Release notes for Feed-O-Matic

Helps a Hunter keep his pets well fed (and the food in his inventory under control).

Feed-O-Matic 3.0.1

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Bugfix release. For major changes in v. 3.0, see its release notes (further down this page, or here).

  • Fixed a bug where clicking foods in the new Food Preferences panel wouldn’t show them as excluded/unchecked.
  • When a category is excluded/unchecked in said panel, the foods within it appear grayed out.

Feed-O-Matic 3.0

Monday, October 13th, 2008
  • Updated for compatibility with WoW Patch 3.0 and Wrath of the Lich King.
  • Rebuilt FOM’s system for choosing foods to feed your pet:
    • Our database of valid pet foods now comes from the PeriodicTable library.
    • Priority order for choosing foods is based (in part) on PeriodicTable sets (conjured, basic, or bonus foods, etc.)
    • There’s now a Food Preferences sub-panel under GFW Feed-O-Matic in the Interface Options window.
      • In it, all valid pet foods your WoW client has seen are listed by category.
      • The order of categories and foods in the list reflects the priority order for choosing foods: those nearer the top of the list will be picked before those below.
      • Individual foods can be unchecked in the list to prevent FOM from feeding them to your pet.
      • Entire categories can also be unchecked, which will prevent FOM from using any food of that category (even ones you haven’t seen yet). By default, only the “Well Fed” foods are disabled, so be sure to visit the list if you want to exclude other foods.
      • The list can be filtered to show only relevant foods for your pet (or for a pet of about your level, if you don’t have a pet summoned at the moment) or only foods you’re currently carrying.
      • If a food can be cooked, the list shows information about each of the the Cooking recipe(s) that use it: whether you know the recipe, its difficulty (i.e. orange, yellow, green or gray in the Cooking window), and the food produced.
      • This list replaces the “avoid bonus foods” and “avoid cooking foods” options in previous releases.
  • The “keep bag space open” option from previous releases has been removed: given multiple stacks of the same food, FOM will now always consume the smaller stack first so as to free up bag space more quickly.
  • Fixed several issues which caused the “Avoid foods needed for quests” option to fail.
  • Added numerous random feeding emotes — thanks to Mania and the creative commenters at!
  • Locale issues:
    • The random text added to feeding emotes (e.g. “Yum!”, “Good boy!”, etc) is now localizable. See the FeedOMatic_Emotes.lua file for details. (Thanks Virshan for a few Spanish.)
    • Added Korean localization by Boddalhee of Deathwing (KR).
    • Added Spanish localization by Javier Melo.
    • Added basic locale support for Russian, and updated basic locale support for French and German, based on Wowhead’s multilingual database. (That is, enough translations for all features to work the same as in English, but no localized UI text.)
      • Translations are missing for the new and renamed beast families (in WoW 3.0 / WotLK), so the family-specific hungry sounds don’t currently work in locales other than English.

Feed-O-Matic 2.4.1

Friday, April 11th, 2008
  • Fixed an issue where some checkboxes in the options UI weren’t having an effect.
  • Fixed an issue with the Save for Cooking setting not being applied properly.
  • Added several new foods from recent patches to the default list.

Feed-O-Matic 2.4

Monday, March 24th, 2008
  • Updated for compatibility with WoW Patch 2.4.
  • Configuration controls are moved into a pane in the new Interface Options panel provided by the default UI. Key binding moved back into the default UI’s Key Bindings panel.
  • The option to avoid foods used in Cooking recipes you don’t know yet is now independent of that for which level of known recipes to avoid foods from.

Feed-O-Matic 2.3.1

Saturday, December 1st, 2007
  • Added new foods introduced in WoW Patch 2.3.
  • Fixed an issue with setting key bindings that include modifier keys.
  • Added “Unbind Key” buttons to the Options window for removing FOM’s key bindings.
  • The diet argument to the /fom remove command is now optional; if omitted, the specified food will be removed from any and all diets it’s listed in. (e.g. /fom remove [Delicious Chocolate Cake] is now the same as /fom remove bread [Delicious Chocolate Cake].)

Feed-O-Matic 2.3

Monday, November 12th, 2007
  • Updated TOC to indicate compatibility with WoW Patch 2.3.
  • Fixed an issue where FOM would report being unable to find your Feed Pet spell upon login; we now wait until the spellbook is more likely to have been loaded by the game before checking.

Feed-O-Matic 2.2.1

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Added a workaround for a sound bug in WoW Patch 2.2; “hungry” sounds should be working again.

Feed-O-Matic 2.2

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
  • Updated TOC to indicate compatibility with WoW Patch 2.2.
  • Fixed an off-by-one error in calculating which foods are edible by the current pet and which provide the most happiness.
  • Added a few foods introduced in the Burning Crusade and Patch 2.1 to the default list.

Feed-O-Matic 2.1.1

Friday, July 20th, 2007
  • Fixed an issue where FOM would mistakenly indicate that no food is in your bags upon zoning, logging in, dismounting, etc.
  • Typing /fom debug will toggle the display of additional info in the tooltip when mousing over the pet happiness icon, showing the list of the next several foods FOM will attempt to use. Check this if FOM is using foods you don’t expect it to (or failing to find foods you do).
  • Fixed an error when pressing the Feed Pet keybinding while your pet is dead or dismissed.
  • We no longer show a chat window message or emote if feeding was unsuccessful (e.g. if the pet is out of range).
  • [Underspore Pod] is now treated as an exception to the “foods with bonus effects” rule, since it’s easy to summon more. (Yeah, it’s kinda hackish. A better UI for customizing food preferences is coming in a future update.)
  • Added Traditional Chinese localization.
  • Uses a simpler, more reliable means of hooking item tooltips.
  • Added support for the Ace AddonLoader — when that addon is present, Feed-O-Matic will only load for Hunter characters.

Feed-O-Matic 2.1

Monday, May 21st, 2007
  • Updated TOC for WoW Patch 2.1.
  • Added family-specific “hungry” sounds for the new pet species introduced in the Burning Crusade.

Feed-O-Matic 2.0.6

Saturday, February 17th, 2007
  • Fixed an error that would occur when the keyring is updated. (There’s no food there, anyway.)
  • Fixed some issues with hooking tooltips when other tooltip-modifying addons are present.
  • Added [Underspore Pod] (fungus) to the food list.

Feed-O-Matic 2.0.5

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
  • Fixed several bugs in the food-choosing algorithm which tended to result in Feed-O-Matic choosing items you’ve told it to avoid.
  • Eliminated the “fall back to otherwise-avoided foods if nothing else available” preference. Instead, there’s now an error message if you press the feed button when the only foods available are items you’ve told Feed-O-Matic to avoid. Hold Alt while pressing your Feed Pet keybinding (or Alt-left-click the happiness icon) to feed one of these items anyway.
  • Mousing over the pet happiness icon now shows the next food to be used.
  • We now keep a list of all foods known to be used in Cooking; the “Save foods used in Cooking recipes” option now has an additional setting for foods used in recipes your character hasn’t yet learned.
  • You can now set two different key bindings for each action in Feed-O-Matic’s Options panel.
  • Cut down on CPU usage a bit — if an inventory update affects only your quiver / ammo pouch, we’ll assume that nothing related to pet foods has changed.
  • Reorganized the Options panel and reworded some options for better clarity.
  • Fixed a bug that kept the /fom add and /fom remove commands from working properly.
  • Removed chat commands for configuation settings which are present in the Options panel.
  • Added [Conjured Croissant] to the built-in foods list.

Feed-O-Matic 2.0.4

Sunday, January 14th, 2007
  • Simplified code for adding text to item tooltips thanks to new API in WoW 2.0.3 — this should fix issues with the same info being added to a tooltip multiple times or sometimes being missing, as well as allow us to work with more third-party addons that show item tooltips.

Feed-O-Matic 2.0.3

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
  • Updated for compatibility with WoW Patch 2.0.3 and the Burning Crusade release.
  • Added a number of foods to the built-in list (thanks to Griffon Silvertongue).

Feed-O-Matic 2.0.2

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Fixed error (introduced in 2.0.1) when mousing over items.