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RationalPlan Reviews

RationalPlan

Easy to use and affordable project management software

4.4/5 (88 reviews)
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RationalPlan Feature Summary

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

Project Management & Planning Feature Comparison

Most popular features of all Project Management & Planning apps

API (143 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (78 other apps)
Activity Tracking (70 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (73 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (106 other apps)
Collaborative Workspace (77 other apps)
Commenting (72 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (77 other apps)
Gantt Charts (73 other apps)
Prioritizing (90 other apps)
Progress Tracking (68 other apps)
Project Management (102 other apps)
Project Planning (94 other apps)
Project Time Tracking (112 other apps)
Project Tracking (90 other apps)
Projections (275 other apps)
Task Management (70 other apps)
Task Tracking (86 other apps)
Third Party Integration (83 other apps)
Timesheets (86 other apps)

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RationalPlan Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about RationalPlan's features:

nirmal jain

Found it better than MS Project for project management!

2018-02-06

I am using Rational Plan as a MS Project substitute and have greatly benefitted by all its features.

Pros

The export to PDF is great for sharing a snapshot of all the tasks in the entire project along with the Gantt Chart.

Cons

The main way to track tasks is by manually entering the percentage of work completed.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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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.

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David Alward

Functional, Complete, In Depth, Project Management Software. Very Nice

2017-12-06

This is a full featured easy to use Project Management software that helps create a WBS and assign/track resources.

Pros

It has Portfolio Management, Dashboard, WBS, Gantt View, and much much more.

Cons

The other item I would like to see is a section for Risk Management.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Charles Brossollet

Suitable for professional use!

2013-06-12

Suitable for professional use!

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

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
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Stuart Hatcher

Good simple project planner

2017-02-16

It has a straightforward interface, and is reasonably intuitive, offering layers of complexity without requiring their complete use.

Pros

Capable of more complex management if you need that.

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering RationalPlan

Use it more.

Source: Capterra
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Carlo Duarte

Complete tool

2017-03-05

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

Pros

Many features

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Neal Youngquist

good functional project management software

2017-02-17

Entering tasks for WBS and Gantt charts is straightforward with several options presented to schedule and link tasks together.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Scott Brooks

Very good project management software for the Mac OS

2018-02-28

Pros

Scheduling and tracking of tasks is also a plus with this product.

Cons

The inability to save straight out to MS Project format is an issue.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Jeff Duke

Verified Reviewer

Excellent alternative to MS Project for small businesses

2016-04-25

Rational Plan offers a good value alternative that allows you to create your own Gantt charts and read and edit those created in using MS Project.

Pros

Simple workflow Creates good looking Gantt charts with ease Reliably reads in Gantt charts created by MS Project Allows you to use most of the features for Gantt charts that would expect in MS Project - e.g.

Cons

Isn't a complete replacement for MS Project (but doesn't pretend to be) Lack of Calendar view

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Source: GetApp
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Alberto Goenaga

Better than MS Project

2017-02-16

I'm a Mac user and I needed software to create a Gantt Chart for a project.

Pros

Works with Macs and it is easy to learn how to use it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Sandra Kimball

Robust project scheduling tool

2017-02-16

Rational Plan functionality is every bit as good as MS Project.

Pros

Uses sound project management principles.

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)

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Debra Cote

Great tool for short money

2017-02-23

This tool is very close to MS Project, but at a fraction of the price.

Pros

Robust functionality

Cons

Interface could be more professional

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering RationalPlan

Consider changing the font from Comic Sans for the interface

Source: Capterra
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Alfonso Mantero

Good but can be better

2017-02-16

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.

Pros

It works under linux, it manages multiple projects.

Cons

See main review

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering RationalPlan

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.

Source: Capterra
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Response from Stand By Soft


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

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William Milles

Good Software

2017-02-16

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.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering RationalPlan

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

Source: Capterra
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Ingo Werner

Excellent for medium size project

2017-02-28

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.

Pros

Graphical overview, easy to learn.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Bill Hoffman

Bill's MyReview

2017-03-01

It is easy to use with most of the features found in the Microsoft project management softwareI am still wishing for a PERT Chart

Pros

I use this software to help me develop proposals.

Cons

Only thing I miss is the PERT Chart

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Frank Kigyos

Franklin Automation

2017-02-23

With the accumulated sub-totals I can then update my Gantt charts on Rational plan from time to time.

Pros

Relatively easy to learn 3.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10

Recommendations to others considering RationalPlan

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

Source: Capterra
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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

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Scott Brooks

Verified Reviewer

Good alternative to Project

2015-10-07

This does make collaborating with others using MS Project difficult at times.

Pros

Native to the Mac, good interface and easy to use.

Cons

Does not save files to .mpp

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Source: GetApp
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Randall Douglas

Rational Plan Review

2017-02-16

I have been a paid user of rational plan for a number of years.

Pros

Mimics most of features of Microsoft Project. Great customer service.

Cons

Interface still need work in terms of user friendliness.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering RationalPlan

Continue adding relevant, value added features from your competitor and user feedback.

Source: Capterra
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Patrick Turcotte

An excellent alternative to Microsoft Project

2017-02-16

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.

Pros

Multi-platform Excellent value for the price

Cons

Occasionally clunky interface

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Owen Evans

Great Option for Small Business

2017-02-23

I'm not a project manager, but often need to review project plans from clients, or plan out project timelines etc.

Pros

Lost cost, easy to start using

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rick Stahlhut

RationalPlan was the easiest project planner I could find

2017-02-23

I just want a basic outline and gantt chart with lags of various types.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering RationalPlan

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.

Source: Capterra
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Tarvo Trei

Quite positive

2017-02-16

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.

Pros

All needed functionality is there. Easy to learn.

Cons

NOthuing

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering RationalPlan

No

Source: Capterra
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John Mele

RationalPlan Multi

2014-02-15

It offers similar power to MS Project, with a simplified layout, client organizing, work breakdown, scheduling, Gantt chart¿s etc. etc.

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
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Tim Short

The Best Planning Software for Linux

2015-05-29

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Source: Capterra
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William Ponds

Best alternative to MS Project or Primevera!

2017-02-23

RationalPlan is full featured, easy to use, performs well and is reasonably priced.

Pros

Price, ease of use, features, interface.

Cons

Printing difficulties.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering RationalPlan

Buy it!

Source: Capterra
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