Pixen
Pixen
4.1.5

4.5

Pixen free download for Mac

Pixen for Mac4.1.5

21 March 2021

Pixel art editor.

What is Pixen for Mac

Pixen is a professional pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games. With 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.

What's new in Pixen

Version 4.1.5:
  • Crash fix

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Beamy
Beamy
Feb 8 2021
4.1.3
0.0
Feb 8 2021
0.0
Version: 4.1.3
On the Macupdate page you can read "Free • Absolutely Free", well that is not correct. On the MacAppStore and on the Pixen website the program costs $ 10. That is not really the definition of "free". I have not found a test or demo version of Pixen. What about "try before you buy" ? The pixel paint program PikoPixel is really free !
Digitalvanilla
Digitalvanilla
Jan 5 2016
3.8.1
0.5
Jan 5 2016
0.5
Version: 3.8.1
Keep crashing and I cannot open any animate gif file at all.
DonkeyKong
DonkeyKong
Sep 16 2012
3.5.7b3
5.0
Sep 16 2012
5.0
Version: 3.5.7b3
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!
idyll
idyll
Aug 10 2012
3.5.6b3
5.0
Aug 10 2012
5.0
Version: 3.5.6b3
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!
Macatak
Macatak
Aug 4 2012
3.5.6b1
0.0
Aug 4 2012
0.0
Version: 3.5.6b1
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.
Wio76
Wio76
Jul 31 2012
3.5.3
0.0
Jul 31 2012
0.0
Version: 3.5.3
The price is now 7 €! It's not free anymore
Grug
Grug
Jun 1 2012
3.5
5.0
Jun 1 2012
5.0
Version: 3.5
Nice Pixen is back. For me the better mac Pixel editor.
Penguirl
Penguirl
Jun 1 2012
3.5
0.0
Jun 1 2012
0.0
Version: 3.5
Stupid App Store thinks that 3.5b8 is a newer version than 3.5.
hced
hced
Apr 30 2012
3.5b6
5.0
Apr 30 2012
5.0
Version: 3.5b6
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/
Joe-Shoemaker
Joe-Shoemaker
Apr 19 2012
3.5b5
0.0
Apr 19 2012
0.0
Version: 3.5b5
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?
hced
hced
Jan 29 2012
3.5b3
5.0
Jan 29 2012
5.0
Version: 3.5b3
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.
Fromage-Head
Fromage-Head
Jan 23 2012
3.5b3
0.0
Jan 23 2012
0.0
Version: 3.5b3
Wow… entering pixels width by hands. No layers reordering. Arrow cursor for drawing ? Quite disappointing.
Teak42
Teak42
Dec 17 2011
3.1b2
5.0
Dec 17 2011
5.0
Version: 3.1b2
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
avv3lenato
avv3lenato
Sep 4 2009
3.1b2
0.0
Sep 4 2009
0.0
Version: 3.1b2
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 ;-)
Trenti
Trenti
Sep 2 2009
3.1b2
0.0
Sep 2 2009
0.0
Version: 3.1b2
A great,great program,very helpful. Only thing: On Snow Leopard it can't save images as *.ico and *.jpg. Any hints for that?
avv3lenato
avv3lenato
Aug 27 2009
3.1b
0.0
Aug 27 2009
0.0
Version: 3.1b
Do not work in Snow Leopard!!! Please HELP!!!
Tenkerasu
Tenkerasu
May 26 2008
3.1b
0.0
May 26 2008
0.0
Version: 3.1b
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
Toten-Maske
Toten-Maske
Mar 8 2008
3.1b
0.0
Mar 8 2008
0.0
Version: 3.1b
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.
avv3lenato
avv3lenato
Nov 6 2007
3.0
0.0
Nov 6 2007
0.0
Version: 3.0
Solution: Use 3.1b Link: http://opensword.org/Unstable/?p=./Pixen/
avv3lenato
avv3lenato
Oct 31 2007
3.0
0.0
Oct 31 2007
0.0
Version: 3.0
Totally unusable with Leopard... BEWARE!
Straw000
Straw000
Sep 17 2007
3.0
5.0
Sep 17 2007
5.0
Version: 3.0
Pixen is now very stable with the new releases. I use it for making my icon. Also with such details it will ensure that the big pictures is not spoilt.
Cocoua
Cocoua
Nov 14 2006
3.0
4.0
Nov 14 2006
4.0
Version: 3.0
this is a great... toy pixen looks like the personal project of a littler genius tha t knows very well whta a pixel artist need, but it still being in progress, its not a sustitute of photoshop (which have all the features of pixen and much more, of course) for professional workflow, but it´s very interesting for play with. web icons and little square based pictures are now easy to do with pixen very nice the reptile soft. (not seen in photoshop!) thansk to the autor
Arglborps
Arglborps
Aug 25 2006
3.0
0.0
Aug 25 2006
0.0
Version: 3.0
Wow, crashing left and right on 10.4.7 on a Mini with Core Intel Duo. Change settings >> crash Change transparent background appearance >> crash Change Button bar >> crash Breathe >> crash Hmmm... I'd not even call this a beta.
Whopper
Whopper
Jun 24 2006
3.0
0.0
Jun 24 2006
0.0
Version: 3.0
I like the new features, but not the unexpected and seemingly unrelated crashes of this version on my eMac 1.0 Ghz, Mac OS X 10.3.9. I hope this will be fixed in a next release. Otherwise, I'm very happy with this software.
Aname
Aname
Jun 17 2006
3.0
4.5
Jun 17 2006
4.5
Version: 3.0
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. ;)
Jetfiredx
Jetfiredx
Jun 16 2006
3.0
0.0
Jun 16 2006
0.0
Version: 3.0
Absolutely brilliant. I've been watching Pixen develop slowly and the last beta was still pretty sluggish for speed. This new 3.0 version is jaw dropping to me. Flood fills with 0% opacity color works like I think it should - fills the color regardless of it being transparent. (other apps seem to think that transparent color shouldn't replace what is being filled...) Whipped up a PNG to turn into an icon with a nice transparent background in no time tonight in a few short minutes without having to bother with alpha channel masks or anything. Undo function can be a little slow to respond still but I am okay with it. I had no crashes or problems in 30 mins of use. I can't wait to see future releases of Pixen. Reminds me of the good old days with DeluxePaint4. (MacBook 10.4.6 2.0ghz 1.0gb RAM 80gig HD)
Crop
Crop
Jun 15 2006
3.0
0.0
Jun 15 2006
0.0
Version: 3.0
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?
Aname
Aname
May 4 2006
r3b2
4.5
May 4 2006
4.5
Version: r3b2
Pixen is what makes you proud of being a Mac user. It's invalueable for any pixel artist and animator. Absolutely shining program!!!
Guest
Guest
Apr 9 2005
r2v4
4.8
Apr 9 2005
4.8
Version: r2v4
It seems to work for me in almost every aspect except for copying and pasting. It allows me to copy images, but I just get the error tone on my computer when I try to paste into other programs. Does anyone know why?
Guest
Guest
Oct 5 2004
r2v3
4.8
Oct 5 2004
4.8
Version: r2v3
This is a great program for when you need to make anything small. I have Photoshop CS on here, but whenever I need to do pixel art, Pixen is what I use.
Swein
Swein
Aug 18 2004
r2v3
0.0
Aug 18 2004
0.0
Version: r2v3
Getting better, but it needs to have the Mac OS color palate to be useful.
Guest
Guest
Jul 14 2004
r2
4.8
Jul 14 2004
4.8
Version: r2
Pixen V2 is becoming a really useful tool in my studio now. Stable and intuitive interface. And the new grid system specially designed for pixel illustration (Super Cool) The option of output as EPS from the same file is really, really useful for print application as well. Those interested in pixel illustration should definitely give this a try.
Dojob
Dojob
Jul 13 2004
r2
5.0
Jul 13 2004
5.0
Version: r2
Full of very neat (unique) features like double palette that allows you to use one tool with its color setting on left clic and another one on right-clic. for instance you could have the pencil on left-clic and the eraser tool on right-clic. Interface very well designed Runs smoothly on my G4 400 Once you tried it you can't live without it
Guest
Guest
Jul 13 2004
r2
4.8
Jul 13 2004
4.8
Version: r2
Damn spiffy pixel-based editor. Nuff said.
Guest
Guest
Jul 8 2004
r1v12
4.8
Jul 8 2004
4.8
Version: r1v12
I must be stupid aswell. I get Pixen r1v12 running; select 'New' from the 'File' menu (of which displays New, Open, Recent, the other items are greyed); the tool palette appears; nothing else. All the items in the menus 'Edit', 'View' and 'Layer' are greyed. The 'Window' menu items are all greyed, except 'Bring to Front'. The Prefs item in the 'Pixen' menu is greyed. And Help isn't available. Instructions would prove helpful. 10.2.8; 384MB RAM
Guido53
Guido53
May 2 2004
r1v12
0.0
May 2 2004
0.0
Version: r1v12
help, i'm stupid how do i get started, i can't open a jpg or gif, ibook 700mhz 10.2.6
Guest
Guest
Mar 12 2004
r1v11
4.8
Mar 12 2004
4.8
Version: r1v11
Just wanna thank you for this great little App! It´s great to design background patterns and sprites as well. Great Job!
Guest
Guest
Jan 23 2004
r1v9
0.0
Jan 23 2004
0.0
Version: r1v9
If you have downloaded Pixen r1v9 before 2004.01.22.21.45 CST, please re-download it as there are some pretty important bugs that we fixed in a minor version update uploaded at that time. Thanks, and sorry for the inconvenience. You'll know if your version of Pixen is OK if the release notes show an entry for version r1v9-2. If you don't have the release notes anymore, you have a broken version of pixen if dragging a selection outside of the canvas results in a crash. Thanks for your patience!
Guest
Guest
Jan 23 2004
r1v9
4.8
Jan 23 2004
4.8
Version: r1v9
This app is pretty useful for drawing sprites. I like it.
Guest
Guest
Dec 12 2003
r1v8
4.8
Dec 12 2003
4.8
Version: r1v8
At least a software for Pixel Art... it seams to be a good start... let's see later what it will become...
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