Pixen
Pixen 3.6
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Pixen is an innovative graphics editor for the Mac. It's designed from top to bottom for pixel artists--people who make low-resolution raster art like the sprites you see in old video games. But it's great for artists of all arenas: Pixen is like a very powerful MSPaint or a simpler, more agile Photoshop.

Partial List of Major Features:
  • Advanced custom backgrounds support
  • Color palette with "smart" swapping capabilities
  • Grid customization
  • Tiled editing mode
  • Alignment crosshair
  • Full alpha support
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
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



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Pixen User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
(18)
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Overall:
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DonkeyKong reviewed on 16 Sep 2012
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!
[Version 3.5.7b3]


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idyll reviewed on 10 Aug 2012
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!
[Version 3.5.6b3]

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idyll replied on 10 Aug 2012
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!
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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 15 Aug 2012
Thanks for the info, idyll. The listing's been updated with 3.5.3. Sorry about the inconsistency.
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Macatak commented on 04 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 3.5.6b1]


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Wio76 commented on 31 Jul 2012
The price is now 7 €! It's not free anymore
[Version 3.5.3]

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MacUpdate-Warren replied on 31 Jul 2012
Thanks for the heads-up! :) I added the price to the listing.
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Grug reviewed on 01 Jun 2012
Nice Pixen is back.
For me the better mac Pixel editor.
[Version 3.5]


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Penguirl commented on 01 Jun 2012
Stupid App Store thinks that 3.5b8 is a newer version than 3.5.
[Version 3.5]

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Pixen Project (developer) replied on 01 Jun 2012
Unfortunately you have to remove any beta releases of Pixen to install 3.5 from the Mac App Store.
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hced commented on 30 Apr 2012
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/
[Version 3.5b6]

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gatovadio replied on 04 May 2012
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/
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hced commented on 29 Jan 2012
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.
[Version 3.5b3]


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Fromage-Head commented on 23 Jan 2012
Wow… entering pixels width by hands. No layers reordering. Arrow cursor for drawing ? Quite disappointing.
[Version 3.5b3]

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hced replied on 29 Jan 2012
You're right on the adjusting px width by hand, but layer reordering is definitely there.
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Fromage-Head replied on 09 Feb 2012
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)
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hced replied on 09 Feb 2012
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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Teak42 reviewed on 17 Dec 2011
This version of Pixen is old, outdated and somewhat unstable. The original Pixen developers no longer update it. However, it has been released as open source and now lives on as an open source project on github.

Here is the link to the open source, more stable, updated vision:
https://github.com/philippec/Pixen
[Version 3.1b2]

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Teak42 replied on 10 Jan 2012
Look at that, it's been updated to the latest. (3.5b2)
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Joe Shoemaker had trouble on 19 Apr 2012
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?
[Version 3.5b5]

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Joe Shoemaker replied on 19 Apr 2012
This is as of version 3.0 I don't know if this problem exists in the recent update.
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Avv3lenato had trouble on 04 Sep 2009
The last update make Pixen Snow Leopard compatible but remove the ability to move/copy/drag the cel from the upper film strip.
Now it is impossible to do even the simplest operation... as drag a cel back and forward.

I found three more bugs... Just for your information: Hi CPU usage when idle, “Export to image sequence…” not working anymore (ex. BMP export) and “Save as Gif” export only one layer of a layered animation sequence (it's an old bug; you have to manually merge all layers and then export)

Hope this will help you guys ;-)
[Version 3.1b2]


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Avv3lenato had trouble on 27 Aug 2009
Do not work in Snow Leopard!!! Please HELP!!!
[Version 3.1b]

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Avv3lenato commented on 02 Sep 2009
SOLUTION!!!
Version 3.1b2 is now compatible with Snow Leopard...
A BIG THX!

DL Link:
http://opensword.org/Unstable/Pixen/Pixen%203.1b2.zip
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tenkerasu had trouble on 26 May 2008
Okay, this is REALLY bad: I had just figured out how to do my very own .gif animation in Pixen, and I created a character blinking. I fiddled with the sizes, the length, and what-have-you on the frames, and I saved it, closed it, thought I was done. I uploaded it onto deviantART. I opened it again to change the size to make it my avatar for that website, and it not only kept closing on me, I couldn't touch anything I tried to work on, I couldn't resave it, because it would close, and then on something like the third time I reopened it, it completely deleted my .gifs. ALL OF THEM. I had like ten! You're lucky I had them backed up! I reopened them, AGAIN, and it just kept closing on me. What the hell. I have barely used this product, I mean, just for messing around making little tiny gifs that are way under 100 kbs, and it hates me. I deleted it because the program itself was taking up too much space on my HD. Thanks a LOT, guys. You seriously owe me one.
-An unhappy customer, TenKarasu
[Version 3.1b]

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mattleclair replied on 04 Feb 2009
Yeah! They should refund TWICE what you paid for their software. Maybe even triple!
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Toten Maske had trouble on 08 Mar 2008
I was going to happily download Pixen, but it seems that their site has been infected with an HTML:Iframe worm according to the virus scanner at work (which I was going to download and burn the software to a disc for my Mac Pro). Can't seem to contact Open Sword about the issue with their site.
[Version 3.1b]


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Avv3lenato had trouble on 31 Oct 2007
Totally unusable with Leopard... BEWARE!
[Version 3.0]


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Aname had trouble on 17 Jun 2006
Great update! Only one thing:

When I'm closing an unsaved document, without wanting to save, I get the following doaligue message:

"KABOOM. Could not delete backup file "/private/vat/tmp/folders.501/TemporaryItems/PixenAutosave.pxi".

I had this problem in the previous (beta) version as well. I've tried to delete the preference file and I've also repaired permissions on my harddrive. Any ideas for a solution?

I love Pixen. ;)
[Version 3.0]


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crop had trouble on 15 Jun 2006
Seems really good!
I planned to use it for pixel font design but the app hang on launch :
"Pixen[6919] Unknown class PXToolMatrix in Interface Builder file", Console said.

Any idea?
[Version 3.0]

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lemniscate (developer) replied on 15 Jun 2006
Uh oh! What version of Mac OS X are you running?
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crop commented on 15 Jun 2006
Found out that it's just a bug in the French localization; bad nib file, may be just a typo or a missing file...
I just trashed the "French.lproj" folder.

Anyway, this one likes to crashhhhhhhh :)
I guess I have to dig; too many troubles.
The first gif I tried to open was empty, the second one had its RGB channels shifted by one px (beautiful effect though...)
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Guido53 had trouble on 02 May 2004
help, i'm stupid
how do i get started,
i can't open a jpg or gif,
ibook 700mhz 10.2.6
[Version r1v12]



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hced rated on 16 Apr 2014

[Version 3.6]



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Leonledragon rated on 15 Sep 2013

[Version 3.5.14]



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Leonledragon rated on 01 Apr 2013

[Version 3.5.12]



+153

hced rated on 27 Jan 2013

[Version 3.5.10b1]



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Quiiick rated on 05 Sep 2012

[Version 3.5.7b2]



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Quiiick rated on 22 Aug 2012

[Version 3.5.6b4]



+15

Quiiick rated on 07 Aug 2012

[Version 3.5.6b2]



+2

Thinkd369 rated on 31 Jul 2012

[Version 3.5.3]



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Quiiick rated on 14 May 2012

[Version 3.5b9]



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Tommy_Gun rated on 18 Mar 2012

[Version 3.5b5]


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Version Downloads:41
Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Commercial
Date:16 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $9.99
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Pixen is an innovative graphics editor for the Mac. It's designed from top to bottom for pixel artists--people who make low-resolution raster art like the sprites you see in old video games. But it's great for artists of all arenas: Pixen is like a very powerful MSPaint or a simpler, more agile Photoshop.

Partial List of Major Features:
  • Advanced custom backgrounds support
  • Color palette with "smart" swapping capabilities
  • Grid customization
  • Tiled editing mode
  • Alignment crosshair
  • Full alpha support
  • Advanced layer functionality
  • A plethora of tools
  • 100% Cocoa with a beautiful Aqua interface
  • A design geared towards modern pixel art


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