DDS File Extension

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DirectDraw Surface
  • Developer
    Microsoft
  • Popularity
    3.5 (8 votes)

What is DDS file?

DDS file format (short for DirectDraw Surface) contains raster images used by DirectX. Standard DDS file holds textures, backgrounds, wallpapers, models and texture maps for computer games.

DDS format compression method

DDS format can use compression to sacrifice quality for reduce file size, but it is fully optional. The format sues S3 Texture Compression algorithm. DDS file data can easily be decompressed and rendered using standard DirectX library functions and commands.

DDS format applications

DDS file format was created for real-time rendering software applications, such as computer games. DDS raster file usage in computer games makes games more appealing to the player. DDS files also reduce the memory usage of DirectX-compliant GPUs.

DDS format origins

DDS format was created along with DirectX 7.0 standard. Each newer DirectX version added further improvements – DirectX 8.0 added support for volume textures., Direct3D 10 added texture arrays, and Direct3D 11 introduced a new texture standard, Direct3D.

Conversion of a DDS file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the DDS extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of DDS file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from DDS extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to DDS file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the DDS file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the DDS file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the DDS file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the DDS file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the DDS file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the DDS file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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