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I've used LaTeX a fair amount to write papers, but I'm just getting into beamer (or more specifically, beamerposter).

In some of my poster's blocks, I want to achieve the effect of down one side of the block (occupying maybe 75% of the width) there being some text (an itemized list), and on the right there being an \includegraphics image.

Is there a recommended way to achieve this sort of effect? I'm not too clear what will work inside a block yet. Use a table for layout? multicol? Treat it like a regular figure and let LaTeX place it?

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The poster is done now; what I mainly used within blocks was beamer's own column environment, although in a few places I used tabular (or tabularx) where I wanted to more easily line things up horizontally. Multiple \parbox within a block also works well enough, although graphics within it seem to suffer from some vertical alignment problems which columns[t] avoids.

Things which didn't work as well as I might have hoped were multicol and wrapfig; attempting to use either invariably resulted in text exploding out of the block (although oddly the poster includes one wrapfig which seems to work fine).

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beamer provides the environment column. However you should edit your question instead of answering. – Marco Daniel Jan 21 '12 at 15:17
Ah, I was under the impression column was used to arrange columns of blocks, not within blocks... will give that a try too. – timday Jan 21 '12 at 17:43
Marco is right - though if it's somehow a working solution, it's fine to answer an own question. – Stefan Kottwitz Jan 24 '12 at 23:31
Answer rewritten in light of actual experiences. There do seem to be multiple possible solutions; beamer columns certainly became my default for layout within a block. – timday Feb 6 '12 at 21:26

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