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RationalPlan Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.3

/5

99

Total features

50

9 categories

RationalPlan features

Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Tracking
Agile Methodologies
Alerts/Notifications
Automated Scheduling
Budget Management
Budgeting/Forecasting
Calendar Management

Common features of Scheduling software

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Appointment Scheduling
Automated Scheduling
Availability Management
Booking Management

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Functionality

4.3

/5

99

Price starts from

0

Total Features

50

Unique features

  • Contact Management

  • Resource Allocation & Planning

  • Project Accounting

  • Automated Scheduling

Functionality

4.3

/5

23.1K

Price starts from

6

/user

Per month

Total Features

152

Features in Common

42

Unique features

  • Drag & Drop

  • Email Marketing

  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking

  • Activity/News Feed

Functionality

4.4

/5

14.3K

Price starts from

7.16

/user

Per month

Total Features

159

Features in Common

39

Unique features

  • Continuous Delivery

  • Data Import/Export

  • Capacity Management

  • Ad hoc Reporting

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David A.

Telecommunications, 51-200 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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

Reviewed 7 years ago

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

Pros

Rational Plan software is Great! It has Portfolio Management, Dashboard, WBS, Gantt View, and much much more. It has a downloadable Desktop view that syncs with the cloud version. It is very easy to set up and get started. The resource section is is very helpful for assigning tasks and managing projects. I also like the budget/cost features. I also love the controlling feature and work tracking features. I think this software is excellent

Cons

One think I would like to see is the option to use a graphic (Mind Map) view of the WBS. The other item I would like to see is a section for Risk Management.

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Gary P.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Excellent program

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Easy to use and lots of detail Looks professional

Cons

Would like to have the ability to link tasks from the middle of a task to the start of another

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John M.

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RationalPlan Multi

Reviewed 10 years ago

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,...

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Bill H.

Management Consulting, self-employed

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Bill's MyReview

Reviewed 7 years ago

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

Pros

I use this software to help me develop proposals.

Cons

Only thing I miss is the PERT Chart

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Leonardo O.

Oil & Energy, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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good but...

Reviewed 7 years ago

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.

Pros

Value for money, does the work

Cons

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

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Sandra K.

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Very good software at a reasonable price

Reviewed 7 years ago

I was able to provide it to many people in the organization for a reasonable price, with the assurance of knowing that it incorporates good, solid project management principles.

Pros

It most closely resembles the functionality in MS Project for a fraction of the price. It was obviously created by someone who understands project management, as evidenced by the list of steps on the left side. It supports dependencies, durations, and resource allocations that work together to come up with a completion date.

Cons

Online help documentation is practically non-existent, and the only apparent support is through email.

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William M.

Financial Services, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Good Software

Reviewed 7 years ago

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).

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.

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Rick S.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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RationalPlan was the easiest project planner I could find

Reviewed 7 years ago

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.

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.

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Jeff D.

Pharmaceuticals, self-employed

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Excellent alternative to MS Project for small businesses

Reviewed 8 years ago

As a small business, the cost of MS Project is difficult to justify. 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. Resources free version for Linux (Gold star for this)!

Cons

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

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Charles B.

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Suitable for professional use!

Reviewed 11 years ago

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

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Carlo D.

Hospital & Health Care, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Complete tool

Reviewed 7 years ago

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

Pros

Many features

Cons

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Luca B.

Wholesale, 10,001+ employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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A nice alternative at Microsoft Project

Reviewed 7 years ago

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

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Feautures

Cons

Price

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Roger K.

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Opinion on RationalPlan Multi

Reviewed 7 years ago

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.

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Frank K.

Machinery, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Franklin Automation

Reviewed 7 years ago

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???

Vendor response

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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Tim S.

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The Best Planning Software for Linux

Reviewed 9 years ago

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...

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nirmal j.

Construction,

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Found it better than MS Project for project management!

Reviewed 6 years ago

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.

Vendor response

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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Tugce Y.

Hospitality, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Project management done absolutely in right way

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

RationalPlan makes it possible for us to manage the projects that we run inside the company in the most optimal way.

Cons

RationalPlan is so successful so far and I do not have anything negative that worth to write here.

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Howard G.

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

Reviewed 7 years ago

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...

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Alfonso M.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Good but can be better

Reviewed 7 years ago

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.

Pros

It works under linux, it manages multiple projects.

Cons

See main review

Vendor response

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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Bill B.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great project management software.

Reviewed 6 years ago

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.

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Scott B.

Information Technology and Services, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Very Effective Project Management Tool

Reviewed 7 years ago

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.

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Scott B.

Used weekly for 2+ years

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Very good project management software for the Mac OS

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

It is easy to work with. I can import MS Project files easily and work with them. Easy to setup project. It is also easy to integrate and manage multiple projects. 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. I also have had issues with report and email templates. Updates frequently are not "flushed out" before they are released which sometimes breaks basic features temporarily.

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John M.

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Rational Plan Multi and single

Reviewed 7 years ago

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...

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Laurel R.

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Very nice and easy to use

Reviewed 8 years ago

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.

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.

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Ryan N.

Government Administration,

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great application

Reviewed 7 years ago

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

Pros

Ease of use. Quick to figure out.

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