I've only recently discovered the notes mode for beamer, and I'm trying to build a presentation with notes containing my speech. However, my speech is quite large, and is causing note page overflows.

I'm thus looking for something akin to the \allowframebreaks flag to the frame environment. Is there something that performs this function?

  • Did you considered bemaerarticle?
    – Ignasi
    Commented Nov 20, 2011 at 16:11
  • It may be worth having another crack at Beamer article. I had little success so I'll try another tutorial on it. Commented Nov 20, 2011 at 20:16

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The closest thing I know is frame overlays, in Beamer a frame can have several overlays (when you use \pause), and you can have different notes for each overlay.

Now this is not exactly what you are asking for. Maybe you can still use this as a workaround, if there's some way to generate "invisible" overlays just for the purpose of adding more notes pages. (Just using pause with no content after it will produce duplicated slides, I guess.)

On the other hand, if you are using this to show the regular slide in one screen and the notes slide in another, what you want is exactly to add several \pauses to have as many overlays as you want, and split your notes through the overlays, so it will still show the same slide when showing the next notes slide.

Like this:

\setbeameroption{show notes}

\title{Twitter Architecture}
\author{SA Group 2\\2010 Fall}

  \textbf{Variable} request rate 

  ``\textbf{Constant}'' resources

  \note<2>{Explain the quotes: They can add more machines, but doing
    so as a reaction to rate change is not the same thing. From the
    point of view of random rate changes, resources are constant.}


  \textbf{Spread} load over time

  How? \textbf{Message Queues}
  \note<4>{Twitter controls request rate}
  \note<5>{\texttt{(open (get-door 'podbay))}\\
    \texttt{NIL}\\\texttt{(open (get-door 'podbay))}\\
    \texttt{NIL}\\\texttt{(open (get-door 'podbay))}\\
    \texttt{NIL}\\\texttt{(open (get-door 'podbay))}\\
    \texttt{NIL}\\\texttt{(open (get-door 'podbay))}\\
    \texttt{NIL}\\\texttt{(open (get-door 'podbay))}}
  \note<6>{``You can't fight in here!'' -- Merkin Muffley}

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    Initially, I thought this wasn't what I was looking for, but substituting all my \note's for \note<+>'s, I got the desired effect. Thanks! Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 8:54

I've just found another solution.

\Huge This is slide

\note{\Huge Note 1}
\note{\Huge Note 2}
  • Nice, thanks, though it did require me to move my note out of the frame, which the docs don’t recommend. Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 3:39
  • Works wonderfully :)
    – RalfB
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 15:38
  • What do you mean with moving out of the frame? The note is after the frame always and the compiler detects the frame it belongs to..no?
    – RalfB
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 15:45
  • @RalfB Flash Sheridan was correct. Please see the chosen answer (above) for an example of what is meant by the note being "in the frame."
    – Digger
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 21:52
  • Works well for my purposes...
    – Digger
    Commented Nov 26, 2023 at 5:04

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