Mylio Releases Aperture iPhoto to Mylio Migration Tool

Posted May. 9th, 2015 by Daniel J. Cox

Mylio Releases Aperture iPhoto to Mylio Migration Tool. Over the last several weeks I’ve been working with the folks at Mylio to help develop an Aperture to Mylio migration tool. I haven’t had a chance to run this yet since I’m currently in Croatia, but the Mylio team has built a software tool that imports almost all your Aperture tweaks, fixes, captions, faces, keywords, etc. Sound too good to be true? I’m being told it’s not. And based on what these guys and gals have accomplished even before they contemplated getting all Aperture users onboard, I believe what they say. To see the announcement for yourself take a look at the video below. Anybody that runs the new Aperture to Mylio tool please let me know how it goes. Hip hip hooray for Mylio. I see Aperture fading far into the distance in my rearview mirror. Hard to believe I’m saying that, but I’m so excited about this amazing, new workflow option.

If you want to see what’s new overall like additional cameras supported and other goodies you can check it out in the video below.

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  1. Ed ShieldsOn May. 21st, 2015

    First off, thanks for your time spent giving detailed explanations. I need to dig into this a bit more as I think the issue is probably limited to the beta Aperture tool. In Aperture, my Folders and Projects have a 1:1 relationship to my HD file folder structure, but that’s NOT what I see after importing into Mylio. What I get appears to be all of my photos (I’m using a small test library) but a very small subset of folders represented as Mylio Albums.

    I purchased the Kindle edition of “The Official Guide to Mylio: Mastering the Next…….. by Jordan Ayan. I need to read and digest it over the next day or so as well as reread your comments and then experiment some more, especially if as you say I can selectively determine what is imported to Mylio. I’d really like to be able to use Mylio, especially to replace Aperture as I have no desire to re-post process them in LR. I’ll do some homework and let you know what I find. And thanks again for your comments.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 21st, 2015

      My pleasure Ed. Stop back and let us know how it goes. And don’t be afraid to check with Mylio support. I’ve never worked with anyone more committed than these young people.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 22nd, 2015

      From a message I received from JP, lead software engineer at Mylio. He states:

      Aperture Projects converts to Folders in Mylio
      Aperture Albums converts to Albums in Mylio
      IPhoto Events converts to Folders in Mylio
      IPhoto Albums converts to Albums in Mylio

  2. Ed ShieldsOn May. 21st, 2015

    Daniel, I’ve got 15 years of folder organized photos (4 years of Aperture referenced files) and I’m not willing to give up that organization. I like what I see in Mylio and it seems to get very good reviews, but the “last” thing I want is all my pictures on all my devices. I’m an enthusiast photographer and not a pro so after about a 2-3 month waiting period I generally review them one more time and then only keep my 3-star or above photos unless they are travel photos and then I’ll also keep my 2-star photos, never post to FB or use names so although I like many things about Mylio perhaps I just don’t fit their targeted demographics. I’m going to create a test LR libr and fool around with it a bit but at this point but I’m thinking LRCC is a better fit for me as I really only want my 3-star LR collections synched across my devices. But I sure would like an alternate home for my Aperture photos so I’ll keep monitoring Mylio for the time being.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 21st, 2015


      Mylio won’t change any of your folder Organized Photos. I may be misunderstanding but keeping your folders as you originally made them is one of Mylio’s strong suites. Unlike Aperture, that did not give us the actual visual of the folders we have, Mylio does give us the folders as they appear on our hard drives. The Folders in Mylio represent exactly what you have on your attached drives or if you decide to ingest them into the program itself. Additionally, you can keep as many folders of images, 3, 4, 5, Stars etc. or as few images on all devices as you choose. No need to put everything on all devices. Mylio allows you to pick and choose what to take with you and what to forget if that’s what you want. However, for me, I find it’s been an amazing tool that allows me to sit down at any time, anywhere, and work on all of my nearly 1 million photos. I know that sounds crazy but I’ve never been able to be so efficient. I still sell my work in the editorial world and it’s a bear to keep up with selecting the keepers, doing the captions, keywords etc. With Mylio I peck away at each shoot, current ones and older ones, a little bit here and little more there. I can do any of this work on my iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro or my main Mac Pro in the office. My assistant sees the changes virtually instantly, on her copy of Mylio, as does our stock photo librarian. You have no idea how much more you can do if you are not tied to the counter of the main computer in the office. I absolutely love the freedom. Lightroom does do something kind of similar for your one iPad or maybe even the iPhone but not other computers. Lightroom also works with the large files where Mylio does all the changes via .xmp files, therefore giving it a huge speed advantage. Having my images across the office is a tremendous benefit for my other team members to help with the demands of sorting, selling and archiving a large collection of images. Mylio can handle these powerhouse pro needs or something as simple as an iPhone shooter with nothing but a few thousand Jpegs. This program is a sleeper and one that is going to bust out at some point if someone doesn’t buy them first. I hope not for Mylio is the program I’ve been dreaming of, due to it’s ability to be wherever I need it, since I began shooting digital images. Thanks for stopping by to add your voice.

  3. Ed ShieldsOn May. 20th, 2015

    I know the Aperture migration capability is still a beta but Aperture is organized by Folders and Projects. When I imported a test Aperture library not even the folders, much less the projects within them came over. Is this something you are working on? Because without this capability, for me, it’s pretty much useless.

    Ed Shields

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 20th, 2015


      I haven’t tried the Mylio Migratin tool yet for myself. But I did help one of our Explorers migrate her Aperture Library over to Mylio and I was astounded by what it did bring over. She didn’t have lots of complicated folders like I do and it sounds like you do. She did have lots of crops, web changes, caption, keywords and other items Adobe can’t get migrated over to Lightroom and Apple choose not to do either. Without a doubt, Mylio is still a work in progress but I’m extremely impressed with al it currently does and they’re releasing updates on a regular basis. I just finished my first big shoot using Mylio almost exclusively. It’s way more software than it initially look like.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 22nd, 2015

      Ed, below is a roadmap for thinking about how your Aperute Projects etc. will transfer over to Mylio.

      Just some stuff I found about projects vs folders. As a cheat sheet.

      The Project is your primary image holder. It has a unique, privileged relationship with your images: Every image must be in a Project; No image can be in more than one Project. You should make a Project from every actual, out-in-the-world photo shoot that you do. Shoot=Project. Stick to this (the mis-naming of “Project” is one of the worst interface decisions made in Aperture).

      From the Apple doc’s:
      – folders contain only projects and albums, they may not contain images.

      So the closest mapping we have is:
      Folder=folder (of folders)

    • jpOn May. 22nd, 2015

      Aperture “Projects” are converted to Mylio “Folders”
      Aperture “Albums” are converted to Mylio “Albums”

      IPhoto “Events” are converted to Mylio “Folders”
      IPhoto “Albums” are converted to Mylio “Albums”

  4. David VaskevitchOn May. 9th, 2015

    I am actually the founder of Mylio and love working with it every day.

    We are excited to be able to provide a complete migration tool to Aperture users. Of course, once your pictures are in Mylio you can continue editing them. Mylio is a non-destructive editor (like Aperture). When you migrate your pictures to Mylio, the pictures themselves remain untouched. What Mylio does is migrate all the work you have done on your pictures in Aperture to the equivalent, or near equivalent in Mylio. This means ratings, keywords, people tagging, and so on are all preserved, and then you can continue working with and changing those meta data elements in Mylio. The same is true for adjustments including cropping, exposure, white balance, and all the rest of the adjustments. We read those adjustments from inside Aperture and then convert them into the equivalent adjustments in Mylio, while keeping the picture unchanged. Our goal is make sure you do not lose any of your work.

    Once your library is in Mylio, you can continue to work with your pictures as though they had come into and been worked on in Mylio in the first place. Change edits, change adjustments, change meta-data — it’s all there for you to do. We hope you find Mylio to be a fast, powerful and convenient place to do this work.

    One thing that is particularly cool is that once your library is in Mylio, you can work on pictures on your computer, on your iPad, on your iPhone, and soon on Android devices (in beta test now). In fact, you can work on your pictures on multiple computers — desktop, notebook, Windows, Mac. As you work on pictures on multiple machines, Mylio automatically keeps all the machines in sync.

    Powerful as it is, of course there will be pictures that require the kind of work that can only be done in Photoshop. Mylio is actually an ideal companion to Photoshop. We work with and replicated PSD’s. So, if you have Photoshop on your desktop computer and your notebook, you can start work on one machine, and then pick up exactly where you left off on the other machine whenever you want.

    Finally, once you get your library into Mylio, it also provides complete facilities for protecting pictures in an automatic fashion allowing you to choose whether to do this with the cloud or entirely independently of the cloud.

    So, we hope we can help Aperture users as they find the best path forward. I’d love to hear what you think, and of course are standing by to help if that is necessary.


  5. Tom OcasekOn May. 9th, 2015

    Mylio sounds like a great management system. Please explain – What software is used to edit new images? Can existing Aperture edits that have been imported into Mylio be changed?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 9th, 2015


      As far as I know, yes, you can make additional changes to your images as if they were originally corrected in Mylio. I’ll reach out to one of the amazing Mylio support team members, Matt Vollet, for confirmation. Additionally, here is a link to all the things that come over from Aperture to Mylio. Pretty complete list in my opinion especially since I can’t get anything to come over from Aperture to Lightroom. Mylio has it’s own tools for editing though admittedly they are not all we need at this point for serious work. However, I predict that will be changing quickly and getting better as time goes on. Until then, Mylio also has a very robust connection to Lightroom for taking your images out to LR, making the edits and bringing them back in to the far superior Digital Asset Management (DAM) that Mylio provides. Mylio also has the ability to “Open With” virtually any other program out there. I’ve been experimenting with DXO Optics Pro 10 and have been very impressed withe the tools this program offers. Especially noise removal. However, you could also use PhotoShop, Pixelmator or any number of others. Mylio is so fast and superior in the DAM category that I can see myself using it for DAM and taking images out to other programs for tweaking. As long as it’s easy to get the finished image back in to the Mylio catalog, there’s no real reason to worry about Mylio’s less than perfect editing tools. But as I said, I predict Mylio will be improving those as well and sooner rather than later. It’s an exciting product and I’m thrilled we have a new option.

    • JPOn May. 21st, 2015

      Yes after importing the Aperture photos, most of your edits map to Mylio edits and you can continue to make further edits in Mylio.

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