Just installed FARR 2 alpha 07. Great work, mouser! I'll enjoy using it in upcoming days, but a few initial reactions:
1. Directory searching is great. Very handy to use Right arrow (easier than Alt+Right) to browse into a folder. The Left arrow doesn't work as well because you have to go down into the search results to use it, and if there are no search results then you can't do that, so it's easier just to get in the habit of using Alt+Left.
2. Why does the wildcard * only find files, not folders? As a result, it seems that there's no way to show folders which must begin with ABC. (One tries to enter ABC* but only files appear.)
3. Now with the extra capabilities of directory searching, I will want to open folders from FARR more often. But I use Windows Explorer as seldom as possible (why would I, when Total Commander exists?) How about a user confuguration option to specify the preferred file manager command (of course including command line switches, so use a placeholder like %d to indicate the place in the command line where the desired dir name should be inserted.)
4. IMHO the all-grey edit/input line is confusing, a violation of the windows norm that input fields are white (or sometimes another color, but in any case different than the basic grey color of buttons and status lines and menu bars etc. Personally, I can adapt to any color, but I do think that it's likely to be confusing to new users, to be expected to type into a field that doesn't LOOK like an input field.
5. I don't much care about the program icon, since I keep it hidden most of the time, since I call FARR by its hotkey.
6. At some point in the future, perhaps FARR will be able to browse into archive (eg ZIP) files. By default, probably better not to search them (because of performance), but explicit browsing down could be very powerful.