Six months ago I posted “Tools for Freelance Instructional Designers”, with a compilation of various tools recommended by freelance instructional designers in LinkedIn. With this update, the suggestions are categorized as “open” (free to use) and “commercial” (pay for use).
Some limitations of making this kind of list – many applications have a free version, in addition to a paid, premium version, with additional features, capabilities, etc. For the purposes of this post, if a free version is available (more than just a free trial), the application is listed in the “open” column. All of this is of course subject to change as these products evolve and change hands.