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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Summarizing a long document into a few lines!

A cool feature hidden in the Services menu (for Cocoa apps only, not Microsoft apps!) is the "Summarize" function. It uses a complicated algorithm to transform a long text and summarize it into a short paragraph. I wasn't convinced this would really work at first, but after using it, it works great. There is unfortunately no keyboard shortcut but you simply have to highlight some text and choose "Summarize" in the service menu! Screenshot:


16 Comments:

Blogger Kush said...

How do you do that. I am confused

March 18, 2007 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger Kush said...

How do you do that. I am confused

March 18, 2007 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger Santhosh Kumar said...

On My mac "Summarize" menu item is disabled. How to enable it ?

March 18, 2007 at 2:03 AM  
Blogger Edwin said...

Same here, which apps does this work in?

March 18, 2007 at 4:23 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

It works for me on TextEdit:

You select your text, you go to the TextEdit Menu/Services/Summarize.

Really cool tip

March 18, 2007 at 4:38 AM  
Blogger Johannes said...

thank you very much for this very helpful hint!!!

March 18, 2007 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Kush said...

Can you do this on Pages

March 18, 2007 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Kush said...

I just found out If you go to Services (in the Apps menu) and click on Summarize, you can do that with any app with text

March 18, 2007 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Rafael said...

You can do it on a lot of apps it works on safari and pages and text edit just go to there respective menus after youve highlighted something and go to services and summarize it should let you highlight it once something is highlighted in the app

March 18, 2007 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger beginner said...

Very clever but possibly useless. In your example, the summary has extracted three bits it considers relevant. But one of the three is simply advertising blurb.

By the time you highlight the article and select "summarize" from the Services menu you could have scanned half the article. By the time you read the summary, you could have finished scanning the article for details the summary missed

March 18, 2007 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger closetrebel said...

Is there a way to have it work on Appleworks Word docs? It's shaded on my computer.

March 18, 2007 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

I don't have AppleWorks to test it out but if you have text highlighted and it's grayed, it's probably because the app is not Cocoa. It is possible because AppleWorks is a relatively old software that is most likely Carbon (old code transfered from OS 9). Non Cocoa apps includes Microsoft Office, iTunes, etc..

MacGeek

March 18, 2007 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

There actually is a feature in microsft word called auto-summarize that basically does the same thing with a couple of other options. I haven't checked the other apps in Microsoft office.

March 18, 2007 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Lucas said...

Nice feature!

March 18, 2007 at 9:33 PM  
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