# Can I use beamer without setting \documentclass to beamer?

I want to have a PDF that is the normal type: \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article} with normal TeX tables, graphs and words, but I want it such that there's beamer slides scattered throughout of the form \documentclass[handout]{beamer} with \usepackage{beamerthemesplit}.

Is this possible? I haven't been able to get beamer to work without setting \documentclass to beamer.

You can use pdfpages package for that. I've produced a dummy beamer document as follows.

\documentclass[handout]{beamer}
\usetheme{split}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}{1st frame}
Some content
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}{2nd frame}
Some content
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}{3rd frame}
Some content
\end{frame}
\end{document}

Then naming this file as myhandout.pdf, I have the following code run for the collating documents.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\usepackage{lipsum}   %For dummy text
\author{The author}
\title{The title}
\begin{document}
\maketitle
\lipsum[1-5]
\includepdf[pages={2,3},fitpaper=true]{myhandout.pdf}
\lipsum[4-6]
\includepdf[pages={1}]{myhandout.pdf}
\end{document}

Notice the effect of the fitpaper option in the last page.

Beamer manual (in section 21.2.3 Including Slides from the Presentation Version in the Article Version) explains how to include slides in beamerarticle. You need three files

1.- A file which contains all your text (for article and slides). I've called it Beamer.tex. The slides which will be shown in article mode are labelled with [label=somelabel]. You can use somelabel to include them with command \includeslide.

\mode<article>
{
\usepackage{fullpage}
\usepackage{pgf}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\setjobnamebeamerversion{MainBeamer}
}

\mode<presentation>
{
\usetheme{split}
}

\begin{document}

\section{The first section}

This is the article text with to figures corresponding to slides.

\begin{figure}[ht]
\begin{center}
\includeslide[width=5cm]{frame1}
\end{center}
\caption{The first slide.}
\end{figure}

\begin{figure}[ht]
\begin{center}
\includeslide[width=5cm]{frame2}
\end{center}
\caption{The second slide.}
\end{figure}

\frame[label=frame1]{
\frametitle{This is the first frame}

\begin{itemize}
\item The first item$\dots$
\item $\dots$ and the second one.
\end{itemize}
}

\frame[label=frame2]{
\frametitle{This is the second frame}

\begin{itemize}
\item The first item$\dots$
\item $\dots$ and the second one.
\end{itemize}
}

\end{document}

2.- A second file (MainBeamer.tex) which will produce the slides. The name of this file without the extension is what is included in command \setjobnamebeamerversion{MainBeamer} in previous file.

\documentclass[ignorenonframetext]{beamer}
\input{Beamer.tex}

3.- A a third file (ArticleBeamer.tex) which will produce the article version.

\documentclass[11pt]{article}
\usepackage{beamerarticle}
\input{Beamer.tex}

Now you process second file and once you have MainBeamer.pdf you can process third file and obtain: