I've also requested this in suggestions: Display of search results
Also because the number of thumbnails displayed in the new search results is determined by admin using this setting ...
Show Photo Options > Default number of comments per page
... viewers can not select the number of thumbs per page as with previous version.
Regarding this new version and performance improvements, I'm guessing this has more to do with the new Admin > Search Options ...
- Require users to be registered to use search? Y/N
- Maximium number of search results to return?
- Number of seconds between searches?
- The number of seconds a user must wait between searches.
- Number of days to hold search results?
If possible, I too would like the code/instructions to replace display of the new search results with the way it was in previous versions.
Otherwise I suggest this be made an admin settings option or ultimately a user viewing option in the next version.