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 “Add media from Apple Photos, iPhotos, or Aperture”.
  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…
  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

  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


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