13th March 2012
Pro Tools 10 Trial...
I am a long-time Logic user (10+ years!), but must confess to feeling a sense of excitement over the fact that Avid was offering a free, fully-functioning, 30-day trial of Pro-Tools 10. I thought it might be fun to give it a try, since I hadn't used Pro Tools in so long. Maybe I'd uncover something; some process; some way of doing things - that might speak to me, and inspire me to switch. Well, I must say, I was quite disappointed to discover that in order to run the Pro Tools Trial, I have to invest $50 in an iLok... Forgive me, but there is a basic logic (no pun intended) that this violates: If users have to invest money into it, then it's not a Free Trial. Am I the only person who feels this way? It's misleading and disappointing. The trial version should either be iLok-free (and simply set to EXPIRE after 30 days), or, if it absolutely MUST have an iLok, it should be able to run on some sort of specially-downloadable version of it, which users can install on their own USB flash drive, without having to drop $50 bucks. I mean, what if I try it out, and decide I don't like it? I'm just out 50 bucks? That doesn't strike me as fair. If it's supposed to be a Free Trial, then make it so. The point of a free trial is to attract new users, but the hidden fee runs absolutely counter to that objective. I'd imagine this is going to turn off a lot of people. It just inspires me to not even bother with Pro Tools. What a waste of time! I'd be interested to hear how others feel about this.