DDS Viewer is a straightforward piece of software capable of displaying Microsoft DirectDraw Surface files (DDS) format.
It comes packed with just a few standard options which can be adjusted by any type of users, even the ones with no previous experience in graphics viewers.
The setup procedure is done in no time. DDS Viewer is wrapped in a user-friendly GUI, based on a normal window with a clean aspect, where you can open DDS files using the file browser only, since the drag-and-drop method is not supported.
It is possible to zoom in and out using either the mouse scrollwheel or by moving a slider, fit the image to screen, as well as rotate it to left or right.
The upper side of the panel shows the photograph's width and height in pixels. Last but not least, the DDS file can be saved to a different format (JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF) by specifying the output directory and file name.
DDS Viewer runs on a light amount of CPU and RAM, so it does not put a strain on computer performance. It can be minimized to the taskbar to become non-intrusive while working in other programs at the same time. We have not come across any issues throughout our evaluation, as the app did not hang, crash or pop up error dialogs.
To sum it up, DDS Viewer offers a simple software solution to viewing DDS files on the go, backed up by a user-friendly interface and intuitive options.