Well that started quite a conversation - thank you all for your input.
I haven't tried the wrapping approach, and it's yet more investment from third parties on top of an already expensive product whose developers don't seem to acknowledge there's a problem. It's a pity there isn't much in the way of competition for Ubot, because markets have a habit of resolving indifference and poor customer service.
Personally I think there's much to praise about Ubot, but the lack of concern about this issue (and also the crippleware philosophy behind the product variants) only goes to highlight Ubot's culture, which presumably comes from the top. And as long as there's nothing else out there better to draw customers away, they can do what they d***-well like and we'll just have to put up with it. It certainly doesn't engender loyalty, which can have unexpected downsides.
But come the revolution it'll be a different story...
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