This plugin does aim to be the most customizable masonry plugin arund, so it’s only natural that there is a ton of adjustment available.
However, you can get a rather nice column based gallery simply by setting the brick width. But you are certainly not limited to just this, as there are a ton of other options available.
You were (and still are) more than welcome to contact our support if you were having an issue configuring the plugin. We’d even be happy to build your shortcode for you if you get stuck. And if there was a bug, we could have been able to fix it should you have contacted us.
If you want to give it another try, get in touch and we’ll get to the bottom of what ever issue you were encountering.