Scientific papers are usually set in a two-column lay-out. Over years I have tried to find a good solution for typing such documents until I arrived at this website.
All my efforts until now did not deliver acceptable results and included a lot of hacking. The most troublesome thing is setting figures. Many graphs do not need to span over two columns but would nicely fit into one column. Yet, I could not find an acceptable way to do that in LaTeX.
Therefore the question:
What is the best way to prepare a two-column paper in LaTeX?