Previous versions of this plugin allowed only a single type of archive, controlled entirely from the settings page.

Version 1.8 is a lot more developer friendly: any options set on the settings page can be overwritten:

In your theme, you can now write:

<?php smart_archives('format=list&#038;exclude_cat=123,543'); ?>

This works for the shortcode too. In any post or page, just write:

[smart_archives format=list exclude_cat=123,543]

What’s neat about this is that you can have more than one archive, or have the archive display differently in different parts of your site.