapt it to the new Auction House.
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In addition, the entire database is available in a fully open and free API to integrate in your gold-making spreadsheets, apps or services.
The first update to TradeSkillMaster in 2020 will be a considerable adaptation to the upcoming Auction House changes planned in Patch 8.3. If you haven’t heard about the in-game AH overhaul, or would like a reminder of the details, head over to the Wowhead preview post here.
The TSM Team have been primarily focusing getting the addon ready for Patch 8.3 since it was announced and made available on the PTR back in October. The following changes and adjustments have been made in the TSM Addon in Retail WoW for Patch 8.3 (Classic is not affected by this update):
Shopping & Sniper
One of the main changes of the Auction House is that listings are no longer paginated. You will no longer see 50 listings per page, because the AH is just one page now. This means there is no longer a first and last page of listed items.
Because of this change, we have adapted the Buyout Sniper to scan the entire Auction House. Additionally we have decided to retire the Bid Sniper, since it is no longer possible to bid on ‘commodities’ or sort them by duration.
When buying ‘commodities’, an extra confirmation dialog will be shown to enter the quantity to be bought at the lowest price. TSM can only let you buy the lowest priced commodities as per the new underlying Auction House behaviour.
With the new ‘commodities’ system, the Stack Size is no longer important in an Auctioning Operation so it has been removed. The Post Cap will determine how many items you are posting now, which has a maximum quantity increased to 5,000 from 200. Having multiple Auctioning Operations assigned to a group isn’t as useful as it was prior to 8.3, but this functionality has not been removed from TSM – your commodities will be posted in one large stack, per Operation.
When you run a Cancel Scan, TSM will suggest that you cancel an Auction that has been undercut, or has been listed more recently than your own at the same price.
It is also no longer necessary to Undercut with the new ‘last-in-first-out’ system, so Auctioning Operations will have no Undercut set on creation and by default.
All Auctioning Operations will be automatically migrated to function in 8.3 with the previously mentioned conditions in mind:
– Existing Operations with a Post Cap and Stack Size will multiply (Post Cap * Stack Size) to create a new Post Cap value
– Existing Operations with fixed-amount Undercuts will be rounded to the nearest 1s, meaning the default 1c will become ‘0’
Some other infrastructure changes that Blizzard introduced for Patch 8.3 has allowed the mailbox to operate more efficiently. TSM will be updated to leverage the new 100 item inbox (up from 50) and 15 second mailbox refresh (down from 60).
You can test out all of the new changes on the PTR by updating to TSM4 version 4.9, which is live now. You can grab it on Twitch or let your TSM Desktop Application automatically update for your convenience.
Should you encounter any issues, please drop by our Discord server and let us know!
We’ve been hard at work setting up the infrastructure to process and distribute pricing data through the TSM Desktop Application and are happy to confirm that this is now available for Classic.
This functionality relies on your diligent Auction House scanning, so this does not mean that you no longer need to manually scan on your Realm and Faction. The more players that continue to scan, the more robust and accurate the AuctionDB data will be.