Mylio Nas

admin 11/22/2021
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If your photos are stored on a networked hard drive, or a NAS, you may wonder what the best import option is for you. Mylio’s Add NAS Vault command allows for any photo added into Mylio to automatically be sent the NAS for protection, but starting with your photos on a NAS and moving them into Mylio requires additional steps.

First, let’s look at how Mylio interoperates with a NAS device:

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  1. When working with a NAS and Mylio, Mylio will treat the NAS as a standard device. This means that by adding a NAS, you are only giving the single machine access to the NAS, not all machines on your Mylio account.
  2. Mylio is not designed to add a NAS as a Source Folder. Source Folders should be used only on drives that are always physically attached to your computer. Since a NAS does not physically mount to your machine, you may experience unexpected issues if you add a NAS device in this way.

Importing from a NAS

Importing from a NAS is done by setting the NAS up as a Vault and then adding photos to the newly created Mylio Pictures folder. This process allows for Mylio to see the photos on the NAS, download a Thumbnail, Preview, or Original from the NAS, and leave the original on the NAS.

Warning:these steps will assist in moving the original files on the NAS itself. If you are using Mylio in conjunction with Lightroom, it is recommended you use Lightroom to move the files so not to break any links to your original photos within Lightroom.
  1. Add the NAS as Vault.
  2. Mylio will create a new folder on your NAS called “Mylio_xxxxx” with the X’s being a unique identifier for your account.
    Warning:this folder name/structure should not be manipulated as it is how Mylio links to your NAS. Any altering of this file will result in the NAS being unlinked from Mylio.
  3. Once added, Mylio will create a series of folders that mimic your current Mylio Library. This includes a Mylio Pictures folder.
  4. This Mylio Pictures folder acts as a traditional Source Folder. Any files added to this will be added to Mylio.
  5. Using Finder / File Explorer, drag any photos you want to be displayed in Mylio into the Mylio Pictures folder on your NAS.
  6. Once the photos are in the Mylio Pictures folder, Mylio will scan the NAS for changes when…
    1. When Mylio launches (upon a restart).
    2. When selecting Scan for Changes by right-clicking on a folder and selecting More Folder Actions.
  7. The photos will sync to your computer. If your computer is set up as wanting Originals then the full resolution images will be sent to your machine. You may need to adjust the Sync Policy for these folders on your machine to only want Previews or Thumbnails or be auto-optimized.
  8. Any new photo added to Mylio will automatically sync to the NAS. Any new photo added to the NAS within the Mylio Pictures folder will be added to Mylio.
Warning:in this configuration, your NAS and Mylio will have a 1:1 relationship. Any photo deleted from Mylio will delete from the NAS. Any reorganizing in Mylio will reorganize the files on the NAS.

Complete control over your photos can be found within Mylio’s Details panel. The Details panel allows you to fine-tune your images, view their data, and set up Mylio to sync your photos correctly between your devices.

The Details panel can be opened or closed by selecting the arrows at the top of the Quick Actions Bar.


Info– Displays information about the current selection or open folder. With a photo selected, Mylio will display the metadata for that image and tell you vital information like what camera it was shot with, when it was shot, and any keywords that may have been added. You’ll also see people who have been tagged in the image, where the photo was taken, and be able to edit the image’s metadata here.

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Map – For photos with GPS information, Mylio can show you on a map where your photo was taken. If your photo doesn’t have GPS information, don’t worry – you can use this Map section of the Details panel to add GPS information to your photos.

Edit – Mylio has a full editing suite to ensure your photos always look amazing. Whether you want to add a filter or do some fine-tuning, Mylio’s editing tools can help get it done. And Mylio is always non-destructive, so if you don’t like your changes you can always use the “Reset all edits” button at the bottom of the Edit section of the Details panel.

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Sync – The Sync section of the Details panel will only be available when it is turned on. This panel will give you full control over your images by seeing where they are or where they want to go. You can also adjust the Sync Policy of your files and folders using the Sync Panel.

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