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I like add quite extensive explanations to my transparencies. I am looking for a method that is able to generate both a presentation with slides and some form of lecture notes that include my explanatory texts together with small versions of my slides as pictures in the text.

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    There are several ways to do this. Beamer for example allow to create lecture notes and slides in one file, see uweziegenhagen.de/?p=1053 for a German example. You could also extract the pages from the PDF using for instance pdftk and embed them in a different document. – Uwe Ziegenhagen Sep 19 '14 at 11:19
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    you can also take a look at this question for an example of the beamer \note macro, which generates lecture notes with a "minislide" inside. – Nico Boni Sep 19 '14 at 13:00
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A while ago I created a document class for this very purpose. It was meant for personal use, but I think it's intuitive enough for others to figure out. I put it in a GitHub project and annotated an example .tex file to introduce the various commands.

Use the mh-presentation.cls document class and run pdflatex with the -shell-escape flag. This will generate two .pdf files: one with the slides and one with the handouts, based on a single source file.

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