I'm only thinking of organization. If you have a hundred files the lack of list view list view does become a problem. If you have a thousand files even list view won't save you.
For instance, here is a folder within the CD image I create for my class this fall. 406 items. A bit unwieldy.
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Lets say I want to look at HTML files I created since last year. I put HTML in the Spotlight window and then click "FIle Name". That reduces it to 132 items, still too big!
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Then I add a new search term (+ button) and have it match the files created in the past year.
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Aha! There are now only two files to look at. There are lots of possible search terms, so you can really narrow things down. If I need to do it frequently, I can click on Save and i† will create a Smart Folder so I can retrieve the current set of matching files at will. Even add it to the Finder side bar. And QuickView lets me instantly check a file before opening it with an editor or taking other action. Of course you can also use Cover Flow.
Let me add that the field where I can select "This Mac" "Text" or "Shared" -- Text in this case is the name of the folder where I started my search. It will match in that folder and all subfolders. If I click on "This Mac" it will search my entire machine. I've got 406,000 files in my account and searching is basically instantaneous. If I chick on "Shared" it will search computers in my network, in particular my Mac mini server. That's fast too. I don't know how many files are there. I can find what I want instantly. On my PC at work I dread having to find anything.