Originally Posted by mischman
And whats up with some free download offer they give you?
There's nothing unusual there. Lots of software providers do this so you can test it out. They safeguard their product by limiting it in some way. In the case of PT, they only allow you to parse 1000 hands before you're required to pay for the product. When you do so, they will e-mail you an activation code which removes the 1000 hand restriction.
If you're thinking about using PT in the future, or even if you don't, I recommend saving all you're hand histories. I didn't start using PT until this past summer, but because I had saved all my HH's I immediately had a database of 20,000 hands or so going back almost a year. It would have been more, but because I play at FTP, most of the hands I played for the first year were deleted from my hand history folder after 30 days. This is the default setting determined by FTP, but you can change this at any time by going to the options menu in the main lobby. You can just set it for 1000 days if you like. Once you purchase PT however, you won't need to worry about this anymore, because each hand is saved to a new location after processing.