RationalPlan Project Management Software v3.9.0: manage actual data, iCalendar and better Mac integration

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Stand By Soft has released RationalPlan 3.9.0 , a strong project management software application developed to assist project managers in creating plans, tracking progress, allocating resources, managing budgets and analyzing workload. Suited for applications in the area of construction, engineering, services&consulting, software development or for a simple student project, RationalPlan can help complete projects on time and within budget.

Here is a list with all the important changes of this version:

  • Import of MS Project .mpt template files
  • iCalendar integration
  • Added actual/remaining data for tasks
  • Edit multiple tasks from one shot
  • Better Mac integration
  • Archive/Restore projects in Multi Project version
  • Interval chart printing
  • Bug fixes

Current version is adding new powerful features like the management of actual data for tasks, importing MS Project .mpt templates, easier mechanisms for task editing and archiving/restoring projects in Multi Project version. Features from previous versions like email notifications and printing mechanism are improved with iCalendar integration and interval chart printing.

With this version users can import not just .mpp and .xml files but also .mpt project templates created with MS Project. Having a .mpt template that would like to use? Now there is no problem anymore with RationalPlan. Just import it and there you go… you have a project plan set up in an instance.

Previous version added email notification for resources assignments. Current version continues to improve this mechanism by adding iCalendar integration. The emails received by resources not only display a table with all the assignments but even better users have all this information as an attached .ics file which can be opened with many programs that support iCalendar protocol. The project manager can generate the resources assignments to be displayed as “events” or as “to do” items. Let’s take an example. Let’s say that a user as a resource working on a project is using Gmail as a mail client to receive his periodical assigned tasks. With the help of Google Calendar that integrates just fine with Gmail he will be able to see his assignments on a calendar representation sheet. Nothing more simple.

Another feature added by version 3.9.0 is the possibility to handle actual and remaining data on tasks like: actual/remaining duration, work, cost, etc. Starting from now project managers have a better way for tracking projects evolution. They can see what has been done until now and how much there still is to be done. Project’s costs will be under control and at every moment the manager will see how much has been spent and if the project is still within budged or it needs further fundings. All he has to do is to enter the percent completion or the percent work completion on a task and all actual and remaining data are computed. Not knowing the completion percentage to be entered? No problem. Just enter the actual duration or the actual work that has been done on that task and the completion and the rest of data will be computed. Simple but powerful!

Working with RationalPlan application when handling tasks was a bit overwhelming with previous versions when having to create the project plan. Many task editing operations where done in a repetitive manner hence a waste of time and a decreased productivity. Now the users can edit multiple tasks in one single move. Does he need to set a certain calendar on a set of tasks? All he has to do it to select them, open the task details panel and set the working calendar that he needs.The same goes for setting a constraint, duration, percent completion, etc. Maybe he even wants to assign a resource on multiple tasks because all of them require certain skills and experience and that resource is the right one for that kind of job. The user can do it in just two steps: select desired tasks and again in task details panel (“Resources” tab) select the desired resource(s). And all this process can be done for predecessors, colors and even notes. The work is just getting easier when managing a project.

Mac users will be happier with the release of this version. Things are starting to change here. RationalPlan team is begining to give an increased attention to Mac community. Also users feedback is highly welcomed. For now it can be mentioned that RationalPlan is using “Command” shortcuts as on Mac and not “Control” as on Windows and other minor improvements. So keep an eye on us! We are working on this.

Besides all the above mentioned features and enhancements the Multi Project version has added the possibility to archive and restore projects. This was needed because certain clients that are working on a large scale with a lot of projects just feel the need to move the completed projects in a separate place for future references and in the same time to remove them from the apllication if possible. So the solution was to archive them and to restore them when ever they need to. Hence all they have to do is navigate to Project Portfolio view, select the project they want to archive and then go to Project > Archive project…

Printing mechanism was also improved. As clients requested now they have the possibility to print charts between selected dates and not just full pages.

RationalPlan suite includes:
RationalPlan Single Project – project management software for single projects
RationalPlan Multi Project – project management software for multiple projects, projects that are interconnected through dependencies and share common resource
RationalPlan Project Viewer – free project management software viewer, the perfect solution for anyone (from project stakeholders to team workers) to view projects details

RationalPlan is designed as an affordable alternative to Microsoft Project with some extra-features like multiproject management and it is covering project management area from WBS construction, project planning and scheduling to critical path management, over allocated resources detection, progress tracking, cost estimation, etc. Gantt chart support as well as various time line reports are also provided. It offers the most important capabilities of a good project management software while being able to operate on various platforms starting with Windows, Mac, Linux and all other Java enabled platforms.

RationalPlan Project Management Software is available at http://www.rationalplan.com. It can be download from https://www.rationalplan.com/download.php.

About Stand By Soft
Stand By Soft was founded in 1997 as a software company specialized in building desktop applications and components. RationalPlan is a project management software that follows the general recommended guidelines from project management domain. MOOS Project viewer is a Microsoft Project viewer that allows you to open, view in a dynamic way and print any Microsoft Project file.
Contact name: Lucian Ioan
Address: Aleea Parului, Nr.4A, Craiova, Dolj, 200346, Romania
Email: marketing@rationalplan.com
Phone: +40771610710

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