AnyDVD and CloneDVD are both good programs, they keep them updated and CloneDVD works quickly.
So you ask why use RipIt4Me+DVD Shrink+ImgBurn? Oh my, how will I ever figure it out with a third program thrown into the mix, all 3 programs which are well integrated with each other? :doh: 1) they are well integrated and work well with each other, as I mentioned. 2) free is less than $xx. If you like a program and want to buy it, that's great, I've bought a number of programs even with the amount of freeware available today. 3) RipIt4Me is updated just as frequently as any Decryption program such as AnyDVD or DVDFab Decrypter. 4) RipIt4Me creates the cleanest, most compliant rips of any of the Decrypting programs. I have never had a single issue with the output from RipIt4Me not working properly with DVD Shrink, and therefore I've never personally had any desire for any kind of support. 5) DVD Shrink creates higher quality transcodes than CloneDVD, with the addition of options such as Deep Analysis and AEC settings. 6) ImgBurn and DVD Shrink in particular allow more control over how your discs are going to be compressed, offering more fine-tuning of what will get more compression and what will get less, also having functions such as 'still frames', 'still image', Re-author mode with trimming of the video, etc. 6) ImgBurn is a better burning program than using CloneDVD's, CloneDVD has had occasional bugs in their burning process that created poor burns. Need more reasons?
AnyDVD/CloneDVD is a little bit simpler of a process, though the combination I mention is hardly difficult to use and all settings can be decided by DVD Shrink, so it's up to the user to adjust compression settings or not. The whole process with the combination I mention can be as simple as roughly 6 button clicks - 1 click backup with RipIt4Me, when it's done it will load up into DVD Shrink, click the backup button in DVD Shrink, choose the location to save, and if you want you can integrate DVD Decrypter to burn instead of ImgBurn, they are made by the same author and are about the same in burning functionality. You can set it up so that the disc will be burned as soon as DVD Shrink is done with the backup, removing another 'step' in the process. CloneDVD's a bit faster in transcoding. You have support since you're buying it (of course there's also large amounts of support for the programs I mentioned on the internet in dedicated forums for them). Use whatever suits you best.