Is there a work around to the fact that MAC OS no longer supports software using PowerPC?

I can no longer use two interactive Pearson Pelican Plus interactive CD Roms in school because I get an error message saying PowerPC is no longer supported by Mac. My OS is 10.9.5.
Is there a work around?
Ella

ellalps wrote:
I can no longer use two interactive Pearson Pelican Plus interactive CD Roms in school because I get an error message saying PowerPC is no longer supported by Mac. My OS is 10.9.5.
Is there a work around?
Ella
Ella:
It is unclear from your post if your inability to use Pearson CD-ROMs occurred after you purchased a new Mac, or simply upgraded your current one to Mavericks.
If you simply upgraded to Mavericks, your easiest solution and best operating environment would be to use Disk Utility to partition your hard drive and reinstall Snow Leopard (with the optional Rosetta) into that partition.  You could then use the "dual-boot" process (System Preferences:Startup Disk) to determine with environment is operating on your Mac: Snow Leopard when you want to run the CD-ROM or Mavericks where you need more modern capabilities.
Note that if you must have the concurrent ability to run the CD-ROM and  Mavericks, then, the previous information posted by others in this thread is your only solution and there is no point in your taking the extra steps to partition your hard drive and install Snow Leopard.
The previous information provided to you is largely accurate except for one point that is irrelevant to your concerns and will only generate needless irrelevant repetitious responses if I point out what it is.
The great tragedy in today's USA society is the government's failure to properly fund education combined with the high amount and cost of student loans and their inability to be discharged in bankruptcy.
The combination of all of these factors leads educational publisher's such as Pearson no financial incentive to upgrade many of their essential products for the education market, including rewriting their CD-ROMs to work directly on Intel Macs without the addition of Rosetta, which is not longer supplied by OS X after Snow Leopard.
Having seen this problem posted on this forum quite regularly over the last few years, I purchased a demo CD-ROM from Pearson on Amazon and I am able to report that indeed they will run on a Mavericks (or Mt. Lion or Lion) Mac that has Snow Leopard Server ("SLS") installed into a virtualization program (in my case Parallels), as shown here:
                              [click on image to enlarge]
Previous posts have described the telephone process and part number to obtain SLS from Apple for the now 95% discounted price of $20!  Parallels offers a 14-day free trial download of Parallels (do not activate it until you are in possession of SLS):
http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/download/
If you need it, more detailed information on this process is available here:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365439
Good Luck with your education!

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