Handouts from beamer presentations

It just took me two hours to put slides created with the LaTeX beamer class onto A4 pages as handouts. This is the solution I came up with (4 slides per page):

pdftops -paper A4 -expand original.pdf
psnup -4 -b2mm original.ps > handouts.ps 
ps2pdf handouts.ps

(Not entirely unrelated to this: the next few days I'm at a Lewis workshop near Heidelberg. I'll try to catch up with my emails next week.)


# on 29 June 2006, 19:30

You might want to look into pdfjam (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/statistics/staff/academic/firth/software/pdfjam/), which includes the pdfnup utility (which is a frontend to pdfpages). The author claims "there is no appreciable degradation of image quality in processing PDF files with thse programs, unlike some other indirect methods such as pdf2ps | psnup | ps2pdf (in the author's experience)". If you use Mac OS X, there is a graphical frontend to pdfnup: http://evolve.lse.ac.uk/software/PDFNupMaker/.

I use PDFNupMaker and usually my handouts are done in 1 minute from my beamer slides.

# on 29 June 2006, 20:11

wow, that really looks a lot better and easier. I'm using

pdfnup --nup 2x3 --frame true --delta "1cm 1cm" --scale 0.9 original.pdf

now. Many thanks!

# on 17 September 2009, 19:32

But is there a way to remove the duplicate slides, I mean the psuedo-dynamic beamer slides cause a lot of paper wastage, and I just want the slides with the actual content.

# on 22 September 2009, 11:22

wtf..its written email will not be displayed, but it is indeed displayed, if you hover over the name.

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