Originally Posted by jird
Sort of a combination of suggestions and asking questions.
a) Is there, or could there be, a mod that makes everyone's armor visible to you instead of seeing their cosmetic outfits?
b) Is there a simple offhand equip method (i.e. not having to drag and drop)? Tried Unequipper and some other thing and was too stupid to figure them out.
c) Does there exist a UI mod to put the character panel, et al back kinda-sorta where they were in say, Moria? I hate all these stupid buttons and the icons.
There is no way to control the display of other's cosmetic armor.
Equipping off hand (or even main hand) equipment can be a bit confusing, especially since Lua can not programmatically equip an item. Lua can unequip an item, but when it comes to equipping an item there's a few restrictions and rules. First, as already noted, we can't equip the item programmatically, what we have to do is present the user with a quickslot control with the item in it so the user can click the control to equip the item. However, which slot it goes into is not determined by the plugin, rather by the built-in rules that shields go in off hand slot swapping with whatever is there if anything. Two-hand weapons just fill both positions, swapping out anything in either position. One-hand weapons will try to fill the first empty slot, primary first, then secondary. If neither slot is empty then the primary gets swapped out. We have no control over these rules, so the only way to guarantee the correct configuration is to empty both slots and then fill both slots, filling the primary then the secondary. There are a couple of plugins that can accomplish this but the simplest for this is probably Thurallor's Sequence Bars:
Sequence Bars can be configured to unequip both slots and equip two distinct items, with a sequence of four clicks which can be performed in fairly rapid succession as the quickslot will change with each click to present the next configured action.
The last question, c, is about skins so someone else will have to respond to that one.