Craiova, Romania – The developers from Stand By Soft are pleased to announce the release of a major version for the project management suite RationalPlan. Version 4.0 comes with a new design, a modern look and a more pleasant color scheme for the eye.

This is a major turn around as the company decided to focus on three different areas or more exactly on three important needs for different types of project managers. These needs are covered by the main three products: Single, Multi and Server.

Although different, in the essence the entire suite has something in common. “Our moto – Manage your projects the easy way – defines in the best possible way what we want from this suite of project management products. Every manager needs to effectively handle his projects and there are many tools in the market for this. However what we want is to also offer the easiest and fastest way to achieve that.” says Gabriel Toader, CEO at Stand By Soft. And the main feature to sustain this idea is an embedded Project Guide that will get project managers through each step of the planning process.

“Your kick-start to manage projects” that is the purpose of the Single product. It was especially designed for the novice or accidental project managers and it is the right solution to choose when managing small projects or when the management experience is missing.

The Multi product is more a program management application. “Get your projects together!” explains the best what for it should be used. Those program managers that need to handle multiple inter-related projects and even with shared resources can find in this product a solid help to support their work.

There is nothing easier that to “Manage your projects in one place”. And that place is the Server product from RationalPlan. With this product all the company data like projects, resources, calendars etc. are in one single place. From here anything can be accessed by anyone and from anywhere. All it needs to be done is to create some user accounts and set the appropriate rights.

Version 4.0 also comes with a major change in the file format. Although still compatible with the old .xrp file type the new version is using now two other formats .srp for the Single product and .mrp for the Multi product. So in case of downgrade to a version prior to 4.0 users should make sure that they convert current files to the old .xrp extension to continue using them.

The integration with Microsoft Project was also improved so the data exchange between the two applications is done with less data loss. At the same time RationalPlan is now also available in Portuguese language thanks to the efforts of Rui Nobre Pinheiro. Rui is an Achievement-driven Project Manager with more than 12 years of project & portfolio management experience, and a total of 15 years of relevant business experience, with a focus on entrepreneurship, business development (e.g. franchising), SME’s, complex projects, accountancy, auditing and finance management.

This major upgrade is free for the clients that purchased their licenses within one year before the official 4.0 release date. Clients older than one year can upgrade to the new version by paying $17.10 for Single and $29.40 for Multi. Regarding the Server module the clients can be happy since the upgrade is free for everyone.

RationalPlan suite includes:
RationalPlan Single – an alternative to Microsoft Project and the perfect solution for novice or accidental project managers
RationalPlan Multi – project management software for multiple projects, projects that are interconnected through dependencies and share common resources
RationalPlan Viewer – free project management software viewer, the solution for anyone (from project stakeholders to team workers) to view projects details
RationalPlan Server – a centralized place to manage the company’s projects while offering concurrent access to different users

RationalPlan 4.0

Stand By Soft was founded in 2003 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. It has been developed to help small and middle sized companies to plan and manage their projects. Our goal is to make the process of planning projects as short and as straightforward as possible, guiding novice project managers through each step but offering enough tools to those more experienced. Copyright (C) 2011 Stand By Soft. All Rights Reserved.

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