Importing Apple Photos Library on a Mac

Importing Full Photos Library

Mylio makes importing your entire Apple Photos library into Mylio easy. With macOS Catalina (10.15) and newer, Mylio’s Photos import tool will watch over your original images to keep the two libraries in sync with one another.

  Note:  If you are running macOS Mojave or older, you may need to see the “Importing a Selection of Photos” tab. If you are also using iCloud Photo Library, please see this article to make sure it is configured to work alongside Mylio.

This process will not copy your photos from Apple Photos to Mylio. For this reason, Mylio has a unique relationship with your Apple Photos library in order to ensure your photos are safe inside and outside of your Mylio Library. In general, Mylio has read-only access to your Apple Photos library. Here are the guidelines for how Mylio and Apple Photos communicate:

  • When importing your photos, Mylio references the original images. It does not duplicate the image.
  • When importing, Mylio will make a Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview, depending on your setup.
  • If a photo is deleted from Apple Photos before Mylio is opened, the photo will not be imported.
  • If a photo imported from Apple Photos is deleted in Mylio, it will not be deleted in the Apple Photos library but will be deleted from within Mylio on all devices on the account.
  • If a photo is deleted from Apple Photos after being imported to Mylio but before the Original has synced to another device, only the Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview will remain and creates what Mylio calls a Lost Original.
  • Live Photos are properly synced and displayed
  • Portrait mode photos are properly synced and displayed
  • Video effects like Timelapse and Slow-mo are synced and playable in Mylio as long as the videos are stored locally (either in the Photos app or the local Mylio folder).
  • Changes made within Photos post-import will be reflected in Mylio automatically. This includes edits.
  • Metadata added in the Apple Photos application are specific to Apple Photos and are not available for Mylio to import automatically.  Instead, see the other tabs in this support article for exporting your images to include this metadata. This includes modified dates, added keywords, face tags, descriptions, etc…

Import Your Photos Library

  1. Be sure the Photos application is closed.
  2. Open Mylio and select the Import icon from the top right corner of Mylio.
  3. Within the Import menu select Aperture / Photos.

  4. Mylio will search for your Photos library automatically. If Your Photos library is not found, select Other Library… and show Mylio where it is.
      Note:  Mylio can only import the System Photo Library on your Mac. If you do not see your Apple Photos library here or have multiple Photos libraries to import, see the  “Granting Mylio access to Apple Photos” tab on this page
  5. Select your Photos Library and click Continue in the bottom right.
  6. Once the information has been confirmed, select Start Import to begin the Photos import.

  7. Mylio will automatically begin to import your Photos library inside a top-level folder named “Apple Photos”. Inside “Apple Photos” will be a folder named after your Photos library.
  8. Once completed, Mylio will display a blue information bar that says “Library Import Completed” and you can close the information window by clicking the “x” in the corner.

 

Importing a Selection of Photos

This guide will walk you through importing a selection of photos or albums from Apple’s Photos. Additionally, you may want to export images using this method if your Mac is not running macOS Catalina or later or if you have more than one Apple Photos library to import.

  Note:   exporting from Photos will create new images with the edits “baked in”. The edits will not be reversible in Mylio.

The first step of moving from Photos to Mylio is to copy your files out of Photos. Note that you are copying photos, so you must have storage space on your machine for these photos.

  1. Open Photos on your Mac.
  2. Select All Photos in the top navigation bar of Photos.
  3. In this view, you should be able to select an individual photo by clicking on it one time. The photo should outline it blue.
  4. Navigate to Edit > Select All to select all images in your Photos library.
  5. With all images outlined in blue, navigate to File > Export.

    You will be given two options…

Exporting all Photos
Exporting all photos allows you to export your photos and it will include your edits directly in the photo. You will not be able to remove your edits.

When exporting all photos if you are unsure of settings, these offer high-quality versions of your photos.

  • Photo Kind: JPEG
  • JPEG Quality: Maximum
  • Color Profile: Original
  • Size: Full Size
  • Include: Both
  • File Name: Use File Name
  • Subfolder Format: Moment Name


Exporting Unmodified Originals
Exporting unmodified originals exports all of your photos without any edits that you have made applied to them.

When exporting unmodified originals, use these settings:

  • Export Original: Export IPTC as XMP
  • File Naming: Use File Name
  • Subfolder Format: Moment Name
  1. Once completed, select Export. You will be asked where you would like to save your photos.
  1. Locate the Mylio Library (in your home folder by default) and select to export your photos into the Mylio Pictures folder.
  1. Open Mylio, the photos will be imported automatically.

Importing Specific Albums

The first step of moving your albums from Photos to Mylio is to copy your files out of Photos. Note that you are copying photos, so you must have storage on your machine for these photos. If you have already exported all photos to Mylio this will create additional copies of your already exported images.

  1. Open Photos on your Mac.
  2. Select the album(s) that you wish to import into Mylio from the left side of Photos.
  3. With the album open, navigate to the Edit > Select All.
  4. Navigate to File > Export. You will be given two options:

Exporting all Photos
Exporting all photos allows you to export your photos and it will include your edits directly in the photo. You will not be able to remove your edits.

When exporting all photos if you are unsure of settings, these offer high-quality versions of your photos.

  • Photo Kind: JPEG
  • JPEG Quality: Maximum
  • Color Profile: Original
  • Size: Full Size
  • Include: Both
  • File Name: Use File Name
  • Subfolder Format: Moment Name

Exporting Unmodified Originals
Exporting unmodified originals exports all of your photos without any edits that you have made applied to them.

When exporting unmodified originals, use these settings:

  • Export Original: Export IPTC as XMP
  • File Naming: Use File Name
  • Subfolder Format: Moment Name
  1. Once completed, select Export. You will be asked where you would like to save your photos.
  1. Locate the Mylio Library (in your home folder by default) and select to export your photos into the Mylio Pictures folder.
  1. Open Mylio, the photos will be imported automatically.

Granting Mylio access to Apple Photos

If you are having issues importing your Apple Photos library, the Photos Library currently in use by the Photos app may not be set as the “System Photo Library”. Mylio can only access one “System Photo Library” so make sure that the library you want to use in Mylio is set as the “System Photo Library”.

This can be set in the preferences for Photos. In the top Menu bar of macOS, select Photos->Preferences. In the General tab you will see the “Use as System Photo Library” button.


If the Use as System Photo Library button is not greyed out, then you will need to click that button to make that library the System Photo Library.

  Note:   Switching this setting to try and have Mylio import more than one library is not currently supported. If you need to import additional libraries please see the other tabs on this page explaining how to export the media from Photos to Mylio manually.

Another possible cause that can prevent you from importing to Mylio is that Mylio has not been given permission to access the Photos Library. This needs to be resolved via the macOS System Preferences App. Once System Preferences is opened, select Security & Privacy->Photos and make sure there is a checkmark next to Mylio.

 

Import with Source Folders

Importing photos into Mylio using the Source Folders option is a quick and easy way to display photos that are already organized on your machine in a view that is familiar but within the Mylio application.

  Warning:  Source folders are not designed to be used with external drives, NAS devices, or folders managed by third-party cloud services. If importing from an external drive, please reference this article’s Add Without Moving section to import properly. Instructions for importing from a NAS can be found here. If importing from cloud services like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, or iCloud please use Copy Import instead.

Understanding Source Folders

When choosing which folders to import as Source Folders, Mylio will keep your photos in the original location – meaning they are not being duplicated or moved. Because Mylio is referencing your folders and their contents in the original location, any change made in Mylio will be on your original files.

What does this mean?

  • Deleting photos in Mylio will delete the actual files from the original location in your file system.
  • Moving photos out of the folder and into another folder will move the photo file in your file system.

Adding folders as Source Folders is a great way to import into Mylio if you intend to keep your photos in the same location but use Mylio to track and manage them.

Importing with Source Folders


To proceed with adding a folder as a Source Folder, follow the steps below:

  1. Launch Mylio and select open the View Menu (three vertical dots in the top-right)
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Source Folders
  4. Mylio will open a new window that allows you to build your Mylio Library. By default, Mylio will display your machine’s Pictures and Movies folders, as well as the default Mylio Pictures folder.
  5. To add folders, simply select the Add More Folders button at the bottom of this panel and select the folders you would like Mylio to display.
  6. Any folder selected will be added to your Source Folders window and can be toggled on and off. The selected folders will be displayed within Mylio as top-level folders, next to the Mylio Pictures folder.

Removing folders as Source Folders


To remove a folder as a Source Folder and stop tracking its changes, follow these steps:

  1. Open Mylio and select Settings in the View menu.
  2. Select Source Folders.
  3. Mylio will display all of the folders that are part of your Mylio Library. To remove them, simply toggle the folder off.
  4. The folder will remain in the Source Folders settings to be easily toggled back on until you leave the settings window. Once you have left, the folder will no longer be listed.

Safe File System Delete

Mylio’s Safe File System Delete option is designed to ensure your images remain safe on your devices when accidentally deleted from your file system.

When Safe File System Delete is on, the following is true:

  1. If a file is deleted from the File System, it will not be removed from Mylio.
  2. If a file is deleted from the File System, the original file will not be deleted from other Vaults.

Importing from the Photos app on iPhone and iPad

When first logging in to Mylio on your iOS device (iPhone,iPad, or iPod Touch), you will be asked if you would like to import your device’s photos. This includes any photos that you have taken with your iOS device, or any photo manually loaded to your iOS device using iTunes on a computer.

  Warning:  Mylio is not currently compatible with iCloud Photo Library if your library is being optimized by iCloud. To learn more click here.

Importing Photos on iPhone and iPod touch

If during setup you asked Mylio to not import your Camera Roll, you can add it at any time with these steps:

  1. Open Mylio on your iOS device
  2. Select the View menu (three vertical dots in the top right)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Tap Import
  5. Tap Add Apple Photos
  6. Mylio will automatically create a folder for your iOS device next to the “Mylio Pictures” folder called “Apple Photos”. Inside, another folder named “Your_Device’s_Name’s iOS Library” will be the import location for images from that device. If you have other iOS devices importing their photos to Mylio they will have their own folders inside “Apple Photos” with their imports.

Importing Photos on iPad

If during setup you asked Mylio to not import your photos, you can add it at any time with these steps:

  1. Open Mylio on your iOS device
  2. Select the Import button in the top right (the curved down arrow in between the Notifications and Activity Center icon and the Dashboard)
  3. Tap Add Apple Photos
  4. Mylio will automatically create a folder for your device next to the “Mylio Pictures” folder called “Apple Photos”. Inside, another folder named “Your_Device’s_Name’s iOS Library” will be the import location for images from that device. If you have other iOS devices importing their photos to Mylio they will have their own folders inside “Apple Photos” with their imports.

Mylio’s Relationship with Apple Photos

Mylio has a unique relationship with your device’s Camera Roll in order to ensure your photos are safe inside and outside of your Mylio Library. In general, Mylio has read-only access to your Camera Roll. Here are the guidelines for how Mylio and your Camera
Roll communicate:

  • When importing your photos, Mylio references the original images. It does not duplicate the image.
  • When importing, Mylio will make a Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview, depending on your setup.
  • If a photo is deleted from the Apple Photos before Mylio is opened, the photo will not be imported.
  • If a photo taken with your iOS device is deleted from Mylio, it will not delete from the Photos app but will be deleted from within Mylio on all other devices.
  • If a photo is deleted from the Apple Photos after being imported but before the Original has synced to another device, only the Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview will remain as Mylio is simply referencing on the original file.
  • If a photo is deleted from the Photos app after being imported to Mylio and after syncing the original to another device, only the Mylio-specific Thumbnail or Preview will remain on the iOS device, but the Original will remain in the synced location.

 

Stopping Import from Apple Photos (on mobile)

If you have previously imported photos from your Apple device would like to prohibit Mylio from importing photos in the future, follow these steps:

  1. Outside of Mylio, navigate to Settings > Privacy > Photos.
  2. Locate Mylio in the list of applications that have access to your photos.
  3. Turn off Mylio’s photo access.
  4. Go back into Mylio and select the folder named after your device inside the top-level “Apple Photos” folder.
  5. Delete the folder named after your device to stop Mylio from importing. If you would like the photos in this folder preserved in your Mylio library you can move them to another folder in the app using the Mylio Clipboard first.

Importing Photos From a Camera or SD Card

Mylio will automatically detect if a camera or SD card has been plugged into your system. Once detected, the import option for your device will open automatically. 

  Note:   you can toggle off the automatic SD card import dialog from Settings > General > Show “Import SD Card” Dialog

If a camera or SD is connected and you are not prompted to import, you can manually locate the camera and import it with these steps:

Import from Camera

  1. Connect your camera directly to your computer.
  2. Open Mylio and select the Import button from the top right corner.
  3. Select SD Card, then select your camera’s SD card from the list of import devices.
  4. Mylio will display the import options for your SD card. This includes:
    1. Exclude suspected Duplicates – Mylio will not import images that it believes has already been imported into your library.
    2. Delete Files After Import – Mylio will delete the images from your camera after they’ve been imported into your library.
    3. Additional import options are available as advanced import options.
  5. Once your options are set, select Continue.
  6. You can now select the folder where you would like the photos imported.
  7. Your photos will import automatically into the selected folder.

Import from SD Card

  1. Insert your storage card directly into your machine or into the USB dongle.
  2. Open Mylio and select the Import button from the top right corner.
  3. Select SD Card, then select your the name of the SD card from the list of import devices.
  4. Mylio will display the import options for your SD card. This includes:
    1. Exclude suspected Duplicates – Mylio will not import images that it believes has already been imported into your library.
    2. Delete Files After Import – Mylio will delete the images from your camera after they’ve been imported into your library.
    3. Additional import options are available as advanced import options.
  5. Once your options are set, select Continue.
  6. You can now select the folder where you would like the photos imported.

Importing Google Photos and Picasa Photos

Import from Google or Picasa Online Libraries

Importing from Google web services like Picasa or Google Photos is easy with Mylio’s Google import tool. This tool allows you to select any album that is stored in Picasa on the web or Google Photos for import to Mylio.

  Note:   If your photos are currently in the standalone Picasa application and you have not transitioned to Google Photos, you may wish to manually export from Picasa into Mylio to retain additional data. See the Importing from Picasa Application tab in this article.

Picasa and Google Photo Import Limitations

Google has implemented restrictions that may not allow Mylio to import all data. For instance:

  1. Google does not allow the importing of shared albums or Google-made albums (videofication albums, and more).
  2. Mylio may not decode and display all RAW photos as expected.
  3. Photos stored in Google Drive, outside of Picasa or Google Photos, are not accessible to Mylio.
  4. Google does not allow access to your photo archives. If your photos have been moved to Google’s archive from Picasa, you will need to download them directly from Google and import using the Copy or Source Folders commands.

Metadata and Edits

Metadata between Picasa / Google Photos and Mylio is generally retained as expected, with some exceptions:

  1. Edits done in Picasa / Google Photos are retained when downloaded into Mylio but are “baked in”. This means edits are permanent in the downloaded version and cannot be undone or modified (additional Mylio edits can be made).
  2. Date changes in Picasa and Google Photos are not retained when downloading to Mylio. The original Capture Date of the image will be used.
  3. Description in Picasa and Google Photos are retained as Captions in Mylio.
  4. Location data in Picasa and Google Photos may be lost when downloading to Mylio.

Importing Picasa and Google Photos into Mylio

  1. Open Mylio and select the Import button in the top right corner.
  2. From the Import menu, select online Services.

  1. Select Picasa / Google Photos.
  2. You will be prompted to type in your Google email address and password.
  3. Google will confirm that you wish to allow for Mylio to manage your photos and videos. This is required for Mylio to access your media. Select Allow to proceed.
  4. Mylio will ask which Google albums you wish to import. Select the albums you want to import to Mylio and then Continue.

  1. Select the location that you wish to import your photos to. This can be an existing folder or you can create a new folder by selecting New Folder.
  2. Mylio will begin importing your photos from Google Photos or Picasa.

 

Importing from Multiple Google Photos Accounts

If you have multiple Google Photos accounts you would like to import from, you will first need to sign out of the current Google account in Mylio. To do this:

  1. Open the View menu (three vertical dots in the top right) in Mylio
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Account
  4. Select Clear Google Photo Access
  5. Follow the steps above in the previous section to import from a different Google Photos account.

This process will not remove any imported photos from Mylio, but instead, allow you to authorize Mylio to import from a different Google account when following the steps above.

Importing From Picasa Application

This article will walk you through exporting your images from the Picasa application while preserving as much of your current organization, edits, and metadata as possible. If you have transitioned to Google Photos or do not use the Picasa application, you may wish to import with Mylio’s Picasa / Google Photos Import Tool. There are two distinct ways of exporting your images from Picasa, both with their own advantages and disadvantages. Both methods will preserve the following information:

  • Tags – imported into Mylio as Keywords.
  • Caption – imported into Mylio as Caption.
  • Location – imported into Mylio as Map locations.
  • Face Tags – imported into Mylio as People (See Preserving Face Tagging within this article).

When deciding on which import option is best for you, the main differentiator is whether you wish to permanently retain edits to your photos or discard all edits you have made.

Import Images from Finder / File Explorer (Discard Edits)

Edits in Picasa are stored as proprietary files that other applications cannot read. By importing your photos directly from Finder or File Explorer you can import the original image directly into Mylio. This file will not include edits you have made previously.

  1. Open Picasa and display the left panel.
  2. Locate the list of folders you have in Picasa.
  3. To view the location of this folder, right click on the folder (control+click on Mac) and select Show in Finder / File Explorer.
  4. Picasa will display the location of this folder. If all folders in Picasa are stored inside one parent folder, take note of the location of the parent folder. Otherwise, take note of the location of this specific folder.
  5. You have two distinct import options:
    1. Copy – This option will duplicate all selected file and folders into the Mylio Library.
    2. Source Folders – This option allows you to have Mylio watch folder(s) in their original location. Deleting or moving a file will affect the original file.
  6. Once your import option has been selected, choose the parent folder of all of your images or the specific folder you would like to import.
  7. If you are importing a specific folder and not a parent folder of all images, repeat steps 1-5 for each folder you have in Picasa, using the same import command each time.

Once finished, all of your images will be viewable and editable in Mylio with keywords, captions, map, and people viewable in the Details panel.

Export Images from Picasa to Mylio (Retain Edits Permanently)

If you would like to retain all of your edits in Picasa you can do so by exporting your images into Mylio. This process will “bake in” the edits to your photo, making them permanent. You will not be able to alter or remove the current edits to your photo but your edits will be viewable inside and outside of Mylio. When following these steps, please be sure to already have Mylio installed on your computer.

  Note:  these steps require that you have enough space on your machine to duplicate all Picasa photos.
  Note:  These steps can also be used to export specific albums or people to Mylio. Simply select the desired album or person in step 2 below.
  1. Open Picasa and display the left panel.
  2. Locate the list of folders you have in Picasa.
  3. Select the top folder you would like to export to Mylio. Note that each folder must be exported individually.
  4. With the folder selected, press Command+a (Mac) or Control+a (Windows) to select all photos in that folder.
  5. Select Export at the bottom of Picasa.
  6. In the Export location field select Browse… and locate the Mylio Library folder. This is in your user folder by default and simply called Mylio.
  7. Open the Mylio Library folder and open the Mylio Pictures folder within it. Choose this location to export your photos.
  8. Once confirmed, ensure that the “Name of exported folder” field in Picasa matches the folder you are exporting.
  9. Set Image size to Use original size.
  10. Set Image quality to Automatic.
  11. Select Export.
  12. Picasa will export all selected photos into the Mylio Pictures folder. Once exported, the photos will be viewable in Mylio automatically with edits and transferrable metadata.

Preserving Face Tagging

If you have face tagged your photos in Picasa and wish for that information to be available in Mylio, you must tell Picasa to store this information in the image itself. To do this:

  1. Open Picasa and open Picasa preferences from the Picasa > Preferences menu on Mac or Edit > Preferences on Windows.
  2. Navigate to the Name Tags tab.
  3. Check the Store name tags in photos option.
  4. Navigate to the Tools menu and then Experimental.
  5. Select Write faces to XMP…
  6. Picasa warns that this action may take a long time. When ready, select Write All.

Picasa will now store all tagged faces in your photo’s metadata. When importing into Mylio this information will be available.

Importing Aperture Library Photos

Importing Full Aperture Library

Mylio makes moving your entire Aperture Library quick and easy. Mylio’s Aperture import tool includes the ability to bring over the vast majority of information found within your Aperture Library. For a complete list of what is and what is not imported from Aperture to Mylio, please see the “Aperture Edits in Mylio” tab of this article.

  Note:  Mylio requires Aperture version 3.6 to run the ‘Aperture’ import command. Please update Aperture from the App Store if you’re not running version 3.6.

Import your Aperture Library

  1. Be sure that the Aperture Application is closed.
  2. Open Mylio and select the Import button from the top right corner.
  3. Select Aperture / Photos.
  4. Mylio will search for your Aperture library automatically. If your Aperture library is not found, select Other Library… and navigate to your Aperture.
  5. Select your Aperture library and click Continue in the bottom right.
  6. Information about your Aperture library will be displayed automatically.

  Note:  Mylio is creating a copy of your Aperture Library, so “Available Disk Space” field must be larger than the “Library Size” field.

  1. Once the information has been confirmed, select Start Import to begin the Aperture import.
  2. Mylio will automatically begin to import your Aperture library. If you would like to continue working in Mylio while Aperture imports, you can click the minimize size (-) in the top left of the Import menu. If minimized, the status of the import can be seen in the Activity section of the Sync panel.
  3. Once completed, Mylio will display a blue information bar that says “Library Import Completed. See details…” Click here to learn specifics about your Aperture migration including any keywords, edited media, and more.
  4. By default, the Aperture library will be placed outside, but next to, the Mylio Pictures folder. Since a copy command was performed you can choose to move this folder into your Mylio Pictures if desired.

Importing Partial Aperture Library

Aperture libraries hold a lot of valuable data like your edits, your tags, and your keywords. This information is important in your transition to Mylio. We’ve created the Aperture migration tool to make sure all of this important information comes with you. But what if you don’t want your full Aperture Library, just some select images or projects? This guide will show you how to import a limited set of photos from Aperture to Mylio.

Exporting a Project to Mylio

Exporting a project to Mylio is easy, but requires enough space to store the projects individually exported as the storage will be doubled on your machine. This means that the projects you want will be copied out of Aperture, requiring additional hard disk space. Once you have verified you have the needed space, follow these steps…

  1. Open Aperture.
  2. In Projects view, select the projects you want to export into Mylio.
  3. Within Aperture, navigate to File > Export > Project as New Library.Aperture_ExportProject
  4. Save your Library somewhere that you can access easily, and be sure that “Copy Originals into Exported Library” and “Show alert when finished” are checked.Aperture_ExportProjectDialogue
  5. Once Aperture alerts you that it has finished, you can now import this limited library into Mylio using our import wizard. This limited library will continue to hold your valuable edit information without permanently writing it to your files.

Exporting Albums to Mylio

Exporting albums from Aperture to Mylio is easy but requires enough space to store the albums you want to individually export doubled on your machine. This means that the albums you want will be copied out of Aperture, requiring additional hard disk space. Once you have verified you have the needed space, follow these steps:

  1. Open Aperture.
  2. Select the albums you want to export into Mylio.
  3. Within Aperture, navigate to File > Export > Items as New Library.
    Support_ExportApertureAlbums
  4. Save your Library somewhere that you can access easily, and be sure that “Copy Originals into Exported Library” and “Show alert when finished” are checked.
    Aperture_ExportProjectDialogue
  5. Once Aperture alerts you that it has finished, you can now import this limited library into Mylio using our import wizard. This library will continue to hold your valuable edit information without permanently writing it to your files.

Aperture Edits in Mylio

When running Mylio’s automatic Aperture import, there may be some data in Aperture that does not translate directly to Mylio. Below is a list of information that Mylio does and does not support.

 

 Aperture  Mylio
Rating Rating
 Keywords Keywords
 Color Labels Color Label
 Flag Flag
 Title Title
 Caption Caption
 Copyright Copyright
 Edit – Crop  Crop
 Edit – Rotate Rotate
 Edit – Exposure Exposure
 Edit – Saturation Saturation
 Edit – Contrast Contrast
 Edit – Vibrance Vibrance
 Edit – Temp Temp
 Edit – Tint Tint
 Edit – Shadow Shadow
 Edit – Sharpen  Sharpen
 Edit – Black & White Black and White
 Edit – Definition Definition
 Edit – Highlight Highlight
 Projects Folders
 Albums Albums
 Face tag People
 GPS Location
 Versions Not Currently Supported
 Stacks Not Currently Supported
 Rejects Not Currently Supported
 Hidden Files Not Currently Supported

 

Importing iPhoto Library Photos

Import Full iPhoto Library

Mylio makes moving your entire iPhoto Library quick and easy. Mylio’s iPhoto import tool includes the ability to import the vast majority of information found within your iPhoto Library. For a complete list of what is and what is not imported from iPhoto to Mylio, please see the “iPhoto Edits in Mylio” tab of this article.

  Note:  this process will copy your photos from iPhoto to Mylio, giving you two separate libraries. Changes within iPhoto post-import will not reflect in Mylio.

Import Your iPhoto Library

  1. Be sure that the iPhoto Application is closed.
  2. Open Mylio and select the Import button from the top right corner of Mylio.
  3. Within import menu select ‘Aperture / Photos’.
  4. Mylio will search for your iPhoto library automatically. If your iPhoto library is not found, select Other Library… and show Mylio where it is.
  5. Select your iPhoto Library and click Continue in the bottom right.
  6. Information about your iPhoto library will be displayed automatically.
      Note:  Mylio is creating a copy of your iPhoto Library, so Available Disk Space to must be larger than Library Size.
  7. Once the information has been confirmed, select Start Import to begin the iPhoto import.
  8. Mylio will automatically begin to import your iPhoto Library. If you would like to continue working in Mylio while iPhoto imports, you can click the minimize size (-) in the top left of the import menu. If minimized, the status of the import can be seen in the Activity section of the Sync panel.
  9. Once completed, Mylio will display a blue information bar that says “Library Import Completed. See details…” Click “here to learn specifics about your iPhoto migration, like any errors, keywords, edited media, and more.
  10. By default, the iPhoto library will be placed outside of, but next to, the Mylio Pictures folder. Since a copy command was performed you can freely move this folder inside of the Mylio Pictures folder if desired.

Import Partial iPhoto Library

This guide will show you how to export individual pieces of information out of iPhoto and directly into Mylio.

  Note:  this process will copy your photos out of iPhoto, please make sure you have sufficient storage space to copy the selected photos.

  1. Open your iPhoto Library.
  2. You can easily select multiple events to export or multiple albums to export, but events and albums cannot be mixed and will need to be exported separately.

      Note:  if exporting both all events and all albums, you will have duplicate files in your library as iPhoto albums contain photos from iPhoto events.


  3. With the events or albums you want to import into Mylio selected, navigate to File > Export…
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  4. iPhoto allows you to customize your export. Select File Export at the top left of this window. To maintain the highest quality files, your settings should be set as…
    Kind: Original
    File Name: Use filename
    Prefix for sequential: leave empty
    Subfolder Format: Event/Album Name

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  5. Once your settings are in place, select Export.
  6. iPhoto will allow you to export your files to your file system. Locate your Mylio Library (by default this is in your user folder).
  7. Your Mylio Library will include your Mylio Pictures folder. Save your photos to this location.
  8. Once the export is complete, open Mylio.
  9. The Mylio Pictures folder will automatically be populated with your iPhoto photos. Manipulating them here will not affect iPhoto.

iPhoto Edits in Mylio

When running Mylio’s automatic iPhoto import, there may be some data in iPhoto that does not translate directly to Mylio. Below is a list of information that Mylio does and does not support.

 iPhoto  Mylio
Rating Rating
Keywords Keywords
Flag Flag
Title Title
Caption Caption
Edit – Crop Crop
Edit – Rotate Rotate
Edit – Exposure Exposure
Edit – Saturation Saturation
Edit – Contrast Contrast
Edit – Temp Temp
Edit – Tint Tint
Edit – Shadow Shadow
Edit – Sharpen Sharpen
Edit – Black & White Black and White
Edit – Effects Not Currently Supported
Edit – Definition Clarity
Edit – Highlight Highlight
Events Folders
Albums Albums
Face Tag People
GPS Places
Hidden Files Import as normal

 

Importing Flickr photos

Importing your photos from Flickr is a quick and easy way to populate your Mylio library with some of your favorite photos. Using Mylio’s Flickr import tool will copy your public photos directly into the Mylio Library from your Flickr site.

  1. Select the Import icon from the top right corner of Mylio.
  2. Select Online Services.
  3. Select Flickr.
  4. Mylio will ask you for your Flickr email and password.
  5. Once signed in, Mylio will display your Flickr albums and allow you to select the ones you want to import. Selecting an album will highlight the text and put a blue check mark next to it.
  6. Once imported, you will be asked to confirm the location that you want to save your photos. You can save Flickr photos to any folder.
  7. If you have directly uploaded photos to your Flickr, they will not be downloaded automatically to Mylio. However, you can import the album again and only the newly added photos will be copied into Mylio.

 

Importing from an External Drive

Mylio can utilize external drives in multiple ways with your Mylio Library. This includes importing photos from your external drive to your machine, displaying the photos on your external drive without copying them to your machine or even protecting the photos you already have in Mylio to your external drive. Whatever the case, Mylio can be used to help keep your photos and videos altogether, protected and synced across all of your devices.

Understanding External Drive Importing

When importing photos from an external drive, Mylio will often set up the drive as a Vault. This allows Mylio to protect the photos not already on the drive to the drive without you needing to do anything manually. For instance, if you have all of your photos on an external drive and import them into Mylio, Mylio will display the content of that drive. If, however, you download a series of pictures from Facebook directly to your computer and import them into Mylio, Mylio will also protect those photos to your external drive when it is connected. The drive and your Mylio Library will be a 1:1 copy of each other.

  Warning:  importing photos on an external drive without the use of the External Drive import option is not supported by Mylio and may cause unexpected behavior.

 

Importing from an External Drive

To select the correct import option for your photos and import from your external drive, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Mylio and select the Import icon in the top right.
  2. Select External Drive.
  3. Select the drive you would like to import from and press Continue.
  4. Mylio will display two import options:

Add without moving

Adding an external drive without moving the contents is a valuable way of both importing your photos into Mylio and ensuring that all photos imported to Mylio that are not on the drive are protected there. Adding a drive means that Mylio will create a 1:1 copy of your Mylio Library on the external drive, or a Vault. Any photos added to Mylio that are not on the drive will be imported and protected to the drive automatically.

Since Mylio is keeping a 1:1 copy of your images, this means that deleting a file on the external drive will also delete it in Mylio.

Let’s look more closely at the Add without moving option:

  1. Once you are given the option to Add the contents of the drive without moving it, select it.
  2. Select the folder(s) that you would like to import into Mylio. These folders will remain on your external drive as originals and fulfill Mylio’s default device Sync Policy on your internal drive.
  3. Select Choose to begin the import process.
  4. Once the import has completed, Mylio will display the folders as top-level folders.
  5. The external drive also now displays as a device in the Dashboard and will be set as a Vault. Any photos not currently on that drive will be protected there automatically. The photos not already on the drive will be synced in a folder called “Mylio_xxxxx” where “xxxxx” is a unique identifier. The external drive also has all of the benefits of a regular Vault, meaning it can be taken between your other machines to sync Originals.
      Warning:  do not rename the Mylio_xxxxxx folder as this is how Mylio identifies the device
  6. Since your internal drive has a Sync Policy that is being fulfilled, versions of your photos (Thumbnails, Previews, or Originals) will be stored internally. This means you can view and edit your photos (Previews and Originals only) even when the drive is not attached.

Copy External Drive

By selecting the Copy External Drive command, Mylio will allow you to select a folder or folders that you wish to copy off of the external drive and to your internal drive. The copied folders will remain both on the external drive and on the internal drive and the external drive can be removed and not plugged in again to access the original images.

The Copy option is valuable in many situations. A popular use for this option would be to copy a specific folder of images off of a drive that you may be borrowing from a friend or relative. This option could also be used when first populating your Mylio Library if you are trying to consolidate your media from many different external drives to one internal drive.

Removing images from Mylio that are on External Drive or Removing External Drive as Mylio Device

If you wish to remove a folder from Mylio that has been previously imported, you can do so by toggling the folder off in the Source Folders settings. This will remove the folder from Mylio but keep it on the external drive. More information can be found here.

If you wish to remove the external drive as a Mylio device, you can do so by unregistering the device in the device list. This process will not delete photos from Mylio or photos from the Mylio_xxxxx folder on the external drive. However, it is important that at least one other device has Originals of the images on the external drive if you want to content to remain in Mylio.

Importing with Copy

Mylio has a variety of import options that will bring your photos into the Mylio Library. This article will walk you through using the Copy option and what it means.

When you select this option, Mylio will duplicate a folder and its contents into the Mylio library.

Importing with Copy

  1. Launch Mylio and select Import icon from the top right corner.
  2. Select Copy.
  3. Locate and select the folder(s) that you wish to import into Mylio.
  4. With the folders selected, confirm you want to import these folders at the bottom right. The import options will be displayed.
  5. Mylio offers two kinds of import. A simple import, which is the default, and an advanced import, which can be toggled on by selecting “Show Advanced Import Settings” under Mylio’s advanced settings.

    1. Simple Import:
      1. Verify the source of the import, the photo count, and import size.
      2. Exclude Suspected Duplicates – exclude images that Mylio believes are duplicates of images already in your library.
      3. Delete Files After Import – delete files from their original location once they are copied to your Mylio Library.
    2. Advanced Import: 
      1. Verify the source of the import, the photo count, and import size.
      2. Exclude Suspected Duplicates – exclude images that Mylio believes are duplicates of images already in your library.
      3. Delete Files After Import – delete files from their original location once they are copied to your Mylio Library.
      4. File Naming – set up a rule to rename your files as they import.
      5. Folder Organization – choose if you wish to import the top-level selected folder or just the contained media.
      6. Add Folder Name to Keywords
      7. Keywords – add a specific keyword, or set of keywords, to all imported media.
  6. Once you’ve verified that all your import is set up correctly, select continue to choose where you would like your photos to be imported.
  7. Select Import Now to finish your import.