Nah, everyone will setup macros.
That's because they are forcing people to make them instead of making some way to avoid it. I know that in FFXI macros were pretty much mandatory as well, but most all of the other MMO's I've played do not make it such an inconvenience. Macros in those games make things easier and quicker, but are not mandatory.
It only takes one macro per class to set all your equip and abilities.
At lower levels, yes. Once you get 10+ abilities/traits, you will need to make multiple macros just so to set up your MULTIPLE ACTION BARS. Then you need macros to switch out equipment for your class (there are more than 10 equipment slots) or remove items so they don't take damage when doing DoH/DoL. Unless they up the number of lines you can put into a macro later, this will be a huge pain and clutter up your macro pages. There are a 100 slots to make macros, but it's not very fast or convenient to scroll through them multiple times just to switch classes. ESPECIALLY if you use a controller.
I don't remember there being much explanation in-game about macros in FFXI either. When will SE stop making Fan-sites do all their work and leaving their fans/players in the dark? Edited, Sep 7th 2010 11:01am by RayneZ