Photoshop: Native support of *.dds files

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Well, there are two plugins (nVidia and Intel) to support *.dds files in Photoshop.
The thing is, that both of them have their own issues:
- They both open *.dds files with slightly different settings.
- You might install both at the same time and you are even able to select which one to use for saving, however, you cannot select which one to use for opening files. So, in a practical sense, you can only use one at the time.
- The nVidia plugin occasionally crashes Photoshop while saving (kinda random; perhaps more often after "Flatten Image"?).

In case you need full support of *.dds files (so the advantage/setting of both those plugins), the current workaround to switch the plugins. This is done by deinstalling one and installing the other. This is pretty annoying since you have to close Photoshop, open the corresponding plugin folder, delete the installed plugin, paste the other plugin and restart Photoshop.

Suggestion:
Native support for *.dds files with some settings for opening and saving files. This is probably very easy to implement, because the file format is pretty much straight forward.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How does one open a .dds file on CC?.

I am trying to open .dds files on CC 2014. I have an nVidia photoshop plugin which should enable this feature but so far all I have been getting out of photoshop is "Could not complete your request because it is not the right kind of document."
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why no DDS support?.

I don't get it - DDS is a common file format for professional Photoshop users, but for some reason, Adobe really really really doesn't want to support it. 

I'd love to hear some kind of logical explanation that I can appreciate. As it is, I'm stuck with Photoshop CS6, because neither Nvidia nor Intel are updating their respective plugins to work correctly with newer versions of Photoshop.