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I am creating a big composite book \documentclass[A4,twocolumn]{book}. I need wrapped floating figures (and tables) over both columns.

I know the enviroment figure*, but the full width of a page is so big. There are a lot of figures with small one-column overlaps - using figure* will result in an enormous increase in the number of pages.

Here How to use wrapfig to span multiple columns I read about using wrapfig to do it, but it isn't an easy way to do it.

Is there some another solution?


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|                 | ipsum
|      figure     | et dolo-
|                 | rem ame-
+-----------------+ bat Lo-
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et dolorem    et dolorem 
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AFAIK, wrapfig is the easiest. – Leo Liu Mar 28 '11 at 13:10

Only possible for one column






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