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
5) Restart Gimp
You are done. Now you can open, view, edit, save, convert .dds files without needing Photoshop.
A screenshot is attached: