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Topicmarks

Summarize Long Form Content


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Published 08/23/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Topicmarks was created to make reading long content even easier. Users can transform a long piece into digestible pieces with Topicmarks. The application focuses on shortening long content and making each item more relevant to the reader. The application works by cutting the full text into manageable sentences. The application adds antonyms and synonyms to words within each sentence. Topicmarks also looks for triplets between object, verb and subject to identify facts. The application is intended for a number of uses, including analyzing personal work, gathering facts quickly, writing fiction abstracts, preparing school projects and sifting through reports. Topicmarks gives the user an index for the text that allows them to page through quickly, much like the index found in the back portion of a book.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Topicmarks was founded in March of 2011. The team remains small, including CEO Roland Siebelink, CTO Karl Dawson, COO Jaromir Dzialo and advisor Vitaly Golomb. Although the application was intended to cut down on text, the site originally contained a significant amount of text content describing its services and benefits. When the question was posed that the site should perhaps run itself through its own application, CEO Siebelink advised that efforts were being made to improve the interface. At this time, Topicmarks seems to have made some improvement with a concise homepage. Topicmarks was acquired by Tagged (tagged.com) in December 2011. The service was shut down on July 25th, 2012.

What are the differences to other apps?

Topicmarks offers a unique service that can make any lengthy text easier to manage. The application intelligently scours text to look for all the significant tidbits. It presents these so the user can quickly get what they need and move on. The application can dramatically decrease the amount of time and energy needed to get through a long report, article or any other content.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Topicmarks homepage invites users with a color image of a sea of papers, a large intimidating wave curling in from the right. A man clad in business attire works vigorously on a sheet of paper while holding an upturned black umbrella. The image seems to explain the problems solved by the site well. The site uses a bright yellow and blue color scheme that adds a hint of rich life alongside the unique image. The user interface includes colorful icons with a cooking theme to help users access each tool.

How does the registration process work?

A visitor can become a Topicmarks user by clicking the white “Create New Account” button in the upper, right hand corner. A blue and white “Free! Get Started” button is also available along the left hand side. A yellow pop up box appears and asks for an email address and password. After clicking the blue and white button at the bottom of the form, the user is advised to check their email inbox for an activation message. This must be accessed to sign in and start using Topicmarks.

What does it cost to use the application?

Topicmarks is currently available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or other expenses associated with using the application. A visitor only has to create an account to begin using the application. The site notes that Topicmarks is still in beta. The free access could change later on as features are improved or updated.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Topicmarks is a valuable tool for anyone who does a significant amount of lengthy reading. The application allows the user to quickly condense content and create a manageable list of ideas and concepts taken from the text.

  • Shorten lengthy text
  • Review hyperlinked key topics
  • Access a generated summary of the text
  • Search through a text index
  • Work with English language texts


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