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DDS file format description

DDS file format

We made this page to help you understand how to work with DDS files. Here, you can find info on software that can handle these files. It includes simple programs for opening and converting them.

Learn about the DDS file and its functions here!

We also explain how to convert them into other types. It's simple and hassle-free. For opening or changing DDS files, this page offers all the tools you need.

#1 Microsoft DirectX DirectDraw Surface

The DDS file is categorized under Graphic. It is associated with DirectX SDK, serving as a Microsoft DirectX DirectDraw Surface. The file format supports mipmaps, cube maps, and volume maps. The DDS file format is supported by D3DX and other DirectX tools such as the DirectX Texture Editor (Dxtex.exe) and the Texture Conversion Tool (Texconv.exe). Visit the website of DirectX SDK for a detailed description of the DDS format.

Application:DirectX SDK
Category:Graphic files
Mime-type:image/x-dds
Magic:- / -
Aliases:-

Microsoft DirectX DirectDraw Surface related extensions

  • dhr Commodore Amiga Multi-palette Image
  • qoi Quite OK Image Format
  • ssi SriSun Image
  • pd FlexiSIGN 5 Plotter Document

#2 MAP Service Document

The DDS file is categorized under Data. It is associated with Landis+Gyr MAP, serving as a MAP Service Document. The Landis+Gyr MAP Service Tool was developed to support the dialog meters. It is able to communicate with all modern electronic meters from Landis+Gyr and also with many units from other manufacturers, which comply with the standards according to dlms or IEC 62056-21 (formerly IEC 1107). Visit the website of Landis+Gyr MAP for a detailed description of the DDS format.

Application:Landis+Gyr MAP
Category:Data files
Mime-type:application/octet-stream
Magic:- / -
Aliases:-

MAP Service Document related extensions

  • ixr XL Reporter Template
  • xyz EEGLAB MATLAB Location Data
  • prw PSI-Plot Result Data
  • dmtemplate Direct Mail Template

#3 Amazon Lumberyard DirectDraw Surface Data

The DDS file is categorized under Development. It is associated with Amazon Lumberyard, serving as an Amazon Lumberyard DirectDraw Surface Data. Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine that allows you to create high-quality games, connect your games to the compute and storage of the AWS Cloud. Visit the website of Amazon Lumberyard for a detailed description of the DDS format.

Application:Amazon Lumberyard
Category:Development files
Mime-type:application/octet-stream
Magic:- / -
Aliases:-

Amazon Lumberyard DirectDraw Surface Data related extensions

  • ruf ProWorx NXT Address Used Tables Reference
  • ctf MATLAB Component Technology File
  • rso Reactis Compiled Object
  • image Squeak Image

#4 XMap XData Dataset

The DDS file is categorized under GIS. It is associated with XMap GIS, serving as an XMap XData Dataset. XMap is a three-tiered GIS and GPS platform that addresses key functional levels within an organization’s GIS infrastructure. Visit the website of XMap GIS for a detailed description of the DDS format.

Application:XMap GIS
Category:GIS files
Mime-type:application/octet-stream
Magic:- / -
Aliases:-

XMap XData Dataset related extensions

  • cvl GPSylon Coastal Vector Listing Format Data
  • ctc SeeYou Flight CTC Data
  • fit Garmin FIT Data
  • fpi Fugawi Point of Interest Data

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The DDS filename extension may be misspelled. We compiled a list of similar file extensions to help you find errors.

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Windows can't open your DDS file?

When you try to open a file by double-clicking it, Windows looks at the file's name to figure out what to do. If Windows doesn't know the file type, it'll ask you to choose an app to open this DDS file.

To set the DDS file association in Windows 11, you can follow these steps

  1. Open the Settings app by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the gear icon.
  2. In the Settings app, click on System and then select Apps from the left-hand side menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Default apps option.
  4. In the Default apps section, you will find various categories. They include Email, Web browser, and Music player.
  5. Locate the category that matches the file type you want to associate. For example, choose Photos for image files, or Video player for video files.
  6. Click on the current default app listed under the category. A list of available apps will appear.
  7. Choose the app you want to set as the default for that file type. If the app you want is not listed, click on More apps to see more options. Or, click on Look for an app in the Microsoft Store to search for apps.
  8. After selecting the app, it will become the default choice for opening files of that type.

It's worth mentioning that you don't always need to set DDS file association. Many apps can open files. They don't need a specific file association to be set.

Handle DDS files with care

Exercise caution when handling DDS files from unknown sources. Files from certain sources can threaten your computer's security. They might contain malware, viruses, or harmful software. To minimize risks, avoid downloading or opening unfamiliar DDS files. Use trusted antivirus software to scan files from unknown sources before opening.

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