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Unread 07-03-16, 09:14 AM   #1
Gamerzfanz21
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New to rift and addon creation.

Hello people of riftui.com.

As I was searching around for a "new game" to play (since Rift is F2P, sort of), I thought i would give it a whirl(I did search for awhile finding a game to play and narrowed it down to Rift and RoM, and chose Rift).

I also seen that Rift can have addons to it (which is great), Now I had an interest in creating a specific addon (mainly for myself really for the next obvious reason). I own and operate an internet radio station that plays a variety of genre of music, and I wanted to set up and addon that could stream my stations music into the game for myself.

I did read over the small tutorial on creating an addon, but didn't really help me with my little to none knowledge of Rift addon creation.

Would anyone know "how" or even if its possible to setup something like that? (Sort of a mini in game radio player) As I did not really find anything in that type of category in searching for addons.

(Yes, I know, you can alt-tab in and out of game and use Winamp or other type of music player, However, It would be more efficient to have the in game player to control rather than alt-tabbing in and out all the time). (Also to include, I have another stream that plays only gaming music (nes, snes, sega, etc).

Thanks for any help you may be able to give,
"Gamerzfanz21"

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Unread 11-03-17, 03:10 AM   #2
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That's a neat idea. I'd love to have something like this even though it's easy to tab out.
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Unread 12-20-17, 07:38 PM   #3
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First of all, I just wanted to let you know I'm *very* grateful to you for even wanting to develop Rift addons. I am a fellow developer and I can tell you that, as a fellow new Rift player as well I have noticed the small number of addons and even smaller number that are updated past 2013. At least compared to WoW, GW2 and several other games that are no more popular than Rift. It's a sobering thought, but my motivation is rekindled when I see how popular Rift is while playing! I'm hooked, and want to help renew interest in the Rift addon development community. So I am grateful you and the few other active developers out there haven't given up or, in your (and my) case are starting. =) Thanks and good luck.

As to your idea, I second EmilMac in that that sounds like a *beautiful* idea and I'd love something like that myself. I would like to give you an idea. You may have already heard of it, but there is an application called Overwolf that lets you run different little apps while you're playing games. It has a Web browser (to look things ups while playing without having to Alt-Tab out) and a few others, several skins for the small, unobtrusive in-game dock, and a "store" that lets you download and install many other apps, including chat apps, social media apps (watch YouTube or Face Book while you play), utility apps (like a calculator or CPU/system monitor) and many other types.

But here's the part relevant to you. There is a music player app that lets you create your own playlists and listen to them in-game. Now I know that's not exactly what you're looking for, but I'm just thinking there might be something similar to that as another option if you can't figure out how to code an addon yourself for Rift. I have the utmost faith in your abilities, but just in case the API doesn't support that type of I/O or something similar, it's another option.

Also, I'm fairly certain that, like WoW, the Rift addon development APIs use Lua and XML as interface languages to develop addons, so if you need any information on addon development you can look for tutorials or reference dealing with those languages. Also, the Official Rift Forums is a great place to look for help getting started and pointers to other resources, as well as this site, RiftUI, and Curse is the other place to find information as well as addons and skins.

Finally, another good source of information in learning to develop addons is the source itself (The Source, Luke. Use the Source! And the Sourcestone! xP) As in any type of programming, when getting started it can help to look at source code for other addons (as long as you follow the addon developer's license agreement, of course), and the addons are simply zip files containing Lua, XML, logo image and other files, so it's easy to learn how things work if you use an addon and then look at the source code to see what does what.

Anyway, I wish you luck and once again you have my gratitude and respect for joining the addon development community (esp. since I'm new here too and now I don't feel so alone xP). Happy Holidays and gl in your endeavors. I love your idea! =D

Last edited by frosztbyte : 12-20-17 at 07:59 PM. Reason: Inserted several links and expanded my reply to be more helpful (hopefully).
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Unread 01-03-18, 10:25 AM   #4
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I too am a newcomer to the addon scene, and have even popped into the irc channel.

Sadly, most of the addon community seems to be abandoned, even the irc.

I believe this to be partly the result of the Rift API being so dismally thin, and poorly documented, not to mention not updated much since 2011 (if at all).

Personally, I'm trying to develop my own addon because almost every popular addon is abandoned, and they all seem to break something in the UI. Usually it's the pet bar for anything using certain external libraries, but there are issues with tooltips and other things throughout most.

Plus, having a passion for programming just makes me want to reinvent the wheel sometimes, even though it can be painful.

In any case... I will try to post/respond here more often if anyone is interested in breathing some life back into the community. If so, then I look forward to working with all of you
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