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Giveaway of the day — RationalPlan Single 4.13 (Win&Mac)

RationalPlan Single is a project management software.
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User rating: 48 (77%) 14 (23%) 53 comments

RationalPlan Single 4.13 (Win&Mac) was available as a giveaway on May 30, 2016!

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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.

If you are a Mac user please download the installation file here (92.7 MB).

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:

80.8 MB

Price:

$57.00

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#21

Got to try out the program today, and I'm impressed. Been using MS Project for about 20 years and this program does what I need in a simpler manner. I especially like the added hand-holding when starting a new project, it would be great help for new or "casual" Project Managers where I work. I like that I can send out reports to each person (resource) to show them what tasks they need to work on. It imported a fairly complex project plan from MS Project - lots of dependencies, special start-to-start / finish-to-finish task relationships with lag times, nested tasks, orphaned tasks.

Don't know if it can export back to MS Project (that would make it an ideal way for different departments to own their own schedules with this program, and send them to me for "big picture" reporting from MS Project. More to try out.

Thanks GOTD and Stand By Soft!

Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Mr.Dave, Yes you can export data to MS Project but only as .xml format and not as .mpp. But I do not see the reason why someone would go back to MS Project... We are always open to any missing features :)

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

RationalPlan, thanks for the response. I think for most people who would use your software, you're right: no need to go back to MS Project.

Reasons why I use it:
- It's from Microsoft, so my employer will buy it.
- Some of our customers require project plans in MS Project format.
- It allows me to combine sub-projects into a larger view for tracking and summarizing and reporting.
- It has Visual Basic so I can integrate it with Outlook and Excel and have it use those tools for added functionality, and I can also automate things, create and apply formats, and fix the mess MS Project makes of things over time (inconsistent fonts and sizes, odd colors, etc.).
- I can add additional columns with text, yes/no, numeric, date fields that I can use for sorting and filtering the tasks I see, or share with others.

On the other hand, MS Project has so many options that it's confusing, hard to learn, and easy to make mistakes. After 20 years I still run into situations that I can't quite explain, that take hours of detective work and usually end up with copying everything to a new project file. Seems to be a new "feature" of MS products, including Excel and Word.

I may be able to get my employer to buy some copies of your program, I think you've done a fine job of it!

Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

Missed this one by half an hour! Do you, GOTD, have any idea when this might come around again? Does anyone else remember when this was last offered?
Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Larry Lambert  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Larry, I do not know if we will offer it again...

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

RationalPlan, Thank you for replying; I really appreciate it. If you do decide to offer it again and have any way of letting me know in advance I would appreciate that even more. :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Larry Lambert  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Larry, There isn't any way of letting you know because there are no contact details of you... just your name. But you can send us an email with your details.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#19

How can I increase the size of the initially-microscopic icons and text as they appear on my 15-inch 4K laptop display? I am running the display settings at the recommended 250% scaling factor to make the appearance of most things work OK (acceptably large, as on a non-4K display panel).

For instance, starting from the outline on the left, Project Guide > Notes & Links, the icons for "Project Notes" appear incredibly small (size, color, bold, italic... ordered list, unordered list... hyperlink, image... etc.).

The initial "splash screen" (credits) is extremely tiny; and the following window titled "RationalPlan Single Welc..." (which is all the title I can see) "Please select your action:" is not re-sizable. Hopefully the "New" Open" "Open Last" I am seeing are all the available choices, but I can't be sure. I would like to re-size it a bit bigger to keep it from looking so suspiciously crowded (as though something else might be hidden from view).

An attempt to type notes into the Project Notes box initially resulted in microscopic-sized text. Choosing the XX-Large font size made it barely acceptable, what I would normally consider small (say, 8-point type size).

I changed the Settings > Options > General > Font Size from the default of 27 up to the max of 40, restarted, and all the main window menu items became much easier to read, but the Project Notes text remained unaffected, initially starting out (once again) microscopic.

As it is, this appears to be a very useful application, but nearly unusable in its current form (on my hi-res laptop display).

Hopefully an update to address these issues will be considered "minor" so we can benefit from it without losing your generous free license. It seems reasonably priced for business software, but I would hesitate to purchase additional copies or recommend it in its current state.

Thanks, Stand By Soft and GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

HMarx, The application should detect automatically the font size from your system and adjust correctly. There were no complaints so far. It is not clear why in your case it does not behave correctly... You can send an email to support with further details in order to better understand the problem.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#18

I went to their homepage to look at some screenshots or examples. None of the images show up! Fix your homepage and then I might consider giving your software a trial run.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Tim, You are probably using an outdated browser or have some restrictions against Adobe Flash Player.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

RationalPlan, I upgraded to the newest CHROME browser yesterday. That's probably it. I understand they are moving away from Flash.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Then we need to redesign our website :)

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

Installed quickly and flawlessly. Love the interface and all capabilities. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Gee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

OK, looks like one needs to copy the license file extracted from the download called "license.out2" someplace where you can find it using the browse button when starting the program.
Once you find that, the browse box says it is a valid serial number, then you can continue and I believe it is activated with a valid license for give away of the day
nothing is easy anymore......

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Jim, If you go to Help> About... menu you will see it is registered.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#15

Two different computers, two separate email links and two setups which don't have a license.
Why bother?

Reply   |   Comment by jim  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

jim, for starters you could have used the same zip on both computers, and if you took the time to look at the files and read the readme.txt and maybe some of the comments here you'd have found out the license is applied by use of the license.out2 file by the programs registration wizard. If you are not going to look in the usual places to find out how to activate a giveaway... Why bother?

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

jim, The license file is within the .zip package you received :)

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#14

easily set up and activated. Looks useful if only because I can make Gantt charts to appease my bosses. Fairly intuitive. A keeper

Reply   |   Comment by steve  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#13

I could not open this file: " license.out2 " My computer did recognize it. I tried notepad. I deleted this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Daniel, Please do NOT try to open the license file since it s a binary encoded file. Only RationalPlan can decode it. If you read the comments you will see that it works for everyone if they follow the registration procedures :)

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

Thanks for the software. I would like to point out that the program does not respect the user's desktop area, and instead has areas of the program interface below the taskbar area (for users that have more than one row for a taskbar at the bottom). Since the taskbar can be at bottom, top, or a side, the developer should check to ensure the entire program interface is not partially obscured by a taskbar.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary Smith  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Gary, Please contact us at support to better understand the problem and to fix it. Any feedback is welcomed :)

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

getting

"sorry cant run the application on this machine Error code 44506-2

OK


I run W7 professional.

Canyou help please.

jimn

Reply   |   Comment by jimn  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

jimn, Probably an incomplete download or a faulty unzip operation.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#10

well, following the tutorial for the license key only offers "microsoft excel 2010" and "microsoft word 2010" NEITHER of which holds a valid license key??

Any thing I'm missing?

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Jim, You are not following it correctly. Please read the messages bellow. Do NOT try to open the license file. Just install and start the application and when asked browse to the location where you saved the license file.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#9

this does check for updates by default, we are not normally entitled to free updates under standard GAOTD terms so you need to go to Settings menu and select Options , then select the General tab and find Check for updates and make sure it is deselected before dismissing the window with OK button.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

TK, did as you suggested. Am wondering, however,if this feature is not allowed--as per it's offering? Perhaps, a Rational Plan representative...could respond here? Your suggestion is...logical--according to what's "normal". However, is that...actual as per this offering, one wonders. thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by David Ulrich  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

You have free updates but those will be minor ones and bug fixes :)

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

TK, when I select SETTINGS, I can find no OPTIONS box to click on. Yes, there are other controls to select, but no options such as the one you are talking about, which I think is an excellent idea. Thanks for any help!

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

M. Aronson, See the General tab from the Options dialog.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

RationalPlan,

How would we know the difference between allowing a "minor" update versus a major one that would "break" the valid lifetime license and, presumably, turn this back into unregistered trialware, especially if the updates are automatically checked?

Without knowing in advance what the result would be, is there any warning provided or "permission to continue update" feature so as to give a user a chance to check just what would be the outcome?

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

HMarx, Major upgrades will be paid upgrades. And you will always have the possibility to revert to previous versions that are compatible with your license.

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#8

Tiberiu...I'm having problems with getting the licence. I tried everything it said, but I must be doing something wrong. I can't even get to the continue button it ...I really really want this, so any help will be greatly appreciated. I have windows 10 64 b :)

Reply   |   Comment by Marshell Wooley  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Marshell Wooley, you need to navigate to where you extracted the downloaded Zip archive to using the Extract All option. The Browse interface is a little slow at responding due to the module they use but it does work.

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

TK, Thank YOU! Looks great, but I' am going to check it out tomorrow :) Going to enjoy my holiday ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Marshell Wooley  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#7

Looks interesting. Basic questions:
Can the contractors and subcontractors access my RationalPlan and add and change info? (Do I have to sign up for cloud access of some kind?)
Does this install on XP?
Does this UNinstall cleanly?

Reply   |   Comment by glnz  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

- If you want concurrent access for multiple users you need to use RationalPlan Cloud.
- Single installs on any Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
- Yes it uninstalls cleanly

Reply   |   Comment by Tiberiu  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Tiberiu, I notice in the Options general tab there are the big three cloud storage providers each with an Activate button by the side, is that available under this license? Can the project file be on the cloud service selected and I have read/write access using this license and participants get to see their roles and project timeline using the free viewer you have on your website?

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

TK, Yes you can activate those services and open the files stored on your personal accounts. If you make those files public and share them with others I guess they will be accessible from their own account although this depends on the sharing service of each provider...

Reply   |   Comment by RationalPlan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#6

Downloaded and installed easily on Windows 10 64 bit.

Appears to be a very useful programme. I don't need all the bells, whistle and complications (and expense) of Project so this looks like it will fill my needs nicely. I have been using Trello, which is good for multi-user inputs but overkill for personal/solo use.

I like the basic interface, I can understand it and work with it. I'm already putting a couple of simple projects that I am working on into it and am liking it more as I use it.

A keeper, thank you GAOTD and Stand By Soft.

Reply   |   Comment by Kestrel  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#5

Looks very good and loaded with nice features. Seems to give Microsoft Project a real fight.

Reply   |   Comment by Gideon  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#4

Downloaded the zip file. Unzipped it. Ran the exe file. All I got back was the box stating "Successfully Activated" with only a "Close" option at the bottom right hand corner. Nothing else. This has happened to me on a few of your giveaways recently.
Please tell me if I am doing something wrong. I have been a follower of yours for several years and used to have no problems.
Please advise as to what I must do.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Peter, Just run the setup.exe to install the application. For details on how to register the license please see http://www.rationalplan.com/tutorial/ch01s02.html

Reply   |   Comment by Tiberiu  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#3

How long is the license?

Reply   |   Comment by karlson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

karlson, Lifetime for this version

Reply   |   Comment by Tiberiu  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#2

I wonder if it's feasible to use with GetTheThingsDone routines. If anyone has experience with GTD and can comment on this piece of software, it would help me a lot, and perhaps some other people.

Reply   |   Comment by Rafal Stanilewicz  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Rafal, I guess you could try to use it for GTD but it is not the best option. GTD is a methodology to increase the day by day personal productivity while RationalPlan is much more than that. The easiest way it to install it and try it. After all it is free just today :)

Reply   |   Comment by Tiberiu  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#1

It looks interesting, but I don't understand its usefulness yet. I have Microsoft Project and I understand that is very complicated and have not found a way to make use of it. I am going to check this out and report back later if it is interesting or not.

Reply   |   Comment by Tester  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Tester, RationalPlan is less complicated compared to MS Project but this kind of products are not quite for the "day by day" use. It is more like for serious stuff when you need to plan your work in advance, see how much it will cost, what you will need. Some examples: redecorating your home, building your house, planning your 10 day trip...

Reply   |   Comment by Tiberiu  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
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