Stand By Soft updates RationalPlan software

  • September 02, 2014

September 2, 2014 - Stand By Soft announces RationalPlan 4.9 with better Mac OS X integration and improved printing.

RationalPlan suite started as a desktop application designed to run on all major operating systems – Windows, Linux and Mac OS X – but it evolved into an embedded management system that is now available as a project management cloud service both for individuals and for companies that need a distributed solution with concurrent access from multiple users. Important changes for this version:

  • Comply with Gatekeeper’s restrictions on Mac OS X
  • More printing options
  • New status values for projects: “Awaiting approval” and “Awaiting closure”
  • New filters
  • Improved support for reading Microsoft© Project files

Starting with Mac OS X Mountain Lion the Gatekeeper was introduced that by default does not allow users to run applications downloaded outside of the App Store. In this situation were also RationalPlan users. The good news is that now RationalPlan products can safely pass the Gatekeeper restrictions. Printing mechanism was improved at users request. Along with minor visual adjustments it is now possible to change the timescale and soft zoom for chart based views directly from print preview window. This is very useful when users need to fine tune their printing layout. A new filter was added allowing users to filter tasks through multiple assigned resources and not just one as it was until now. This is useful for the project manager to see for example on what tasks an entire team of resources is working. While in Project Portfolio view users can set different statuses for their projects. In this version two additional values were added: “Awaiting approval” and “Awaiting closure”. When it comes to reading Microsoft© Project files things are not that easy because the .mpp file format is a binary one and undocumented. However the development team behind RationalPlan continues to improve the support for this format and this means the possibility to load baselines from MS© Project in current version. The list of features and improvements that were added also includes:

  • Longer life for tooltips
  • Moved the status date picker to Settings > Options dialog
  • When creating a new project use the settings from its parent as the default ones
  • Added possibility to assign resources to tasks by code and by name by direct typing within the table
  • Possibility to send late tasks notifications from RationalPlan Server
  • Less memory consumption
  • Added Project and Project code columns to My Assignments view
  • Added possibility to display either row number or object ID within the row header of tables

RationalPlan suite is made of these products: RationalPlan Single Project – an alternative to Microsoft Project and the perfect solution for novice or accidental project managers 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 solution for anyone (from project stakeholders to team workers) to view projects details RationalPlan Project Server – a centralized place to manage the company’s projects while offering concurrent access to different users  

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