Summize is your go-to study tool for summarization. Simply take a photo of your textbook page, news article, or essay, choose the number of sentences to summarize to and viola – you get an accurate summary in seconds. Perfect last minute studying tool.
You can also select a photo from your camera library, such as a screenshot of an article or page on the web. This app is perfect for content like history, news articles, social, biology, blogs, essays, chemistry and english. This app is not perfect for content like math and physics.
Tips for best results:
1) When cropping, remove all white border space from the image. Especially when uploading a screenshot of an article.
2) Don’t take a picture of a computer or iPad screen as the pixels will be distorted.
3) Take portrait pictures. If the picture turns out landscape, simple rotate it in the editor screen.
The app also supports concept, keyword and bias analysis, which breaks down the summaries to make them more accessible. With this feature users can easily isolate concepts and keywords from the rest of the text to focus precisely on the material that matters the most to them.
18-year-old founder Rami Ghanem says that to accomplish this, Summize uses optical character recognition software (developed by ABBYY) and other proprietary technologies.
At present Summize is available exclusively to iOS users, but the company has plans to roll out an Android version as well.
Unfortunately, the app does not yet support other languages besides English and offers a limited functionality when it it comes to processing novels and other literary material. Ghanem says that while users are “enjoying using the concept, keyword and bias analysis for their novels and poems”, the summarization function is not as effective in such cases yet.
You can get Summize for just $0.99 from the App Store.