RationalPlan

Easy to use and affordable project management software

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RationalPlan Overview

What is RationalPlan?

RationalPlan Project Management Software is a powerful project management software designed to assist project managers in developing plans, allocating resources, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workload. Useful for project planning, project scheduling and project tracking.

If you are working in the area of construction, engineering, services&consulting, business, software development or even working on a simple student project then you can use RationalPlan. It will help you to complete your project as scheduled, on time and within budget.

If you have projects that are interrelated that is certain tasks from one project depend on other tasks from the other projects then you should opt in for a Multi Project version. Even more... you should choose a Multi Project version if you have resources that are working in multiple projects. Otherwise the Single Project version is enough.

Here are some key reasons for using RationalPlan Project Management Software:

* manage your company's projects and share resources between them
* provides a clean way to break down your project, build schedules, allocate resources, and manage budgets
* get resources and finances under control (realistic cost estimates mechanisms, screening cash-flow time distribution for tasks and resources)
* gives you a step by step project guide that walks you through the project management process so you can lay down a project plan immediately
* different scenarios capability via multiple undo/redo levels will allow you to make changes and safely get back
* track project evolution regarding task's completion, time and costs
* brings project's critical issues to your attention

The application is covering project management area from WBS construction, project planning and scheduling to critical path management, overallocated resources detection, project and task tracking, cost estimation.

RationalPlan Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
One Time License
Free
Subscription
Value for money

RationalPlan can be used as On Premise with a one time payment or as SAAS with a monthly payment.


RationalPlan Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian and 6 others, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian

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RationalPlan Reviews

RationalPlan Reviews

Overall rating
4,4
/
5
Excellent
49

Very good
41

Average
8

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,7
Features
4,3
Ease of Use
4,4
Customer Support
4,5
92% recommended this app
Nirmal J.

Found it better than MS Project for project management!

I am using Rational Plan as a MS Project substitute and have greatly benefitted by all its features. It helped me manage the tasks better.


Neil A.

Everyday essential tool

Rational plan has helped to transform the way that we run our manufacturing operation. Our facility has a real mix of make to order and long term forecast demands being placed on equipment. There are several additional and variable constraints that make capacity planning software consistently fail. To overcome any lack of visibility from failing to plan we have found no greater tool than the simple flexibility, and ease of use that comes with Rational Plan.


Frank K.

Franklin Automation

We have not gotten to the point yet where we are utilizing the resource management tools, but given that we are typically managing 3 - 4 projects at any given time this is definitely the goal. What would be most beneficial at this time is to have some way of entering and accumulating data. Currently I have to set-up project spreadsheets with all of my cost codes down the left margin and dates across the top so that I can enter time sheets and accumulate hours for each job cost code for all projects. With the accumulated sub-totals I can then update my Gantt charts on Rational plan from time to time. It would be great if I could enter this time sheet data directly into Rational Plan instead of having to create and update these summarizing spread sheets.


Scott B.

Very Effective Project Management Tool

I work with a lot of different customers and am constantly importing and exporting project plans (converting from MS Project). RationalPlan allows me to effectively and efficiently work with the plans in this mixed environment. I find it an essential tool for my business.


Bill B.

Great project management software.

My partner and I build large custom homes. By using RationalPlan, we can queue the subs and make the entire process go more quickly. It is a great tool, but like any tool, you have to use it. It is not magic.


Nirmal J.
Industry: Construction

Found it better than MS Project for project management!

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2018/02/06
Review Source: Capterra

I am using Rational Plan as a MS Project substitute and have greatly benefitted by all its features. It helped me manage the tasks better.

Pros

It is web-based and has better compatibility among different OS, it has similarbut better features than MS Project which include task and Gantt Chart features that the executives work with want to see. It integrates with Outlook, so tasks can be emailed to responsible staff. The export to PDF is great for sharing a snapshot of all the tasks in the entire project along with the Gantt Chart.

Cons

while exporting to Excel,it loses the formatting. There's no way to set up emails on tasks that are late. The main way to track tasks is by manually entering the percentage of work completed.

Response from Stand By Soft

Not sure what product you are using but in the latest version of RationalPlan Cloud it is implemented the late task notification. Just make sure it is activated from the Administration area.

Resources can also track their tasks in the My Assignments area by entering their individual actual work and the percentage completion will be automatically computed by the application.

Regarding loosing format when exporting to Excel we would appreciate some detailed feedback in order to improve it. Just drop us an email to support.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Neil A.
Industry: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Everyday essential tool

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/02/24
Review Source: Capterra

Rational plan has helped to transform the way that we run our manufacturing operation. Our facility has a real mix of make to order and long term forecast demands being placed on equipment. There are several additional and variable constraints that make capacity planning software consistently fail. To overcome any lack of visibility from failing to plan we have found no greater tool than the simple flexibility, and ease of use that comes with Rational Plan.

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

The ability to lose information when closing down

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Frank K.
Industry: Machinery
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Franklin Automation

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/02/23
Review Source: Capterra

We have not gotten to the point yet where we are utilizing the resource management tools, but given that we are typically managing 3 - 4 projects at any given time this is definitely the goal. What would be most beneficial at this time is to have some way of entering and accumulating data. Currently I have to set-up project spreadsheets with all of my cost codes down the left margin and dates across the top so that I can enter time sheets and accumulate hours for each job cost code for all projects. With the accumulated sub-totals I can then update my Gantt charts on Rational plan from time to time. It would be great if I could enter this time sheet data directly into Rational Plan instead of having to create and update these summarizing spread sheets.

Pros

1. Inexpensive
2. Relatively easy to learn
3. Good customer support

Cons

1. cannot enter raw data; has no way of accumulating time in a given cost code
2. some of the options are confusing (e.g. "always keep assignment units as set" and "try to keep the work when changing resources"...what do these mean???

Response from Stand By Soft

RationalPlan can export to a spreadsheet by simplg going to File/Data export menu.
The " keep the work when changing resources" option is a Project Management option which indicate the application to recalculate duration of a task when adding resources for example so to keep the amount of work constant

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Scott B.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Very Effective Project Management Tool

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/02/16
Review Source: Capterra

I work with a lot of different customers and am constantly importing and exporting project plans (converting from MS Project). RationalPlan allows me to effectively and efficiently work with the plans in this mixed environment. I find it an essential tool for my business.

Pros

It is a native Mac program that imports and exports MS Project files efficiently.

Cons

I have had some issues over the years with specific bugs. But to their credit, RationalPlan has always been quick to respond with a resolution to the issues. I still seem to have some issues with the printing format and how it handles logos.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Bill B.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Great project management software.

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/11/20
Review Source: Capterra

My partner and I build large custom homes. By using RationalPlan, we can queue the subs and make the entire process go more quickly. It is a great tool, but like any tool, you have to use it. It is not magic.

Pros

Intuitive. Easy to learn. Many features (some I have not explored yet).

Cons

I have not figured out how to have a couple of projects open at the same time.
Also have not figured out how to sort entries.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8,6/10
Based on 98 user ratings
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RationalPlan Pricing

RationalPlan Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
One Time License
Free
Subscription
Value for money

RationalPlan can be used as On Premise with a one time payment or as SAAS with a monthly payment.

RationalPlan can be used as On Premise with a one time payment or as SAAS with a monthly payment.

Value for Money
4,7/5
Based on 98 user ratings
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RationalPlan Features

RationalPlan Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Drag & Drop Interface
Gantt Charts
Multiple Projects
Prioritizing
Progress Tracking
Project Management
Project Planning
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Task Management
Task Planning
Task Tracking
Third Party Integration
Features
4,3/5
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Additional information for RationalPlan

Additional information for RationalPlan

Key features of RationalPlan

  • brings project's critical issues to your attention
  • build schedules, allocate resources, and manage budgets
  • get resources and finances under control
  • manage your company's projects and share resources
  • provides a clean way to break down your project
  • track project evolution regarding task's completion

Benefits

Working on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and within any web browser

RationalPlan FAQs

RationalPlan FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for RationalPlan.

Q. What type of pricing plans does RationalPlan offer?

RationalPlan offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: One Time License, Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

RationalPlan can be used as On Premise with a one time payment or as SAAS with a monthly payment.

Q. What are the main features of RationalPlan?

RationalPlan offers the following features:

  • brings project's critical issues to your attention
  • build schedules, allocate resources, and manage budgets
  • get resources and finances under control
  • manage your company's projects and share resources
  • provides a clean way to break down your project
  • track project evolution regarding task's completion

Q. Who are the typical users of RationalPlan?

RationalPlan has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does RationalPlan support?

RationalPlan supports the following languages:

Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian

Q. What type of pricing plans does RationalPlan offer?

RationalPlan has the following pricing plans:

One Time License, Free, Subscription

Q. Does RationalPlan support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices RationalPlan supports

Q. What other apps does RationalPlan integrate with?

RationalPlan integrates with the following applications:

Dropbox Business, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Microsoft Project

Q. What level of support does RationalPlan offer?

RationalPlan offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Phone Support, Video Tutorials, Online Support