5 Ways To Reclaim All That Wasted Travel Time

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You know it, you dread it: the Travel Day. Even when everything goes according to schedule, it’s a day you pretty much write off as lost time. But since Mylio works offline, even the most jaded Road Warrior can be productive – even creative – during those idle hours.

Here’s how:

  1. Getting Started with Mylio Offline
  2. Sort Your Files for a Fast Cleanup
  3. Add Dates and Build Your Life Calendar
  4. Create Picture Perfect Photos with Editing Tools
  5. Sync Your Devices to Protect Your Images

1. Getting Started with Mylio Offline

First: Pick Your Device

Mylio works on a bunch of different devices, so first you’ll want to find the balance of portability and screen size that works for you. Tablets tend to work well for travel (especially if you’re unlucky enough to meet up with a knee defender), though the photographers’ maxim — the best camera is the one you have with you — applies to Mylio-powered devices as well. Any of the dozens of supported Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android devices will work for any task you have.

Offline in your seat on the plane

Then: Choose Your Own Adventure

Mylio is loaded with features, nearly all of which work offline, so what comes next — from fine-tuning portrait pixels, to editing down hundreds of shots — is up to you. Here are some ideas to take back your time spent in limbo:

Rate Stuff. 

You’ve just shot a ton of pictures at an event, and need to separate the wheat from the chaff. How? Open the ratings bar by clicking the small star icon at the bottom left of the center panel. You’ll see three options – stars, colors, and flags – which can be used on their own, or a combination of all three.

Mylio library screen grab

Stars are great for rating things, colors are a good way to classify, and the flag can remind you to come back to something later. In this case, we’ve rated the selected shot as five stars and green (a keeper!), with a flag to remind us to print it later on. The shots marked with a red dot are ready to be deleted:

Mylio library screen grab

You can delete something so that it’s removed from all your devices, or just from the device you’re using. So go ahead, clean house. Once you’re back on a WiFi network, you can sync your devices, and your work will carry across to them. Simple.

A bonus: any images you’ve rated four or five stars will automatically have the resolution of their thumbnail previews upgraded, so you can work on them in more detail later.

2. Sort Your Files for Fast Cleanup

Finished rating? Or want to sort images, then rate them? Clicking the View icon to the right of the Search Box on the upper right hand corner will give you options to sort by date, name, or rating:

Fast photo cleanup with Mylio by sorting

Clicking the small triangle in the Search Box sorts in more detail:

How to sort your Mylio library for quick cleanup

You can sort or filter by rating, people, places, or keywords. In these examples, we’ve first sorted by rating in ascending order, then filtered that rating further by looking for only photos (excluding videos or PDFs) that have been rated ‘red’  to be deleted.

Once this is done, we can select all the images by starting with the first, then holding down the shift key and selecting the last. Now you’re ready for a bulk delete to free up space for more great shots. You can delete these pictures just from the device you’re working on, or, when you’re back on a WiFi network, remove them from all devices.

You don’t have to be connected to the internet, or to a cloud service; Mylio syncs device-to-device through a direct wireless connection.

To do this, be sure that three things happen:

  1. All devices are logged into the same Mylio account
  2. All devices are connected to the same network
  3. All devices are running Mylio (and Mylio has to be in the foreground on mobile devices)

3. Add Dates and Build Your Life Calendar

One of Mylio’s most beloved features is Calendar View, which sorts your media according to the date it was created. The catch? That scan of your great-grandparents’ wedding day wasn’t tagged with data like the pictures of your boozy brunch this weekend, so it won’t show up in the right place. The solution? Yup, a manual change. You can do this several ways; the simplest is to right-click the image, then select ‘Change Date’.

The more detail-oriented can try it this way:

Adding dates to your photos and building your life calendar

Once you’ve selected a scan, open the right panel (the icon indicated by the bottom green arrow) to see associated information. See how the date of the image (top arrow) is from 2002? That was actually the scan date, so it needs to be changed. Lucky for us, the lab that printed the original photo put the month and year on the border, and we can make the change without a lot of research or guesswork.

Adjusting dates and times to your photos

Selected the date in the right panel launches a calendar view, where you can get a specific as you like (down to the minute!)  Change your view in the left panel by clicking ‘Calendar’, and you’ll find your image where it belongs:

Calendar view of your Mylio library

Tip: When you scan old prints, be sure to do both sides; while you may get lucky and find a date printed on the front, it was common back in the day for dates and other important information (like: who is that next to Grandma?) to be handwritten on the back. A quick sort will help you delete any blank backs, and join the right descriptions to the right images. You can then add a caption and keywords to be sure the memories are carried on.

4. Create Picture Perfect Images with Editing Tools

You’ve chosen your hero shot, and now you want to make it just so. Mylio includes a suite of editing tools, including Black and White conversion, Red-Eye Removal, and Sharpening (premium versions include more tools, like brushes, a histogram, and a compare-before-and-after option).

First, maximize your image by double clicking it. You can do some basic edits like cropping or rotating  by clicking the icons on the bottom bar, but to access the full set of tools, make sure the right panel is open to reveal the icons at the upper right hand corner. Clicking the pencil icon there will open the edit tools.

Editing photo in Mylio

In this example, we’ve converted the picture to black and white, and sharpened it up a bit.

Editing photo to black and white in Mylio

Edit and experiment as much as you want — with Mylio, nothing is lost. Not only are your edits auto-saved as you make them, but you can reset them anytime, and go back to your original version by clicking the ‘Reset All Edits’ button.

5. Sync Your Devices to Protect Your Images

Mylio is unique in how it protects and replicates your images — and all your changes — across all your devices: it uses a peer-to-peer connection. Peer-to-peer means your devices don’t use the internet or a cloud service to transfer your stuff. Instead, Mylio looks at a direct wireless connection between your devices as a network, and distributes the files over that network.

To do this, be sure that three things happen:

  1. All devices are logged into the same Mylio account
  2. All devices are connected to the same network
  3. All devices are running Mylio (and Mylio has to be in the foreground on mobile devices)

When setting up for the first time, Mylio will know what file size should be synced to your device based on what kind of device it being used, and how much space is on it. The default quality in which Mylio decides to sync your photos is called your device’s Sync Policy.

You can change your sync policy by clicking the Protection icon at the top of the left panel:

Mylio library screen grab
This particular setup shows a laptop and two external hard drives, all of which hold copies of original, full-sized files.

Tip: You can add as many external hard drives to your account without having it affect your device limit. This is a great way to be sure you have added protection for your entire library. When adding an external drive to Mylio, the external drive will automatically have a sync policy of Originals. This means all photos in their full quality, will be protected to the external drive.

That’s it!

Now you are free to do anything you want with your photos and media library wherever you are with whatever device is handy.