Beamer: print slides and notes on A4 paper correctly

Following up on this question, I have the MWE example below, that works well except for when I want to print the resulting pdf, which becomes completely shrunk ... so small that I cannot read the letters. I cannot hand this in!

What is the problem here? I have tried every possibility, as you can see in the MWE (not specifying the A4 paper, using letterpaper instead, play with margins in cm and inches...)

This is the MWE:

\documentclass[handout, ignorenonframetext, xcolor={dvipsnames,table}]{beamer}
\usepackage{etex}
\reserveinserts{28}
\usepackage{pgfpages}
\pgfpagesuselayout{2 on 1}[]
%\pgfpagesuselayout{2 on 1}[a4paper]
%\pgfpagesuselayout{2 on 1}[letterpaper]
%\pgfpagesuselayout{2 on 1}[a4paper,border shrink=5mm]
%\pgfpagesuselayout{2 on 1}[letterpaper,border shrink=0.5in]
\setbeameroption{show notes on second screen=bottom} % Beamer manual, section 19.3
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

\setbeamercolor{background canvas}{bg=pink}

\usepackage{lmodern}

\setbeamertemplate{note page}[plain] % Beamer manual, section 19.1
\newlength{\parskipbackup}
\setlength{\parskipbackup}{\parskip}
\newlength{\parindentbackup}
\setlength{\parindentbackup}{\parindent}
\newcommand{\baselinestretchbackup}{\baselinestretch}

\usetemplatenote{

%\insertslideintonotes{0.3}%

\rmfamily \scriptsize%
\setlength{\parindent}{1em} \setlength{\parskip}{1ex}%
\renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{1}%

\insertnote%

\setlength{\parskip}{\parskipbackup}%
\setlength{\parindent}{\parindentbackup}%
\renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{\baselinestretchbackup}%
}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
Title slide
\note{this is a note}
\end{frame}

\begin{frame}
This is the first slide
\note{this is another note}
\end{frame}

\end{document}


The pdf produced looks flawless on screen:

But look at the print preview (which is printed in the same way)... and this happens with every program I have tried, in both Ubuntu and Windows (Acrobat included), so it's a LaTeX problem...

Note I want both the pdf on screen and when printed to look as it should... I don't want to enlarge the pdf on screen so it is printed correctly...

• please consider accepting the answer, if it has solved the problem (in my case, it had ;) – Alessandro Cuttin Apr 14 at 10:55

I guess, this can be solved by applying appropriate printing properties. For example in Adobe Reader select the Fit option and it prints nicely.
For Okular, try the Trim Margins option.