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Merlin vs RationalPlan System Properties Comparison

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SystemsMerlin  Xexclude from comparisonRationalPlan  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionMerlin is a project management software for OS X.RationalPlan is a project planning tool that comes in three interacting modules: RationalPlan Single, Multi and Server.
CategoryProject PlanningProject Planning
Project Management Zone Rankinginfomeasures the popularity of Project Management SystemsScore 0.83
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Score 2.90
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DeveloperProjectWizardsStand By Soft
Technical documentationprojectwizards.net/­en/­support/­documentationrationalplan.com/­tutorial
Social network pages
Initial release20042007
Web-based architecturenoinfoweb interface is availablenoinfoRationalPlan Project Server provides a central repository, accessibly via clients and via a web interface.
Programming languageJava
Operating systemsOS XLinux
Mobile appsiOSno
APIinfoApplication Programming Interfacenono
Multi-useryesyesinfoRationalPlan Project Server
Authentication mechanismPasswordPasswordinfoRationalPlan Project Server
NotificationsnoEmailinfoRationalPlan Project Server
Project Planning Properties
Hierarchical tasksinfoSupport for parent-child relationships of tasksyesyes
Recurring tasksinfoSupport for definition of tasks that occur repeatedlynoyes
Milestone trackinginfoMilestones indicate the completion of major deliverables, normally by completing a set of tasksyesyes
Task dependenciesinfoDependencies between tasks are logical relationships that restrict the sequence of task executions, e.g. one task must be completed before another task can startyesyes
Critical path managementinfoThe critical path method calculates the set of tasks that cannot be delayed without increasing the project's duration, taking into account task dependenciesyesyes
Critical chain managementinfoThe critical chain method expands the critical path method by additionally taking resource constraints into accountnono
Gantt chartsinfoBar chart to visualize a project's tasks and milestones scheduleyesyes
PERT chartsinfoNetwork diagrams according to Program Evaluation Review TechniqueyesinfoNet plan viewno
BaselinesinfoSupport for creating and using snapshots of a project's plan in terms of cost, scope and schedule yesyes
Resource managementinfoSupport for managing a project's human and/or non-human resourcesyesyes
Resource levelinginfoSupport for optimizing the allocation of a project's resourcesyesnoinfosupport for manual resource leveling
Time trackinginfoSupport for estimating and monitoring the time spent on a project's tasksyesyes
Cost trackinginfoSupport for monitoring a project's expensesyesyes
Earned value managementinfoSupport for tracking a project's performance and progress via earned value measurementsyesyes
Risk managementinfoSupport for identifying and keeping track of project risks and risk-related activitiesyesyes
Scrum supportinfoSupport for typical Scrum techniques such as sprints, backlogs and burn-down chartsnono
Kanban supportinfoSupport for typical Kanban techniques such as visualization of tasks on boards using cardsyesyes
Project portfolio management infoSupport for collectively managing a set of current or proposed projects, e.g. by evaluation and prioritization of projectsnoyesinfoRationalPlan Multi Project

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