Pixen free download for Mac

Pixen4.1

04 December 2016

Pixel art editor.

Overview

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.

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.

What's new in Pixen

Version 4.1:
  • Added a new Dark appearance that can be unlocked via in-app purchase (and also help support the project)
  • Some tools are now up to 10x faster when working with larger images
  • Fixed an issue where the Text tool would stop working on animation documents

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How would you rate Pixen app?

38 Reviews of Pixen

hced
30 April 2012
Version: 3.5b6

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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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0.5
Digitalvanilla
05 January 2016
Version: 3.8.1
Keep crashing and I cannot open any animate gif file at all.
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5
DonkeyKong
16 September 2012
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!
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5
idyll
10 August 2012
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!
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Macatak
04 August 2012
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.
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Wio76
31 July 2012
Version: 3.5.3
The price is now 7 €! It's not free anymore
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5
Grug
01 June 2012
Version: 3.5
Nice Pixen is back. For me the better mac Pixel editor.
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Penguirl
01 June 2012
Version: 3.5
Stupid App Store thinks that 3.5b8 is a newer version than 3.5.
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hced
30 April 2012
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/
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Joe-Shoemaker
19 April 2012
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?
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5
hced
29 January 2012
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.
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MAchintrucbidule459
23 January 2012
Version: 3.5b3
Wow… entering pixels width by hands. No layers reordering. Arrow cursor for drawing ? Quite disappointing.
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5
Teak42
17 December 2011
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
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avv3lenato
04 September 2009
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 ;-)
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Trenti
02 September 2009
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?
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avv3lenato
27 August 2009
Version: 3.1b
Do not work in Snow Leopard!!! Please HELP!!!
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Tenkerasu
26 May 2008
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
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Toten-Maske
08 March 2008
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.
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avv3lenato
31 October 2007
Version: 3.0
Totally unusable with Leopard... BEWARE!
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5
Straw000
17 September 2007
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.
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4
Cocoua
14 November 2006
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
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Arglborps
25 August 2006
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.
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Whopper
24 June 2006
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.
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Aname
17 June 2006
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. ;)
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Jetfiredx
16 June 2006
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)
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Crop
15 June 2006
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?
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4.5
Aname
04 May 2006
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!!!
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Anonymous
09 April 2005
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?
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4.75
Anonymous
05 October 2004
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.
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Swein
18 August 2004
Version: r2v3
Getting better, but it needs to have the Mac OS color palate to be useful.
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Anonymous
14 July 2004
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.
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Dojob
13 July 2004
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
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4.75
Anonymous
13 July 2004
Version: r2
Damn spiffy pixel-based editor. Nuff said.
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Anonymous
08 July 2004
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
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Guido53
02 May 2004
Version: r1v12
help, i'm stupid how do i get started, i can't open a jpg or gif, ibook 700mhz 10.2.6
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4.5
Anonymous
12 March 2004
Version: r1v11
Just wanna thank you for this great little App! It´s great to design background patterns and sprites as well. Great Job!
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Joe Osborn
23 January 2004
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!
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4.25
Anonymous
23 January 2004
Version: r1v9
This app is pretty useful for drawing sprites. I like it.
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Anonymous
12 December 2003
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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