How can I put two figures side-by-side? Not two sub-figures, but two actual figures with separate "Fig.: bla bla" captions. A figure is supposed to spread over the entire text width, but I have two figures which are narrow and long, and I need to save the space in order to withstand the pages limit.
Have you tried putting each of them in a
Edit: This isn't as straightforward as I thought. You can't put a
But as Stefan notes, you can put
I was surprised to discover two
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Since your figures shall be side by side, they are not expected to float independently. So you need just one figure environment for both objects.
Within this figure environment, you may use minipages (like Matthew already suggested). Some additions:
Nevertheless you could check out the subfig package. That task could be handled like subfigures even if you customize the captions such that they look like two independent figures.