# latex

## TikZ Externalization for Beamer

Compile a single file if the figure doesn't change across overlays

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Recently I made a presentation for a talk on FWCG2021. As always I went to Beamer. What was different this time was that I needed many figures, I mean, a lot. On top of that, I wanted to do overlays on these figures. Overleaf timed out when trying to compile all the TikZ figures so I turned to external. There are a lot of files to generate when I built the presentation locally and it was unbearably slow. Maybe there's a way to reduce the time, at least a little bit?