multiple overlays and a handout (was: overfull boxes; was: Re: [OS X TeX] Suggestion for TeXShop)

Roussanka Loukanova rloukano at
Wed Feb 28 05:28:18 EST 2007

On Wed, 28 Feb 2007, Luis Sequeira wrote:

>> 3. In a beamer presentation, I have a sequence of \only<5>{...}, ...
>> \only<7>{...}, i.e., multiple *alternative* overlays, which take the space
>> of each other on successive pages. They show finely on the presentation,
>> but not on its handout version where, all alternatively overlaid parts
>> get stacked on a single page, i.e. in an overfull vbox, which stretches
>> down out of the page. I had such a case, which (for now) I resolved by
>> force:
>> I've put the overlay blocks inside {\tiny ...}. I dislike such a
>> forceful solution, esp. because in a next round of lecturing on this
>> topic, I will certainly update it, and would easily forget
>> about this {\tiny ...} extra in the handout version: The only difference
>> between handout and presentation modes should be the two lines:
>> \documentclass[handout]{beamer}
>> %\documentclass{beamer}
>> If someone knows a better solution, I would appreciate it very much.
>> Roussanka
> I don't use beamer, but I use powerdot for the same thing (and use the same 
> trick of having two alternative \documentclass lines).
> I think a better solution is to use some form of conditional compilation - so 
> that you decide, in advance, how the material should appear onscreen and on 
> the handout; and don't have to do any further
> changes later.
> For powerdot, I use something like
> \pdifsetup{present}{<stuff for screen>}{<stuff for handout>}
> where
>    <stuff for screen> may, for example, use several 
> \onslide*{n}{\includegraphics{file-n}} to display several steps of a 
> construction;
> and <stuff for handout> may just display the final, or arrange them in a 
> tabular environment, say - or whatever.
> You could do the same, either using some beamer primitive (if there is one) 
> or by using the package ifthen and defining and adequate boolean.

Thanks: you are reminding me that (once upon a time) I read something like 
this in the beamer manual. I did try something similar for the 
article/beamer switch. When I find out and try it, I'll post it (if 
someone else doesn't get to it earlier, because unfortunately am short of 
time in the upcoming days...)


> Luis Sequeira

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