Tips for Getting the Most Out of Mylio

Peek Inside with Flutter

Flutter allows you to quickly see the contents of any folder or album by simply swiping your finger over the container from right to left on touchscreen devices, two-finger swiping from right to left on trackpads, or use your traditional mouse’s scroll wheel while holding the Shift key. Flutter saves you time when looking for a specific photo or subfolder – you don’t even need to click. Learn more…


Organize with Mylio Clipboard

Moving your files between folders and albums – or folders to folders has never been easier. Mylio makes organization simple by giving you a temporary holding location for your photos while you move them around. Simply select your files and drag them down to the Mylio Clipboard to store them while you find the perfect new home for your memories… Learn more…


Editing Made Easy

We all love to save time, right? Mylio can help by showing you a list of all of your favorite editing presets right from the Edit panel, even in a grid view. Just select an image or series of images, open the Edit panel, and click a preset to see how it looks on all of the selected photos. You can revert the changes with the Reset All Edits button, too. Now that is easy. Learn more…


Customize your Dashboard

Clicking into the Dashboard reveals more information about your Mylio library. Selecting the gear in the top right will allow you to toggle lists and panels that suit your needs.


Prevent Unwanted Changes

With Mylio’s Guest Mode you can hand over your device to friends and family without worrying about unwanted changes to your Mylio Library. Guest Mode prevents your photos from being moved, altered, or deleted while still allowing your device to access all of your media. Learn more…


Remember It All

Creating events is an easy way to keep track of your memories and you can easily create them directly from Calendar view. Simply locate a day, month, or year where something memorable happened and click the plus sign in the top right of any photo to create an event from it. You can customize the category, time frame, and description of your event all without leaving the calendar view. Now you can always find that special moment. Learn more…


Help in 3 Clicks

Don’t spend time feeling confused or alone. The Mylio Support Team can be contacted directly within the Mylio application from within the Help menu in the settings. Simply select Contact Mylio Support to let them know how they can assist you and you’ll hear back from our support superheroes as soon as they fasten their capes. Learn more…

Customizing Calendar View

Customizing your calendar is an important step in ensuring that all of your photos are easily locatable. Mylio offers extensive customization of the calendar from a variety of menus.

View Menu Customization

View Menu Customization

Mylio allows for customization in Decade view, Year view, and Day view. There are no View customizations in Month view.

  1. Sort Ascending – Sorts your photos with the newest date at the bottom.
  2. Sort Descending – Sorts your photos with the newest date at the top.
  3. Start Slideshow – Starts a slideshow with the photos currently being viewed.

Calendar View Customization

Calendar View Customizations

Mylio also allows for general customization of your Life Calendar™. Here is how:

  1. Open Mylio and select Settings from the View menu.
  2. Select Calendar
  3. Options include…
    1. Feature Photo Ranking – here you can see, and change, the heuristics of how Mylio decides what photos should be featured at covers of your Life Calendar™.
    2. Number of event bars to display – how many events should be shown on the cover of your image
    3. Hide events longer than – if an event is above a specified threshold, it won’t be shown on the calendar. This is customizable for Decade, Year, and Month view.

Categories Customizations

Categories Customizations

Mylio allows you to easily customize your categories to different colors, names, or order. You can use the Filterbar while in Calendar view to show/hide any events of specific categories too.

  1. Select Settings from the View menu.
  2. Select General.
  3. Select Categories begin editing your Event Categories
    • Make new Categories using the Add New button
    • Remove any unwanted ones using the “X” to the right
    • Use the handles on the left to prioritize the order of categories
    • Click on the text of existing category names to edit them.

Creating, Editing, and Viewing Events

Events in Mylio are based on a designated date or range of dates. By creating an event, you are telling Mylio that all photos from the specific date(s) can be grouped together. Creating an event does not alter or move your photos from their original location, albums, or folder views in any way. Creating an event also does not duplicate your photos, taking up any additional space.

This article will cover creating, editing, and viewing events in Calendar view.

Creating Events from Calendar View

Creating Events Automatically

Mylio can automatically create events by linking your digital calendars. To easily create events in Mylio, please see this article.

Creating Events Manually

  1. Open Calendar view by selecting Calendar in the view selector.
  2. Locate and select the day, month, or year you wish to add an event to. It should be highlighted in blue.
  3. Open the Info section of the Details panel.
  4. Select the plus sign in the Info section of the Details panel, next to “EVENTS” to begin creating a new event.
  5. The event creation dialog box will open. Here you can add:
    • Cover photo – set the cover photo for this event by clicking the pencil in the top left
    • From / To the date (or range of dates) that this event took place.
    • Title the name of your event as displayed in the calendar.
    • Description a description of the event.
    • Categories  which category this event belongs to for easier filtering.
    • Priority – have the cover of this folder display as the event cover over other events of the same Year, Month, or Day in Calendar view. Life events are the highest priority, even over Events of the year.
    • Autoplay slideshow – Selecting the event from the Calendar will automatically start a slideshow of the event.
    • Scoped by Date or Folder – chose for your event to populate photos from the date(s) above or select a folder to use photos from
  6. Select Save to save and create the event.
  7. Mylio will display the bar for your event across your date range, displaying the event name, length, and category.

Creating Events from Folder View

Creating Events from Folder View

Quickly populate your Life Calendar™ by using the “Show Folder as Calendar Event” toggle on a selected folder to automatically create an Event in your calendar containing that folder’s images.

Under the toggle you can add:

  1. Event Name – the name of your event to be displayed.
  2. Description – a description of the event.
  3. Priority – have the cover of this folder display as the event cover over other events of the same Year, Month, or Day in Calendar view. Life events are the highest priority, even over Events of the year.
  4. Autoplay slideshow – Selecting the event from the Calendar will automatically start a slideshow of the event.
Using Event Filter

To filter what appears in the Event:

  1. Toggle on “Show Folder as Calendar Event”.
  2. Scroll down to the “Event Filter” section in the Info panel.
  3. Click the plus (+) button to the right.
  4. Use the available types of metadata to filter what photos are shown. The example above shows a filter to only show 4 and 5-star rated images in the event.
  5. Navigate to Calendar view and verify the event creation and/or filter. If no filter is applied then all files from the folder will be shown in the event.

Editing Events

Once an event has been created, you can edit its details at any time. Here is how:

Editing Events from Calendar View

  1. Select Calendar from the View selector to open Calendar view.
  2. Open the Info section of the Details panel.
  3. Select the day, month, or year that contains the event that you wish to edit.
  4. Mylio will display all events for the selected date range in the Info section of the Details panel. Select the event you wish to edit.
  5. Select Edit Event from the dialog.
  6. Within the Event dialog, you can edit the event’s title, categories, priority relevant dates, and description.
  7. Events can additionally be scoped by a specific Date(s) or a Folder. Please know that events scoped by a Folder must have their categories edited in Folder view.

Viewing Events

Viewing the events that you have created is easy in Calendar view.

Viewing Events from Calendar View

  1. Select Calendar from the View Selector to open the calendar.
  2. Locate the date that contains the event you wish to view.
  3. Select the bar containing your event’s name to go to that event.

You can also see a list of all events that happen within the specific selected day, month, or year by:

  1. Select Calendar from the View selector.
  2. Open the Info section of the Details panel.
  3. Select the day, month, or year you wish to display all events for.
  4. Events will be listed within the Info section of the Details panel. Selecting this displays four options:
    1. See Photos and Files in this Event – displays all media for this selected event.
    2. Play Slideshow – Plays a slideshow containing all media in the event.
    3. Edit Event – Edit the parameters of the selected event (as seen above).
    4. Delete – deletes the event from the calendar but does not delete any media that was in the event
    5. Priority –have the cover of this folder display as the event cover over other events of the same Year, Month, or Day in Calendar view. Life events are the highest priority, even over Events of the year.

Understanding People View

The People view in Mylio allows you to easily see your favorite photos of your family and friends in one, easy to read view. By tagging the people in your library, you are telling Mylio that this person is in a specific picture, and Mylio will automatically make a container displaying all photos of them.

People view can be populated in two primary ways…

  1. Automatically recommending a face tag by using Mylio’s facial recognition feature, which places the name of a person at a specific coordinate on a photo.
  2. Manually adding a name to a photo, which informs Mylio that a person is present if not recognized.

For more information on populating People view, please see information regarding Mylio’s face recognition.

 

The Quick Actions Bar

 

Mylio’s Quick Actions Bar gives you one-click or one-tap access to tools that you may need to access often. The Quick Action Bar can be seen at the right side of Mylio when the Details panel is closed and split between the top and bottom of the Details panel when opened.

 

The Quick Actions Bar list of actions will change depending on what you have selected. Here are some of the actions you’ll be able to find in the Quick Actions Bar.

 

  1. Toggle Details Panel – this button will open or close the Details panel
  2. Rating – Opens the Rating bar for quick access to tagging, labeling, flagging, or pinning your selection
  3. Share – Share the selected image or set of images via email, social media, or even directly to your computer’s file system. Sharing on a mac computer also has Airdrop and iMessage options.
  4. Rotate – Rotates the selected media 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
  5. Face Tagging – Turns on face tagging for the opened folder, album, or container. Learn more about face tagging in Mylio here.
  6. Delete – Delete the selection from Mylio and from your device.
  7. Add New – Add a new album, event, folder, or person with a single tap.
  8. Mylio Clipboard – Opens and closes the Mylio Clipboard to allow for the easy moving of media.
  9. Preview Size – This slider allows you to change the size of the images on the grid or while viewing a single image.
  10. Actions Menu – Display additional actions that can be taken. Learn more about the Actions menu here.

Understanding Folder View

What Are Folders?

Folders are one of the primary means of organization in Mylio. Folders allow you to directly manipulate your files inside and outside of Mylio so that the changes you make are not Mylio specific. Depending on your setup your Folder view may vary in its organization.

Mylio Pictures Folder

Each Mylio Library comes with one folder: the Mylio Pictures folder. This folder is designed to hold all of the images that are copied into Mylio if there is no other destination being utilized. For instance, photos that you have imported using the Copy command will be copied into the Mylio Pictures folder. This is because Mylio is now referencing an original file exclusive to Mylio.

The Mylio Pictures folder will also hold your iOS Camera Roll(s) and Android Media Library photos. 

Mylio Pictures is where most photos will be stored if you are using Mylio as a standalone photo organization application.

 

Creating New Folders

New folders can be created anytime from Folder view in the View Selector.

  • In Folder view, navigate to where you would like to place your new folder.
  • Select the plus sign in the Quick Actions Bar and give the new folder a name.

  • Photos can now be dragged into this folder freely or by using Mylio Clipboard.
  • Remember that any changes made to your files will be reflected by the operating system.

 

Source Folders

When photos live outside of Mylio Pictures, it means that are being referenced from another location. This means that a Source Folder will live outside, but next to, the Mylio Pictures folder. This makes it easy to see when you are manipulating original images that are not Mylio exclusive. Be careful with these folders as any changes made to them will be made to the original files as well.

Syncing Source Folders from Another Computer

Mylio is in charge of protecting your photos that have been added to Source Folders on one machine and had their Originals synced to another Vault. Because of this, Original photos are stored in the Mylio folder on your secondary device.

For example:

  1. Computer A has images in a source folder that Mylio is referencing.
  2. Computer B is a Vault and wants to protect those images, so Originals are syncing.
  3. Computer A has the photos in the original location.
  4. Computer B has the photos in the Mylio root folder.

Further Investigation

Because Mylio is directly related to the file system, it is easy to see exactly where your photos live on your computer. By right-clicking on any folder and selecting Show in Finder or Show in File Explorer you will be taken to the selected folder’s location on your computer.

The Mylio Pictures folder will be saved within the Mylio Library, which can be stored in a unique location when starting Mylio for the first time, or moved later by simply moving the Mylio root directory from its original location to a new location (the next time Mylio is launched it will ask you to identify the new location of your directory). 

Understanding Calendar View

Mylio’s Calendar view is a unique, fun, and powerful way to view and locate your photos. Calendar view, unlike Albums view and Folders view, is primarily an automated view that populates based on the metadata of your photos. This means you can find your photos without spending time organizing – just select the date and see your photos.

Calendar view is made up of three views:

  • Decade view – Shows you photos in years, separated by decade.
  • Year view – Shows your photos in months, separated by year.
  • Month view – Shows your photos by day, separated by month.

By double-clicking or tapping on a timeframe, Mylio will display the next smallest view available until you are viewing your photos for a specific day.

Mylio’s Calendar view can be further optimized by adding events. By coupling Mylio’s Calendar view and events, you will create what is known as a Life Calendar™ – a beautiful, sortable, quickly navigable look at all of your memories.

If photos in Calendar view do not seem to be in the right place, you can adjust their date/time metadata to fix this.

 

Coming from Lightroom

If you have previously, or currently, use Adobe Lightroom to manage your photos, you may notice that some terms and features are slightly different in Mylio.

  • Collections in Lightroom are very similar to albums in Mylio, they can contain photos from several locations around your library and will display them all together.
  • Folders in Lightroom’s Library section translate to folders in Mylio.
  • Developing is Lightroom’s version of editing tools, and was selected by choosing the Develop module in the top menu bar. Mylio’s editing controls are located in the Edit section of the Details panel.
  • Face Recognition in Lightroom is displayed in the People option while viewing a photo in the Library module. Mylio includes a central location for all tagged faces in People view. You can show similar face recognition information in Mylio by clicking the Face Tagging button in the Quick Actions bar.
  • Location data in Lightroom is displayed in the Map module. In Mylio this data is shown in the Map section of the Details panel. Mylio also displays all tagged locations in Map view.
  • Photo Metadata in Lightroom is shown in the right sidebar in most modules. In Mylio, all metadata is displayed in the Info section of the Details panel.
  • Keywords in Lightroom are shown in the keywording panel of the right sidebar when in the Library Module. Keywords in Mylio are shown in the Info section of the Details panel.

New to Photo Management Software

Welcome to Mylio! The new home for all of your photos, videos, media, and more. Mylio helps you organize, edit, protect, and share all of your memories quickly and easily – from any device.

If this is your first time using photo management software, there are some quick things you should know that will help you get up and running.

Before diving into these topics, it is recommended that you check out the Mylio Quick Start Guide to begin to learn some of Mylio’s terminology.

Below are some topics that will help you understand some of the terminologies you see in Mylio…

  • Folders in Mylio are just like folders on your computer. In fact, Mylio and your computer share the folders that your photos live in. This means that any change you make to your photos or their organization in Mylio will be reflected back to the folders that your files live in on their computer. Folders are the official “home” for your photos – and deleting them from here means deleting the photo for good.
  • Albums in Mylio function just like your photo albums at home. Albums offer a way to organize, group, and show off your photos. When you create an album, you are creating a Mylio specific location to store photos. This location cannot be seen outside of Mylio – but it also doesn’t take up any additional space on your computer. When you add a photo to an album, the photo will remain in its original location (a folder) but be able to be viewed in Album view as well.
  • Editing photos in Mylio allow you to take your favorite pictures and make them even better. Maybe your photos are a bit dark, or a bit too light. Maybe they need some extra color or a black and white effect. Mylio can help you make your photos more beautiful than you can imagine!
  • Face Recognition allows for Mylio to help you keep your photos organized. Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of looking up a photo by memory, you could simply say “Let me see where that photo of Aunt Mary is!” Well, with Mylio’s face recognition that becomes a reality. Mylio will help identify all photos that have your family and friends in them and then display those photos in custom, automatic albums.
  • Map data is usually provided by your phone or camera with GPS automatically. Mylio will take this data and display it on a world map so you can visually see where your photos have been taken. No GPS? No problem, you can also simply drag and drop images to a specific location to tag them in Mylio!
  • Photo Metadata is where precious information about your photo is stored. Metadata is how Mylio, and all apps, read and write information about your photo that you can’t see automatically. For instance, your location information is stored in metadata – as well as people, camera model, time and date taken, and more…
  • Slideshows are a great way to show off your photos. Mylio lets you share slideshows with friends and family so that you can share your favorite photos, that recent trip, or some classic holidays in an entertaining way.

Learning the ins and outs of photo management software is a huge task! You’ve already taken the first step to becoming a Mylio master. Spending time on mylio.com/support and within the Mylio application will get you up and running in no time at all.

Coming from Apple Photos

If you are currently using or have previously used Apple’s Photos application for macOS you may notice that some terms and features are slightly different in Mylio.

  • Albums in Photos are very similar to albums in Mylio, they can contain photos from several locations around your library and will display them all together.
  • Events in Photos roughly translate to folders in Mylio, but could also be used like albums.
  • Editing in photos was done by selecting Edit while viewing a photo. Mylio’s editing controls are located in the Edit panel of the Details panel.
  • Face Recognition in Photos was only displayed by choosing ‘show face names” from the view menu. You can show similar face recognition information in Mylio by clicking the Face Tagging button in the Quick Actions bar. Mylio also includes a central location for all tagged faces in People view.
  • Location data in Photos was displayed in the photo inspector. In Mylio this data is shown in the Map section of the Details panel. Mylio also collects all tagged locations in Map view.
  • Favorites is Photos rating system. Mylio uses a 1-5 rating system to allow more specific ratings. Mylio can also use labels as well as ratings to provide several layers of tagging.
  • Photo Metadata in Photos is shown in the photo inspector. In Mylio, all metadata is displayed in the Info section of the Details panel.