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.

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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.