For a number of reasons I have all my files stored in a hierarchical folder structure and things are not going to change at least for my work-related library.
I understand that EF is not optimized to work with “heavy” folder and sub-folder structure nevertheless I think that, with a few modifications, life will become much easier for people still using folders.
When moving a file, importing to a folder or select a folder to search (creating a smart folder), EF pops up a pane with the library folder structure completely expanded. It would be of great help to have it in collapsed view with small triangles to expand folders only where needed.
Now the title bar shows the total number of records in the library (or in a folder if you select it). I would be useful to have a separate counts for files and folder.
When selecting a folder, you should have the possibility to have EF display (and count, see point 2) only the records inside that folder or all the records including sub-folders.
Point 1 is the more critical; for points 2 and 3 I’m using a workaround setting smart-folders but having built-in functionalities would be quicker.
I might as well get rid of 90% of my folders provided that:
a. EF includes a special property for each file storing the original path of the record
b. an “Export rebuilding folder structure” is made available
This way I can continue exchange files with people not using EF (most of the times using Windows).