Saturday, July 16, 2011

Printing Beamer Slides

Every now and then I’d go wild with \pause and \item<+-> in my Beamer presentations, to present information piecewise. (I’m aware that some people disapproves this.) (By the way, the Manhattan theme is a Keynote lookalike.)


\frametitle{First Slide}

\begin{theorem}[Newton's First Law]
Every body remains in a state of constant velocity unless acted upon by an external unbalanced force.
\item<+-> First item in a list
\item<+-> First item in a list
\item<+-> Second item in a list
\item<+-> Second item in a list

For archival and distribution purposes, I usually invoke


to get a PDF file in which all the overlays are “condensed” to their respective single slides.

When it comes to printing the slides for my own reference, though, I often prefer to have the presentations 4-up on an A4 sheet. In addition, the Manhattan themed presentation isn’t really printer-friendly. So I’d instruct Beamer to only use the Manhattan theme in beamer and trans modes; and that it should use some mostly-white theme as well, as placing the slides 4-up on an A4 paper in handout mode (code lifted from the Beamer manual).

% \documentclass[handout]{beamer}
% \documentclass[trans]{beamer}


\pgfpagesuselayout{4 on 1}[a4paper, landscape, border shrink=5mm]
\pgfpageslogicalpageoptions{1}{border code=\pgfstroke}
\pgfpageslogicalpageoptions{2}{border code=\pgfstroke}
\pgfpageslogicalpageoptions{3}{border code=\pgfstroke}
\pgfpageslogicalpageoptions{4}{border code=\pgfstroke}

Running pdflatex while activating the handout mode then gives me this output:

Just remember to process your file twice every time you change the mode, so that all hyperlinks and bookmarks are updated properly.


  1. terima kasih banyak, saya sudah lama memikirkan bagaimana membuat handout yang tidak berwarna. (Thanks so much for your help, you made what i thought about..)

  2. Hello, Sebastian here - author of the Manhattan theme. I extended the approach that you present here to include note pages. In addition, I made the slides all black and white. The blog post and related sources are up here:

    Customizing LaTeX beamer note pages

    PS: Thanks for your help on spreading the theme.

  3. Thanks very much for the impressive updates, Sebastian!