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\documentclass[12pt]{beamer}
\usepackage{pgfpages}
% These slides also contain speaker notes. You can print just the slides,
% just the notes, or both, depending on the setting below. Comment out the want
% you want.
%\setbeameroption{hide notes} % Only slides
%\setbeameroption{show only notes} % Only notes
\setbeameroption{show notes on second screen=right} % Both
% To give a presentation with the Skim reader (http://skim-app.sourceforge.net) on OSX so
% that you see the notes on your laptop and the slides on the projector, do the following:
%
% 1. Generate just the presentation (hide notes) and save to slides.pdf
% 2. Generate onlt the notes (show only nodes) and save to notes.pdf
% 3. With Skim open both slides.pdf and notes.pdf
% 4. Click on slides.pdf to bring it to front.
% 5. In Skim, under "View -> Presentation Option -> Synhcronized Noted Document"
% select notes.pdf.
% 6. Now as you move around in slides.pdf the notes.pdf file will follow you.
% 7. Arrange windows so that notes.pdf is in full screen mode on your laptop
% and slides.pdf is in presentation mode on the projector.
% Give a slight yellow tint to the notes page
\setbeamertemplate{note page}{\pagecolor{yellow!5}\insertnote}\usepackage{palatino}
\title{How to make Beamer slides with notes}
\author{Andrej Bauer\\University of Ljubljana}
\date{\small Planet Earth}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
\titlepage
\note[item]{Thank the audience for being awake.}
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}
\begin{itemize}
\item Here are
\item some very boring bullets
\item about nothing.
\end{itemize}
\note[item]{Note that this slide is boring.}
\note[item]{Observe that there are no actual bullets here.}
\note[item]{Future work: add another bullet.}
\end{frame}
\end{document}
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francimocci commented Nov 19, 2016

Thanks, exactly what I was looking for!

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shifwang commented Dec 18, 2017

Thanks, this is very helpful.

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jgcolman commented Feb 14, 2018

Dear Andrej
This has saved me hours of frustration. Thanks.

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yslan commented Feb 15, 2018

Good stuff. Thanks!

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andreluciani commented May 7, 2018

Finally! I've looking up for this for quite sometime! Nice job!

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ghitan commented May 13, 2018

Great Andrej! Thanks so much for such a simple, easy-to-use, yet really powerful solution!

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MHammoud18 commented Jul 24, 2018

Thank you very much andrejbauer,
But how do I center the text vertically on the second screen?

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MHammoud18 commented Jul 24, 2018

I replaced
\setbeamertemplate{note page}{\pagecolor{yellow!5}\insertnote}
with
\setbeamertemplate{note page}{\pagecolor{yellow!5}\vfill\insertnote\vfill}
and the result was good.

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Nagidal commented Aug 25, 2018

Thank you very much for this, andrejbauer.

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eduardodx commented Oct 2, 2018

Thank you!!

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happsky commented Oct 9, 2018

Hi, the Skim cannot load note. Is there anyone can help me? Thanks in advance.

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alexjbest commented Oct 27, 2018

Hi, the Skim cannot load note. Is there anyone can help me? Thanks in advance.

@happsky make sure your notes have exactly the same number of pages as your slides, in principle this means every frame should have a \note even if it is empty!

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vzaliva commented Dec 8, 2018

I have a lot of slides and some of the do not have notes. I am also using sections and these do not have notes either. As the result, my notes document does not have the same number of pages as the slides and I could not synchronize. If there is a way to instruct beamer to always generate notes pages, as it does when they are attached to the right of the page? Thanks!

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mehdi-mahnam commented Aug 5, 2019

Is it possible to use it also in windows?

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andrejbauer commented Aug 7, 2019

@mehdi-mahnam I do not know, it depends on whether there is a PDF viewer on Windows that has the same functionality.

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vezeli commented Aug 11, 2019

Is it possible to use it also in windows?

@mehdi-mahnam Yes, there is an alternative.

There is a PDF viewer written in Python pympress which is a dual-screen reader that offers the user presentation mode where there is a timer, current and next slide and more. It is portable so it can be used on Linux, macOS and Windows.

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mehdi-mahnam commented Aug 19, 2019

Is it possible to use it also in windows?

@mehdi-mahnam Yes, there is an alternative.

There is a PDF viewer written in Python pympress which is a dual-screen reader that offers the user presentation mode where there is a timer, current and next slide and more. It is portable so it can be used on Linux, macOS and Windows.

That works! thanks.

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ludwigbald commented Sep 9, 2019

I'm using https://dspdfviewer.danny-edel.de/ which also works just fine :)

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Anugithub2019 commented Nov 22, 2019

I created notes.pdf and sldies.pdf. I opened both with skim 1.5.4 then I choose under view presentation options but there is no way I can select the file note.pdf? Hence it does not work me. Help please

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