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Clean up text using Summarize service System
Today I received an e-mail with a long story, awfully ugly formatted HTML with multiple linefeeds, that I wanted to clean up. I didn't feel like downloading an application that could do the work, nor did I want to clean it up manually. Then I got the idea to use the Summary Service (, and set the value to 100%. That way I get an unformatted text block (no HTML), without multiple linefeeds. Fast and easy.

[robg adds: To use the Summary Service, select some text in a Services-menu-aware application such as Mail or TextEdit, then choose the Summarize option within that application's Services menu (under the application's name). When the new window opens with your text, move the slider below the window to 100% to see the whole text block.]
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Authored by: sinjin on Dec 08, '04 11:26:45AM

Cool, I had just spent some time this past weekend looking for a way to do this. I found SmartWrap, but it is shareware and requires that you "Reply" to a msg before you can re-wrap it.

Summarize seems to produce about the same results as SmartWrap, both are OK but not great. The drag about these methods is that you lose quoting levels in the msgs, so you need to select a block at a time.

FWIW, the one and only thing I miss about using Entourage is it has a fantastic re-wrapping facility. From what I recall it was uncanny how well it worked and quoting was preserved.

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Authored by: hoosker on Dec 10, '04 11:57:54PM

For cleaning up bad wraps and extra spaces and just weird stuff in text from email and web sites I found a program called Tex-Edit (not to be confused with Apple's TextEdit). It has a customizable "clean-up" option that works pretty well. It is a nice little word processor too.

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