This evening I've added some updated code to elmextensions that great increases the user experience in the file selector widget that ePad uses. No longer does the application choke and practically die when navigating to directories with 1k+ files. It should now be smooth even in places that have a very large number of files. Previously opening /usr/bin caused ePad to lock on me for 3-5 seconds, now it opens without a hitch.
Please let me know if this update works well for you as I would like to get this into the main repo ASAP as it greatly improves the user experience.
The new version of ePad is 0.9.1 and the new version of elmextensions is 0.1.4