I just decided to skip the whole plugin thing and use my own code for showing two different sets of content on the same page, limiting the number of posts for the second and displaying in a preferred order...
the first loop:
<?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
<?php if ( in_category('4') && is_home() ) continue; ?>
<!--tags and arguments for how to format the content here for the homepage Page post-->
<?php endwhile; ?>
<?php else : ?>
<?php endif; ?>
//now query to get recent posts from a category (news)
$posts = get_posts('category=94&numberposts=8&offset=0&order=DESC');
foreach ($posts as $post) : start_wp(); ?>
<!--tags and arguments for displaying these links to posts-->
<?php endforeach; ?>
Actually, it's a tiny bit more than that, but I left out the html for each type of content... that is it, though...
you can run the loop several times using this method, just include another line with the appropriate category number for each coming after the first loop, and use the second method block of code to query, start, & end the loop
<?php if ( in_category('x') && is_home() ) continue; ?>
I love plugins... it's definitely one of the coolest features in WordPress. But it is infinitely annoying to become dependent on a particular plugin that becomes obsolete when the author doesn't maintain it through WordPress evolutions. (not whining, though ;)
I am happy to hear that this plugin might get some attention... it's a good one.