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Mylio is not for the totally casual user. Mylio requires someone who is INTERESTED in organizing and has some patience to fiddle with different devices and takes care of keeping some vault devices powered on regularly, so that the collection is actually backed up. Mylio needs you to have a "home", a physical place where your stuff, your family, your loved ones and their photos will be physically collected. See More
I have been slowly adopting Mylio as my only tool to organize, back up and browse my personal photos. Lately I am experimenting putting more complexity in the organization by adding my wife's phone as a device, along with her personal database. Mylio has the great advantage of managing many different kind of devices of increasing capacity (both processing and storing capability): phone, tablet, notebook, workstation, NAS, external drive. It integrates seamlessly on all of them (Win, MacOS, and Android and iPhone) and manages space so devices never run out of space by downscaling them while keeping orignal photos safe. Same as Google Photo? Absolutely not. Mylio does not rely on cloud storage (can do but only as a "vault" for encrypted backups, not accessible out without a Mylio client) and can replicate your entire database continuously on any desired device making your database REALLY unbreakable if you like, and the stuff stays on your devices. Mylio allows photo editing (RAW editing only with paid schemes), which has A LOT of features (not just simple ones) and you can edit them even if the original photos do not reside on the device you are editing from. This implies that you'll be able to always preview your photos, even with no internet connection, even with a 25K+ photo database. Mylio allows you to manage everything about your photo collection, is not web interface based, is not cloud based, propagates your photo collection among all your devices seamlessly using local (LAN) connection and optionally using the internet but directly realying two devices. See More
The only thing you have to do to add new photos to your collection is to open the app. Fire up your Android app, your laptop and your desktop with HDD attached. In short time your photos will be saved on 3 different devices, which can be then moved to different locations for increased safety against data loss. See More
Mylio will not be in most cases ubiquitous as Google Photos, Flickr or iCloud, since offsite sync will only be available if you own one of the paid schemes, and the devices which are in possession of the original data are actually turned on and connected. Think as having your own Cloud storage at home. Some may like it, some may not. See More
Can organize by albums, by folder, by date, by event (events can be automatically fetched from smartphone), by rating, by people (has face tagging/learning capability), by category, by flag, by place on the globe. Events can have categories assigned too. Can make complex searches by metadata, file name... All of this does not have to be done on a specific device. You can sit on a sofa and start adding some ratings, clean up bad photos, then go to a desktop PC and do some face tagging. All the changes will be synced between the two devices and all associated devices asap. See More
If your collection is made of 1000 or 500k photos, it will always appear the same on ALL devices. This means that you can't store a "part" of your collection on a specific device (you could do so by adding different sync policies, but you may be quickly overwhelmed by the complexity of the management). See More
Free scheme allows you to manage up to 25k photo collection on 3 non-smartphone devices. Then add unlimited Android/iPhone devices, no RAW editing and good editing functionalities. The intermediate user could be satisfied for a long, long time before thinking to switch to a paid scheme. See More
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