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Score 7.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCollab

Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well1) ActiveCollab works well for small teams specifically T&M teams.Its invoicing feature is unique & can make your life easy.2) It is very easy to use & posses good range of filters like on the task list, we can drag/drop tasks, Filter by assignee's,
tasks lists, due dates, or completed tasks. 3) It has some simple but awesome features like when you're in
the middle of writing something i.e a comment on story and get interrupted,
it retains what you wrote.4) It allows you to tag team members in threads of comments to grab their attention, its really needed when teams are distributed. Thus helping team members to collaborate easily & stay on same page.5) It integrates pretty well with other web apps like quickbooks , Slack, Trello, HubSpot, Zapier etcScenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well1) Tasks can not have multiple assignee's here so if two members are working on same task it did not allow you to reflect that.2) Sorting capability is not their under invoicing3) It did not work well for larger teams4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.












Sourav Singla ,Safe Agilist, CSP,  ICP-ACC, CSM, CSPO, SSM, LSSG | TrustRadius Reviewer

RationalPlan

Appropriate as a great alternative to MS Project. RationalPlan provides most of the features needed to develop and maintain mid-level complex schedules.Less Appropriate for large complex schedules of long duration. These can be a challenge due to Duration at top-level. It is also a challenge to generate reports for management - reporting feature is limited.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

ActiveCollab
7.9
RationalPlan
6.6
Task Management
ActiveCollab
8.3
RationalPlan
7.3
Resource Management
ActiveCollab
7.0
RationalPlan
6.8
Gantt Charts
ActiveCollab
8.8
RationalPlan
7.3
Scheduling
ActiveCollab
6.3
RationalPlan
6.4
Workflow Automation
ActiveCollab
7.0
RationalPlan
Team Collaboration
ActiveCollab
7.2
RationalPlan
7.3
Support for Agile Methodology
ActiveCollab
8.9
RationalPlan
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ActiveCollab
7.0
RationalPlan
7.3
Document Management
ActiveCollab
8.0
RationalPlan
3.6
Email integration
ActiveCollab
8.4
RationalPlan
6.4
Mobile Access
ActiveCollab
9.7
RationalPlan
9.1
Timesheet Tracking
ActiveCollab
9.9
RationalPlan
4.5
Change request and Case Management
ActiveCollab
8.8
RationalPlan
Budget and Expense Management
ActiveCollab
5.9
RationalPlan
6.4

Professional Services Automation

ActiveCollab
7.5
RationalPlan
4.5
Quotes/estimates
ActiveCollab
6.9
RationalPlan
Invoicing
ActiveCollab
6.9
RationalPlan
4.5
Project & financial reporting
ActiveCollab
8.4
RationalPlan
Integration with accounting software
ActiveCollab
7.8
RationalPlan

Pros

ActiveCollab

  • Great for project and task assignments, project workflow and communications.
  • Solid web-based platform that doesn't require software downloads, also includes great mobile platform.
  • Great reporting tools for managing billing, estimating, project workflow and other essential project details.
  • Allows for both the agency and its clients to interact on a single platform using role-specific permissions.
Jorden Beatty | TrustRadius Reviewer

RationalPlan

  • Portfolio view is great to get a feel for how your programme is running at a glance and which areas possibly might require attention. The fact that you can customise your view by adding your own columns is another plus.
  • All project information in one tool is a big plus for me considering the amount of projects we run with. This really improves efficiency and saves me time. You have the ability to add documents to tasks, manage risks, email resources tasks due for projects they are assigned to(might need some refinement depending on your requirements), material db with costing etc.
Justin James, MComPM, Prince2 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ActiveCollab

  • Individual comments cannot be linked to. This makes it more difficult to reference a comment or question.
  • Unnecessary features cannot be turned off. Since we use it primarily for communication, it would be ideal to turn off tasks etc. that are not needed or be able to move discussions as the first screen.
  • There isn't an easy way to set up different projects under the same client.
Nancy Ross | TrustRadius Reviewer

RationalPlan

  • Milestones should be a primary option instead of 0h to create one.
LeRoy Mattingly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ActiveCollab

ActiveCollab 7.2
Based on 3 answers
The support team is responsive to requests and their annual support fees are reasonable. Honestly, we don't have to contact them much. Updates happen automatically and the platform is very solid and does not require a lot of support. Documentation is good and the platform is easy to learn.
Mike Muller | TrustRadius Reviewer

RationalPlan

RationalPlan 7.7
Based on 4 answers
I had to ask for support once and got a response immediately.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ActiveCollab

I have used multiple project management platforms such as ActiveCollab, JIRA, Trello, etc. Trello has great visualization with their (Kanban Board) board system and support drag and drop functionality for managing tasks. ActiveCollab, however, does not have the fancy visualization, but is very powerful when it comes to ticketing, task management, task delegation, time tracking, etc.
Ali Zakeri | TrustRadius Reviewer

RationalPlan

RationalPlan is cost-effective and allows most users to prepare and manage their schedule. The software lacks comprehensive reporting and duration changes at the top level of a project.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ActiveCollab

  • It has saved us a TON of money (literally thousands) in project management software.
  • It has helped us gain clients because we can show them the template of what they will see and give them access to it. When others don't have software that does this.
  • Positive impact on ROI based on the time it's saving compared to our previous PM software.
Chris Lesner | TrustRadius Reviewer

RationalPlan

  • Helps explain the target schedule and resource estimates for cost of the project
LeRoy Mattingly | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ActiveCollab

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$6.25*

* per member, per month, annual billing

ActiveCollab Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Self-Hosted Plan$999.001
  1. license
SaaS Edition
ActiveCollab Project Management$7.001
  1. per member/per month
Additional Pricing Details

RationalPlan

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

RationalPlan Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Single$87 USD1
Multi$149 USD1
Server$560 USD1
Stakeholder$49 USD1
  1. Lifetime License per Seat
SaaS Edition
Beginner$41
Master$121
Production$191
Free$0
  1. per user
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCollab
7.4
RationalPlan
7.7

Support Rating

ActiveCollab
7.2
RationalPlan
7.7

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