I love slides created with Beamer, and I am using it.

Yet, I also quite like that PowerPoint is able to show my script on my screen and show the slides on the projector while I am presenting.

Is it a way to achieve this with Beamer or other TeX techniques?

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    beamer also has notes but it has a few quirks that you will find out soon :) – percusse Mar 28 '15 at 10:18
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    I think the problem is not about beamer itself, but about PDF-viewer's inability to occupy both screen. Once you get over it beamer will no longer be useful in showing you scripts. – Symbol 1 Mar 28 '15 at 12:02
  • Hmmm, if you had a double width page and clipped half to the projector and half to the screen... pdfpages!!! – John Kormylo Mar 28 '15 at 15:20
  • @JohnKormylo This is in fact very smart! Is there one such "double-width" Beamer class, where I make normal slides on the left, and write my script on the right? – Sibbs Gambling Mar 28 '15 at 15:25
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    I'm perhaps missing something: isn't this just the concept of notes with show notes on second screen set (example, page 201 of manual)? – Joseph Wright Mar 28 '15 at 19:18

For details and further options, see the manual beginning on page 211.

Here's a way to put notes on the second screen. It is important that the PDF viewer you will be using can cope with this!

\setbeameroption{show notes on second screen}
  \begin{frame}{First Frame}
    This is some text for the first slide.
    \note{Talk about putting text on the slide.}
    \note{Don't forget the text!}
  \begin{frame}{Second Frame}
    This is some text for the second slide.
    \note{Explain how the second thing follows from the first.}
  \begin{frame}{Third Frame}
    This is some text for the third slide.
    \note{Use that example from the film to illustrate the point.}
    \note{Don't spend more than 5 minutes on this!}

slides with notes

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Here is one way. You will need to replace beamer_test with you own beamer PDF.

If you don't want to overlay the scripts, just use \newpage instead of \pause.



This is the script for the first page of overlay.

This is the script for the second page of overlay.

beamer plus script

second page

OTOH, it appears I've reinvented the wheel.

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    I do think beamer's option is a bit more straightforward... ;). – cfr Mar 29 '15 at 3:18
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    @cfr - You only think so because you haven't looked at beamer.cls – John Kormylo Mar 29 '15 at 14:02
  • ... for the end user... ;) – cfr Mar 29 '15 at 14:12

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