Stand By Soft has released RationalPlan 3.15.4, a strong project management software application developed to assist project managers in creating plans, tracking progress, allocating resources, managing budgets and analyzing workload. The new version comes with a significant increase in its execution speed, more task types, silent install possibility on Windows and some more interface improvements.
Important changes of this version:
- Added more task types
- Increased execution speed
- Silent install possibility on Windows
- Bug fixes
RationalPlan added more task types. Until now users could handle tasks that have only fixed units for the assigned resources. This means that once resources were assigned to tasks with a certain amount of units these units were fixed that is do not change on other task changes like duration or work. The functionality was like this: changing task duration resulted in keeping units fixed and adjusting task work; and the reverse changing task work resulted in keeping units fixed and adjusting task duration. With this new feature project managers have the possibility to automatically adjust the units when changing task duration and to keep the task work and the reverse keep the task duration when changing the task work. This feature is useful in the case the project manager assigns a resource on a task that does not performs a regular activity. The manager knows that that task requires "x" hours of work and that the duration is "y" days. In this case the application will automatically compute the needed unit.
The execution speed of RationalPlan was significantly increased. The application has a shorter start time and most of the actions take a lot less time. The most notable increase can be seen on actions that could trigger a reschedule on the current project: delete and paste tasks, duration or constraints changes, dependencies etc.
Starting with current version RationalPlan users can install the products silently that is without any user interaction. This could be useful for an easier deployment on multiple computers. Other changes to the interface of the application were done both for the Windows and the Mac OS X platform. The assignments email notification was also a bit improved. Now resources can see the percent completion of the assigned tasks and the full path of that task relative to the project for a better identification. Further more the project managers can use multiple email addresses when sending the assignments to resources. This is useful if you need to send an email copy to the resource supervisor.
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 OS X, Linux and all other Java enabled platforms.