Summarise long articles
Get an overview of what’s important in text using the Summarize Service
Use Summarize Service to save time and get the gist of lengthy text
SKILL LEVEL Anyone can do it
IT WILL TAKE 5 minutes
YOU’ll NEED OS X 10.4 or later
Knowledge is a wonderful thing, but reading through the latest news reports or combing your way through online articles can be time-consuming.
‘Summarize’ can help you out with this. It’s a feature that gives a quick summary of any amount of text, and it’s built directly into the Services menu of your Mac. If, say, you need to determine what the focus of a lengthy academic article is before devoting a whole evening porting through it, having Summarize available is invaluable.
This tool can also be used to check presentations or lesson plans – if you’ve run a transcript of your presentation through Summarize and it’s selected all of your key points in its summary, it’s a good sign that what you have written has the right focus.
Through Summarize, articles of any length can be reduced to a user-set number of sentences or paragraphs, which can then be saved into a text file. Summarize is available in all of Apple’s OS X applications, including Preview
It’s a feature that gives a summary of the text that’s built into the Services menu of your Mac
and Pages, as well as just about every mainstream third-party applications that include text, including the likes of Google Chrome and Firefox. Summarize can also be used in all Microsoft Office apps, which is a welcome addition since Microsoft removed its own auto summarise feature from Microsoft Word in the 2010 version.
Summarize can handily do all the skim-reading for you, saving you valuable time.