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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?

Example:

Lorem ipsum   Lorem ipsum
et dolorem    et dolorem
amenbat aqu   amenbat aqu
+-----------------+ Lorem 
|                 | ipsum
|      figure     | et dolo-
|                 | rem ame-
+-----------------+ bat Lo-
Lorem ipsum   rem ipsum 
et dolorem    et dolorem 
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AFAIK, wrapfig is the easiest. –  Leo Liu Mar 28 '11 at 13:10
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Only possible for one column

\documentclass[a4paper,twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage{cutwin}
\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\lipsum[1]

\renewcommand\windowpagestuff{%%
\includegraphics[height=10\normalbaselineskip,
                 width=0.9\linewidth]{foo}}
\opencutleft

\begin{cutout}{4}{0pt}{0.3\linewidth}{11}
\lipsum[1]
\end{cutout}

\lipsum
\end{document} 

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