There are sooooooooo many authoring tools out there…
So many tool choices, platform integrations, file formats to output, mobile compatibility, accessibility compliance… Flash, HTML5?!!! Ahhhhhhh….
The “paradox of choice” kicks in big time when trying to do the right thing.
Autonomy and Freedom of choice are critical to our well being, and choice is critical to freedom and autonomy. Nonetheless, though modern Americans have more choice than any group of people ever has before, and thus, presumably, more freedom and autonomy, we don’t seem to be benefiting from it psychologically.
— Ch.5, The Paradox of Choice, 2004
My friend Joe Ganci has created a great matrix comparing the main affordances of The Seven Top Authoring Tools in the market. Of course, from the time of publication to now there are probably 1269 new authoring tools out there (hyperbole granted).
The tools he compares are:
Paradox of Choice, Harper Perennial 2004