Mylio Version 1.8 Crushes Photo Mechanic & Lightroom When Scrolling

Posted Jun. 5th, 2016 by Daniel J. Cox

I’m always looking for faster and faster tools to process my images and it was the quest for speed that made me look at a new program called Mylio. Mylio is a funny little name, but if you know its origin, it makes a lot of sense. Break Mylio down and it stands for My Life Organized. And getting my nearly 1 million photo library organized, faster than any program I’ve used to date, is exactly what I love about Mylio.

I’ve been using Mylio for almost a year now, and though it’s superb at getting through my images like nothing else I’ve ever used, its one downside is captioning and keywording. Looking for the answer for easier captioning and keywording, I recently purchased what has always been considered the speed champion, Photo Mechanic. Unfortunately, I was unable to try PM due to having already gone that route for other reasons and after purchasing it, found PM’s captioning and keywording has huge issues itself.

The plus side of purchasing PM was the opportunity to compare it to Mylio. I’ve created a short video of how Mylio, Photo Mechanic, and Lightroom all stack up against each other when scrolling through tens of thousands of images. I think the video speaks for itself.

Take a look at this crazy little program that just keeps getting better and better. For those of you who shoot only JPEGs and have less than 25,000 photos, Mylio is FREE. Not only is it free, but you can have your pictures on up to three devices. For most that would include a computer, laptop, or desktop as well as a tablet and phone—synched across all devices.

One final word on Mylio. Although I’m a huge fan of Mylio’s speed, the latest release version 1.8 added several additional features. Be sure to take a look at the Calendar Events. It gives you the option to break your photos into specific groups that make seeing your memories even easier and more efficient. I can’t say enough about these guys and gals giving us a new way of keeping track of our precious memories. Please, go over to Mylio and give them a look. We need to keep them in the game so we all have additional choices.


One of the speed tests I didn’t do in the original post above was to check the speed of Importing images. Importing for many people is more important than the speed of looking through the images. So to be fair I ran Import tests using all three software tools, Mylio, Lightroom and Photo Mechanic. The results are below. The test was performed by Ingesting 606 RAW files that were saved to an external USB 3.0 drive. All of them were renamed on Import. In this test Photo Mechanic crushes both Lightroom and Mylio.

Mylio 11mins 59 secs
Photo Mechanic 5mins 28 sec.
Lightroom 12mins 19 secs

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  1. Dennis LindenOn Jul. 9th, 2016

    Hi Daniel,

    I don’t know what issues you have with PM keyboarding, but maintaining proper file structure is key. I have developed a quick and dirty method for doing this using Google Sheets and the TSV export function. There is a link on this page: and I’d be happy to discuss my method further.

    I suspect structured keywords will be your salvation. Cheers.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 9th, 2016

      Thats for the heads Dennis. Will take a look at this. Sounds interesting.

  2. Dean SwartzOn Jun. 6th, 2016

    Thanks for the comparison. As usual, very helpful and enlightening.

    What did you use to “ingest” your images from your camera’s memory cards into your computer? I’ve compared PM, Capture One, Lightroom, Aperture, and Apple’s new Photos, but not Mylio (yet). Aperture (and now Photos) beat them all except Capture one by a significant margin when moving images from card to computer. Just wondering what your experience has been and what you use for getting images from camera to computer.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 7th, 2016

      Dean, Great question and I’m about to publish a post on exactly this part of the Speed test. When I did the speed test with Mylio I was testing only the speed at which I can review images once they are in the computer. Ingest in another story. I did a test Import yesterday with Photo Mechanic, Lightroom and Mylio. Mylio didn’t do so well in the Import process. Here are the numbers for an Import of 606 images.

      Mylio 11mins 59 secs
      PM 5mins 28 sec.
      Lightroom 12mins 19 secs

      Where Mylio excels is once the images are in place. On Import, not so much.

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