Mylio has announced a new service it says can connect photo libraries from multiple devices privately and securely without using the cloud or even an internet connection.
Called Mylio Photos, the company says it creates a private image library that securely connects any desired device to a personal network that doesn’t require internet or cloud access. The app will launch for desktop and mobile later this spring.
“Mylio Photos is changing the way the world remembers,” said David Vaskevitch, former CTO of Microsoft and current CEO of Mylio. “It’s designed for everyday photographers and content creators and is a transformative solution for anyone who wants to protect and organize their photos and videos on their own devices without giving up control by putting them in the cloud.”
The company says it has spent most of the last decade developing Mylio Photos to take advantage of local media storage and device-to-device syncing and backup. The result is a private image library that securely connects devices to a personal network that provides several benefits. solely depend on cloud-based photo apps.
It is important to recognize that Mylio does not offer cloud storage services at all. The platform is and has always been about organizing and editing files with the ability to connect to cloud storage platforms, but these are not operated by Mylio. This continues here even though Mylio Photos offers cloud storage functionality via local connections
Mylio Photos allows all images to always be stored locally on all devices and does not require an internet connection to view or edit them. The service optimizes RAW images to what the company claims is less than 5% of their original size, making them more convenient to edit on a variety of devices. Mylio claims that the service offers significant speed benefits through the use of local network and peer-to-peer connections. Photographers can then download the original files to any device at any time.
The company says photographers don’t have to worry about losing a photo or video while not having to rely on a cloud storage service. Mylio Photos synchronizes and saves the original images on a local hard drive and allows access to these images via a local network. This way, Mylio says photographers can monitor the status of a library from anywhere and keep photos private and encrypted where they are. Although a cloud service is neither required nor included, photographers can still link cloud storage libraries to Mylio’s interface.
Photos stored in Mylio Photos can be organized and searched with what the company describes as private facial or text recognition. It can also organize images by “life events” and dates and can be searched using location, camera, lens and other filter options.
Mylio Photos is the company’s first major development since its initial launch in 2014. In a review of the platform last year, PetaPixel found that while some things had changed, much of the original core app remained the same, including lukewarm support for RAW files and rudimentary editing tools. It is unclear if these issues will be resolved with Mylio Photos.
Mylio Photos is expected to be available later this spring, but pricing hasn’t been revealed at press time.
Picture credits: Mylio