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The only problem I have with the game's controls is navigating the "Home" page and possibly crafting. In order to stream-line the game as much as possible, just like FFXI, you'll have to use the game's built in macro function. Here will be a detailed guide (once I figure out all the commands) to setting up macros to navigate the game better.
I would also like to say that people who complain about the UI being unintuitive are simply wrong. Unintuitive UI has evolved from not having how to do anything, to complaining about any UI that deviates from the norm set by WoW and copied by every other WoW clone to date: WAR, AoC, Aion, etc. Just because something is different doesn't make itunintuitive . If the UI was unintuitive would take a person of avg intelligence longer than 10 mins to get the basic feel for the game. This is simply not the case with FFXIV. For instance, people have complained about not being able to switch jobs with 1 button. This would make sense if jobs were gear based. Since jobs are gear based, to properly switch from 1 job to another you'd need to also equip an entire different set of gear, not just weapons.
Also, you do not have to use macro to do anything in game. You can play the game completely from the default menu easily, although it would take a little more time.
Note All controls are default
Step 1: Familiarizing Yourself with the commands
A list of most command shortcuts can be found here.
Step 2: Navigating to the macro page
First thing you need to do is get to the macro setting page. To get there press the "Home" Key to bring up your root menu, then select configuration, then select macros.
Step 3: Writing your first macro
The first macro we are going to write is the ability to access the loot menu without having to navigate the root menu. To do this we first click on one of the empty boxes in the macro control panel and give it the name Loot. Clicking on the first boxes in the list will assign the macro to the fist action bar of the Ctrl or Alt (which ever you have selected) + 1. From this we are able to see that column are assigned 1-0 and rows correspond to bars 1-5
Now that you know the layout, lets actually write the macro. Select the Ctrl tab and the first box in the list. Next name your macro loot and select and icon for it (I used the green !). Then, click directly blow the name. This should bring up the first line in your macro. Type in /loot. If you followed the instructions exactly your macro table should look like
Test the macro by pressing Ctrl + 1 and it should bring up your loot menu.
Job Switching: TBD but a brief run done can be found here
Hopefully this brief guide helps make playing FFXIV easier and more streamlined. Once I get further into the game I'll include a list of macros that I use. For instance, in FFXI I played a Red Mage and used macros for everything from using healing spells on all raid allies to setting up combos. I assume that certain skills in FFXIV will require macros similar in order to be the "best" healer or tank.
Will play: Darkfall: Unholy Wars
Guild Wars 2 - Xpiher Duminous
GW 1 - Xpiher Duminous
Darkfall - Xpiher Duminous (NA) retired
AoC - Xpiher (Tyranny) retired
Warhammer - Xpiher