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I am designing a poster for a conference (first one in many years). I am using a0poster, but the poster allows for two panels, one of which is 4 feet square, the other 4 feet by 2 feet, with a hinge between.

a0poster seems to have a maximum size of 33" by 46". I could make two posters, one a0 and one smaller, but is there a way to make it in one poster?

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See also How to create posters using LaTeX. – Martin Scharrer Jul 27 '11 at 19:24
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Beamerposter can handle custom page sizes, at least. Not sure about other classes, but since I already was using beamer for presentations, beamerposter was an easy transition.

Example (72" wide, 48" high):

enter image description here

important bit (lengths in cm by default, may be able to change to more comfortable units):

\usepackage[size=custom,width=182.88,height=121.92,scale=3]{beamerposter} % e.g. for custom size poster

Full example:

\documentclass[final]{beamer} % beamer 3.10: do NOT use option hyperref={pdfpagelabels=false} !
\mode<presentation> {  %% check http://www-i6.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/~dreuw/latexbeamerposter.php for examples
  \usetheme{Berlin}    %% you should define your own theme e.g. for big headlines using your own logos 
\usepackage{amsmath,amsthm, amssymb, latexsym}
\usepackage[size=custom,width=182.88,height=121.92,scale=3]{beamerposter} % e.g. for custom size poster
\title[Giant Posters]{Making Giant Posters with \LaTeX}
\author[One \& Two]{First One and Second Two}
\institute[Big U]{Some Department, Big University}
\date{Jul. 27th, 2011}


        \usebeamercolor{title in headline}{\color{fg}\textbf{\LARGE{\inserttitle}}\\[1ex]}
        \usebeamercolor{author in headline}{\color{fg}\large{\insertauthor}\\[1ex]}
        \usebeamercolor{institute in headline}{\color{fg}\large{\insertinstitute}\\[1ex]}     
          Logo goes here.

  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=\paperwidth]{lower separation line head}
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=\paperwidth]{upper separation line foot}

  \begin{beamercolorbox}[ht=4ex,leftskip=1em,rightskip=1em]{author in head/foot}%
  \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=\paperwidth]{lower separation line foot}

\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}

        \begin{block}{\large Fontsizes}
          {\tiny tiny}\par
          {\scriptsize scriptsize}\par
          {\footnotesize footnotesize}\par
          {\normalsize normalsize}\par
          {\large large}\par
          {\Large Large}\par
          {\LARGE LARGE}\par
          {\veryHuge veryHuge}\par
          {\VeryHuge VeryHuge}\par
          {\VERYHuge VERYHuge}\par
        \begin{block}{\large Other Things}
          Other things go here.
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Thanks! What a fast and thorough answer – Peter Flom Jul 27 '11 at 20:13
I already used that basic poster in a class I ran earlier this year, so I just adjusted the size and stripped out the identifying information. – Mike Renfro Jul 27 '11 at 21:54

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