I was fond of UFT until I switched to TMG. When I found out that UFT was at a dead end, TMG provided an offer to UFT users that I did not refuse.
The process of converting your data to another program is quite complex as you can see by your woes with the GEDCOM process. If you decide to switch to The Master Genealogist, they have a process to transfer almost all of the data in UFT to TMG. It is called Genbridge. Details can be found at www.whollygenes.com.
I am now beta testing for them and the difference is stagering.