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About DDS Files

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A .dds file is a raster image saved in the DirectDraw Surface (DDS) container format. DDS images may save raw or lossy-compressed image data and are often video game textures or mipmaps. The files may also be digital photographs.

While many image viewers can open DDS images, you may want to convert a DDS image to a more widely-supported format. Your DDS images may also store uncompressed data, resulting in large file sizes that you want to reduce. JPEG is a good option for converting DDS images since it is so widely supported. However, JPEG also uses lossy compression which will slightly decrease the image quality when reducing its size. If it is vital to maintain image quality, you can convert the DDS graphic to the PNG or GIF formats since they use lossless compression. Additionally, PNG and GIF support transparency in images.

About File Helper

File Helper is a free web-based file utility that can open DirectDraw Surface Image files and over 150 other file formats directly in your web browser. It displays file properties, including metadata, and image EXIF data, along with information about the corresponding file type. File Helper can also view and convert images to several common formats. Have an unknown file or a file without an extension? No problem — File Helper can identify over 15,000 file types.

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