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Great Microsoft Project Alternative With Interproject Dependency Support

While creating and managing a project plan, have you ever run into a problem of having the resources shared between projects and you don’t know how to deal with such situations in your Microsoft Project? Well, we know Microsoft Project does not handle this scenario quite well. If you are a project manager who needs to manage resources centrally then you need a planning tool that would help you manage resources centrally. We have one such tools called RationalPlan Multi Project that is simple and its specifically designed for project managers that need to handle the company’s projects and resources in a centralized way.


With RationalPlan Multi Project you can have all your company projects and resources in one place. Not just that you can create dependencies between tasks from different projects but more important, you can share resources hence you will be able to track a resource’s overallocation state over multiple projects. The Project Portfolio view will help to get an overview of all your projects. Another key differentiator is that a "what if" scenarios capability is offered via multiple undo/redo levels that allows you to make changes and safely get back.

RationalPlan has three different products for various practical needs.

1. RationalPlan Multi Project – RationalPlan Multi Project allows you to manage multiple projects at once, projects that share common resources and/or with dependencies between their tasks.

2. RationalPlan Single Project – RationalPlan Single Project allows you to schedule and track unrelated projects individually

3.RationalPlan Project Viewer – For people involved but don’t need or shouldn’t change the schedule related data. The Project Viewer is freely distributed for everyone to see the content of a project in the most flexible manner and not just as printed reports.

The software operates on all popular platforms starting with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and all other Java enabled platforms.

Try the Trial version by downloading form the RationalPlan website.

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GanttProject – an Open Source alternative for MS Project

For many years MS Project has been the only tool that is commonly being used for Project Management. However there is a price tag attached to the software that comes with tones of features of which hardly 20% really get used.


GanttProject is an alternative open source solution to MS Project, targeted for companies that needs to cut down cost and do not use “all” the features provided by MS Project. GanttProject is a free project scheduling and management tool that is based on Gantt chart. It runs on Windows, Linux and MacOSX. Major features of GanttProject include

– Creating work breakdown structure, drawing dependencies and defining milestones

– Assigning human resources to work on tasks and see their allocation on the Resource Load chart

– Generating PERT chart from Gantt chart

– Save/Export charts as PNG images, generate PDF and HTML reports

– Allows Import from and export them to Microsoft Project formats. Also allows export to spreadsheets with CSV.

– Share projects with your colleagues using WebDAV


If you are familiar with MS Project it will not take more than few minutes to get around it. Easy to install and easy to use!

Download GanttProject here

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