We appreciate your feedback. I will pass along your suggestion for adding a search field and an option to open the drawer automatically. We will see if we can incorporate them into future updates.
In the meantime, if you add a button for the Drawer to your Toolbar (View > Customize Toolbar > drag the Drawers button to the Toolbar), it might make it a bit less cumbersome to open the drawer each time you open VoodooPad.
There is a way to configure the font of the drawer. If you go up to the menu bar under VoodooPad > Preferences > Appearance, there is an option to change the Palettes font. If you click Select and choose your desired font and size, it should change the font for the Drawer as well. Let me know if you have any trouble with this.
Let me know if you have anymore concerns or questions!