Essential iMac Add ons?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by RedlegsFan, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. RedlegsFan macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2012
    So, are there any essential iMac add ons that compliment the machine? I know this is kind of subjective, but just curious what items really enhance the use of your iMac.
  2. cincygolfgrrl macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2012
    Somewhere In Time
    I write, though not as much as I should. I consider a good text editor with Markdown support to be essential. The best ever is BBEdit, but Byword is really good if simplicity is the goal. Byword is available on the App Store and is less expensive; BBEdit needs to be purchased from the developer. Both do exactly what they say they will.
  3. JoeInMilwaukee macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2015
    Milwaukee, WI
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    If you have the retina iMac, it's essential that you seek out retina aware applications if you are going to view images. Retina awareness includes the ability for the software to determine what 1:1 really should look like, and of course the use of HiDPI graphics, so you get the most detailed icons and menu items, etc on your machine.

    Alas, the freebie Preview Apple provides is NOT retina aware.
  5. RedlegsFan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2012
    Awesome! What about hardware add ons, I am looking for both to enhance my use of the iMac. Thanks!
  6. cincygolfgrrl macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2012
    Somewhere In Time
    What do you plan to do with your iMac? You need to give us something to work with. Otherwise we'll recommend everything.
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Buy at least one external drive to backup the system. You would be surprised how many people com to this forum asking for help with lost data and they have no backup at all... even people with businsses!
  8. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    I agree about the backup drive.
    But, you do need to tell us about your needs. Everyone would have a personal opinion about what is "essential to compliment my Mac"
    Someone might like an extra display (or two).
    Some folks prefer a quality mechanical keyboard
    How about a quality office-level laser printer, or some other way to provide office support for your Mac?
    Some cannot dream of using a computer without having good quality speakers.
    Do you need to have backup power available, either a good Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), or even an instant-run generator?
    You might like mood lighting that you can control from your Mac :D

    I suggest that you search on this forum for "Mac add-ons". That should give you something to think about.
  9. hockeyplayer macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2014
    perhaps a Blu-ray/DVD player/burner from OWC.
  10. RootBeerMan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2016
    A nice set of speakers, an APC uninterruptible power supply, a back up drive. A DVD burner, as said above. Memory Clean, the latest version of Toast for Mac. SO many things to add to a new system.
  11. MikeeW macrumors newbie


    Oct 24, 2011
    I just got a new iMac after years of using a MacBook Pro and Air. First thing I got was a UPS power supply. Second thing was to ensure it was set up to do time machine backups to my time capsule. I had already several external hard drives, so I placed three, one for storage of miscellaneous files like movies etc and one as a time machine destination. The third one I use for carbon copy clone. I already had an external DVD drive. I also have both the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. They are great and I am getting accustomed to the new features.

    I want to make or buy a cloth cover for nighttime, since where I live is a lot of soot.

    Oh yeah, nice office chair.

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