The RationalPlan application is a competitor for the Microsoft Project one and contains project management utilities for creating budget management and tracking work progresses. A difference between this application and others of its type is simplicity, as RationalPlan concentrates on the core functions of a project regardless of the area in which it is used (services, consulting, construction, engineering, software development etc). A Project Viewer is also provided for opening the projects and can also be used as MS Project viewer as well. Another advantage is the capability to be also deployed on Mac OS and Linux distros as well as other Java enabled platforms. The xrp file format is the native project extension for the application and it is proprietary meaning it cannot be opened by any other programs except RationalPlan.
The format can contain single projects or multi projects depending on the application used to create it. Indeed the Viewer is offered for free for people that do not have the main application installed but even so the restricted usage and compatibility with other applications makes the RationalPlan projects less used than its rivals. This can be solved by having the xrp file converted to a PDF document that can be opened and enhanced by a large number of applications. Also using a pdf printer driver such as the novaPDF one, users can add security to the files to protect sensitive information, they can sign the created PDFs, watermarks and bookmarks can be set on the PDF and more.
How to convert a xrp file created with RationalPlan to a PDF document
Before starting with the conversion process, make sure you have RationalPlan and novaPDF installed on the computer. Once this has been done, open RationalPlan and browse for the project you want to convert pages from to PDF by clicking on File->Open->File or pressing Ctrl+O. After opening the file search for the page you want to convert to PDF in the project and after selecting it click on File->Print and in the Printer window select novaPDF from the printer dropdown list. Click OK then OK again in the Save PDF File As window and the conversion will be completed.