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I would like to display pictures inside \colchunk of parcolumns. This works just fine, but it produces a vertical space in the oppposite column. How can I prevent this from happening?

\begin{parcolumns}[rulebetween,colwidths={1=0.4\linewidth}]{2}

\colchunk{%
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
}

\colchunk{%
\lipsum[1]

\begin{minipage}{1\linewidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.5\linewidth]{Image}\captionof{figure}{Caption}
\end{minipage}

\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
}

\end{parcolumns}

This code gives the follwoing output: enter image description here

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If you don't mind to switch from the old package parcolumns to a newest one like paracol, you won't have this kind of problems...

Note that, if you want, you can even use floating environments inside the columns, as in the following example:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[latin]{babel} % only for the example

\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}
\usepackage{paracol}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\columnratio{0.4,0.6}
\begin{paracol}{2}
\setlength{\columnseprule}{0.4pt}
\setlength{\columnsep}{2em}
\begin{leftcolumn}
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\end{leftcolumn}

\begin{rightcolumn}
\lipsum[1]

\begin{figure}[h]
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.5\linewidth]{Image}
\caption{Caption}
\end{figure}

\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[1]
\end{rightcolumn}
\end{paracol}

\end{document} 

Output:

enter image description here

What to know to migrate to paracol:

  • To obtain the same result of

    \begin{parcolumns}[rulebetween,colwidths={1=0.4\linewidth}]{2}
    

    you have to write

    \columnratio{0.4,0.6}
    \begin{paracol}{2}
    \setlength{\columnseprule}{0.4pt}
    \setlength{\columnsep}{2em}
    

    The last two can be put outside the paracol environment if you want the changes to be global.

  • Instead of using

    \colchunk{......}
    

    you have to use

    \begin{leftcolumn}
    ......
    \end{leftcolumn}
    

    for the left column, and

    \begin{rightcolumn}
    ......
    \end{rightcolumn}
    

    for the right column.

Many more options can be found in its documentation.

  • Thanks, I think there's no reason not to switch to a new package. – ThreeDog Jan 22 '14 at 10:50
  • @ThreeDog You're welcome. IMHO, paracol is by far much better than parcolumns. – karlkoeller Jan 22 '14 at 10:54

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