CloneDVD has some pretty kuel features. It can definitely burn stand alone without anydvd with no problems. In fact, I use CloneDVD to burn my tv episode DVD's for a friend at work who goes to school at night and misses her shows. I author the DVD file structure in another program, load up CloneDVD, click on the write data button, and away I go. Also, I HIGHLY recommend you take advantage of the trial period for both CloneDVD and AnyDVD. This will give you a fully function trial for a couple weeks to see if you really like the products. I'm betting that after using them for a few days you'll probably decide to purchase them. I bought CloneDVD when it first came out. I was hesitant about AnyDVD at first and for many years I simply stuck with DVD Decryptor. I just couldn't bring myself to pay for what I considered to be a driver. However, I decided to give the 5.x.x.x versions a try and after my trial was over I decided that it was indeed worth the money. It's not a "simple driver" as I made it out to be. It's a highly sophisticated and well designed application that goes FAR beyond the mere removal of copy protection. For instance, you can set it so that when you open your DVD player software it skips right to the main movie. It also nukes the HIGHLY ANNOYING interactive dvd software installation. And all of these options are user configurable. You decide what you want it to do. What sold me personally on it was ease with which it handles region coding. All in all region coding isn't overly difficult to get around, but, with AnyDVD it's completely transparent. You load it, stick a DVD in the drive from any region, and you're done. Works for me.
CloneDVD couldn't be easier to use. I mean, seriously, there's only ONE difficult option in the entire program and that's if you want to split a DVD into 2 sections. The manual explains how to do that if you need that feature. Everything else you just walk through the very intuitive "wizard" like interface selecting what you want to keep and it simply does it. Straight off the DVD if you have AnyDVD loaded.
Again, give them a try with the trial versions and buy them if you like them. You can't go wrong. If you have problems with either, post them in the appropriate forum and I guarantee someone will help.