Mylio – a New Competition for Lightroom? (First Impressions)
During the PhotoPlus expo which took place in NY this week a new company and product called Mylio was unveiled. Mylio is a completely new software (and app) which allows users to organize/backup/edit their images across all existing platforms and services.
Mylio is a sort of one stop shop software for everything you need to do to save and work with your images. It was created to help people better organize their growing image databases across platforms – if you have images on facebook, on your smartphone and on your desktop/laptop – Mylio can fetch them all and help you organize, share and backup them all in one place. Not only that but Mylio can also help you edit them easily.
We decided to have a quick test and downloaded the trial version of Mylio which is free for up to a 1000 images (which means that almost all users will quickly have to upgrade to a paye version as a 1000 images is pretty much what you get during a one time 3 day vacation).
We tried to PC software (there is also a MAC version and an iOS version with an Android version coming in 2015). The download is under 50MB and installation took a few min after which we needed to open an account and verify it. The first step which using the software is getting images into it – you can import images from your Facebook, smartphone, tablet or internal or external drive from your computer. We tried the later option – importing a few dozen images into Mylio which took a few seconds.
The Mylio interface looks very nice and easy to use – much less cluttered than Lightroom (but on the other hand you have far fewer options. It seems to aim at a more general target audience – not just photographers but regular people who take pictures and want to keep them, find them and share them.
From our quick test we didn’t see anything wrong with Mylio – it all worked fine, and was pretty quick and easy to use. We didn’t have a chance to test the device sharing option which is a big selling point of the Mylio since we are using an Android device which is not yet supported. Another thing which we couldn’t test is the backup system – it does look very intuitive and it is a feature that should have existed in Lightroom in our opinion years ago. From some reason the Mylio cloud was not active for us (maybe this is also something that requires the paid version).
If Mylio are serious they need to have a few more (free) videos showing how to do different things with the software – they did team up with Kelby (see here) – which is nice but they need to make sure there are enough free tutorials on all aspects of the software (after all this is a paid software – and not a cheap one at that).
Mylio interface – simple and easy to use
Talking about pricing – we see this as the real achilles heel of Mylio. Besides the 1000 images/3 devices free version there are two paid versions – standard version for $100 with 100k images and up to 5 devices and advanced for 500k images and 12 devices for $250 (there is also a max storage limit here – see video below).
Basic editing with pretty decent auto enhance function
If you ask us – this is way too expensive. Yes Mylio does have backup, and sharing across platforms and a nice simple interface but is it worth $100 a year when you can get both Lightroom and Photoshop for $120? The way we see it both these features will probably be added to Lightroom 6 anyway next year and Adobe is still a much much bigger player in this market. We did however appreciate the simple, clean interface (we are not big fans of Lightroom to be honest) so maybe Adobe could learn from that and have a begginer and expert modes in the next version of Lightroom (just like they have in Photoshop Elements for example).
Anyway – our suggestion – if you need a simple, easy to use software to organize your images from all platforms – give Mylio a try (at least the trail version) and see if you like it enough to spend a $100 (or $250) on it.
Extra info – many people asked us if Mylio has RAW support – well we tested it (we used images from our Nikon D7100) and had no problems viewing and editing those images (we have no way of knowing what kind of RAW support they will have for future cameras and at the moment they don’t seem to have advanced features for correcting lens aberrations like you have on Lightroom/Photoshop).
Interview with the developer of Mylio in PhotoPlus by Mia from KelbyOne
John Harrington talks to a representative from Mylio during PhotoPlus with a quick demo of the software
As always you can find many image editing related videos on LensVid’s Photo editing section.