Navigating Mylio Photos starts with understanding the tools and terminology. This section defines the standard tools and terms in this user manual.

Actions Menu – Click or tap the hamburger menu icon (three horizontal lines), located in the Right Sidebar at the bottom right of the screen, to display a series of actions that you can take on your current selection. This includes selecting, moving, deleting, and more. The actions menu can also be accessed by right-clicking on a selection.

Activities – Click or tap the Activities icon in the Top App Bar to display any processes currently running in Mylio Photos. When a process is running, the icon will be highlighted with a blue ring to show the progress of the latest activity. If there are no active processes, the ring will be grey.

Add Media – Click or tap the plus icon in the Top App Bar to add photos, videos, and documents from your computer, external hard drives, camera, memory card, cloud services, and more. Adding media makes those photos, videos, and documents part of your Mylio Photos Library.

Add New – Clicking the plus icon in the Right Sidebar adds a new Folder, Album, or Person depending on your selected view.

All Photos – Click or tap the All Photos icon in the Left Sidebar to view every photo in your Mylio Photos Library.

Annotations – When enabled, Annotations can show Ratings, Titles, Captions, Dates, Fuzzy Dates, and GPS overlays on your photos when in Grid view. Enable Annotations from the More menu in the Top App Bar.

Auto-Advance – When enabled, Auto-Advance automatically moves to the next image after you rate, flag, label, or tag faces in a photo. Enable Auto-Advance by clicking on the Rating and Tagging icon in the Right Sidebar and toggling Auto-Advance to the ON position.

AutoColor – AutoColor helps with color balance issues resulting in balanced color and contrast. This tool in the Edit panel can be used on any photo but works best on faded and historical images.

AutoEnhance – AutoEnhance, located in the Edit panel, makes most images look better by boosting exposure (brightness) and making colors more vivid.

Albums – Albums allow you to group and organize photos without affecting their location on your hard drive. Albums are virtual collections, like a playlist for your photos. One image can be assigned to multiple albums.

Albums View – Click or tap the Albums icon in the Left Sidebar to organize, create, and customize Albums.

Auto-Check – When enabled, Auto-Check will scan the duplicate files located by the Photo DeDupe tool and determine the best photos and videos to keep based on your selected criteria. All other duplicates will be “checked” for removal or deletion.

Batch Tagging – Click or tap the Batch Tagging icon in the Right Sidebar you to quickly tag people in photos.

Cache – Mylio Photos’ cache is a temporary holding area used when your device sync settings are adjusted. It can be cleared anytime to free up space on a device. The cache allows you to work with Mylio Photos without an Internet connection and allows other devices in your network to work independently.

Calendar View – Click or tap the Calendar icon in the Left Sidebar to view your photos on a calendar in combination with events from your life. See LifeCalendar.

Categories – Categories are an organizational tool you can assign to Events, Folders, and photos, making them easier to search and filter.

Copy Them – Choosing this option in the Add Media dialog duplicates the selected media and places a copy in your Mylio Library Folder.

Cover Photo – Each Folder, Album, Event, and Person in Mylio have a photograph representing that photo collection. You can specify a custom Cover Photo by right-clicking on an image and choosing Set Cover > then choosing Folder, Album, People (People view only), or Event.

Chromeless – When enabled, Chromeless hides all icons and text in Mylio Photos so you can focus on your photos. Enable Chromeless by clicking on the View menu in the Operating System Menu Bar and selecting Chromeless. (This feature is available for computers only but not in the mobile app.)

Clipboard – The Mylio Clipboard allows you to temporarily store photos while moving them between folders, albums, and other views.

Crop – The Crop tool allows you to refine your composition. Cropping can remove distractions and bring attention to a subject. Rotating an image can correct things like tilted horizons and crooked buildings. Cropping is a non-destructive edit and can be adjusted at any time.

Dashboard – Click or tap the Dashboard icon in the Left Sidebar to see Getting Started tips, Notifications, recommended Actions, Devices, Library stats, Help, and more. The Dashboard is a helpful overview of what’s happening in Mylio Photos.

Date Range – If a photo’s date and time setting is incorrect, but you don’t know the exact date it was captured, you can set a Date Range. This allows you to pick a range of dates rather than a specific date and time. For example, you could assign a photo a date range of July through September 1986 for pictures in the Summer of 1986 or November 20 through December 31, 2021, for photos during the Holidays in 2021.

Dedupe or Deduplication – See Photo DeDupe.

Details Panel – See Right Panel

Device – A Device refers to a computer, tablet, phone, external drive, or cloud service that contains photos and is connected to your Mylio Account.

Device Card – Each device you add to Mylio Photos is shown on a Device Card in the Devices section of the Dashboard. A Device Card shows the sync status for each device. Clicking on a Device Card will open options for adjusting sync policies.

Edit Panel – The Edit Panel in the Right Panel lets you edit photos and includes an auto-enhance option, stylized presets, and other adjustments to make your image look its best. These adjustments are applied nondestructively, meaning they can be revised quickly in the future and are synced across all devices connected to your Mylio Account.

Event – Events in Mylio Photos are based on a date or range of dates. When you create an Event, all photos from the specified date(s) will be grouped when viewing them in the Calendar view. An example of an event could be a week-long family vacation.

Export – See Share.

External Drive – An External Drive is a storage device directly attached to your computer via USB or Thunderbolt.

Face Tagging – Click or tap the Face Tagging icon in the Right Sidebar to quickly tag people in photos. Mylio Photos’ face recognition technology makes it easy to group photos by person and quickly find more photos with people in them in the future.

Featured Photo – As you scroll through your LifeCalendar™, you’ll see a Featured Photo for each Year, Month, and Day. Mylio chooses Featured Photos based on your Photo Prioritization settings, including Event Priority, Star Rating, and more.

Filmstrip – When enabled, the Filmstrip displays a strip of images along the bottom of the screen showing all the photos in the currently selected album or folder. Enable the Filmstrip from the More menu in the Top App Bar.

Filter – See QuickFilters.

Flag – A Flag adds a simple marker to your photo. Add a Flag to an image by clicking on the tag icon in the Right Sidebar and clicking the Flag icon. Flags are often used to indicate selected photos that you like or want to remember.

Flutter – Flutter allows you to quickly see the contents of any Folder or Album by swiping your finger over the container from right to left on touchscreen devices, two-finger swiping from right to left on trackpads, or using your traditional mouse’s scroll wheel while holding the Shift key.

Folders – Folders in Mylio Photos represent the folders on your computer, external hard drives, and other devices that contain your Original photos and videos. If you move pictures between folders in your library, they are also moved on your devices.

Folders View – Click or tap the Folder icon in the left sidebar to show how your folders are organized on your hard drive and connected external drives.

Generated Images Bundle – Mylio Photos creates a folder on each added device to facilitate syncing your media library called the Generated Images Bundle. It contains thumbnails for every image in your Mylio Photos Library. It may also contain Optimized Images depending on your sync preferences for each device. On macOS, you’ll see a single file called Generated Images.bundle; on Windows, it will appear as a folder called Generated Images. Tampering with these files is not recommended and can lead to library corruption.

Geotag – Geotags allow you to view your photos on a map. If your images do not have GPS data from your camera, you can add a location or GPS coordinates in Mylio Photos. Most cameras and smartphones automatically add GPS data to images.

Grid View – Grid View is when multiple photos are displayed in a grid.

Grid Style – Grid Style allows you to change how photos are displayed in the grid view. Choose between Square, Tile, and Fluid by opening the More menu in the Top App Bar and choosing Grid Style.

Import – See Add Media.

Info Panel – The Info Panel in the Right Panel lets you view and manage information about your photos, including title, caption, date, keywords, categories, location, and other metadata.

IPTC CardIPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) is a standardized format for adding metadata to a photo regarding content, ownership status, rights, and licensing. In Mylio, the IPTC Card lets you add ownership and copyright information to your media.

Keywords – Keywords are searchable words and phrases that can be added to a photo or series of images to further organize your Mylio Photos Library and make images easy to find. You can add Keywords when importing or add them at any later time.

Labels – Labels let you apply a color label to a photo or series of images to organize your Mylio Photos Library further and make images easy to locate using QuickFilters and Search.

Last Media Added View – When an import is complete, Mylio Photos will display the most recently added media. If you would like to turn off this setting (ON by default), click the ellipsis icon in the top app bar to access the More menu. Choose Settings > General > and toggle the switch next to Last Media Added View to OFF.

Library – See Mylio Photos Library.

LifeCalendar™ – Mylio Photos’ LifeCalendar™ displays your photos on a calendar with events from your life. This personalized view happens automatically when you link an online calendar to Mylio Photos. It’s a unique way to automate some organization and easily see and find memorable life events in a fun-to-browse way.

Linked Folder – A Linked Folder is actively monitored for changes. If you add a Linked Folder, Mylio Photos watches it in your file system without moving it from its original location. If you add photos to a Linked Folder, Mylio will automatically import the new additions. This is the most helpful way to add images to Mylio Photos already on a hard drive, especially if other applications reference them.

Link Them – Choosing this Add Media option will keep the media in its current location on your computer or hard drive and display them in the Mylio Photos application.

Lost Original – If Mylio Photos cannot locate a copy of an Original photo, it will show this file as a Lost Original. Lost Originals are caused when the Original version of a file is deleted outside of Mylio Photos before it is fully Synced.

Map Panel – The Map Panel in the Right Panel allows you to view location information or assign a new location to a photo or set of images.

Map view – Click or tap the map icon in the left sidebar to view your photos by location on a world map. Mylio Photos does this automatically for images that have GPS metadata.

Menu Bar – See Operating System Menu Bar.

Metadata – Metadata is information that describes your image file. Some metadata is added automatically from your camera, such as the capture date, camera model, lens, and settings used. Other metadata, such as copyright information, keywords, ratings, and more, can be added or edited manually.

More menu – Clicking the ellipsis icon in the Top App Bar allows you to access Mylio Photos’ main Settings and other options.

Move Them – Choosing this option in the Add Media dialog will move the selected media to your Mylio Library Folder and delete it from the original location.

MYB Files – Some files from an Apple Photos library or iOS Camera Roll (Portrait, slow-mo, Live Photos, etc.) may be imported with a .myb (Mylio Bundle) file extension to allow Mylio Photos to sync these unique file types properly.

Mylio Hotspot – A Mylio Hotspot allows you to create a private network to sync your devices when internet access is unavailable. See also Peer-to-peer.

Mylio Photos Library – The Mylio Photos Library is the entire collection of your media, edits, and metadata viewable from all Mylio-synced devices.

Mylio System Folder – Mylio Photos creates a Mylio System Folder on every device. On a computer, this folder is accessible in the file system under Users/~username/Mylio. On a Mobile device, this folder still exists, but it is hidden and not accessible to users. The Mylio System Folder contains all Thumbnails within the Generated Images Folder (Windows) or Generated Images.bundle (macOS). Depending on your sync settings, the Generated Images Folder/Bundle may have some or all Optimized Images.

NASNAS stands for network-attached storage. It is a storage device connected to a computer via a network. NAS devices typically have a large capacity with built-in redundancy, making them ideal for photo storage.

Navigate Back – Click or tap the back arrow in the top app bar to return to the previous folder, album, or image.

Notifications – Click or tap the bell icon in the Top App Bar to display completed tasks or issues you should be aware of.

Operating System Menu Bar – The operating system menu bar is computer-specific. It can be found at the top of the Mylio Photos application window (Windows) or along the top of your computer screen (macOS).

Optimized Image – An Optimized Image (previously known as a Smart Preview) is a medium-quality version of your photo that gives a good representation of your photo while taking up a fraction of the storage space necessary for the Original (typically less than 5%). Optimized Images are great for Laptops and Tablets and are fully editable. If your Original file was a Raw format, that information can also be adapted to the Optimized Image to offer greater flexibility when editing.

Original – An Original is your full-quality file. File sizes can vary widely, depending on the resolution and pixel size of the photo. Original files are fully editable.

Peer-to-peer – Peer-to-peer is the ability of a computer, phone, and tablet on a Mylio Account to communicate with one another to privately access and share files without the need for a central server.

People View – Click or tap the person icon in the left sidebar to view and organize photos of family and friends. As you start tagging the people in your photos, Mylio Photos’ facial recognition will help you tag them in future photos.

Photo DeClutter – Photo DeClutter helps you clean up similar photos from your media library. These images are typically captured using burst mode on a camera, resulting in several near-duplicate photos.

Photo DeDupe – Mylio Photos’ deduplication tool will scan your entire library and generate a list of files where two or more copies of the same media are detected. You can Remove or Delete the duplicate file from your Mylio Photos Library.

PhotoExplorer – PhotoExplorer allows you to find additional information about your media based on embedded GPS information. Quickly view a photo’s location in the Mylio Photos Map view, or perform a web search using your photo’s GPS information.

Photo Prioritization (formerly Featured Photo Ranking) – Photo Prioritization allows you to adjust the criteria Mylio Photos uses to determine which photos are featured in your LifeCalendar, used as cover photos for Folders, Albums, and People, which images are prioritized for local storage, and how metadata is merged when using Photo DeDupe.

Photo Sizes – See Thumbnail, Optimized Images, and Original.

Places – The Places section of Mylio’s Info Panel lets you view the location for a photograph on a map and add or edit GPS coordinates.

Presets – Presets allow you to change your photo with a single click instantly. Each Preset includes a saved set of edit adjustments that apply a unique, stylized look to your photograph. You can use the included presets or create your own.

Preview – See Optimized Images.

Protection – Protecting your memories is integral to Mylio Photos. It begins with creating a complete copy of every photo and file in your Mylio Photos Library in a Vault device. A Vault can be any device with enough storage to hold your photo library. Common devices for Vaults are external drives, cloud storage providers, and desktop computers. For your library to be protected, we recommend having two or more Vault devices. This creates a backup to protect you from device failure or loss.

Quick Actions Bar – See Right Sidebar.

QuickCollection – A QuickCollection is a saved group of QuickFilters.

QuickFilters – QuickFilters help you quickly sort through photos, videos, and documents by narrowing your browsing results based on specific criteria. QuickFilters can be applied to any view with options to filter by folder, date, event, file type, album, person, category, ratings, flags, labels, cameras, lenses, and more.

QuickReview Mode – Mylio Photos QuickReview mode is designed to simplify the process of finding your best photos and letting you hide (or delete) the ones that aren’t.

Rating – Click or tap the tag icon in the Right Sidebar will expand the Rating bar and allows you to easily tag photos with star ratings, color labels, and flags. Adding ratings makes finding the images you’re looking for faster with search and filters.

Raw – Raw image files contain the data directly captured by a camera sensor.

Right Panel – The Right Panel gives you access to the Info, Map, Edit, and Sync Panels.

Right Sidebar – The Right Sidebar gives you access to icons for actions including Rating & Tagging, sharing/exporting, Rotate Left, Face Tagging/Batch Tagging, Deleting, Add New, showing/Hiding right panel, Zoom, Clipboard, and Actions Menu.

SafeShare – SafeShare strips all exported image(s) metadata, including Camera EXIF, Caption and Keywords, Ratings, Copyright, IPTC, People, and Places.

Scan Scope – When using Filters in Photo DeDupe, users can set the Scan Scope, which tells Mylio Photos where to look for duplicate files. “Entire Library” will look at every piece of media in your library to see if there are duplicates of your filtered images. “Within Results” will only scan the filtered selection for duplicate files.

Search – Click or tap the magnifying glass icon in the Top App Bar to search through your photos and folders using keywords, ratings, people, map locations, recent imports, and pinned searches.

Settings – Mylio Photos’ Settings, accessible from the More menu in the Top App Bar, allows you to manage your Account, Mylio Photos’ Appearance, Linked Calendars, Sync, and other parameters to customize the app to fit your workflow best. Be sure to take the time and explore the many options to customize Mylio Photos to your needs.

Share – Click or tap the share icon in the Right Sidebar to easily export your photos for email or social media. You can also save to disk, print, and more.

Single Photo View – Single Photo View is when a single photo is displayed on the screen.

SmartTags – SmartTags are automatically generated when you import images into Mylio Photos and add information about the visual properties of your photos. SmartTags include traits like exposure, focus, color, and specific types of animals, buildings, vehicles, and more.

Source – The Source section in Mylio Photos’ Info Panel shows where media in the app originated, including the original device, import date, and folder location for the current device.

Stars – A Star rating allows you to rank your photos with 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Stars. This is a great way to organize your photos and separate your best pictures from those you plan to delete.

Sticky Zoom – Sticky Zoom is an optional setting that lets you maintain the zoom level while browsing photos in Single Photo View. Enable it from the More menu > Settings > Appearance > Use Sticky Zoom.

Sync – Mylio Photos’ syncing process ensures each device has the same information and new photos and files added to one device are available on your other devices.

Sync Panel – The Sync panel overviews your connected devices and any sync activity.

Tag – Tagging a photo or file adds information to it. Mylio has several types of tags, including SmartTags, Face Tags, and Geotags.

Thumbnail – A Thumbnail is a miniature version of your photo that is typically used for referencing your entire library. Thumbnails are ideal for mobile devices but do not allow editing.

Undated – Undated refers to a photo without a date. Changing the Capture Time & Date to Undated in the right panel will remove all date and time metadata from the selected images.

Undo – To undo a change, use the keyboard shortcut Cmd + Z (macOS) or Ctrl + Z (Windows) to step backward. You can also step back using the Actions Menu > Undo or right-click > Undo.

Unprotected Media – Images displayed in the Dashboard or Sync Panel as Unprotected means that the photos are not yet backed up to all Vault devices connected to your Mylio Account.

Unsupported Media – Mylio Photos supports a wide range of files, including photos, documents, PDFs, videos, and more. We are constantly working to expand the types of files that can be imported to Mylio. In some cases, you may encounter Unsupported Media files that Mylio cannot import or files Mylio cannot read.

Vault – A Vault in Mylio Photos is any device designated to store a complete copy of all files and photos in your Mylio Photos Library. It is highly recommended that you add two or more Vault devices to your library to ensure your media is backed up and protected from device failure or loss.

XMP FileXMP files (extensible metadata platform) are an industry-standard format for holding additional information about your photos. Mylio Photos utilizes XMP files to move, edit, and file information between your devices.


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