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Latest version:
3.6 05/05/14
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Pixen is fully compatible with:

  • Mac OS X

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Others: Mac OS X 10.3 or later Apple Quicktime 7 or later
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Available languages

  • English

Versions of Pixen

All versions of Pixen
Version License Language O.S. Download
Pixen 3.6 05/05/14 Full Version English
  • Mac OS X
Pixen 3.5b9 28/08/13 Free (GPL) English
  • Mac OS X
Pixen 3.1 31/05/12 Free (GPL) English
  • Mac OS X

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Recent changes

  • Modernized filmstrip view
  • Changes to a frame's duration can now be undone

Review last updated: 12/05/14

Pixel art editor for Mac OS X.

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 array of tools when composing pixel art: Pencil, Eraser, Eyedropper, Zoom, Rectangular Selection, Magic Wand, Lasso, Move, Fill, Line, Rectangle, and Ellipse.

Layers – Take advantage of the flexibility layers provide when working with complex pixel art.

Color Palettes – Add and organize commonly-used colors into palettes.

Patterns – Define custom patterns to use while drawing with the pencil, line, or eraser tool (instead of a single pixel).

Custom Backgrounds – Pick a flat, striped or checkered background (or even a custom image) to be drawn beneath the canvas.

Grid + Alignment Crosshair – Let the grid and the alignment crosshair guide you in placing pixels just where you want them.

Preview – While editing at high zoom levels, use the Preview window to view the canvas scaled out; play back animations in the Preview window.

Left and Right Tools – Assign a different tool to the left and right mouse button. For example: pencil on the left; eraser on the right.

Tablet Support – Pixen supports pressure-sensitive drawing tablets and maps pressure to color opacity.

Hotkeys – Customize tool hotkeys to ease the transition from other image editors.

Full Screen – Work with all your favorite tools in full screen mode on OS X Lion.

"A nifty little programme for pixel level work"

A nifty little programme for pixel level work - good layer tools and a sensible interface.

  • layers, existing colour chooser
  • tool icons are a bit ugly

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