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Pixen is a pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games. With innovative features like a unique color palette system, patterns, layers, and high-zoom support, Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, Mac-native interface. Pixen also makes creating frame-by-frame animations fun and easy.

Animations:
Create and arrange image frames in the filmstrip view to piece together animations; export animations as animated GIFs or even spritesheets!

Tools:
Leverage Pixen's wide more...

What's New

Version 3.6:
  • New: multiple selection support for animation frames:
    • shift-click to select regions of frames
    • command-click to select individual frames
    • delete, duplicate, and change the duration of frames in bulk
  • Layers are preserved when using "Create Animation from Image"
  • Bug fixes

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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DonkeyKong Member IconReview+71
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I like Pixelmator a lot but if you need to edit small pictures this is much better imo
Very easy for pixel perfection.

Both essential graphics apps!

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Version 3.5.7b3
idyll Member IconReview+0
idyll
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Versions after 3.5.3 no longer work with Mac OS X 10.6. The developer only provides links to the latest version, but this is no good for those of us still using Snow Leopard. To MacUpdate and/or the developer: Please provide a link to Pixen 3.5.3!

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Version 3.5.6b3
idyll
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The developer has put up Pixen 3.5.3 on their github site:
https://github.com/downloads/Pixen/Pixen/Pixen_3_5_3.zip
Thank you!

MacUpdate-Nick
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Thanks for the info, idyll. The listing's been updated with 3.5.3. Sorry about the inconsistency.

Macatak Member IconComment+32
Macatak
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Cool app. From free to $10 is a steep value judgement. I'd bet the developer would convert a lot more users to buyers (supporters!) at half that price, if only to access the convenience of managing the app via MAS. Just a thought.

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Version 3.5.6b1
Wio76 Member IconComment+2
Wio76
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The price is now 7 €! It's not free anymore

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Version 3.5.3
Regular-Warren
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Thanks for the heads-up! :) I added the price to the listing.

Grug Member IconReview+4
Grug
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Nice Pixen is back.
For me the better mac Pixel editor.

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Version 3.5
Penguirl Member IconComment+1057
Penguirl
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Stupid App Store thinks that 3.5b8 is a newer version than 3.5.

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Version 3.5
Pixen Project (Developer)
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Unfortunately you have to remove any beta releases of Pixen to install 3.5 from the Mac App Store.

hced Member IconComment+171
hced
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While Pixen is great and all, I'd like to recommend another free, opensource pixel editor, called aseprite.

I'm posting it here since there's no entry for aseprite on MacUpdate. To Pixen developer(s), I don't mean to draw attention away from Pixen (which is getting better and better!), but it's good to have many choices.

http://aseprite.org/

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Version 3.5b6
gatovadio
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thanks for the heads-up, hced. the latest update (0.9.1) apparently fixes the permanent high cpu usage.

there's also grafx2, a multiplatform old-school pixel pusher.

https://code.google.com/p/grafx2/

Joe Shoemaker Member IconComment+0
Joe Shoemaker
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I really enjoy this program. It is easy to use, and I use it for all sorts of stuff. I am having a problem, however. I am trying to make an animation that is 32 frames long (5 pixels wide, 1 pixel tall). When saving it as a GIF, it will say "Exporting GIF... (31 of 32)" forever. Sometimes I have to force quit pixen in order to try again.

I can, however, use the pixen format for the animation, but that is no use since I can't use the animation for anything then.

Can pixen only save a maximum amount of frames in a GIF?

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Version 3.5b5
Joe Shoemaker
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This is as of version 3.0 I don't know if this problem exists in the recent update.

hced Member IconComment+171
hced
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The world's greatest program, with the world's greatest operational glitches.

I have great hopes for some promising future in this app, though, since there's some fresh activity in the project's github repository.

Anyone feeling emotional about this app's history, torpid development, contrasted by its great potentials and the fact that it's now moving forward again, should get involved by helping the developer reporting bugs and whatnot on github, really.

I'm holding my review until it's out of beta or stable enough to use prime time.

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Version 3.5b3
Fromage-Head Member IconComment+55
Fromage-Head
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Wow… entering pixels width by hands. No layers reordering. Arrow cursor for drawing ? Quite disappointing.

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Version 3.5b3
hced
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You're right on the adjusting px width by hand, but layer reordering is definitely there.

Fromage-Head
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Well it seems that i have some troubles with the app. I can neither make a new image nor a new animation. (3.5b3 & 10.6.8)

hced
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I had that same problem, but after downloading the file referenced in this issue/discussion thread, I was able to create new images & make animations: https://github.com/philippec/Pixen/issues/134

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hced
Version 3.6
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Leonledragon
Version 3.5.14
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Leonledragon
Version 3.5.12
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Version 3.5.10b1
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Quiiick
Version 3.5.7b2
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Quiiick
Version 3.5.6b4
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Version 3.5.6b2
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Version 3.5.3
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Version 3.5b9
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Version 3.5b5
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Downloads 75,864
Version Downloads 296
License Commercial
Date 16 Apr 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $9.99