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Converting SST to DDS

SST is part of the Gerber family of formats, which are used as standardized descriptions of layer data in the printed circuit board (PCB) industry. SST files describe the top silkscreen of a PCB, are created with Orcad software and can serve as input files for a photoplotting machine that produces such boards. Similar formats — describing different data, such as copper layers or electrical connections — include SMB, SMT and SSB.

DDS (DirectDraw Surface) is an image file format that usually contains texture data, cubic environment maps or other type of data compressed using the S3TC (S3 Texture Compression) algorithm. The DDS format was first associated with Microsoft's DirectX 7.0 and later on with DirectDraw, a tool for accelerating the rendering of graphics in various applications. DDS is a container file and can be decompressed using a graphics processing unit (GPU).

So, how to change SST into DDS?

The quick and simple way to handle your files is to get a quality piece of software, such as reaConverter. Although it is fast, this software is extremely efficient in managing a wide range of conversions. As you will soon realize, reaConverter will help you avoid spending countless hours trying to figure out how to convert SSTs. But at the same time, it will allow you to apply a wide range of editing options.

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Load SST Files

Start reaConverter and load all the .sst files you intend to convert into .dds because, as opposed to most free online converters, reaConverter supports batch conversion. So you can save the time and energy you would lose with doing repetitive operations.

Select SSTs from a folder or by drag-and-dropping them directly into the reaConverter window.

Choose Output Folder

Go to the Saving options tab and decide where you want to save new .dds files. You can also spend a few more moments to apply additional editing to the images prepared for conversion.

Select DDS as Output Format

Then pick the DDS as output format. To help you do this, a series of buttons is conveniently placed at the bottom of the reaConverter window, so you can simply press on the one you need or click Plus button to add new options.

Then simply press the Start button and your conversion will begin in no time!

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Command-line interface

Advanced users can convert SST to DDS via command-line interface in manual or automated mode. You are welcome to contact our technical support when you have any questions about reaConverter.

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