CloneCD "At the moment" is not being updated as you know. This may change soon though.
If you have used CloneCD in the past and it still works copying your stuff then keep on using it.
Basically though each program is best at copying different copy protections. I think most people here use a combination of two or three of Alcohol, BlindWrite and CloneCD to make their backups.
The only one not to offer a virtual drive is Blindwrite.
The other thing of course is that nowadays your CD hardware comes into play to make working copies of the lastest copy protections. I have no idea what protection younger kids software has on it.
For me if you want a virtual drive the best choice at present is Alcohol 120%.