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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}

### francimocci commented Nov 19, 2016

Thanks, exactly what I was looking for!

### jgcolman commented Feb 14, 2018

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

### yslan commented Feb 15, 2018

Good stuff. Thanks!

### andreluciani commented May 7, 2018

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

### ghitan commented May 13, 2018

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

### MHammoud18 commented Jul 24, 2018

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

### 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.

### Nagidal commented Aug 25, 2018

Thank you very much for this, andrejbauer.

Thank you!!

### happsky commented Oct 9, 2018

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

### 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!

### 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!

### mehdi-mahnam commented Aug 5, 2019

Is it possible to use it also in windows?

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### ludwigbald commented Sep 9, 2019

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

### 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

### ComFreek commented Jun 28, 2020

To repeat frame titles on your notes, use

\setbeamertemplate{note page}{%
\pagecolor{yellow!5}
\vfill
\begin{minipage}[c][\textheight][t]{\textwidth}
{\usebeamerfont{frametitle}\usebeamercolor[fg]{frametitle}\insertframetitle\par}
\insertnote
\end{minipage}
}


### AshokTak commented Aug 15, 2020 • edited

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.

I tried installing pympress in macOS but I get this error after homebrew is being updated.
You should change the ownership of these directories to your user.
sudo chown -R \$(whoami) /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig /usr/local/share/info /usr/local/share/man/man3 /usr/local/share/man/man5

And make sure that your user has write permission.
chmod u+w /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig /usr/local/share/info /usr/local/share/man/man3 /usr/local/share/man/man5

I can't change the ownership of these directories. Can anyone help?

### ComFreek commented Aug 15, 2020

@AshokTak please report your issue at the official Cimbali/pympress repository. In my experience, the maintainer is pretty fast in responding there. Be sure to include more details on your system, e.g. Homebrew version, pympress version etc.

### yejiyang commented Jun 11, 2021

@vezeli Thanks for the recommendation. Tested pympress in windows, it is a very nice free beamer presentation tool!

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.