lanux128, could you tell me what skin you're using?
Some thoughts from a bit of playing with Alpha 7:
It's surprisingly fast, directory searching works far better than I imagined.
I'm very glad by default it opens up the standard folder view like you'd get from browsing by "my computer" rather than Windows Explorer with the 2 pane view. I've never liked that view, yet so many launcher programs use solely that.
Tab auto-complete is great.
It's a little confusing at first on how to navigate to a root, ie C:\ (alt+enter), so you may want to make this more clear or work with a standard enter.
I will definately be using FARR 2 over FARR 1! Great improvements all around. Seems stable to me so far, no bugs yet.
File explorer wish list:
It's tempting to try and use FARR as a file explorer, because it's so handy and works so fast. There's been some good suggestions here on doing that. Things that would also interest me, perhaps things that wouldn't work in general, but just throwing them out there:
Though 9 results are perfectly fine, it'd be nice to be able to scroll down to get more results as needed if possible. Search for all matches can be pretty slow going.
I'm a little curious how when I type a directory, say C:\downloads\, it decides what 9 to show by default? I'm guessing it's by alpha. It would be nice, at least I think, to be able to sort by last modified. Typically that's what I'm looking for when going to any directory.
Delete via keyboard key would perhaps be nice, if possible.
(Also just noticed the "shell context menu" option, that's really nice.)
I'm sorry to say I have to agree, the big bold font on a plain window background isn't too appealing to me. It's counter intuitive to how input boxes usually work.
I'd go with either the original default icon, or the square-man icon. Many of the new icons seem to have white pixels around the edges and it looks a bit unprofessional. Perhaps its because I use a slim taskbar.
I also feel the skin should not colorize the results by default.