Dual display notes with LaTeX Beamer presentations

NOTE: This is the method I used successfully to practice for and deliver my Ph.D. defense. Be sure you practice ahead of time with YOUR laptop, so you know everything is configured OK.

Install Pympress

Windows

Download and install pympress-*-amd64-vlc.msi

Mac / Linux

pip install --user pympress

Beamer LaTeX presentations with notes dual screen

pympress talk.pdf

If it puts your notes on the wrong screen, tap the s key to swap screens.

LaTeX Beamer preamble for dual-screen notes

In your LaTeX .tex preamble to make dual-screen PDF work:

\usepackage{pgfpages}
\setbeameroption{show notes on second screen}

Notes

Linux Pympress GTK3 error fixes

ModuleNotFoundError: No module named ‘gi’

  1. install missing prereqs
    apt install python3-gi python3-cairo gir1.2-poppler
    
  2. Be sure you’re using SYSTEM Python, not Anaconda python or other user Python installs. Remove pympress and pympress*distinfo directories from ~/anaconda3/lib/python3.6/site-packages/pympress* or wherever it might be under your ~ directory. Remove ~/anaconda/bin/pympress and then:
    /usr/bin/pip3 install --user pympress
    

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