A tools is a component for analyzing and processing selected data entities (such as time series or map layers). 

Tools are presented in two ways in the Tools Explorer. The first is context sensitive which means object (e.g. a time series) relevant tools are made available only when it is selected in the explorer (e.g. time series explorer). The second is generic and is not sensitive to selection of an object. 

These tools are categorized as 'Other tools' in the tools explorer and can be applied to all objects in the DSS database.