RationalPlan

RationalPlan

Easy to use and affordable project management software

4.4/5 (98 reviews)

RationalPlan Overview

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.

Pricing

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Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian and 4 others, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

RationalPlan Reviews

Overall rating
4.4/5
92% positive reviews
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Tim S.

The Best Planning Software for Linux

Reviewed on 2015/05/29
Review Source: Capterra

I have trialled several planning software applications and have find that RationalPlan is the best I have come across. I am using the Single version, which is free for Linux users, for other OS there is a charge. There is MultiProject version which is not free.

Gantt Chart
Too many of the software I have looked at is too much like MS Project 2003 which looks very 1980's. Presentation is always an important issue for clients and indeed colleagues, and RationalPlan certainly ticks the right boxes as the colour of the bars can be changed in the Settings/Options. Trying to fit a gantt chart and data columns onto an A4 or A3 can always be a frustrating exercise, which ever software package you are using. In RationalPlan, however, the best way is through Reports/More/Gantt, where there are the options to help you to manipulate the image to fit on the size of paper.

There is one item that does puzzle me, is that the Gantt report option is hidden under "More" and not displayed in the drop-down menu.

Data
Data import is easy and anyone familiar with this type of project planning applications should not find it a problem. For beginners resource input will always present some problems, but trial and error should sort these out.

Data can by exported to xls either the whole data or through reports, for manipulation.

One of the annoying aspects of some planning software and versions of MS Project was the default setting for resource hours on the task duration which was Effort Driven resulting in the duration changing when the hours changed. In RationalPlan I am pleased to say that the default is Fixed Units, the changes which do not have an impact on the duration.

Customer support I have found is excellent having used it several times.

I would not hesitate in recommending RationalPlan as a planning software to Linux users.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Nirmal J.

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

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Neil A.

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

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Howard G.

Not at all bad for small projects but I am still searching for "the one"!

Reviewed on 2017/02/24
Review Source: Capterra

As a sole-trader consultant I have been searching for an app that enables me to plan and manage projects that sometimes involve other consultants but sometimes just involve me and a whole load of people who are research subjects. After being led close to suicide by some other PM software (too complex, too "techie", only suitable for people who have nothing else in their lives!) I tried the add-on version of Rational Plan for Google docs and was impressed. So I bought the standalone Multi-Plan version. It worked very well for those projects where there was a good expectation of the steps laid out at the outset actually being the ones that were followed when the project started! The support from the team was excellent and my overall experience was good and I would recommend it to people who are actually running "manageable" projects. Having used it I realised that much of my work does not really fall into this category and, in much of what I am doing , the steps only emerge from the previous steps. In this case, the program is not very useful but I think that would be the case with any PM software I used. My dream is to have a single screen dashboard for all the components of Outlook so that I can see at a glance for a single project who is involved in it and in what capacity, that tasks that they have to do and the timescale, the e-mails associated with the project and the calendar entries for upcoming actions. It is really a cross between PM and CRM. Rational Plan comes close to the PM side of it.

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Elsabe S.

My Digital Right Hand

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

I publish a lot of digital projects. They require detailed planning and ensuring that all the steps are followed. I would be lost without my RationalPlan software, which allows me to first plan the work, and then work the plan time and again successfully.

Pros

Ease of use, and ability to have more than one project plan.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

RationalPlan Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
One Time License
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

  • API
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Commenting
  • Gantt Charts
  • Project Planning
  • Projections
  • Task Management
  • Task Tracking
  • Timesheets

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Prioritizing
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Third Party Integration

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

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: Free, One Time License, 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:

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

Q. What languages does RationalPlan support?

RationalPlan supports the following languages:

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

Q. What type of pricing plans does RationalPlan offer?

RationalPlan has the following pricing plans:

Free, One Time License, 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, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Microsoft Project

Q. What level of support does RationalPlan offer?

RationalPlan offers the following support options:

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