Saladin

Saladin

Overview

Saladin is an open source dual-pane file manager for Windows which merges the capabilities of Windows Explorer with the well known and easy to use orthodox user interface. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

You can find more information at saladin.mimec.org.

History

Saladin is definitely the youngest of all my open source projects. The idea came to me in the first half of 2010. I had been using Windows 7 for some time and I couldn't find a free file manager that would suit my needs, work fast and reliably and support the 64-bit Windows Shell extensions. As I already had some basic knowledge of the Windows Shell API I started experimenting and decided that it shouldn't be difficult to create a file manager which would only be a thin front-end, supported by the Qt framework, over the Shell API.

The name Saladin came to my mind a bit later and it was obviously a pun related to Krusader, which is an excellent dual-pane file manager for Linux. Despite that I was working on the 1.0 version of WebIssues and I had limited time, I started working on the project and around September 2010 it had enough functionality that I could start using it on a daily basis. In fact Saladin is the first project that I created solely because of my personal needs. It is also the first project which is limited to a specific software platform, but I believe that Windows is a very important ground for open source development.