It works but there's very little explanation of what to do. I have typed out a 'How To' at the end of this post.
Here's what happened to me.I hop the info is useful
I installed the plugin and pasted the shortcode using the word 'links'.
When I refreshed the page I got a message saying 'go to Appearances - widgets and please set some widgets'
When I went to appearances - widgets there was nowhere to drag the widgets I wanted on that page- I refreshed the widgets page and still nothing. I went back and changed the word to 'special'
I went back to widgets and refreshed- nothing- I mucked around a bit, forget what I did, but when I opened the widgets page again there was a place below 'sidebar' called addw2p - links and another called addw2p-special.
I dragged the Links widget to the one named 'special' which was the name I used in the shortcode and Voila - I have the links widget running on a page. Brilliant
There could be a better explanation of what happens on the plugin page
I suggest -
Install the plugin and place a shortcode on the page [addw2p name="name"] replace 'name' with anyword of your choice and publish the page.
This will create a new area on the widget page called addw2p - name where you can drag your widgets.
If nothing shows, please refresh the widgets page. Note: You may have to refresh several times, maybe even close the page and open it again.
Once the new area appears below sidebar, the plugin will be working.