3 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Mylio

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Mylio is so chock full, so bursting at the seams with useful features that it can be easy to overlook some. Here are three that we find especially handy, and think you will too:

Mylio Clipboard

The Mylio Clipboard is a tool for temporarily storing photos you want to move from one place to another – like between folders or albums — while organizing. Say you want to make a slideshow for a surprise party, and you’re culling through all your embarrassing pictures of the guest of honor; the clipboard is where you’d collect all these images before moving on to other tasks.

You can access the clipboard by either clicking the clipboard icon at the lower right hand corner, expanding the bottom panel, and providing space to which you can drag these shots (you can also just drag images to the bottom panel, and the clipboard will open automagically. Power users can right click any image and select ‘add to clipboard’). You can also move entire folders to the clipboard.

How to use the Mylio Clipboard

Once you’ve assembled what you want, you can then drag everything from the clipboard into a new (or existing) folder or album. Simple.

Note: The next two features are only available to Mylio premium subscribers. You can learn more about the benefits of upgrading your account here.


Auto-organizing

This feature can take the drudgery out of moving individual files or folders around by automatically sorting them by their metadata (metadata is information like time and date that your camera attaches to a digital photo file). It’s designed to be used on your computer, with changes carrying across to your iOS or Android devices when you sync them.

This is a great time-saving feature, though as with anything that can move mountains at the press of a button, it’s important to understand up front what’s going to happen — some of it can’t be undone as easily. So here’s the fine print up front:

Auto-organizing files in Mylio is ‘permanent’ in the sense that your files and folders will be moved both within the Mylio app view, and in your machine’s folder structure. So while you can still move things around afterwards, you won’t be able to undo the auto-organization with a single click. It’s also important to remember that since auto-organizing keys off your files’ metadata, any incorrect metadata will be sorted, well, incorrectly.

With these things in mind, running the auto-organize command is easy. First select the folder(s)  you want to organize (this feature won’t recognize a single photo), then navigate to the Organize menu > Organize Folders. This is what you’ll see:

Auto-organize your pictures with Organize Folders.
These are the default auto-organization choices.

 

Customize your automatic folder organization.
This is what you’ll see if you want to customize how your folders are sorted.

The auto-organize menu lets you select how you want things sorted – by year, month, day, or a custom combination you set. And that’s it. Once the command has been run, your photos will be immediately displayed in their new hierarchy, and will automatically sync this structure to  your mobile devices.


Shuttle

Mylio is great at synchronizing your files between devices on the same wifi network – but what if you want to synchronize devices in two different zip codes? Or states? That’s what shuttle is for. This feature sets up a Mylio device as a relay between two devices that aren’t on the same network.

Say you upload new photos to your home computer, and want them synced to your work computer. You know you’ll carry a phone to either location, so that would be a good candidate for the shuttle device. You could also use the Mylio cloud as go-between. To set this up:

  1. On any device, open Mylio and navigate to ‘Settings’ in the left hand panel.
  2. Select ‘Devices’ to be shown a list of all devices on your account.
  3. Select the one you’ll be using as a shuttle device.
  4. Select ‘Shuttle’.
Synchronizing your library at two different locations aka multi-location replication.
In this particular setup, the Mylio Cloud is set up to act as a shuttle device between a home and work machine, with original files kept on each.

Once this is set up, the designated shuttle device will basically act as a courier between remote devices, uploading and offloading new files according to sync policies (thumbnails, previews, or originals) you’ve set. If a device is offline and can’t receive new media, Mylio will temporarily store these photos on the shuttle device until it connects with the offline machine, at which point they’ll be downloaded and removed from the shuttle. Mission accomplished.




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