I am trying to ask a question about seeing if anyone knows about a piece of software that does what I am looking for, but I want to make sure that that type of question is allowed on this SE.
Most Stack Exchange sites do not allow this, however there is a Software Recommendations Stack Exchange
The current close reason "Questions seeking recommendations for specific equipment are off-topic" recommends that you "describe the required function and setting in which the equipment will be used, and ask what you should look for to achieve that."
I'd like to see questions such questions on-topic even if 'the equipment' may be software, or if there is for some reason a requirement that it is software.
I don't think the existence of the software recommendations SE is a particularly strong reason to disallow questions which may lead to a software recommendation here. After all, We have woodworking.stackexchange.com, but that doesn't mean that all luthiery-related questions would be off-topic here.