Yes, there certainly is a terrible tool proliferation, probably more painfully in Plone than in the CMF. IMHO it wouldn't be so bad if those were optional components that provide optional functionality, but most of them must be there or the site breaks.
exactly. almost every addon has it's own set of tools, and many time these serve functions better served by z3's concept of services (PortalTranforms from AT comes to mind).
at least if they were components, extending them would be easier, even though the truly optional tool / utility is rare.
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