auto-generate alternative

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larkle
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:39 am Post

Hello, first time poster here. I saw a presentation of an OS X feature at twit.tv a couple of days ago that I had not known before, and I thought it would make an excellent auto-generate alternative. It's in the "services" menu, and it's called "summarize". Let me just quote from the apple doc: "To get a summary of a document, select the text and choose Services from the application's menu, then choose Summarize."

This will open a new window with the newly generated summary. The cool thing is a little slider at the bottom which lets you adjust the length of the summary. I don't know how the summaries are generated, but they often are surprisingly accurate. This could come in handy when you need a synopsis of long text documents, for which the first couple of lines are not descriptive enough.

I don't know anything about programming, but maybe this is something that can be built into a newer Scrivener version? Just a thought.

Also wanted to add to the praise that's been heaped on Scrivener. I love this app, it's exactly what I've been looking for. I've been recommending it to friends and have gotten only positive feedback so far. So thanks for your efforts, the 35 dollars were well worth it!

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Eiron
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Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:08 pm Post

I've always assumed this couldn't work, but maybe it's time to give it a chance-the interface certainly works well. Thanks for the reminder. It might be a good tool to help in synopsis generation. As for building it in to Scrivener - is this really necessary? The service works just fine.

Welcome.

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