This addon is an ingame database browser. It displays the positions of all known mobs and NPCs on the ingame map as well as the minimap.
The MobMap Addon is an ingame database browser. It displays the positions of all known mobs and NPCs on the ingame map as well as the minimap - much like you know from the established web databases, but INGAME!. MobMap will also integrate itself into your questlog which makes finding quest mobs as easy as clicking a button!
In addition to that, MobMap also has a quest database that you can search by various criteria, a merchant database which lets you browse the offerings of all known merchants in WoW and a profession/recipe database that contains data about the necessary reagents for various recipes!
You can open MobMap ingame either by using the new button added to the world map, by defining a key binding for MobMap or by using the command /mobmap show
MobMap does not get any data from an online database as you play WoW. Instead, it works with a local database copy installed together with the addon itself in your addon folder which gets loaded on-demand (currently this database occupies ~5-6 Mbytes of addon memory when it is fully loaded, MobMap itself only needs 230 kbytes until you use it the first time). This database however is being built by a web application running at Mobmap.de. You can download the newest version of the database on this website, and if you download and extract the zip file available here, you will HAVE TO get an up-to-date version of the database in your preferred language (german or english) manually from the MobMap website, otherwise your MobMap installation won't work!
To make it easier for you to keep MobMap and its database up-to-date, I provide a windows application called the MobMapUpdater. This application does not have to be run in parallel with WoW, you just fire it up whenever you want to check for updates or upload collected data.
If you choose the MobMapInstaller.exe download available here or on the MobMap website, a wizard will comfortably install the MobMap addon with a copy of either the german or english database (your choice) and the MobMapUpdater (if you want it).
The data in the MobMap database is gathered in the same way as the data of all the well-known web databases: by users submitting data collected while they play the game. MobMap also contains such a data-collection mechanism which is enabled by default (you can, however, disable it if you don't want to contribute to the database). There are two ways to upload this data to the database: the manual upload via an export function in the addon and the MobMap website and the more comfortable one-click-upload via the MobMapUpdater. In both cases only non-personal game information is uploaded, neither your account or character name nor any other personal information is being submitted.