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Giveaway of the day — RationalPlan Single 5.6.2 (Win&Mac)

RationalPlan Single is a project management software.
$87.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 39 (83%) 8 (17%) 40 comments

RationalPlan Single 5.6.2 (Win&Mac) was available as a giveaway on January 22, 2021!

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RationalPlan Single is a project management software that can be considered as an affordable alternative to Microsoft Project. Basically it offers 80% of its functionality at 20% of the cost. The product was designed to help novice or accidental project managers to lean how to manage their projects. It comes with an embedded project guide that will take users step by step through the process of planning and managing a project. All these steps follow the Project Management Body of Knowledge a book published by the Project Management Institute.

The users will learn how to create projects and tasks, how to plan them in time by creating dependencies, will create working calendars, assign resources for tasks, establish costs and track the evolution of the project. RationalPlan Single goes beyond a simple personal To-Do list. It will help you learn how to organize your work in order to become more productive. Have you ever renovated your house and noticed that things got out of control and the initial estimated budget was not a realistic one? Then try RationalPlan and you will see the difference.

System Requirements:

Any Windows PC; Mac OS X: Lion 10.7 or higher

Publisher:

Stand By Soft

Homepage:

http://www.rationalplan.com/single-project-management-software.php

File Size:

185 MB

Licence details:

Lifetime

Price:

$87.00

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#7

My take:
After successfully getting the program to run on Win 7 32bit, thanks to TK.
I like pretty much everything about it but I think it is just not quite complete.
The Project scheduling start/end times are not very user friendly, I was unable to adjust end time based on start time, this may be a click or two I missed but I could not find any info on going back to change it.
I find that "Resources", (Company, Project Manager and details etc.) has to be typed in on every field, I think this would serve the user better if it were able to select from a list, whether it be a database or even an excel file.
The invoice feature is good but I find no place to add the "Bill To" resource.
The Email feature is nice to have also but you must populate all fields manually for each project. Again I think this would serve the user better if it were able to select from a list, whether it be a database or even an excel file.
I am sure other features to be evaluated but that is my take on what I have evaluated thus far.

Reply   |   Comment by D_Ram  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

D_Ram, Thank you for the feedback. RationalPlan Single works with separate files for projects. One file per project... The Multi version will keep a list of projects that share common resources in the same file hence certain common details are kept. And the Server version has a database and not files...

Regarding scheduling I suppose you are making mouse actions on the Gantt chart...you actually do not change the end date but the duration. And you can not change the start date from the start bar because from there you adjust the % completion.

"Bill to" is not populated because in Single you can not add clients for your projects. But you do have a point. This way the invoice report gets useless. We need to fix that. Thanks!

Drop us an email to support@rationalplan.com with more feedback and you might get a free license on your name :)

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

"Run the program, press Browse button and select the license file Single.out2

Could not locate single.out2 file. License is for 1 month trial. What's the trick to registering for free license

Reply   |   Comment by HW  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

HW, It's in the archive the program came in.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

HW, it is ALWAYS a good idea to formally Extract All the zip giveaway bundle to a seperate folder rather than just open the zip since opening a zip in windows explorer is a virtual action and files are not extracted from the zip until you manaully open them. And even then there is no assurance the individual files will even end up in the same temporary folder!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

HW, There is no such thing as a 1 month trial in our product. If you do not provide the license it is just limited to 20 tasks. The license is in the .zip. See https://www.rationalplan.com/tutorial/ch01s02.html for registration steps.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

I did everything it said 4 or 5 times and every time I get the same thing,

select the license file Single.out2
to unlock the application, click "Continue".

It opens, but NO license key to be found.

I need some HELP. I am about ready to delete it, what a waste of time

Reply   |   Comment by Sig Lane  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sig Lane, it is ALWAYS a good idea to formally "Extract All" the zip giveaway bundle to a seperate folder rather than just open the zip since opening a zip in windows explorer is a virtual action and files are not extracted from the zip until you manaully open them. And even then there is no assurance the individual files will even end up in the same temporary folder!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sig Lane, See https://www.rationalplan.com/tutorial/ch01s02.html

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

I installed it, as it might be more useful than just doing plans in the free GanttProject, but the whole Java nature of it does lend it (at times, like the licence search dialogue) a very Windows 3.11 look... Plus of course you need a paid Java licence to use it for commercial purposes now... unless they have a deal to pay for the licence for you???!!!

It did run up fine on Win10 Pro x64 with that latest 64-bit Java installed. Ah, but it actually uses an older 64-bit version of Java (1.8.0.201) included with it (vs the 1.8.0.281 I have installed)... It's probably okay, but might be tempting to replace the Java version in its Program Files directory... what could possibly go wrong... err...

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

JohnL, You do not need to have Java installed. The application comes embedded with Java. There are no vulnerabilities and you do not have to worry about paying anything to Oracle not even for commercial purposes. However this giveaway can be used only for personal stuff as it is a giveaway.

We regularly update the embedded Java when we release new versions. We do not recommend to make changes to the installation as it might stop working properly.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

RationalPlan, Thank you, that was most helpful and appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

RationalPlan, your installation contains JRE for 64bit OS thus If the user has a 32bit OS they MUST have Java installed and disable your Java installation folder or it will not function.

Reply   |   Comment by D_Ram  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

RationalPlan, if you have a 32bit edition of windows you DO need to have Java installed since for some inexplicable reason you bundled only the 64bit JRE with this... Do you have a reason to do so since I know of absolutely no perrformance or security reason to use an old 64bit JRE over a universally usable 32bit JRE, are there any reasons to? They both run the identical JAR files...
TK

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK, On a 32 bit system you can access maximum 4GB of RAM. Plus we thought there are no longer 32 bits users... :( For example on Mac 32 bits applications are no longer accepted...

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

RationalPlan, at no point is your program ever going to need to access greater than a few hundred megabytes let alone 2 or 3 Gbyte of user memory allocation. Yours is not a studio quality uncompressed video frame level editor, it's a small data base and front end single user project planner. At no point is it ever likely to exceed the abilities of the 32bit java vm which is fully usable on both 64bit and 32bit editions of windows.
Fact, on a 32bit server eidtion of windows and 32bit desktop with a simple ntkrnlpa.exe patch can access upto 64GBytes of RAM, I personally have 8GBytes of RAM in my 32bit Windows Vista SP2+ system.
Java in either 32bit or 64bit form is never used in aplications requiring greater than 2GB of processing user memory allocation simply because java is just too slow at handling large data-sets. If a project requires large data-sets in excess of 2GB without disk swapping then native 64bit programming languages would be sensible NOT a 64bit JRE! Your program runs correctly and without any known restriction under Oracles 32bit Java VM under both this 32bit Vista and under 64bit windows 10 as I've written in previous comments. Switching to 64bit JRE under windows gains you nothing and shuts out yor 32bit windows users with no good reason unless they have moderate hacking abilities to replace your incorrectly installed 64bit JRE on their 32bit editions of windows.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

RationalPlan, in addition even windows 10 is still sold in 32bit versions if your hardware needs it... like certain Intel CPU's only address 2GBytes of RAM and windows 32bit is far more efficient in a 2GByte RAM environment especially with Windows 10 memory compression.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

RationalPlan, There is and will be for years to come 32bit users. There are too many licensed programs that users, individual and business, that are 32bit and have paid a lot of money for multi year and/or lifetime use. I have several of those on this PC alone and have been using this same Win 7 PC since 2008 and it has always worked very well (with regular maintenance) so I will continue to use it until it has a catastrophic failure :).

Reply   |   Comment by D_Ram  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

D_Ram, TK, we will probably revert to 32bit version of Java on Windows for the next release... Thank you for your feedback!

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Installation on Win 7 was without any error messages however the program itself will not launch. A splash screen pops up for about a millisecond but does not run.

Reply   |   Comment by D_Ram  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

D_Ram, Is it possible you have a 32-bit system, as it includes a 64-bit Java runtime, only...

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

D_Ram, please see my comment at https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/rationalplan-single-5-6/#comment-669546

It explains the problem you have observed and offers a work around.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

TK, EXCELLENT! I did not see this response until this morning but fortunately once I did get it running the license file still worked.

Reply   |   Comment by D_Ram  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

OK, when it asked for registration, I moved the opened download parts to a file on my desktop. Then as told clicked "browse" and went to that file. Clicked on "singleout2" the message said valid license. Took a bit to figure this out.

Reply   |   Comment by dpullum  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

dpullum, The installation and registration is explained in the readme.txt file.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#1

Oh, a JAVA program, long time no see.

There are lots of people out there that don't use JAVA, for obvious reasons.

Personally i do and installed it, upon first start, you are asked to specify a license file, which comes with the download, so installation and activation was pretty easy.

Other than that, i actually have no use for this software rn but i kept it for later, you never know. :)

Reply   |   Comment by senzai6293  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

senzai6293, Maybe you need to renovate your apartment or your house. Or build a garage for your car... It will help you plan your work and compute costs.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

senzai6293, if you mean by that that they don't use it because of the vulnerabilities in huge numbers then i would agree.

So let's hope this program today doesn't add new ones. x)

Reply   |   Comment by Blurp  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

RationalPlan, thanks for answering but i'm not really a big planner when it comes to your usage suggestions.

I'm more the impulsive guy who simply starts things without thinking too much about them. I go as they come.

Reply   |   Comment by senzai6293  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Blurp, I would hypothesise that Java is not often used for commercial software simply because it is relatively easily decompiled and reverse engineered for both unauthorised good and bad purposes and then recompiled for unauthorised use. No java based licensing is really very enforcable. At best a large portion of the functionality as well as the licensing code would have to be brought out to not easily reversible DLL's so the java contains ancillary relatively unimportant GUI and general file I/O.
I personally have done more than my fair share of JRE/JDK authorised by statute or license reversing and recoding for personal enternainment in the past.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

RationalPlan, Is it just for physical personal projects like home renovations or can I use it to help with the process of commercializing a digital product or popularizing a website? How much flexibility does your software give me?

Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

RationalPlan, May I suggest you create a project to plan a giveaway properly? No I am being serious! The jreWindows folder contains a 64bit JRE for NT version 5.2 and above! Excerpt from JRE "release" file:

JAVA_VERSION="1.8.0_201"
OS_NAME="Windows"
OS_VERSION="5.2"
OS_ARCH="amd64"

The problem is made worse is previous users of older versions on 32bit builds of windows are unhelpfully told to let the installer uninstall their WORKING previous version in order to install a new but 64bit version that CANNOT POSSIBLY WORK on their 32bit editions of windows!!! Because this program is using the Nulsoft NSIS installer system it is possible to try out the version to see if it can run on our systems by usinf 7-Zip to extract the setup.exe into an isolated subfolder and started manually OR at least attempt to start it manually by trying to start the file, in my case, Y:\Downloads\RationalPlanSingle562-pa02hd\Setup\RationalPlanSingle.exe Which is a 32bit executable but the JRE it is bound to is a 64bit set of executables cannot possibly run under 32bit windows. But can run across the shared drive mapped to a drive on my Windows 10 64bit system.

I have noticed a workaround... IF one is on a 32bit edition of windows, ANY version from windows XP and up but with a system wide installed Oracle Java Runtime Environment installed one can recover a working program from the above mentioned failing scenario by renaming or deleting the 64bit jreWindows folder so the RationalPlanSingle.exe cannot see the locally installed wrong JRE it will loook for and find the systems JRE and if it's a compatible version it will launch the giveaway and accept the giveway license and mitigate the installer build error.

I currently have this giveaway running under my systems java runtime with "release" file data:

JAVA_VERSION="1.8.0_281"
OS_NAME="Windows"
OS_VERSION="5.1"
OS_ARCH="i586"

Which should be installable under XP SP3 but is currently under 32bit Vista SP2+
TK

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Jake, You can use RationalPlan for anything that requires some planning, management or organisation and for any domain. However since this is a giveaway you can use it just for personal purposes. For commercial usage you should buy a license.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

RationalPlan, Thanks for your reply and the information therein.

Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

RationalPlan, i'm curious. How do you know if i use it for commercial purpose or not?

Reply   |   Comment by tom  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK, As I stated in my previous comment this did work, however, I did have to add myself full control permissions to remove the "Read Only" attribute from the folder and all contents before it would let me rename/remove the folder.

Reply   |   Comment by D_Ram  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

tom, If you go to About... menu you will see it says it is a giveaway license

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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