Is it okay to use terms like ''tools'' and ''equipment'' for a piece of computer software in technical(for example electrical engineering ) documentation ?

For example, is it okay to use terms like ''tools'' and ''equipment'' for softwares ''visual studio'' or ''matlab''?

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    "Tools" is probably fine. But I don't think there is enough context to write an answer. Could you give an example of what you actually want to say.
    – James K
    Commented Nov 17, 2020 at 19:05

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Using "tool" or "tools" in this context makes sense and is fairly common among software developers.

The use of "equipment" almost always refers to some hardware in this context. A laptop, a desktop computer, a router, etc.

I have never heard the word "equipment" refer to software tools such as Visual Studio or Matlab.

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