In this review, we are going to compare three photo organizer software products that are available on the market and try to understand what suits best for professional and amateurs photographers. We compare Lightroom and Mylio, Mylio, and Phototheca. Hopefully, this review can help to understand what software to select – Mylio or Lightroom or Phototheca to organize a photo collection.
|Dual monitor view|
|Photo editing tools|
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What is Mylio: Features and Capabilities
Mylio is the new name in the line of sophisticated photo organizing software that you may haven’t heard about yet. Mylio is a photo organizing software that works across multiple platforms and devices. It gives the new way to look at your photo collection and put it in order, across different devices and computers.
Beside of photo organization capabilities, it provides a toolset to improve photos with multiple tools that are quite familiar if you ever tried any photo editing software before. In addition to sliders that change light and color, Mylio offers a bunch of one-click filters to use for a quick improvement of a photo with excellent results.
Another unique feature that Mylio offers is the way to sync the entire photo collection or a part of it between multiple computers and devices. This feature helps to make sure that photo collection is backed up at a few different locations to prevent a loss of valuable images in case of a hardware failure or a disaster.
The Mylio application is a subscription service. The Premium allows you to sync up to 100,000 photos on five devices. The Max plan has an unlimited amount of pictures on an unlimited amount of devices, including RAW image editing feature. Mylio Free plan offers you to sync up to 25,000 photos on three PCs.
Remarkable features of Mylio at a glance:
- Sync photos across devices
- Backup photos to Cloud
- Import photos from Facebook and Flickr
- View photos as Life Calendar
- Faces recognition for better organization
- Photo editing tools
Adobe Lightroom: Features and Capabilities
Adobe Lightroom is a high-powered but comparatively easy-to-use photo production and editing tool with a cloud-based workflow. What that means is that your pictures are saved to the Cloud and are therefore accessible wherever you are. What’s more, you can edit them using the same or similar Lightroom interface, whether you’re using your phone, a tablet or a laptop.
It’s not easy to describe Lightroom or give an overview in a few words, due to the scale of the software. Lightroom has an endless list of features, but let’s try to catch the significant hits of Lightroom.
Lightroom was developed and tailored to the photographer’s needs, bearing all aspects of professional photographer’s life in mind. Lightroom works perfectly with RAW files and gives a rich toolset to improve photos. Lightroom offers non-destructive editing to protect originals. Lightroom has features to organize a photo collection with various way to find, view, and tag photos.
With Lightroom, we can create Presets to save time and develop a style. Lightroom supports batch processing of images, which is quite useful to improve a bunch of photos quickly. With Lightroom, it’s possible to export photos and publish to Web also.
Lightroom is available only on a subscription basis.
For $9.99/month, you get Lightroom, Adobe Spark (for creating social graphics, videos, and web pages), Adobe Portfolio (a website builder) and 1TB of cloud storage.
Or, you can buy the Photography Plan, which includes Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Spark, and Portfolio. For $9.99/month, the plan includes 20GB of storage, or for $19.99/month, 1TB of storage.
Remarkable features of Lightroom at a glance:
- Non-Destructive Editing Without Layers
- Create Presets To Save Time And Develop Style
- Batch process images
- Powerful RAW file editor
- Easy to crop images
- Creative Adjustment tools
Compare: Lightroom CC vs Mylio
Mylio vs Lightroom – what to select? Comparing Mylio versus Lightroom, we may find similar features and differences as well. Both applications have features to organize media library and give tools to transform a mess of photos, scattered among multiple sources and drives into a well-structured photo library. Both programs provide practical tools to tag photos with keywords, rate photos, and assign color tags also. Both programs have a facial recognition feature that gives the handy way to browse a photo collection.
In terms of photo improvements, Lightroom and Mylio provide features to edit photos, from the essential tools like crop, exposure, and saturation control to the advanced tools like curves and filters.
There are differences between Lightroom and Mylio as well. Mylio has more powerful tools to organize a photo collection that is scattered between multiple sources and devices. Mylio can find and download photos from web sources, like Facebook or Google Photos, and to consolidate a library and make it identical on several devices. Lightroom doesn’t have similar features and doesn’t try to be an all-in-one solution for photo organization needs.
On the other hand, Lightroom has advanced tools to edit photos that are used by professional photographers. Lightroom offers presets and is workflow-oriented software that helps photographers to automate routine tasks and use batch processing whenever it’s possible, to speed up photos post-processing and provide results to clients faster.
Lightroom is the software for professional photographers that live from photography and have defined needs to post-process photos and deliver brilliant results to clients.
Mylio is more oriented to photo amateurs and helps to deal with the mess we usually have with our photo collections and to make sure a photo library is backed up reliably.
Compare: Lightroom Mobile vs Mylio
Both Lightroom and Mylio offer mobile versions to keep your photo collection literally in your pocket. And to edit photos on-the-go. Both apps let you import photos directly from a camera to a tablet or a phone using built-in card-readers or special cables.
Mylio mobile app is quite fresh and not-so features rich, comparing to Lightroom mobile. With Mylio mobile app, you can view photos as a scrollable gallery(usually a mobile phone can do this without an extra app), view photos organized by years and months, and do basic editing. There are light and color correction tools are available, but they are limited to several simple tools.
- 14 instant filters
- Crop and straighten tools
- Red-eyes removal tool
- Light correction: exposure, brightness, contrast, blacks, whites, shadows, highlights
- Color correction: vibrancy, saturation, temperature, and tint
- Sharpness tool
That’s it what is available in the Mylio mobile app at the moment.
Lightroom mobile app is a very different animal. This is the full-featured Lightroom CC that runs inside your tablet. In terms of photo improvement, it has almost all features desktop Lightroom CC has. It has all sort of tools to correct light and colors, and it can develop RAW files. With Lightroom mobile, you have access to all your presets and profiles from Cloud. It gives you PC-less workflow to post-process photos without even touching a PC. Other tools are available also – retouch tools, including healing brushes, selective adjustment tools to create sophisticated effects, and the full range of geometry correction tools as well. This is the right solution for a mobile photographer and gives the real way to post-process photos and share the work in limited conditions without a bulky PC in your backpack.
Why Phototheca is better than Lightroom and Mylio
Phototheca is the photo management, editing and sharing software for PC that offers several unique features and can compete with Mylio and Lightroom for the love of photo amateurs and beginners. Phototheca software is more close to Mylio than to Lightroom and acts as a photo organizer with basic editing features. Phototheca looks like the real alternative to Mylio, depending on user needs. Both Mylio and Phototheca offer free plans with limitations and priced plans with full capabilities.
There are several features that Phototheca has while Mylio has not, or has but with limitations. They are:
- Smart Albums – albums that automatically gather and display photos in your Library that meet criteria you specify.
- Comprehensive Exif viewing tool
- Duplicates detection and removal toolbox
- Dual monitor view – the feature to utilize a second screen
- Text effects – the functionality to write a text over an image
- Instant photo filters – Phototheca has 56 built-in filters to create unique looking photos, while Mylio has 14 filters only
- Extra photo editing tools: Vignette, Clarity, Film grain and Dehaze
- Upload photos to Facebook(Windows 10 only)
- Password protected safe-boxes used to hide private photos
Price model of Phototheca is very beneficial, comparing to Lightroom and Mylio. While Lightroom and Mylio are available on a subscription basis only and require monthly payments while you use them(or don’t use). This gives a cost of using Lightroom per year is $119.88, and Mylio costs $249.96 per year. Phototheca is available with a lifetime license with the one-time payment of $54.95 and works forever.