Mylio Memory Evangelist Kevin Gilbert on TheGrid

Posted Nov. 19th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

Mylio Memory Evangelist Kevin Gilbert on TheGrid. A few weeks ago I heard from a friend of mine, Kevin Gilbert, about a new project he’s working on called Mylio. What is Mylio and why should you care? Mylio stands for My Life Organized and it’s a new photography program to keep track of all your images, on every device such as iPhone, iPad, all types of computers, both Mac and PC, and soon all Android devices. Sound too good to be true? I’m not quite sure myself since I’m just beginning to give it a try but TODAY Kevin is going to be joining Scot Kelby’s TheGrid at 4:00pm to talk all things photography and Mylio.

A page of some of Kevin's beautiful photography from the Outdoor Photographer guide to Mylio. Click on this link to get your copy.

A page highlighting some of Kevin’s beautiful photography from the Outdoor Photographer guide to Mylio. Click on this link to get your free Mylio PDF.

Mylio has a wonderful interface and integrates well with Lightroom. One of it’s biggest claims to fame is its ability for you to change an image in any way and those changes nearly instantaneously show up on all your devices. Make a crop, change the WB, add captions, keywords, whatever you choose and those new settings automatically transfer over to all devices in the blink of an eye.

Mylio on your iPhone

Mylio on your iPhone

I saw the magic for myself at my recent gig at the LA Zoo Photo Day where Kevin was introducing the new program. It’s quite impressive and is backed by some of the biggest names in software, specifically David Vaskevitch, a former Grand Pooba for Microsoft.

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The brains behind Mylio. Grand Pooba David Vaskevitch and Grander Grand Pooba Mr. Bill Gates himself.

Kevin’s advice is to not necessarily to keep every image you’ve ever shot, on every device, although you possibly could; but rather pick just your portfolio images, family pictures and whatever else you want to access quickly. From the little I’ve worked with it, it seems to be a solid and easy to use program and I’m hopeful it gains traction. We need more competition for Lightroom. Currently it’s not the editing program Lightroom is but I can see it has the potential to go that direction. That would be a good thing since we need more options. Try it for yourself by downloading their free trial version and stop back to let me know what you think.

One last note. Mylio is a subscription service and many photographers aren’t happy with that sort of pricing model. However, I think we’re all going to have to get used to it since I’m convinced that’s the way of the future. All good software will be subscription at some point. The prices for Mylio are listed in the graphic below.

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Pricing for Mylio on a per year basis.

 

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There are 14 comments on this post…
  1. Nathan WoodsOn Apr. 7th, 2015

    Daniel, are you back in country? Have you resumed playing with Mylio? Any updates to share?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 7th, 2015

      Nathan, I am back in country and enjoying some time at home with my little pooch. And I’m digging even deeper in to Mylio. It’s looking very, very promising and I’ll be discussing it more in depth in the not too distant future. I’ve actually been in touch with their CEO and lead developer and have requested a couple of features they’ve already put on the hot list for getting in to Mylio. They include a robust Watermarking tool and an updated file numbering tool when importing your photos. Not sure how much time it will take but just the fact I’m able to talk with somebody AND they agree these are necessary tools to include, is a huge change from any other software I’ve ever worked with. Quite refreshing to say the least. The more I work with Mylio the more I’m convinced this is the real deal and will be a major player in the not too distant future. Mylio is a sleeper that I’m guessing Adobe doesn’t even care about. Not to mention Apple that is struggling to get Photos put together and working properly. Make no mistake about it, Mylio is a direct computer to photos but with many, many more capabilities including many of the tools we’re loosing with Aperture. I’m nearly 100% convinced this will be my next GO To Workflow software. Will have more to say shortly. Thanks for stopping by to check in.

  2. Thomas HornsbyOn Mar. 26th, 2015

    Sounds very good but truth is in the pudding so to speak.
    I need to know more before i sink $$into a new program.I do liker the idea of having my photos available to me on computers, Pads, Phones or what ever else. Getting to old to carry all that stuff with me always

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 26th, 2015

      Agreed! Will see how it goes and report back to the blog.

  3. Sam MerrellOn Dec. 31st, 2014

    Hey Daniel,

    How about a follow up post? Are you liking Mylio? Finding it useful, easy to learn and integrate into your workflow? Who’s it good for/ not so good for? Thanks,

    Sam

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 31st, 2014

      Sam, I apologize for the long delay and lack of further info on Mylio. The reason is due to Mylio not wanting to load my 100’s of thousands of my 800,000+ photo files. Just after my original post I ran into lots of issues with Mylio properly loading the images on my external drives. I’ve been working closely with the folks at Mylio to try and figure it out. They originally thought it was due to me using cameras that weren’t supported but I was able to prove to them that the files not loading were many different Nikon NEF’s, some of the most common files in the photo world. My last contact with Mylio was last week and they informed me they found the problem and are releasing a Mylio software update in the near future that will fix all issues. So that’s where I’m at right now. I’ve hung in there with them on this problem since the software seems more than interesting and potentially very worthwhile. It’s also been a great test of their customer service which has been impeccable. Both Matt and Raiza have bent over backwards, on weekends, holidays etc. to keep me up to speed with what the engineers were finding. I’m going o continue to wait and see. I’m also patiently waiting for Apple’s newest Photos which is supposed to be out sometime the first part of 2015. I’m betting that Mylio and Apple’s Photos are going to be direct competitors so I’ve been patient with Mylio knowing that if they are basically the same I most likely will be going with Apple’s new Photos software. Having said that, my mind could be changed due to the superb support I’ve experienced from Mylio. Only time will tell, stay tuned.

      Finally, I should mention that I’m leaving the country for almost three months on January 5th and won’t be able to check the new update until I return.  My suggestion would be to download and try the software for yourself. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s impressive. All new software goes through a debugging stage. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

  4. Anna FeyOn Nov. 24th, 2014

    It sounds like a very cool program/application/service. I have two responses. The first is that I really don’t know any photographers – or even regular people who have a blend of devices. You’re either Android or Apple or pc. There is some pc crossover, but it’s been years since I’ve wanted to work with one. I can’t, therefore, see the benefit of having a multi-platform application such as this unless I am missing something – which is always possible.

    My second and, really, most important thought about this is that I am Apple to the core (pun intended). Everything I have is Apple. When Apple Care runs out, they fix anything for free at the store. So, I don’t have a reason to stray and I have a very good reason not to.

    If you think it’s good Daniel, then it probably is. I am not a real shooter. I do everything in the business but shoot. But I play with all of the toys and I will play with this one, too. Everybody should enjoy the success of their efforts and I’m sure these guys will, too. There must be a reason for it to have been built. It does sound like it has some great and different features that will remain in the 100% Apple garden That is a Big vote for it. As the guys in the Shark Tank say, ‘Can you permeate the market quickly enough to not get lost in the fray’?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 25th, 2014

      Anna, Thanks for stopping buy to add your voice. You’re right about photographers not having a blend of devices. It’s true you’re either one or the other. But the advantage of Mylio being cross platform is it’s ability to reach a wider audience than just Apple devices. That’s one of the main reason’s Lightroom is so popular, it works on both PC AND Mac. I still feel Aperture is a better program but with Lightroom having the ability to cross over to PC’s there was a huge additional market Adobe could tap. The same will hold true for Photos and Mylio. Who know’s Mylio may win because of this.

      Regarding your desire to stick with an all Apple system, I completely understand. I’m in the same boat. It’s been one of the main reason’s I’ve stuck it out with Aperture for so long. I’ve been testing Lightroom’s new ability to Import Aperture Libraries to Lightroom. To say its not gone well is an understatement. I’ve tried in vain to find a phone number to call Adobe for help. I’m even willing to pay. But I dare anyone to send me an Adobe Support Lightroom PHONE NUMBER! From what I can tell it doesn’t exist. Compare that to Apple who you can get on the line at anytime, typically within less than five minutes and Apple reps ALL speak perfect english.

      I think Mylio will be an excellent tool from the get go but I’m told there are lots of future plans for it as well. Time will tell but it’s good to see additional options for all of us who cherish our photographic memories.

  5. Rene ThebergeOn Nov. 23rd, 2014

    Daniel,

    A few months back when Apple announced the end of their support for Aperture, you mentioned that there would probably be new software, perhaps called PHOTO from apple which would surpass Aperture. Do you have an updates on PHOTO and how it might/might not work with or be supplemented by Mylio? As good as it sounds, I’m hesitant to plunge in if much of what it does will be a duplicate of the new Apple software. Any thoughts will be welcome.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 23rd, 2014

      Rene,

      From what I’ve heard, Apple’s Photos is still on schedule for the first part of 2015. Your concern about jumping in to a new program, before seeing what Apple has to offer, is something I’ve thought of myself. From the little I know about Photos, all of it from research that is already on the web, it’s going to be a similar program to Mylio. However, Mylio will be a total cross platform program meaning it will be able to sync with all devices whether they are Apple or Android, Mac or PC. Mylio is truly the program for the masses. If you use all Apple devices this may not be of any benefit.

      Even though Apple is coming with something I think may be similar, I’m still giving Mylio a try. their seemingly lack of interest in serious photography has me concerned about putting all my eggs/photos in to one basket. Although I have never used just one program, I was seriously committed to Aperture and the pain I’ve been experiencing, during trials, to migrate to Adobe’s Lightroom, has been painful. So far I’ve not made the decision to go the Lightroom route exclusively either. I’m just working on a migration plan in case I have to go that route.

      As I’ve written about in the past, the future of Photos could be unbelievable if Apple’s Photo Kit is the panacea I think it very well could be. Photo Kit will allow third party developers to easily integrate virtually any kind of plugin/app directly in to Photos. This could create a tremendous software industry that will produce third party options we can’t even think of. As I’ve said before, only time will tell.

      For me, moving forward is going to include software that’s easier to migrate my files out of if needed. One of the ways to do that is to use a program that saves info about the image to an XMP side car file. Lightroom has this option, Aperture did not or ate last it didn’t do it without telling it to. Mylio also supports XMP files though I’ve heard some criticism regarding Mylio’s ability to read Lightroom XMP’s properly.

      Thanks for stopping by to add your voice. We’re all in a bit of a transition zone right now with DAM based software.

  6. Francis LépineOn Nov. 20th, 2014

    “I think we’re all going to have to get used to it since I’m convinced that’s the way of the future.”

    Subscription software is the way of the future only if photographers jump on the band wagon. I will resist for as long as I can…

    Francis

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 20th, 2014

      I see both the pros and cons to the subscription model. I personally think the benefits will outweigh the downsides. Time will tell.

  7. Jordan AyanOn Nov. 19th, 2014

    This is a great post. What I love about Mylio is that it was built by photographers for photographers (it also helps that many of them are amazing engineers too).

    Kevin is also a friend of mine, and I thought hew was great on the GRID. Kevin let me be part of the beta testing of the product about three months ago, and I loved it. So much in fact that I am just completing The Official Guide To Mylio. Which should be available around the end of the month.

    This program has completely changed the way I store, protect and share my images. Everything is backed up locally and off site (not on the cloud but at a second location that I chose). I have selected to back up 5 Star image masters to the Mylio Cloud, but this is an option. Seems like many people are thinking about Mylio as a Cloud backup solution for all their images. This is not the correct way to think about Mylio. Cloud is really just a nice add on.

    I have started a Mylio User’s Group on Facebook, and if you are interested come join at http://budurl.com/Mylioug .I have spent literally three months working with it daily, I can say that I have never seen a photography software product that got me this excited. Download the trial and use it – it works. Will be posting things that I found while testing the product that are fun and helpful.

    Finally, Mylio has a large number of keyboard shortcuts. Many map to Lightroom’s shortcuts which is great. There are also others however. I have extracted that section of the book and placed it on the forthcoming website. If you enter your email address. We will send you a notification about the book, and provide a complimentary desktop copy of the shortcut guide. To do this go to http://budurl.com/mylioguidene .

    I know most of us don’t like the software as a service model, but I can tell you for $250 per year, you are getting a bargain IMHO. Download the trial!

    Jordan Ayan
    Author of: The Official Guide to Mylio
    Twitter – @jordanayan

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 19th, 2014

      Thanks for the additional info on Myloo Jordan. Will stop over to the Mylio Facebook page.

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