Dialog View 2.2
James W. Walker has created a very pleasant and worthwhile shareware program in Dialog View. The concept is simple, and should be a built-in feature to the MacOS: you are given choices on what your dialog view will look like. You can have any dialog window display stretch your window (thus allowing you to see more, meaning less scrolling) see icons in either the tiny generic variety or as large as the standard size, make folder names appear in bold type, make open dialog boxes color, and more.
It is a simple concept, and at first glance does not seem to be worth much more than a cursory glance. But after using this very helpful control panel, it is hard to give it up! Below is an example of the difference in views. The one on the left is the standard Mac dialog view, the one on the right the same view from Dialog View 2.2.
Now, these are scaled pictures of the open dialog box. The one on the left shows only to Kai’s Power Goo, meaning you will need to scroll if whatever you are after is in, say, QuickBooks Pro. The one on the right is from the newer, enhanced Dialog View 2.2 open dialog box. The icons are set to medium, the folders are set to bold view, and you can see everything all the way down to Stuffit Deluxe. You can also see any custom icons that each folder or file may have, which could be very handy.
As I said, Dialog View 2.2 is a great piece of shareware you will get to love after using it a few times. It is hard to go back to the old look after just a short time. I would recommend you give it a try for yourself!