This should in principle be possible by not employing the
pgfpages package that ships with
beamer, but the more generic (1)
pdfpages package (note the pdf vs pgf in the package name) in conjuction with (2)
pax. From the
Links and other interactive features of PDF documents When including pages of a PDF only the so called content stream of these pages is copied but no links. Up to now there are no TeX-engines (pdfTeX, XeTeX, ...) available that can copy links or other interactive features of a PDF document, too. Thus, all kinds of links1 will get lost during inclusion. (Using
\includegraphics, or other low-level commands.)
However, there’s a gleam of hope. Some links may be extracted and later reinserted by a package called pax which can be downloaded from CTAN. Have a look at it!
pax is a combination of a Java tool to extract link information from the PDF you intend to embed and a package that reads in this information to restore the links into embedded PDF. It is still considered as experimental and I have not tried it. However, it is written by Heiko Oberdiek, so I would be optimistic that it works.
Basically, your process would be as follows:
- Generate the handout in 1x1 format, that is, without any
- Run the
pax tool on the resulting PDF.
- Write an additional .tex-file that employs
pdfpages to generate the 2x1 or 2x2 handout format from the 1x1 PDF and loads the
pax package for link restoring.
- Let us know, if it works :-)