Of course. You said you can`t use photoshop`s plugin, but that doesn`t mean you don`t have photoshop. The converter works perfectly fine too for what you want, but there may be something about your system stopping it.
If you don`t have photoshop, and DDS Converter doesn`t work, I`m sure GIMP has a .dds importer available that would do the job. I haven`t tried it myself, but Paint.net may be able to import .dds (and obviously export to .png), and the ATi Compressonator tool should be able to do it too (I think it also has a batch processor in it to make mass conversions quicker, but it`s been a while).
Extremely tired this evening, so posts may not be as happy sounding as usual
afaik you need to create a dds with an etxra alpha layer file, google it, last time I used those was in 2004. Worked only for some of the files LFS uses (I still have that FZ5 Targa mod, a dds with transpenrency for the FZ5s roof.
The main layer stays black, but you need to add alpha layers that are white or something, (it's been a while) My sig has the link to instructions (Sunroofs).
Initially I used a windshield dds texture and tried it as a skin dds and then opened that file with photoshop and examined how it all worked (sunscreenALPHA.dds)
It only worked for SKINS though because the file MUST end with the string "ALPHA" eg: FZR_SunroofALPHA.dds
LFS detects files such with this ending string and then unlocks the alpha layers. Some sort of DirectX function I presume.
I've already tried with car interiors and car textures and they don't appear transparent because the filenames are already predetermined. Eg: Interior_1.dds You cannot modify the names to append the "ALPHA" text because then LFS will not locate them correctly.
Anyone knows if this still works in 0.6E ? And if yes, how ?
I have tried saving .raw from Photoshop ==> Resulting file wasn't auto-converted to dds, and in game I got the "unable to load x.dds file" error
I have tried saving .raw from Irfanview ==> Resulting file wasn't auto-converted to dds, and in game I got the "unable to load x.dds file" error