Here is an idea of how to have FARR do folder names (to a nice extent). Currently, it searches what you type using file names. So If I type 'budget' it'll find all files where this string is part of the name. How about if I type '\budget' to have FARR realize that I want it to search using file absolute path only because I included the backslash. so it should find..
and better yet, if I want to find 1st file I can simply do this 'get\h'
This way FARR solves the 2 problems ...
1) find all files having 'budget' in their names i.e. search by subject
2) find all files in in this path i.e. search by location
Practically we're faced with both issues on daily basis.
You can certainly pretty this up by having FARR display the parent folder as the first entry so user can open if they wish. Also, this builds upon FARR major strength where it needs not prebuild in index or load its data causing a significant performance hit.
Overall, I thin doing a pattern search using absolute paths is most efficient way. Compare this to the 3 other methods...
1- auto-complete as you type (as in TypeAndRun) where typing 'c:\p' wtill automatically complete it to 'c:\program files' and if there are multiple matches you need to use tab key to go through them. This is not too bad either.
2- Pattern search on folder names with results shown visually like AppRocket. This very nice too.
3- Keywording folders in file paths (as in Link Stash). So I can type 'documents'
to show all files where this string is part of the path. Or I can type 'documents' 'pictures' to limit it more.
Using above example, my idea is to type 'nts\pic', 's\p', 's\', or even '\p' to display contents of picture folder in documents.
Hope this appeals to you. Let me know what you think.