to the people who piss away money on stupid crap like nostromos and razer naga's or whatever.but macros arent really availible to the people who dont want to waste money on crap like that
my entire point of the no macro argument is kinda for the people who dont wanna waste money on crap like that
My G13/G15/G600 setup says hello.
Bottomline, people wants macros to make the combat easier.
And I say no to that, learn to play, learn to deal with your mistakes if you miss a rotation or can't perform your combo, it's your fault.
No, that's not the bottom line. The bottom line is that people want to be able to customize their gaming experience. Yes, for some that includes combat-related items, but that's not the entire picture.
People are looking at a possible macro API as an all-or-nothing affair. All Anet would have to do would be to limit the API to non-combat activities. Want an easy way to swap weapon sets on your Ele? Here's a macro; but it only works outside of combat because that action can only be performed outside of combat anyway.
There is no combat advantage to doing that, and it even goes in line with Anet's abused quote "play the game, not the UI" since the macro would lessen the time spent in the UI to change the weapons.
Change gear, eat food, say "thanks for that rez" during a busy DE, all are good examples of non-combat non-advantageous macros. Not needed
(another abused word in these threads) but certainly useful.
Regarding macros outside of the client, as the OP asked, I tried this on my G13 in WoW but it didn't work so well. In combat, when smashing keys quickly, the n-key rollover would mix the macro texts. One macro does not finish before the next one starts transmitting, so the client would not see two distinct commands, but rather "asjperioajhg adn aodisa andfasjdsarea." Not very effective. A side effect of this was that the first recognizable thing the game would see would be the first "r," which is the hotkey for chat reply. So the last person I had chatted with, even hours before, would suddenly get "jqw p[eirh;fgsa jka;kej;era" from me out of the blue.
Simple, non-combat macros ought to work, though.
The biggest thing that I would need macros for is to change the order of my abilities on my action bar. Has anyone found a way to do that? It isn't possible to drag them...
This is currently impossible though some of us also want this feature. There are separate threads where this is being discussed, and with equal vitriol.