Skyrim DDS Image Viewer by Sir Garnon
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Added: 31/01/2013 - 12:59AM
Updated: 19/03/2016 - 08:01AM

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Last updated at 8:01, 19 Mar 2016 Uploaded at 0:59, 31 Jan 2013

Skyrim DDS Image Viewer
- By Sir Garnon

Ever wonder how many texture files you've downloaded, and their actual resolution and quality when compared to the originals? The Skyrim DDS Image Viewer is a utility used for viewing the .dds texture files that are included in both Bethesdas Hi-Res DLCs, and other Hi-Res mods such as the excellent Skyrim HD - 2K Textures, and also the Weapon Retexture Project - WRP.

If used only as a simple dds viewer, this utility is probably not that interesting. However, one of my main goals (or at least ideas) was to get the details of the DDS image pixel dimensions and file sizes displayed in an orderable list, and to use this information for performance analysis. Example, which textures are the largest, which textures have been overridden from the Bethesda bsa files, etc. This is the main feature that distinguishes this utility from other viewers. I'm hoping to develop this further with additional texture related information.

Main Features:
  • Displays a list of DDS files, their dimension and file size.
  • Displays an Image Preview, and also the full-size image.

Image Preview:


To install, simply extract the files in the download file to a folder of your choice.

You may also need to install the latest Microsoft .NET Framework (required):
Microsoft .NET Framework v4.0 (Windows XP)
Microsoft .NET Framework v4.5 (Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8)

Simply delete the downloaded files.

1) Run the ImageViewer.exe file, and click the "Setup" button.

2) On the Setup Window, enter in the paths for all of the BSA files, and also the Custom Texture and Extract Folder paths.

Example Setup:

3) Once all of the paths have been correctly entered, click "Save" and return to the main window.

4) Once you have completed your setup, click the "Extract" button. A popup confirmation will show, asking you to proceed or not. If everything looks good, click Ok. This will run the BSA extract process, which will launch 1-4 DOS windows. Let all of these run and complete before doing anything else (this typically only needs to be done once).

5) Once the BSAs have been extracted, click the "Start" button, and the let the program run for several minutes, as indicated by the progress bar. This will take some time, but you can minimize it and let it run in the background.

6) Once the program has looked at all of the dds files, the table will be displayed. From there, you can sort the list, comparing the differences in files, or view a Preview of a selected image by clicking on the desired row.

7) To view the full-size version of the image, simply click the Preview Image.

Important Notes:
This is v2.0, and while I've thoroughly tested it and use it myself, it may contain bugs. If you encounter any problems though, please let me know by posting the issue in the Nexus Site Comments section, and I'll get it fixed asap.

Requested Features for Upcoming Releases:
  • Add the ability to compare two or texture packs from the Nexus Site (joshezzell)

If you find this utility useful, please feel free to Endorse it.

Other Mods by me:
Skyrim Performance Monitor
Fallout Performance Monitor
Ini File Editor
ArchiveInvalidation File Generator
Skyrim DDS Image Viewer
Nexus Mod Monitor
Game Launcher