Robin Good: If you are looking for a simple and free tool that helps you synthesize and shorten up an otherwise long text, give a try to Text Compactor.
This web-based service works by simply copying and pasting the text passage you want to shorten up, and by then specifying the "amount" of summarization to apply to it.
Text Compactor produces in real-time a shortened-up version on the same page making the whole process extremely easy and fast.
No signup or registration required. The service is free.
Try it out now: http://textcompactor.com/