So alas, it seems our laptop is dying...and with it Windows 7. The only reason I'm sad about this is I need to use it for 2 applications: Alibre Design 2011 (proprietary CAD software) and XYZWare (a 3D printing manager). The best possible scenario is that I could somehow get these things working on my linux desktop I'd like to ask the community if they have been able to get Alibre Design or XYZWare working on linux?

I have tried Alibre and failed during initial install. I'm not as concerned with the printer software, as I think there is a workaround for it possibly using slic3r.

Any help would be much appreciated.
Let me know what info I should supply for troubleshooting if it gets that far.