BGMP 1.7 will support using paramters in the [bgmp-map] and [bgmp-list] shortcodes to specify categories, center location, zoom levels, etc. I've tested it and I think that it's ready for release, but a lot of the code was modified or refactored, so I'd like to get some additional testing before releasing it to everyone.
If you'd like to try it out, just download 1.7-rc1 and install it. If you notice any problems, give detailed feedback here and then downgrade to 1.6.1 until they're fixed.
If you don't notice any problems, please leave a quick note here so that I know it's working for others.
Here are examples of parameters that now work in the shortcodes:
[bgmp-map categories="parks,restaurants" width="500" height="500" center="chicago" zoom="10" type="terrain"]