The DDS (DirectDraw Surface) container file format, from Microsoft, is a standard for storing data compressed with the lossy S3 Texture Compression (S3TC) algorithm.[1] This makes the format useful for storing graphical textures and cubic environment maps as a data file, both compressed and uncompressed. Textures in SimCity 2013 are typically stored in DDS format, and are packaged together with RW4 geometry files to create in-game 3D objects.

DDS PluginsEdit


DDS Support & Texture Tools for Photoshop


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