What applications can I use to create *.dds files(DirectDraw Surface) under Windows?


Microsoft lists tools such as the DirectX Texture Editor (Dxtex.exe) and the Texture Conversion Tool (Texconv.exe).

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There is a plugin for Gimp gimp-dds wich allows you to read and write DDS files easily.

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  • OP has requested "under Windows", yet gimp-dds has another advantage: it is also available for Linux and actually included in Ubuntu. – Stéphane Gourichon Jun 7 '17 at 17:47

I used to like this free one from nVidia:


You might want to dig info here as well:


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