Understanding Folder View

What are folders?
Folders are the primary means of organization in Mylio. Folders allow you to directly manipulate your files inside and outside of Mylio so that the changes you make are not Mylio specific.

Folder view in Mylio is where most people spend the majority of their time. Depending on your setup, though, your ‘Folder’ view may vary in organization.


Mylio Pictures Folder

Each Mylio Library comes with one folder: the Mylio Pictures folder. This folder is designed to hold all of the images that live specifically in Mylio. For instance, photos that you have imported using the ‘Copy’ command will be copied into the Mylio Pictures folder. This is because Mylio is now referencing an original file exclusive to Mylio.

The Mylio Pictures folder will also hold your iOS Camera Roll(s) and Android Media Library photos. 

Mylio Pictures is where most photos will be stored if you are using Mylio as a standalone photo organization application.


Creating new folders
New folders can be created anytime from ‘Folder’ view in the Navigation Panel.

  1. In folder view, navigate to where you would like to place your new folder
  2. Select the ‘add’ button at the bottom of the center panel to create and name your folder
  3. Photos can now be dragged into this folder freely or by using Mylio Clipboard.
  4. Remember that any changes made to your files will be reflected by the operating system.


Source Folders

When photos live outside of Mylio Pictures, it means that are being referenced from another location. For instance, a Lightroom Library or a “Source Folder” import will live outside, but next to, the Mylio Pictures folder. This makes it easy to see when you are manipulating original images that are not Mylio exclusive. Be careful with these folders as any changes made to them will be made to the original files as well.


Syncing Source Folders from another computer
Mylio is in charge of protecting your photos that have been added to Source Folders (including Lightroom photos) on one machine and had their originals synced to another machine. Because of this, original photos are stored within the ‘Mylio’ folder on your secondary device.

For example…

  1. Computer A has Lightroom images that Mylio is referencing
  2. Computer B wants to protect those images, so originals are syncing
  3. Computer A has the photos in the original location
  4. Computer B has the photos in the ‘Mylio’ root folder


Further Investigation
Because Mylio is directly related to the file system, it is easy to see exactly where your photos live on your computer. By right clicking on any folder and selecting ‘Show in Finder’ or ‘Show in File Explorer’ you will be taken to the selected folder’s location on your computer.

The Mylio Pictures folder will be saved within the Mylio Library, which can be stored in a unique location when starting Mylio for the first time, or moved later by simply moving the ‘Mylio’ root directory from its original location to a new location (the next time Mylio is launched it will ask you to identify the new location of your directory). 

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