The long wait for the full release of TSM4 is finally over; but sadly, with a few unexpected hiccups! I didn’t manage to login for a couple of days prior to the release on the 28th July, thus meaning I couldn’t back up my TSM3 data prior to upgrading. Well, my TSMApp didn’t show a backup, since the 26th, when I last played. Typically, the second I logged in to Warcraft on the 29th, TSMApp auto updated to TSM4 (all thanks to being a premium member) and didn’t get the opportunity to backup. This left me with no other alternative, but to seek one of my previous backups. Sadly this was destined to end in misery, as my only backup prior to the 28th, was the backup from the 26th July, and it gave me errors on all 5 accounts upon logging in.
I didn’t have any other addons loaded, so knew it wasn’t conflicting with other addons… so I was left with the dreaded scenario of either patiently waiting for a fix, or taking the plunge and deleting all my TSM data within my WTF file and re-importing everything from scratch. I took the plunge and as quick as you could say shazzam, it was all gone!
Now if there’s anything noticeable, about importing via TSM4 compared to TSM3, is the quick and effectiveness of making groups and changing them around, however… the downside is without doubt, the inability to actually import groups quickly, especially, large groups of information. Now bear in mind, the groups I have saved within my Pastebin, are created, imported and exported through TSM3, but with TSM4, it struggles to import the same amount of data, and as a result, experience huge lag spikes and occasional crashes. It was that bad, I even had to minimise my Battle Pet strings, from 2 groups into 4 groups, and it still lagged out and crashed!
Thankfully, when it comes to importing, I’m almost a seasoned pro *intended sarcasm* due to the amount of times, I’ve had to reset and re-import my profiles. After almost a day, slaving over my 5 accounts and importing all my saved data from my Pastebin, I can finally log in, with no errors and open my mail and post auctions again… for how long? who knows! At this moment in time, I’m experiencing no errors, apart from the odd moment when the game hangs up, when I transfer from one profession to another, but nothing a simple /reloadui macro can’t sort out.
My fresh looking TSM4 all updated and running smoothly… finally!
I’ve seen others experiencing a lot of issues too within the woweconomy subreddit, so I know this isn’t an isolated issue. If you’re experiencing issues too, I’d recommend waiting on a potential fix, or seek help from TSM’s Discord channel. I used TSM’s error report function in-game, but sadly I didn’t have the time to wait for a potential fix, but do hope my reports help developer create a fix that might help you guys out!
Although all this has been time-consuming, time, which I would’ve spent elsewhere, I’m grateful that I can play again, without the issues. It’s been a massive undertaking from the TSM developers to bring us TSM4, they’ve tried their utmost to bring us this without any issues, but sadly it didn’t go to plan; but I’m sure given time, they will have this working 100% in no time at all. I’m sure It’ll prove to be a massive improvement from the trusted TSM3 addon too. Hell, if I was honest deep down, I would expect there to be issues, especially during a time, where so many other addons are getting updated too, all in preparation for the release of Battle for Azeroth. So it wouldn’t surprise me if most of the issues others are experiencing COULD be due to conflicting addons.
Anyway, here’s to the release of TSM4 keep up the great work guys and no doubt better times ahead! Keep the faith everyone!