I just found that Hathor has what I wanted. (a change in 3.0?) I've bin a "Bluestork user" as this has bin the default backend template as far as I understand.
What Hathor has and Isis not is the submit button for selection and filters.
i.e no "submit form on change". I used this in my own list views.
To me this means that Isis can't have some filters to the left or it will be confusing.
I really like sorting as dropdowns. It should make it more possible to have more than one field in a column. e.g combine created(date) and created by and still sortable.
Why the submit button?
To show all my articles, not published, sorted by date, descending 5 submits are needed if the form is submitted on every change.