# How to sync Beamer notes and pause commands?

I want to use \pause in my lecture notes, and I want a notes-only version that uncovers different notes before each pause. I thought of using the \note<.>{"my note"} syntax, because my understanding of '.' is that it refers to the current beamerpauses counter. But when I do this, as in this example, I don't get the desired effect. In fact I don't get all the notes:

\documentclass[t, 14pt]{beamer}
\setbeameroption{show only notes}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
\begin{itemize}
\item First things first
\note[item]<.>{Say first things first''}
\pause
\item Second things second
\note[item]<.>{Say second things second''}
\pause
\item Third things third
\note[item]<.>{Say nothing...}
\pause
\item 4th thing
\end{itemize}
\end{frame}

\end{document}


This results in:

Notice the first note ('Say "first thing first"') is not even present. The second note exists before the second bullet point.

I looked into dropping the \pause command and using \note<+> commands, as suggested in a comment to this answer, but it only leads to pauses in my notes and not on the slides.

How do I have one note per pause command? How do I get them to pause in both the presentation and the notes mode?

I should also point out that if I use \note<1>{...} and \note<2>{...} I do get the desired effect. I just don't want to keep track of how many \pause and overlay commands I've made, so I guess I should ask

How do you easily have one note per pause command?

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Instead of \pause, you could use the overlay specification for itemize:

\documentclass[t, 14pt]{beamer}
\setbeameroption{show only notes}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
\begin{itemize}[<+->]
\item First things first
\note<.>[item]{Say first things first''}
\item Second things second
\note<.>[item]{Say second things second''}
\item Third things third
\note<.>[item]{Say nothing...}
\item 4th thing
\end{itemize}
\end{frame}

\end{document}

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This appears to be a good solution. It works and gives the desired effect. And I guess I would use \item<.-> if I wanted to have more than one bullet/number revealed at once. Do you know why your approach works and \pause doesn't? – Yann Aug 28 '12 at 15:53
@Yann no, I don't know the real reason, but I've encountered other situations in which \pause seems to interact in unexpected ways with other overlay specifications. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 28 '12 at 16:05