When using an Apogee camera with MaxIM DL I have a choice of the native driver in MaxIM, or an ASCOM choice which takes me to the chooser where I can select the ASCOM Apogee driver (presuming I've downloaded and installed it).

I know this is probably a vendor question, but in general these days, is it better to go with the ASCOM drivers, or is it wiser to stick with a native driver for the application (if one exists). Is it naive to suggest that one should go with the most recent of the two?

Also, am I right in that in order for two applications to have simultaneous access to a device you must use the ASCOM driver (or am I confused with some other aspect of the platform).