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Considering FileIO and BuddyAPI both access the OS-specific dialog for File Open, the question to ask is what OS are you using?
I'm using XP, but I haven't seen similar file browser anywhere except when inserting new fonts. I'm looking for a file browser which would be similar to Director's "Import" file browser.
The current Buddy Api / FileIO file browser is also very small and it would be easier to use if it was bigger.
I do not use FileIO, so I can't tell you about how it works, but
BuddyAPI has many, many flags with options to change how the dialog
boxes look and work. You can make it look like any of the built in
baGetFilename() for example, with no switches will look like the old Win
3.1 16 bit dialog. If you add in the appropriate switches, you can get
the 32 bit style, with Places bar, Explorer style, etc.
If you are using D11 with BuddyAPI 4, then there is even
baGetFilenameEx() which will let you change the view of the folders, so
you can have it in thumbnail view if you want.
Check the docs for syntax and examples.