Sum­marise long ar­ti­cles

Get an over­view of what’s im­por­tant in text us­ing the Sum­ma­rize Ser­vice

Mac Format - - IMPROVE - Adam Smith

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.

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