What is Kudos?

Kudos is an easy to use productivity app that enhances your experience with electronic information. It’s perfect for anyone who collects information from multiple sources and doesn’t want to lose track of the original location.

For example, you might be researching a topic and find some useful information on a website. You decide you want to make a record of this text, but you also want to be able to give credit where credit is due. Kudos allows you to bind the useful text with an active link back to the source document.

Kudos allows you to format both the useful text and the reference and then share the collected information via Mail or Messages or save it to a file.

The reference included by Kudos is just enough information to allow you to return to the source, so you can construct a more complete formatted citation later if you wish.

Who would benefit from using Kudos?

Journalists, researchers, writers, teachers, students, or anyone who wants to compile information and keep a record of where they got it from.

Kudos has been designed for non-academics or people just starting their research project.

How do you use Kudos?

4 simple steps:
1. HIGHLIGHT some text in an original document
2. TRIGGER Kudos

Which electronic document sources can you use with Kudos?

Apple: Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Preview, Safari, TextEdit, and Xcode
Microsoft: Outlook and Word
Google: Chrome
Other: Airmail 3, Coda, Evernote, PDFpenPro, and Text Wrangler

How do you trigger Kudos?
Kudos is designed to act directly on selected text without the need to launch or switch applications. To trigger Kudos simply select the text you are interested in and then either:
1. Use a keyboard shortcut; the default is set to: Shift-Command-7 OR
2. Use a secondary or right click OR
3. Drag the text selection to the Kudos icon in the Dock OR
4. Drag the text selection onto the Kudos window

What are the formatting options in Kudos?
adjust the font & size for both text selection and reference
include up to 8 elements in the reference
place the reference above or below the selected text
highlight with a regex capable search widget

Which apps can you share with?

Share text information with Mail, Messages, Reminders, Notes, or any other text-savvy Share application which is installed on your Mac (e.g. One Note)

Share as an attached file with Mail, Messages, Notes, or any other file-savvy Share application which is installed on your Mac.

What file formats does Kudos support?

You can share or save to Text, RTF, PDF, and AIFF (audio -spoken text)
You can also ‘Append’ Kudos information to existing .txt or .rtf files

How does Kudos support Mojave’s Dark Mode?
you can run in full in Dark Mode with these additional options:
run Kudos in Light Mode even when system is in Dark Mode
show the main window with a white background

What’s New

Version 1.0.2

Added the ability to obtain references from Airmail 3 (thanks Kevin O'G) and PDFpenPro (thanks Bill H.)!
Also improved the handling of the font size when displaying source content which is provided in plain text.


Swamp Dog, LLC
9.4 MB
OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.