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beamerswitch: Convenient mode selection in Beamer documents

This class is a wrapper around the beamer class to make it easier to use the same document to generate the different forms of the presentation: the slides themselves, an abbreviated slide set for transparencies or online reference, an n-up handout version, and a transcript or set of notes using the article class.



To compile the documentation you will need to have the minted package working, which in turn relies on Python 2.6+ and Pygments. See the documentation of that package for details.

There is an example file that demonstrates the features of the class. The class itself depends only on packages easily available through TeX distributions and CTAN. One feature relies on latexmk though you can work around that if you have the patience.

Note that the zip file on the Releases page on GitHub contains all the files you need, pre-compiled. You can also avoid the hassle by installing the class from your TeX distribution's package manager.

Managed way

The latest stable release of the beamerswitch class has been packaged for TeX Live and MiKTeX. If you are running TeX Live and have tlmgr installed, you can install the package simply by running tlmgr install beamerswitch. If you are running MiKTeX, you can install the package by running mpm --install=beamerswitch. Both tlmgr and mpm have GUI versions that you might find friendlier.

Automated way

A makefile is provided which you can use with the Make utility:

  • Running make beamerswitch.cls just generates the class file (and a few others).
  • Running make generates the class file and documentation.
  • Running make inst generates and installs the files to your home TeX tree. (To undo, run make uninst.)
  • Running make install generates and installs the files to the local TeX tree. (To undo, run make uninstall.)
  • Running make clean removes auxiliary files from the working directory.
  • Running make distclean removes the generated from the working directory files as well.

Manual way

To install the class from scratch, follow these instructions. If you have downloaded the zip file from the [Releases] page on GitHub, you can skip the first three steps.

  1. Run tex beamerswitch.dtx to generate the class file and the example file beamerswitch-example.tex. (You can safely skip this step if you are confident about step 2.)

  2. Compile beamerswitch.dtx with your favourite version of LaTeX with shell escape enabled (as required by minted for typesetting the listings). You will also need to run it through makeindex. This will generate the main documentation (DVI or PDF).

  3. Compile beamerswitch-example.tex with your favourite version of LaTeX. If you enable shell escape and have latexmk installed you will end up with another four documents (DVI or PDF). Otherwise you will get one.

  4. To install the files, create the following folders in your chosen TeX tree and copy the files across as shown (read .pdf as .dvi if that is what you generated):

    • source/latex/beamerswitch: beamerswitch.dtx, (beamerswitch.ins)
    • tex/latex/beamerswitch: beamerswitch.cls
    • doc/latex/beamerswitch: beamerswitch.pdf, beamerswitch-example.tex, beamerswitch-example.pdf, beamerswitch-example-article.pdf, beamerswitch-example-handout.pdf, beamerswitch-example-trans.pdf
  5. You may then have to update your installation's file name database before TeX and friends can see the files.


Copyright 2016–2021 Alex Ball.

This work consists of the file beamerswitch.dtx and a Makefile.

This work may be distributed and/or modified under the conditions of the LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL), either version 1.3c of this license or (at your option) any later version.

This work is "maintained" (as per LPPL maintenance status) by Alex Ball.


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