TradeSkillMaster 3 Beta

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I was excited hear of the recent announcement by the TradeSkillMaster team of the new TradeSkillMaster 3 Beta. In this post I thought I would review some of the new features that I understand may be making an appearance in the final release.

TradeSkillMaster is now an established part of many Warcraft players armoury of gold making toolkit and has largely replaced de facto addons like Auctioneer and Auctionator. However, it has a steeper learning curve compared to some of its older counterparts and it’s configuration requires a little more thought and planning. That said, many new players are moving over to TSM and adopting it as their main gold making addon.

New Features of TSM3

Existing users of TSM2 will be relieved to hear that there have been no major ‘structural’ changes to the program. By that I mean all of the component modules are essentially the same in their use and configuration. The use of Groups and Operations  remain unchanged so the learning curve for the new program will be minimal for existing TSM2 users and hopefully we won’t have to re-create all our groups. That’s not to say there haven’t been some vast improvements in the new program and these I’ll cover now.

Configuration Feature

Players new to TSM can find it difficult to initially configure the program. In my new Journal of Marcus Ty Guide – Warlords Edition, I make a point of including a full guide on the use and configuration of TSM2 showing players where all the options to all modules are ‘hidden’. TSM3 greatly improves this by taking all these configuration options and placing them in their own tab called, unsurprisingly ‘Configuration’!

Tooltip Feature

TMS3 now includes the new Blizzard tooltip option allow players to easily navigate the new features of the program. Those unfamiliar with TSM will find this feature reduces the learning curve of the new program.

Improved Quick Post Feature

Quick Post is a feature of the shopping module in TSM2. It basically allows you to post items straight to the Auction House from the contents of your bags – but only item by item. To post items quickly, they need to be in some form of group. TSM3 improves on this by creating a ‘dynamic’ group called ‘QuickPost’ which scans your bags and and creates a list of items to post  according the configuration rules of the QuickPost operation. The default settings for this dynamic group can be changed in one of many configuration options located in the configuration tab.

Warlords of Draenor Staged Gear

TSM3 is now much smarter than TSM2 in as much as it now recognises the new WoD staged gear and prices it accordingly.

Improved Scanning

TSM is always scanning, either as part of the Auctioning process or as part of the Shopping process. In TSM2, scans have to be interrupted if you want to perform another operation. For example, while performing an Auctioning scan you may see that an item is below your minimum price setting. If, upon inspection of the item, you decided you wanted to buy this item out, you would have no option other than to interrupt and stop the current scan. TSM3 is much smarter. It will allow you to pause the current scan and allow you to buy out the item in question and then continue with the scan. Very cool!

Improved Shopping Module

The Shopping module has undergone a bit of a facelift. The interface has been redesigned – but essentially, the functionality remains the same. It’s a little cleaner and more compact than the existing TSM2 and also a little smarter. Shopping scans will now consolidate single items posted from the same player, reducing the number of pages you have to wade through.

Improved Sniper Operation

Sniper is an option found in the Shopping Module. It dynamically scans the Auction House and displays an item when finds a bargain in ‘real-time’ according to a set of criteria provided in the Shopping Module configuration option. To buy an item with TSM2, you have to stop the scan. TSM3 now allows items to be bought without interrupting the scan. Also, Sniper allows you attach a suitable sound effect when an item is found that match your criteria.

New Group Option

TSM3 groups have remained unchanged, but a new ‘Value Filter’ has been added which now allows you to filter group items by their value (however that is configured). At first glance, you may not have a use for this option, but those players actively engaged in grouping transmog will probably use it to easily group items according to their current market value.

New Auction Option

TSM3 now has a new ‘Max Expires’ option for Auctioning, allowing you to set the number of items allowed to expire before the module stops posting. Again, a small enhancement to the existing system

Automatic Module Update

The only way to update modules in TSM is to download them at Curse.com and manually install them which can become a bit of a pain. For PC users, there is help in the form of the Curse Client. TSM now incorporates a similar feature via it’s TSM desktop client – but only if you are a premium user.

Worthy Mentions

I’ve listed what I think are some of the best features of the new TSM3 – if they make it from beta to release. Below are some of the other new features worth mentioning:

  • Crafting queue can now sort items
  • Shopping now has a new Max Restock Qty
  • Twitter integration
  • Faster Mailing and more detailed mailing summaries
  • Bid support in posting scans
  • New Inventory tab
  • Greater number of Crafting conversions
  • Full tracking of Battle pets
  • Improved multi account setup
  • Overall speed inprovements.

Downloading TSM3 Beta

Currently, the only way to get your hands on a copy of the new program is to sign-up for a Beta invitation at TradeSkillMater.com. Premium users get immediate access. There has been no mention of a final release date as far as I’m aware.

Summary

TSM2 is the main addon used by many serious gold makers and is a well-supported and stable program. The advent of TSM3 will build upon the program adding many improvements. Existing TSM2 users will have little trouble adopting the new program, while new users will find a more streamlined interface that’s easier to configure.

At the end of the day, users new to TSM will still have to get their head around the concepts of Groups and Operations and the subtleties of the many pricing sources and formula that need to be configured before the full potential of TSM is unleashed. The new Quick Posting feature will provide an easier transition for those players moving from addons like Auctioneer.

If you are new to gold making and want to get to that first million gold in Warcraft or simply want to unleash the full potential of TSM then there is my full featured guide which comes with a complete guide to getting down and dirty with TSM.

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TradeSkillMaster 2 Crafting Tip

I’m loving the new TradeSkillMaster 2 and constantly finding new ways to use this versatile addon. In this post I thought I would share a quick TSM2 crafting tip that I spoke about on the JMT Podcast Episode 12. This example also illustrates some of the complexities behind the pricing models that TSM uses under the hood.

The final release of TSM2 has been out for a little while now and I’m happily using the new crafting module of the addon. If you have installed this module you’ll know that it changes the default interface of your professions panel to look like the example in fig.1:

Crafting Panel Fig.1
TSM2 Crafting Panel Fig.1

The example I’m using here is for Alchemy and you’ll notice the TSM2 presents you with the Crafting Cost of the item highlighted in the Professions panel – Living Steel in the above example.

Now, it would be nice to know the what the market value of the item is that you’re currently crafting. By clicking on the column label ‘Crafting Cost’, gives you the ‘Item Value’ as in  fig.2:

TSM2 Crafting Panel fig.2
TSM2 Crafting Panel fig.2

 

Now, where did this value come from? Well, TSM takes the ‘Item Value’ to be the pricing variable set under:

Operations->Crafting->Options->Default Price Settings->Default Craft Price Method

In my configuration I’m using the TSM variable AucMarket – which is Auctioneer’s market value which is in fact 434g 85s 4c; you may well be using the default variable dbMarket.

If, like me you’re lazy and can’t do the math in your head, then clicking the column label ‘Item Value’ gives you the profit as in fig.3 below:

TSM2 Crafting Panel fig.3
TSM2 Crafting Panel fig.3

Now hang on a minute. If my Crafting Cost is 240g and my Market Price is 434g 85s 4c where did the value of 173g 10s 79c come from? My quick math makes a profit of approx 194g 85s! Has TSM got it sums wrong?

Well no, not exactly. I’ve configured a profit reduction of 5%:

Operations->Crafting->Options->General Settings->Profit Reduction

This takes 5% off the ‘Item Value‘ to give 413g 10s 79c.  Subtracting the ‘Crafting Cost‘ gets us to a profit of 173g 10s 79c.

So there you have it. A quick tip on the item values in the crafting queue and what goes on under on the hood of TSM2.

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Shopping Lists in TSM2

In episode 10 of the Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast I talked about how to set up a shopping list in the new beta version of TSM2. In this post I’ll give you a brief how to guide on the new shopping features of this addon and how to transition your existing lists.

If you’re familiar with the first version of TSM then you have probably already set up a few ‘Shopping’ or ‘Dealfinding’ lists in the addon. In TSM2 the developers have changed the architecture of the addon and replaced the familiar shopping list features with ‘Shopping Operations’ and a new ‘Shopping Module’. In TSM2 the terms ‘Shopping List’, ‘Dealfinding List’ and ‘Snatch List’ essentially mean the same thing. It’s really what you use them for. In this post I’ll use just the generic term ‘Shopping List’.

Getting Started

If you haven’t yet installed  TSM2 my advice would be to ‘Export’ all of your shopping lists and paste then into some form of text editor for later use. You  should probably also follow the migration instructions over at TradeSkilMaster.com on saving your system variables.

Basic Steps

Here’s the basic method for setting up any form of shopping list in TSM2:

  1. First create a group that best describes your list e.g. ‘Alchemy Snatch’.
  2. Populate the group with items.
  3. Create a ‘Shopping Operation’ for the group e.g. ‘Alchemy Snatch’.
  4. ‘Attach’ the shopping operation to the group.
  5. Search using the ‘TSM Group’ feature found in the ‘Shopping’ tab.

I’ll expand each of these points below.

Creating a Shopping List Group

Creating groups in TSM2 is very easy. If you need help then refer to my TSM2 overview post below. Try to give your group a meaningful name e.g. ‘Rare Patterns’ or ‘Transmog Plate’. When you first create your group it will be empty of items. Your next job is to populate the group with the items you’ll be searching  for i.e. your list.

Populate your Group

If you already have export lists for TradeSkillMaster then simple paste the list into the Import input field: Group->Import/Export->Import.

TSM2 Group Import
TSM2 Group Import

If you’re starting from scratch then type the ‘Item Id’ of the item into the import field. So, for example, if I want to add the recipe for Elixir of Dream Vision to your group, search for this item on www.wowhead.com and get the item id by using the ‘Link’ button and grabbing the ‘Markup Tag’ which in this case is [item=9297].

If you want to add multiple items to your group then simple type in each item id separated by a comma:

9297,13486,13487,13488,13489,13518,22903,22904,22912

Create a Shopping Operation

Create a new Shopping Operation from the Operations Module:

Operations Module->Shopping. Highlight the option ‘Operations’ and enter the name of your shopping operation.

Shopping Operation
New Shopping Operation

You’ll note that the only thing that you can do with this operation is set a maximum price. In this example I’ve used the TSM2 variable AucMarket to indicate that when I search for the items in this group I’m only interested in items 25% of the Auctioneer’s Market Price. If you are using TSM2 own scan data then this would read 25% dbMarket (case insensitive).

TSM2 Shopping Parameters
TSM2 Shopping Parameters

Note: if the box ‘Show auctions above max price’ is ticked then all items will appear in the search but will be marked as x% above market price which can be useful in some instances.

Attach the Shopping Operation

Now that your shopping operation is set up you need to ‘attach’ it to your group. simple go back to your group and under the operations tab select your newly created shopping operation from the pull-down menu.

TSM2 Module Attach
Attaching a TSM2 Shopping Module

 

Shopping in TSM2

Now that your shopping group and operation have been set up it’s just a matter of executing the search under the tab ‘Shopping’ on the Auction House interface. If everything has been setup correctly then your ‘Shopping Group’ should be listed in the right-hand panel.

TSM2 Shopping Search
TSM2 Shopping Search

Summary

TSM2 now provides you with a very flexible way to search for items on the Auction House. By setting up Groups in TSM2 and apply Shopping Operations all manner of Shopping, Snatch and Dealfinding lists can be created. Over the coming weeks I’ll be creating new shopping lists of some of my favorite items that can grabbed from the Auction House and sold for a vast profit.

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Is TradeSkillMaster 2.0 Good For Your Wealth?

So I’ve managed to get my hands on a beta copy of TradeSkillMaster 2.0. Over the past week or so I’ve been getting under the hood of the latest version of this popular gold making addon and finding out what features have been added and what has been ripped out.

Given the size and complexity of TradeSkillMaster 2.0 I’ve written a short review to showcase the new feature of this latest version. My plan is update the review as features and functions mature with the beta to final release. There has been no release date for TradeSkillMaster 2.0, but Sapu, the lead developer, gives us a hint: ‘When its ready!’

If you’re new to TSM you may not appreciate all the new features and functions of TSM 2.0;however, this short review should give you an overview of the power under the hood.

For those players familiar with TSM 1.x this review will give you the skinny on the new functions and the streamlined interface and prepare you for the final release.

But most of all I’ve asked myself the question ‘Is TradeSkillMaster 2.0 good for your wealth’?

Read the TradeSkillMaster 2.0 Review.