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In 2002 Jürgen Klawitter reported us for the last time a new version of his text viewer NEXT (version 3.5), the last public version 4.0 was from May 31, 2011. But as the author writes, NEXT is much more than a pure text viewer: it is also Amigaguide replacement, HTML offline browser, DataTypes viewer, uncruncher, unpacker of archives, file converter, print utility and some more. This versatility is also the reason why the program was installed from the beginning on my Amiga 1200, integrated via ToolsMenu. Next also has a very powerful search function, which marks all occurrences of a searched term at the same time and allows searching with wildcards and in binary files.
As the author explains to us when asked, he has not been involved with programming and the Amiga since 2011 and has devoted himself to other hobbies. His Amiga hardware, an A3000 and a second floppy drive, were given away. Only a Zip drive, which was never used before, is in the depot. His turning away from the Amiga at that time had among other things to do with the fact that he couldn't read or use PDFs and other files that were common in the PC world.
The return to programming, Jürgen Klawitter continues, came in this winter of 2021/22, which also limited him in his leisure activities and caused boredom. So he came up with the idea to install WinUAE on his laptop:
"After this was successful, I tried out how much of my former programming knowledge was still left. Surprisingly much, actually everything was still there! Nevertheless, there were difficulties to understand the source code of the more extensive programs again. Next has about 20000 lines, Anno (calendar) and OMon (system monitor) about 6000 lines each.
Parts of it are quite complicated. I then started to implement small improvements, first with Anno, later with Next. With Next, I was particularly annoyed by the fact that I had not managed to get the converted text from docx files into a reasonable form. I finally found details of the format on the internet and a tag (
) that was responsible for the outline in paragraphs. That was the breakthrough."
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