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I would like to produce a slide in which there is more flexibility in the blocking.

+-----------------------------------------------+
+ Block A                                       +
+ Item                                          + 
+ item                                          +
+-----------------------------------------------+
+--------------+ +------------------------------+
+ Block B      + + Figure using includegraphics +
+              + +                              +  
+--------------+ +------------------------------+

I've tried various combinations of columns and block, but cannot get the desired result.

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Can you provide one of those trials here such that potential answerers can use it as a template? –  percusse Apr 12 '13 at 14:32
    
Welcome to TeX.sx! Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}. –  mafp Apr 12 '13 at 14:39
    
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You just have to use the columns in combination with some adjustment in defining the picture size:

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\usepackage{mwe} % for dummy image
\usetheme{CambridgeUS}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}{Title}
\begin{block}{The block title}
\begin{itemize}
\item a
\item b
\end{itemize}
\end{block}
\begin{columns}
\begin{column}{0.345\textwidth}
\begin{exampleblock}{Another block title}
\begin{itemize}
\item a
\item b
\end{itemize}
\end{exampleblock}
\end{column}%
\begin{column}{0.645\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth,height=0.6\textheight]{example-image}
\end{column}
\end{columns}
\end{frame}
\end{document}

The result:

enter image description here

Notes:

  • define the width of the two columns such that the sum of two does not exceed \textwidth (in my example it is a bit less than that value to not have warnings);
  • set the image size in the right way: you can use again \textwidth for the width since this value actually correspond to the width of the column, but be careful on the height.
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The block near the image does not have the same height of the image: this ultimately is an example, but in your presentation you probably will fit the block with some more text. The block height depends on the content, so it may look better when you will apply the solution to your presentation. –  Claudio Fiandrino Apr 12 '13 at 14:43
    
Yes, that seemed to work. I was using the version of \column{size}. Using \begin{column}{size} blah blah \end{column} works as desired. \column{size} does not work as expected. –  user28923 Apr 12 '13 at 14:58
    
Giving the option [T] to {columnes} can top-align the {exampleblock} and the image –  Kevin C Apr 12 '13 at 14:59
    
@KevinC: yes, it's right, but since we can't predict how much text should fit the block I preferred let things not top-aligned: this will let the block expand in both directions which IMHO has a better look. –  Claudio Fiandrino Apr 12 '13 at 15:22
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