The Lightroom-Killing Catalog System From Mylio: Access Your Photos Anywhere

Good organizational skills are essential in almost any business environment. The same obviously goes for professional photographers, especially when it comes to photo management. Many photographers will use the built-in catalog system available in Lightroom. However, a company called Mylio can offer you a much better solution.

Seattle-based company Mylio has been hard at work producing a photo management system for the past decade. The brand new app offers some of the best features for amateur and professional photographers who want to manage their photos. One of the main reasons for this is that Mylio Photos can work completely offline.

This means that all your photos are available anytime on virtually any device. The only time a connection is required is when syncing photos between different devices. As long as the devices can see each other, they will be able to sync. It can even be done via a hotspot connection, say from a smartphone to a tablet.

User interface

A good user interface is crucial for any software. You could say that it is even more important if said software helps you organize or manage something. This is why Mylio Photos is simply excellent. The user interface is very intuitive, and even without watching any tutorials, it’s incredibly simple software to use.

You can easily ignore all the little tips that pop up while using the software and not experience any major browsing issues.

On the other hand, if you need a little help getting things done, the “Getting Started” section under the Dashboard tab is a great place to start. The Dashboard is the last tab from the left and offers most of the features you will use in the software. For more help, you can follow this link here.

In my own usage, I found that I spent the majority of my time going back and forth between the “Folders” tab and the “Dashboard” tab. Between those two, I had all the control and options I needed to manage all my images and devices.

Speaking of devices, the software allows you to add as many devices as you want. This gives incredible flexibility. The absence of limits is a breath of fresh air.

Other tabs in the software are Folders, People, Map, Calendar, and All Photos. Most are self-explanatory. The Folders tab allows you to view all the folders you have added to the software. These include all folders that are linked as well as imported. The Calendar tab helps you view images by the date they were taken. You can also sync your Google or Apple calendars to help you manage upcoming projects or shoots. It’s also a great way to quickly find images you took on a specific date.

Finally, the Map section gives you GPS location information on images that have this information. For all images taken with cameras without GPS, you can simply add this information yourself. The People section lets you label and sort images based on the people in your photos. The People features are quite extensive and extremely smart. You can add people to the software and Mylio will automatically start recognizing them in all future images you add. And for those of you privacy conscious, Mylio Photos does not share any of this data with the cloud, the Mylio company or any other company. All facial scans are performed on the device itself.

When it comes to the user interface, Mylio has done a brilliant job of keeping things simple and easy to navigate.

Access on multiple devices

This is one of the best features of Mylio: the ability to access all of your images from any of the devices you’ve added to your profile. The software is fully compatible with macOS, Windows, iOS and Android.

First I downloaded the software to a Windows PC and selected the folders I wanted to add. I like that the software doesn’t try to force all your images. You have total autonomy over the images added.

I decided to create a new folder for Mylio that I could fill with the images I wanted in the software. I decided not to add images from my iPhone; however, I connected my Android phone and added all images from there.

I’m currently reviewing the Android device, and having images from this phone immediately available on all my other devices makes it incredibly easy. All the photos I take are quickly sorted based on my preferences and how I’ve organized the folders. I may have images that I use as part of the review in a specific folder. When I get home, the images I took during the day are already there on my desktop, ready to use.

It’s not cloud storage

If we’re being completely honest, the ability to access all of your images on multiple devices isn’t something new. However, there is a fundamental difference with Mylio, and that is that this software is not cloud storage. All devices are securely connected to a peer-to-peer network system.

Once the images are synced to the app, you can access the images even if you don’t have an internet connection. In fact, I tested the software to see if I still had access to all my images while using my phone in airplane mode. All of the images were still available, and they were full resolution files, not just thumbnails.

Of course, if you have full control over the size of your files on your device. If you’re dealing with a lot of data, it might be a good idea to have the majority of files as smart previews and current or working files in a higher resolution.

This is one of Mylio’s biggest advantages over many of its competitors. You don’t have to buffer files or wait for a good connection before you can access anything. This makes Mylio extremely powerful and perfectly suited for professional use.

Perfect for professionals

As stated above, Mylio is not a cloud-based storage system. This alleviates many of the issues professional photographers face when trying to work on the go. It often happens that a fast and stable Internet connection is simply not available. If you manage a large number of your images with online services, these images will not be available to you.

It is for this reason that Mylio offers a great opportunity not only to manage your files but also to use a better workflow. If you work on the go, you can sync your files across multiple devices through the Mylio Photos app.

Personally, I find it easy to sync files to an iPad and then sort all the images. I can quickly go through a process of elimination, deleting any images I know I won’t be using, such as images where a subject may have blinked or the lighting wasn’t right. Once the selection process is complete, I rate all images up to five stars, which further narrows down the files I will be working on.

I prefer doing it on an iPad because of the bigger screen and better interface. I appreciate that the cameras also allow you to give stars. However, in my experience, most cameras have an awfully clunky interface for these features.

Once all the images are sorted, I have them available on pretty much every device I work on. This means that when I get home, these images will already be available on my main computer, sorted and ready to edit. If I’m feeling really rushed, I can even do some light editing on the raw files so I can start making more detailed edits when I get home. Additionally, all metadata such as star ratings, tags, keywords, people tags, and GPS tags are also added.

Again, the images remain available offline, so if I’m working on a train, for example, I don’t have to worry about losing the connection halfway through.

Finally, one of the most useful and potentially underrated features of Mylio Photos is how it backs up all your pictures. Backing up your files is crucial if you are a professional and Mylio Photos automatically backs up all your images to safes.

Once you have configured the backup system, you can automatically back up multiple copies of your images. And again, it’s not a cloud service, which means it’s available on all your connected devices, all the time.

Final Thoughts

A good workflow is extremely important, and anything that improves your workflow is probably a good idea to implement. With many photo managers and cataloging systems, there are always limitations that make them less feasible in a professional setting. Lightroom, for example, is great unless you work away from home. Trying to manage photos on the go and access them on all devices isn’t ideal.

In the end, Mylio has produced something remarkable with its photo management software. Not only does it offer a better cataloging system, but it also offers one of the best workflows for professionals on the go.

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