A lot of people out there depend on Photoshop to edit .dds files. I couldn't use Photoshop.
Instead, I used GIMP. It's free, and you can view, edit and convert .dds files in it.
2 things are needed:
The download link for the current version is .
2) .dds plugin for Gimp (this is used so Gimp can access .dds files). The current version is .
1) Install Gimp.
2) Unzip the .dds plugin. (dds.exe)
3) Take dds.exe and place it in this folder:
4)Do not run dds.exe
5) Restart Gimp
You are done. Now you can open, view, edit, save, convert .dds files without needing Photoshop.
A screenshot is attached: