Who Uses This Software?

Companies and individuals that need to organize their work, manage tasks or projects can use RationalPlan. Even more for collaborative environments with multiple users a cloud solution is available.


Average Ratings

81 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $19.00/month
  • Pricing Details
    On Premise solution starts from $57 per user
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Stand By Soft
  • www.rationalplan.com
  • Founded 1997
  • Romania

About This Software

RationalPlan is a powerful project management software designed to help both teams and project managers to create consistent project plans, allocate resources and analyze workload, track work progress, estimate project costs and manage budgets.


Features Checklist

  • Budget Management
  • Bug Tracking
  • Collaboration
  • File Sharing
  • Gantt Charts
  • Idea Management
  • Issue Management
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Project Planning
  • Requirements Management
  • Resource Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Testing / QA Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking

Product Reviews

Complete tool

Mar 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Many features

Overall: Rational Plan is a powerful tool for project management, with many features like Gantt Chart, resources allocation, priorities e risks. Complete!

Bill's MyReview

Mar 01, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I use this software to help me develop proposals.

Cons: Only thing I miss is the PERT Chart

Overall: I think this is the best project management software for the Mac at an affordable price. It is easy to use with most of the features found in the Microsoft project management softwareI am still wishing for a PERT Chart

Excellent for medium size project

Feb 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Graphical overview, easy to learn.

Overall: Rationalplan I found very useful to track medium sized projects, e.g. when you set up a new production plant and plan for the scheduling of validations and training of people. Easy to align with other project managers and teams e.g. to transfer products from development into production. Interchangeable with other project software you find in different companies. Easy to track different speeds of teamwork. Great software and excellent value for money!

Provides what I need

Feb 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use
Provides the features I need
Imports Excel Project files

Cons: Cell background highlighting (instead of font only) would be a nice addition

Overall: My main use for a project planner is to manage dates, and resources somewhat. RationalPlan allows me to do this, and it also allows me to track changes and decisions over the course of the project. It's easy to use and provides the features I need the most. It's not complete, and there are a few features I would like to have (text import, cell highlighting), but overall it does the job and does it well.

all it takes

Feb 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: works on mac

Cons: I think that MS Project is more powerful

Overall: I use it to setup a first plan for my projects. So I don't use its full potential, but it has all it takes for me.

Needed a planning tool for MacBook Pro similar to Microsoft Project

Feb 24, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Excellent support to answer questions and guide startup. Would like some better flexabilty/Options for Gantt timescale date format.

RationalPlan is a very convenient alternative to the more well-known project planning software.

Feb 24, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ability to read some common files generated by other common project planning software

Overall: RationalPlan is so intuitive that I have never had need for customer support since purchase. More effort needs to be put into advertising this software so that more people become aware that they have an alternative to the more well-known software packages which may be too expensive for an individual user. Functionallity is superb.

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

Feb 24, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: 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.

Everyday essential tool

Feb 24, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: The ability to lose information when closing down

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: The flexibility means that if the solution isn't immediately clear, stick with it. The solution's there.

My feelings on RatioalPlan

Feb 24, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I moved from Microsoft MS Project to Rational Plan because I migrated to MacBook Pro and it was easy to install under OS. I found the Rational Plan very similar to MS Project and very friendly to sue.

Kind regards

José

Franklin Automation

Feb 23, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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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???

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: Would be nice if I could export to a spreadsheet so that I could send to customers for review. Currently all I can send is PDF files and sometimes it is hard for them to read

Vendor Response

by Stand By Soft on February 24, 2017

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

Great application

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use. Quick to figure out.

Overall: I have used Rationalplan for a few years now and been extremely happy with it. It covers all my project management needs.

Best application for projects

Feb 23, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: It was easy to use and provided the best results. Professor did help but everything seemed easy after this software was started to used in the class.

Quite good in general. To be improved: Resource Management and Estimation methods like MS Project.

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: In general it works pretty well.
It would be much better for me if the resource management / leverage would be easier and more graphical and able to be balanced between several projects. For instance, being much simplier, GanttProject has much better landscape view: http://ganttproject.biz/about
For Compatibility with MS project I would really like to have the same estimation variables: work, resource units and duration and with same default approach.

Rational plan

Feb 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: Not built exactly for construction industry

Overall: Have used Rational Plan now for 3 years, and found it an invaluable tool to assist the business, both with accounting and invoicing

Best alternative to MS Project or Primevera!

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Price, ease of use, features, interface.

Cons: Printing difficulties.

Overall: I own a small business and can not afford expensive software so I looked for a while for a scheduling program that would work but wasn't too expensive. I had learned Primevera Project Planner in college but that is an enterprise level program with a hefty price tag. I tried several free programs before I came across RationalPlan. RationalPlan is full featured, easy to use, performs well and is reasonably priced. As with all project planning programs I have tried my only complaint is with the printouts. It's a chore to get the schedule to print out nicely. I'm sure this will improve in future versions and I look forward to using RationalPlan for the foreseeable future.

Recommendations to other buyers: Buy it!

Great software for start-up company

Feb 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We are using RationalPlan to manage our three big projects. It is really simple and powerful tool for everyone. Lot of options inside give us a choice to precisely control all changes of time line project. Great value for the money you pay.

Software which impresses

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: OK, so it takes a little time to understand how it works, but then... Clients have been very impressed with the outputs and I discover more features with each project I start. It is excellent value for money and the updates just keep rolling in so that I always have the most current version. One of the best software purchases I have ever made - a great investment.

Great Product

Feb 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Price and easy to use

Cons: No issues

Overall: Great alternative to Microsoft Project. Excellent value also. Easy to use and all the features you need.

Recommendations to other buyers: Nothing

RationalPlan was the easiest project planner I could find

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Is easy to learn and not too expensive

Cons: For a long time, it had a java look to it because they were trying to make a low-cost cross-platform product. But it's getting better.

Overall: I don't need project plans very often. I just want a basic outline and gantt chart with lags of various types. For me, the complex planners on the market are not worth the money or the time to learn.

I don't use all the features of RationalPlan, either, but it has worked for me now, and I know I will not outgrow it.

Recommendations to other buyers: Whether you want rationalplan is completely dependent upon your project planning needs. If they have what you need, I can tell you that they've been around for several years and I've never had a problem.

Rational Plan Multi and single

Feb 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Rational Plan has been an invaluable tool. With the right amount of features for our everyday business needs. Its laid out very clean and easy to navigate. There may be more powerful software out there, but they come with complexity, tedious data entry and often very time consuming to maintain. For us its a balance between what we need and will use. Rational Plan fits the bill perfectly, it also comes down to how much effort needs to be put into a software for it to be a useful tool. Rational plan solves these issues. I would highly recommend this software for those who need the nuts and bolts of a project management software, with minimal effort to use and simple to maintain. Support has also been terrific, quick replies, friendly and right there when you need them. We use both Multi and Single versions. The Multi version allows me as a planner of projects to look at all projects on our plate in one place, with the ability to juggle numerous projects and manage the resources needed. The Single version allows a user to focus on the tasks at hand for a single project. Pricing is very reasonable. If our story sounds like yours, you should give it a try. I don't think you will regret it. ~ John M.

Great Option for Small Business

Feb 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Lost cost, easy to start using

Overall: I'm not a project manager, but often need to review project plans from clients, or plan out project timelines etc. In every case over the past couple of years, Rational Plan has been the perfect tool for the job.

Best project management software

Feb 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: For it have what I require. There was sime problem with Hi resulition screen. But the support was really good. Also when I had some ither questions they answered quick. Even at hilidays and evenings.

Great tool for short money

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Robust functionality

Cons: Interface could be more professional

Overall: This tool is very close to MS Project, but at a fraction of the price. It is project management focused and user friendly.

Recommendations to other buyers: Consider changing the font from Comic Sans for the interface

A nice alternative at Microsoft Project

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Feautures

Cons: Price

Overall: The only thing about this software is the price. For the rest is a optimal solution for project management.

Recommendations to other buyers: No

Business User

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Easy to use. Accesses most resources we were looking for. Would recommend to other business people seeking similar resources. Wish more research software companies would use similar process. Seems like it is up to date.

Opinion on RationalPlan Multi

Feb 22, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: It is a good software. It is user friendly and easy to use. It contains the necessary information for project management. I use it instead of MS Project when it is necessary to follow several small projects.

Best Out There

Feb 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I use your product extensively on projects for my organization. It easily adapt to our needs and provides clear concise elements that are easily modified

good but...

Feb 17, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Value for money, does the work

Cons: It's not very friendly, lack of features to ease the elaboration of reports

Overall: It's good value for money but the options to print the Gantt diagram are confused or non existent. There no options to limit the dates for the printing (ie. I want to print form january to september eventhough the Project goes to december), there is no option to copy the diagram to another application, so we have to print in PDF and then copy it, etc. It's not friendly for report elaboration.

Recommendations to other buyers: Increase the features for report elaboration

Rational Plan

Feb 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This is an economically priced practical planning software.

I use this software on projects and find it has an equal footing to most other softwares used for planning and scheduling.

Alternative to MS Project

Feb 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Compatibility and speed.

Cons: Cannot export in native MS Project file. I know there are other ways to export the data.

Overall: I found this software a very good alternative to MS Project, cost is very fair. I didn't see any compatibility issues and works great. About file format compatibility, other than its native file format you can export your data in a xml file or Excel. I recommend the usage very much.

Recommendations to other buyers: No, you are doing great. Thanks.

good functional project management software

Feb 16, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: value for money and easy to use; good technical support

Cons: could have more features such as recurring milestones on a quarterly basis etc.

Overall: I have used RationalPlan for almost a year to design and present projects for existing and potential customers. Entering tasks for WBS and Gantt charts is straightforward with several options presented to schedule and link tasks together. Printing reports to a pdf format has been very useful and enabled a clean Gantt chart presentation.

Better than MS Project

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Works with Macs and it is easy to learn how to use it.

Overall: I'm a Mac user and I needed software to create a Gantt Chart for a project. There is no MS Project for Macs, so I tried Rational Plan. I am very pleased with RP's ease of use. and interface. It took ten minutes to learn to use it.

RationalPlan

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We use this product to create schedules and timelines for our projects. I've found it helpful as a central location for project info such as scope and budget. We use this to also create gaunt charts and timelines. It is very helpful to get the whole team on the same page, also if the time line shifts it shows where corresponding items will have to shift to.

Good MS Project Alrernative

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: As a small company, we are always looking for the best value and not necessarily the best known brand. We have been using Rational Plan for about four year, and have been thoroughly satisfied. Having been a MS Project user, I found Rational Plan very familiar with most of the commands located right where I expected them to be. The project import/export was also valuable in allowing us to share schedules with our customers who were MS Prohect users. Customer service was great, all for a fraction of the cost of MS Project.

Rational Scheduling

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Does what I need it to. Has the functionality of what I'd use MS Project to do.

Cons: Inability to save directly to native MS Project file format.

Overall: Does everything I need it to. Does whatever I would be using Micro$oft Project to do but at a price that anyone can afford.

An excellent solution for a Mac User in a PC world

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have used this Project software on a number of projects where MS PCs were the dominant platform. As I am a Mac User in a business world, RationalPlan bridges the gap for me easily.

Rational Plan Review

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use. Mimics most of features of Microsoft Project. Great customer service. Good export options.

Cons: Interface still need work in terms of user friendliness.

Overall: I have been a paid user of rational plan for a number of years. My experience has been nothing but positive. It's more than a cheaper alternative to Microsoft project. It goes almost you're to toe with it. The interface is still not as polished, but they keep improving and their customer service is spot on. I really recommend it to those needing project planning power but want better value for their money.

Recommendations to other buyers: Continue adding relevant, value added features from your competitor and user feedback.

Very Effective Project Management Tool

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Overall: 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.

Recommendations to other buyers: It would be great to be able to save projects out to MS Project native format (non-xml).

Rational Plan Better Supports Compliance Agility Than MS Project.

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Compare with MS project, the flexibility to do it MY WAY is much better.

Cons: With dozens of windows open, it occasionally freezes which requires me to restart the app. Occasionally have to update a recently added line item, but normally retains the recent work when this happens.

Overall: I'm not patience enough to jump through all the required configurations with MS Project and was looking for an alternative which was still compatible but better served our hybrid AGILE approach. My first project with Rational Plan let do many of the assumptions my way and help me arrive at project estimate of 18,300 hours . . . I spent less time on the completed plan than my failed attempts with MS Project . . . I'm not an expert with either tool. Isn't it great, I don't have to be to get results.

Recommendations to other buyers: Forget most of the constraints of MS Project and try to work from you own knowledge and prospective. I'm very pleased with hours & time lines results leveraging my innate visual flow skills. Now I have a tool which lets me represent what's in my head to others, with supporting assumptions.

Good simple project planner

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Low cost. Simple to use. Capable of more complex management if you need that.

Cons: Control of the graphic output could be better, especially for printing gantt charts.

Overall: I picked this up to generate simple programmes for construction projects, and was pleasantly surprised to find it easy to use, and also capable of much more complex task, resource and project management. It has a straightforward interface, and is reasonably intuitive, offering layers of complexity without requiring their complete use. It's one of those packages where the more you use it, the more useful it becomes.

Splendid.

Recommendations to other buyers: Use it more.

Good project manager

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Nice layout and features

Cons: None

Overall: I am not sure project managers as I have seen them is what I am actually looking for . However, of all I have looked at I do like Rational Plan. It has a lot of features well laid out, nice facebook page and decent online manual.

My Digital Right Hand

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use, and ability to have more than one project plan.

Overall: 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.

great application

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: creating project in using RationalPlan it is like Microsoft Project , really i didn't find any issue with it.

Excellent For Production Scheduling

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Simple and inexpensive

Cons: U.I. is not very polished

Overall: I purchased Rational Plan after trying all the big web based names because the program is inexpensive and does simple scheduling very simply. I run a small custom architectural metal shop and the program has all the features I need for a simple production schedule including fabrication, external vendor timelines and installs. Being able to add resources and get realistic estimates on delivery dates has been key for me. Thanks!

Super easy

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: Not a lot of functions and ability to customize the layout.

Overall: I can't belieave how super easy it is to plan out complex projects with this powerful software! I use it for all my projects!

Recommendations to other buyers: A lot of items are not fully translated when you choose lungage other than english.

Vendor Response

by Stand By Soft on February 17, 2017

Hi Danny, Please send an email to support@rationalplan.com with the language that you are using and the texts that are missing translation to get them solved. Thank you, Tiberiu Ghioca

Rational Plan

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Price and ability to create quality timelines

Cons: A lot of manual entry especially at the beginning of a project.

Overall: I like rational plan. The price is very good compared to some of the other project management software options. Be aware that there is a lot of manual entry that needs to be done in order for it to work for you, but once that is complete it works great.

An excellent alternative to Microsoft Project

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Multi-platform
Excellent value for the price

Cons: Occasionally clunky interface

Overall: I've been using RationalPlan-Single for close to 6 years now, and am still a huge fan. To me, Microsoft Project is not an option, both from being a Mac user and for the licensing cost, and honestly, I don't need all the bells and whistles. I'm not a professional project manager, but I do need to build WBSes and Gantts on a regular basis, and also sometimes need to open project files sent by customers.
Generally speaking, although the interface has its peculiarities, RationalPlan is pretty straightforward to use, and more than enough for my needs. There have been odd glitches in the past (corrupted save files used to be an issue), but those were worked out over time, and I feel the current version is stable and reliable.
All in all - enthusiastically recommended.

Simple and highly accurate schedule creation application

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: It is a very powerful tool for individual to medium sized schedule management and WBS management.
A wonderful point can be modified very smoothly and can be done very smoothly.
Printing is also beautiful and it is excellent as handout materials.
It is the point that it is easier and easier to read materials than anything else.

Robust project scheduling tool

Feb 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Uses sound project management principles. The functionality is as good as MS Project at a fraction of the cost.

Cons: Some of the language is confusing (written by people for whom English is not first language) and the interface is not as polished as it could be (e.g., Comic Sans font)

Overall: Rational Plan functionality is every bit as good as MS Project. But what I find most impressive is that it was obviously created by someone who understands project management methodology. The Project Guide encourages users to follow a logical step-by-step process for setting up a schedule (first WBS, then scheduling, then creating assignments). Highly recommended for individuals and organizations who want a robust project scheduling tool.

Excellent piece of software

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Does mostly everything you need no problems found does exactly what it's supposed to do. Would recommend.

Quite positive

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: All needed functionality is there. Easy to learn.

Cons: NOthuing

Overall: We are using RationalPlan already several years and this tool enable to make project plan quite easy way, unlike MS Project, which require much more ecperience/time. So there is much value for money.

Recommendations to other buyers: No

Good but can be better

Feb 16, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It works under linux, it manages multiple projects.

Cons: See main review

Overall: First of all I'm not a gantt expert. I just share my thoughts.
I have a big problem: On Linux last version is troublesome: in the gantt visualization, the mouse arrow blocks itself when passing on the gantt chart, while it goes smooth on other parts of the window.
Another thing I find bad is when I change tasks duration/resources/manhours. I would kike it to be in "full manual" control if I want. Beacuse sometimes automatic adjustments simply don work.
For the rest It is a GREAT product.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don use JAVA. migrate to QT or something else. I know it is a great effort, but unfortunately I did not see many java applications working good.

Vendor Response

by Stand By Soft on February 17, 2017

Dear Alfonso, Could you please send an email to support@rationalplan.com with the details about your operating system and the version of RationalPlan you are using so we can see what might be the problem? Thank you, Tiberiu Ghioca

Good Software

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: its a great low cost project management tool...

Cons: You should have some prior project management experience to better take advantage of all of the powerful features of this product.

Overall: I have been using this software to develop project plans for my business...its ease of use and its functional capabilities make it a great tool to develop complex (and even simple) project plans and over all management of planning an budgeting. I would highly recommend this software to anyone who wants an alternate to microsoft....

I have been using project management software since 1983 (CPM or critical path project management software even before microsoft project).

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep up the good work on this product. I am going to consider the multi user version down the road.

Very nice and easy to use

Dec 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy to use

Cons: I was getting an error about having tasks outside the project date range but couldn't find it. It was actually in the Info section for the Estimated Start Date. Once I found this, the errors went away.

Overall: My company was looking for a new project management software and RationalPlan kept popping up to the top. I was able to get a demo copy immediately (a big plus) and began using it right away. I was impressed. It was easy to use which is important because many of our end users need to get up and running quickly without a huge learning curve for all the bells and whistles. One of the features I really like is to be able to lock a date on a task or milestone when dependencies are enabled. Our last software kept moving this date which quickly became a nightmare. We needed the dates locked. I recommend this software.

Great Job

Mar 18, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I really enjoyed the examples provided

Easy to use with Great Support

Sep 23, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I switched to RationalPlan - Multi for my consulting business about four years ago, after using MS Project since about 1998.
I have been very happy with RPM and find it easier to use than MSP for the work I do.
What really stands out for me, though, is the support provided for RPM. There are regular updates, and the twice I have had to contact support my question or issue was resolved promptly.
What I would like to see improved is the printing output, although there are improvements being made in this area, and I look forward to the new releases.

Not very complicated, useful for small business

Aug 05, 2015
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Useful for one who is in project management start

Works better then any similar software

Aug 04, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Keeps getting better with every version

Great project planning tool!

Aug 04, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I've been using Rational Plan for several years. Love it. It is easy to use and has the features that I need.

inexpensive alternative

Aug 04, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: the software provides the features we really need. competitors may offer more, but to us this is not from practical relevance. data exchange with competitors can be difficult, the support helps quickly and competently. very good value for money.

Great product

Aug 03, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Rationalplan is a great, flexible planning software package. It doesn't have the big brand name on it like MS Project, however, it offers superior performance and more functionality, in particular the possibility to schedule work at a percentage of someone's time - a big gap in that big brand product. Customer support is really good and helpful, with knowledgeable staff.

experience with rationalplan

Jul 28, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: rational multiplan is very usefull for my business to plan works each week to students

ok, a great instrument for my activities

Jul 28, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: a great instrument for my activities and my job

Better than the high priced planning software

Jun 15, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have used high priced planning software for years. Rational Plan is much more economical and does everything simply and easily.

The Best Planning Software for Linux

May 29, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: 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.

Devloper

Mar 29, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Try use to understand

Brilliant project management software

Mar 03, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I would like to thank the team at Rational Plan for developing such easy to use but yet powerful planing software and the customer service is extraordinary. I would most certainly recommend to anyone looking to manage multiple projects to check this software out.

Very happy

Feb 26, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I am a Sales Manager for Steelmaking equipment and using notes as an essential software for my organisation.
I was looking for software which could link to notes and would be easy to use and efficient as well.
After all of them have shown their limits, I have tried Rationalplan for multiple projects and found it so easy to use. I was especially happy to see that it fully works with MS Project files.
And for this great software, the price is really afordable.
Super, thanks for your great work.

Rationalplan Multiproject

Jan 16, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Rationalplan Multiproject works as expected on my Mac. I tried open source tools like openProject before, but they somehow don't work on all files. Rationalplan does.

Excellent

Jul 23, 2014
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The Rational Plan software is easy to use with a little trial and some questions to support staff. My experience with the RT Support Staff is 1000% based on 100% being perfect.

I have a very old Mac that lost its hard drive. When I tried to download RT to the new hard drive it would not load the latest version due to the age of my OS. They went out of their way at no additional expense to me to find a solution that would work on my computer and downloaded it to me --- and they did a special for me to download the latest version.

AWESOME SERVICE!!!

Server

Mar 24, 2014
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: i wish the server was easier to get to

Very Useful and informative

Mar 24, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I love this product.

RationalPlan Multi

Feb 15, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Project Management has always a balancing act, sometimes taking a great deal of time to accurately schedule projects, manage resources etc... For years we have used MS Project for doing just this. That is until we found RationalPlan, and we haven't looked back. This software is truly a hidden gem. It offers similar power to MS Project, with a simplified layout, client organizing, work breakdown, scheduling, Gantt chart¿s etc. etc. It also supports import and export of MS Project files, so for those clients who use MS Project, transferring data back and forth is quite simple. In closing, RationalPlan allows us to plan and communicate with our clients very clearly and has far exceeded our expectations. We now use this software daily for multiple projects, and always have a clear view throughout . It does seems to take far less time to accurately set each up. We have begun to roll this out to our company and have not run into any issues regarding this transition. All in all I cannot say enough about this software and company. The support staff is extremely responsive and friendly. Thank You for a great product.

Ease of Use - Missing Function MULTI

Nov 22, 2013
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use

Comments: Dear Sirs,

I have thoroughly tested your product and found it very intuitive, however especially for a Multiproject plan it is necessary that one and the same ressource (Person) can have different pricing ( e.g. internal/external project/special price project) but is only limited with time per day. I think it would be better to allow a cost change within the project and to eliminate it at the ressource or make the cost more flexible with more prices to choose.

Vendor Response

by Stand By Soft on February 03, 2014

Thanks for the feedback Elisabeth, this is on the to-do list but I can not commit for a due date yet as there are a lot of things on the server version

Suitable for professional use!

Jun 12, 2013
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Nice multiplatform interface
Server allows resources to report their task completion
Customer support very helpful and responsive

Cons: No automatic planning based on task's work and resource availability, but it's the only thing missing from MS project, for a fraction of its price

Some UI can be counter intuitive, but that's OK

Overall: Suitable for professional use!