The following is related to feedback already brought forward here and here but the flaws hit me again as I was trying to set up folders for a more efficient layer management. The recent improvements certainly focused on the small stuff.
Folders, although currently underdeveloped, could be useful when setting up Layer Combinations as they at least work as shortcuts for selecting and changing the settings of certain layers in the structure. Yes, combinations need to be updated if new layers are added to relevant folders but it is still better than pre-folders. For this to be optimised it has to be possible to overview the settings for the entire folder structure and change it simultaneously.
The tree view available in the top pane in folder view mode gives a overview of the folder structure - but without the ability to change, or even see settings. The settings can only be seen and changed in the bottom pane which in turn only can show the content of a individual folder. So instead of being able to select a Layer Combination and overview it's setting for each folder in the structure it is necessary to go through each relevant folder using the top pane and read/change the setting in the bottom pane.
But the list view only has one pane! Maybe it can be of use?
The list view only shows layer items and so doesn't give and overview of the structure unless either name or extension is used to indicate path. Since not even names ore extension can be propagated in the folders this would have to be done manually. And being forced to include the path in name or extension practically reduces the value of folders to close to zero.
But search also have only one pane! And if a specific character is included in every folder name it can be queried and the result will show all folders, and if the name indicate the structure the result will be structured, and if the layers is analogously named they will be shown as well.
So it is possible to set up a structure that gives a overview of the settings for the entire structure. The question is why it has to be so tedious and why the result is nothing more than a simple list? Is it really that complicated to use the combined folder-item tree view and search function from the navigator for attributes as well? Making it consistent and efficient.