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4.1
04 December 2016

Pixel art editor.

hced
30 April 2012

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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

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Digitalvanilla
05 January 2016
Keep crashing and I cannot open any animate gif file at all.
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Version 3.8.1
DonkeyKong
16 September 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!
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Version 3.5.7b3
idyll
10 August 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!
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Version 3.5.6b3
2 answer(s)
idyll
idyll
10 August 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
MacUpdate-Nick
15 August 2012
Thanks for the info, idyll. The listing's been updated to 3.5.3!
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Macatak
04 August 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.
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Version 3.5.6b1
Wio76
31 July 2012
The price is now 7 €! It's not free anymore
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Version 3.5.3
1 answer(s)
Regular-Warren
Regular-Warren
31 July 2012
Thanks for the heads-up! :) I added the price to the listing.
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Grug
01 June 2012
Nice Pixen is back. For me the better mac Pixel editor.
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Version 3.5
Penguirl
01 June 2012
Stupid App Store thinks that 3.5b8 is a newer version than 3.5.
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Version 3.5
1 answer(s)
Pixen Project
Pixen Project
01 June 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
30 April 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/
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Version 3.5b6
1 answer(s)
gatovadio
gatovadio
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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Joe-Shoemaker
19 April 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?
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Version 3.5b5
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Joe-Shoemaker
Joe-Shoemaker
19 April 2012
This is as of version 3.0 I don't know if this problem exists in the recent update.
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hced
29 January 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.
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Version 3.5b3
MAchintrucbidule459
23 January 2012
Wow… entering pixels width by hands. No layers reordering. Arrow cursor for drawing ? Quite disappointing.
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Version 3.5b3
3 answer(s)
hced
hced
29 January 2012
You're right on the adjusting px width by hand, but layer reordering is definitely there.
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MAchintrucbidule459
MAchintrucbidule459
09 February 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
hced
10 February 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
17 December 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
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Version 3.1b2
1 answer(s)
Teak42
Teak42
10 January 2012
Look at that, it's been updated to the latest. (3.5b2)
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avv3lenato
04 September 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 ;-)
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Version 3.1b2
Trenti
02 September 2009
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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Version 3.1b2
1 answer(s)
Kmb
Kmb
05 September 2009
I also upgraded to 3.1b2, and I cannot save my .pxi images as .jpg anymore. Has anyone found a solution to this yet?
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Version 3.1b2
avv3lenato
27 August 2009
Do not work in Snow Leopard!!! Please HELP!!!
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Version 3.1b
Tenkerasu
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
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Version 3.1b
1 answer(s)
Mattleclair
Mattleclair
04 February 2009
Yeah! They should refund TWICE what you paid for their software. Maybe even triple!
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Version 3.1b
Toten-Maske
08 March 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.
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Version 3.1b
avv3lenato
31 October 2007
Totally unusable with Leopard... BEWARE!
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Version 3.0
Straw000
17 September 2007
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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Version 3.0
Cocoua
14 November 2006
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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Version 3.0
Arglborps
25 August 2006
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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Version 3.0
Whopper
24 June 2006
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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Version 3.0
1 answer(s)
Whopper
Whopper
24 June 2006
I should add that the crashing only occurred with animation files, never with still images. Especially switching between cells with several layers each caused crashes.
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Version 3.0
Aname
17 June 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. ;)
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Version 3.0
Jetfiredx
16 June 2006
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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Version 3.0
Crop
15 June 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?
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Version 3.0
2 answer(s)
Lemniscate
Lemniscate
15 June 2006
Uh oh! What version of Mac OS X are you running?
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Version 3.0
Crop
Crop
15 June 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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Version 3.0
Aname
04 May 2006
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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Version r3b2
Anonymous
09 April 2005
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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Version r2v4
Anonymous
05 October 2004
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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Version r2v3
Swein
18 August 2004
Getting better, but it needs to have the Mac OS color palate to be useful.
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Version r2v3
1 answer(s)
Ian Henderson
Ian Henderson
20 August 2004
We're automatically importing the Mac OS X palettes into our palette (use the pop-up menu in the palette panel to select them). If you want to use the default color chooser, just double click on a color in the palette (to change that color), or single-click the color well in the tool picker (to use the color for drawing). If you mean something else by "Mac OS Color Palette," could you please clarify?
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Version r2v3
Anonymous
14 July 2004
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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Version r2
Dojob
13 July 2004
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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Version r2
Anonymous
13 July 2004
Damn spiffy pixel-based editor. Nuff said.
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Version r2
Anonymous
08 July 2004
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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Version r1v12
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Andy Matuschak
Andy Matuschak
12 July 2004
Sorry, but that happens because you're still running Jaguar! Unfortunately, Pixen is only compatible with Panther or higher. I hope that if you upgrade some day, you will try Pixen again. Thanks!
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Version r1v12
Anonymous
Anonymous
13 July 2004
(Sorry, but that happens because you're still running Jaguar!) Pixen will start up on 10.2, I guess I'm wondering why a pixel editor requires Panther. (Unfortunately, Pixen is only compatible with Panther or higher.) Thanks for singling me out. Because of an oversight on either your part or MU's part, on July8th your app apparently required 10.2! (I hope that if you upgrade some day, you will try Pixen again. Thanks! (7/12/2004, Version: r1v12) Maybe I'm 'too sensitive', but I detect a sense of snottiness in your invitation. (BTW, even your reply indicates r1v12!) Look, I realize that Pixen is (currently) FREE, but my confusion was genuine. And I tried to inform what I was experiencing in a honest fashion.
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Version r2
The-Valrus
The-Valrus
13 July 2004
You are too sensitive. "Singling you out?" Are you the only person who doesn't use Panther? I didn't see anything snotty in the developer's reply. Get over it.
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Version r2
Anonymous
Anonymous
13 July 2004
Uh... (Troubleshooting by Guido : help, i'm stupid how do i get started, i can't open a jpg or gif, ibook 700mhz 10.2.6 (5/2/2004, Version: r1v12) Apparently our friend -Guido- is also using 10.2. I wonder if Guido read '10.2' as a requirement, as did I? Anyway, he apparently doesn't warrant any comments? Thus the comment on singling out. Anyway, I'm happy that others are experiencing joy with an app that seems like fun. I can't get Panther currently (thus the search for FREE software). When I do get it, I'd like to try again. I'm sorry that some are getting upset. But this isn't the first time that 10.2 was indicated for an app, here at MU - when in fact 10.3 was what was originally required. Or 10.3 became the 'new' original requirement posted.
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Version r2
Andy Matuschak
Andy Matuschak
14 July 2004
I'm a bit confused... I didn't mean to be snotty, if that's what it looked like in my response. We at Open Sword Group try to be ridiculously friendly and responsive to all feedback and comments on Pixen, so if I offended you, it was quite unintentional. There's a pretty decent reason for why we require 10.3, though we know it alienates some users. There's only the three of us, and we're full-time students, yet Pixen is a huge program. Especially for this release, though also with past ones, we've found that we can move -so- much faster and add -so- many more features to the application if we require 10.3 because the Cocoa API was updated in Panther to make development much easier and more efficient. We make use of bindings and NSAlert panels extensively to speed up development, and both of those things are 10.3-only. I don't know if it was my fault or MacUpdate's that Pixen was listed as requiring 10.2 - this actually happened at another download site, so it may very well have been mine. If that's the case, I apologize not only for the confusion but for your inability to use the application. - Andy Matuschak Open Sword Group
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Version r2
Anonymous
Anonymous
14 July 2004
Thanx for explaining Pixen's reqs. I appreciate your consideration. Regarding the mixup - like I mentioned before, this isn't the 1st time this has happened at MU. I don't believe that it's intentional or laziness, but more likely due to bulk of work. However, it has happened before with other apps offered here - thus the crankiness. Anyway, when I can, I'd like to give Pixen a spin. Aqua is beautiful no question, but I still have a soft spot for pixel art. Cheers.
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Version r2
Maxruehl
Maxruehl
25 February 2009
FYI, this is not ME. ;)
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Version 3.1b
Guido53
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
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Version r1v12
Anonymous
12 March 2004
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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Version r1v11
Joe Osborn
23 January 2004
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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Version r1v9
Anonymous
23 January 2004
This app is pretty useful for drawing sprites. I like it.
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Version r1v9
Anonymous
12 December 2003
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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Version r1v8