1. Try installing Debian - especially stable.
2. Related to that - did anyone do a scan to see what libraries the application used? Once that is determined, you can download the libraries as .deb files.
This is one of the standard problems with proprietary software -and I've seen it on Windows quite a bit. However, I can run my old WordPerfect for Linux (from mid-90's) on Linux, as long as I install the right user-space libraries.