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The Big Green Bead Machine is Mobile!

Posted by Matt on May 01 at 11:53 am
Big Green Bead Machine on iPad

Here it is on an iPad

Over the last few months, we’ve been hearing a lot of people asking us to let them shop the Big Green Bead Machine on their iPads, smartphones, and computers that don’t have Flash installed. Well, a couple of weeks ago, we did just that.

One of the goals of our new website was to make sure that everything looks and works on mobile devices just as well as it does on our desktops and laptops. Now that we’ve updated the Big Green Bead Machine, every product is shoppable, every video is viewable and every page is accessible from your smartphone or tablet.

How Lima’s Big Green Bead Machine Works

For those of you who prefer to think of what we do as “magic” and don’t really care exactly how this stuff really works, you can tune out now. :)

When we first developed the Big Green Bead Machine back in February of 2008, the iPhone was just over a year old and nobody had ever heard of an iPad. Back then, we had to use a technology called Flash to build  interactive features on our site. Now that iPad and smartphone usage is on the rise, Flash is one of those things (along with mice) that is being left behind in what Steve Jobs called the “Post-PC Era.”

Most of the new web browsers out today allow you to build things that are pretty and interactive without the use of Flash. In fact, even Adobe, who owns the Flash technology, has decided to move away from it in lieu of these new browser technologies.

Now that we’ve removed the Big Green Bead Machine’s dependency on Flash, you can use it just about anywhere.

Over the last two years, look at how much mobile web browsing has grown! In March 2012, 13% of all visitors to our website were using a mobile device. Last March, it was 5% and March of 2010 was 1%. What do you think these numbers will look like in 3 years?

We hope you like this update to the Bead Machine. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to leave a comment!

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  1. A Wandering Gypsy Co
    D Luczak says:

    First let me say you guys are awesome!! I work 50+ hours a week and do most of my “shopping ” on LB with my android smartphone and my ipad. I was so dissapointed when I couldn’t use the bead machine! Now that you have updated it I can shop for beads while hiding from my boss ..LOL thanks guys and keep it up :)

  2. No Photo
    The Bead Chickie says:

    That’s great!! I do the majority of my work on the iPad so this will be my opportunity to spend more money in the Big Green Bead Machine! :)

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    I don’t have an iPhone or an iPad, so I appreciate you still keeping the site available to dinosaurs such as myself. ;) LOL!!!

  4. A Time To Bead
    A Time To Bead says:

    I have an iPod and can’t wait to get the app and start spending. I love the Big Green Bead Machine and check it daily. Thanks for the hard work.

  5. BeadAwareDesigns-Andi Z
    BeadAwareDesigns-Andi Z says:

    I do all my bead shopping (in fact, mostly all my shopping) on my iPad and, just recently, on my android phone & android tablet. With my iPad bring the largest of my handheld devices, this makes it is much easier. Thank you LB, you’ve just given me more reasons to buy beads (lol, beads I probably dont even need!!!!!!) still, I love it nonetheless :)

  6. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    Yea!! My family got me an ipad last year, but imagine my disappointment when I could NOT use the Green Machine. :( :( You have made me one happy shopper by making the Machine ipad friendly!! THANK YOU!!

    Kathryn Lobert

  7. SpicyChick AKA Ginger
    SpicyChick AKA Ginger says:

    I’m on my iPad & can’t find any app or link to one. :(

  8. Kate
    Kate says:

    Ginger! the Big Green Bead Machine is listed under “deals”… the boys got it working for ipad users! Hooray!

  9. SpicyChick AKA Ginger
    SpicyChick AKA Ginger says:

    I guess it would have helped had I read Matt’s post above. DUH me~! ;)

  10. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    It may be just my Apple devices but even with logging in, my shopping cart does not transfer from one device to another. The carts appear to be device specific.

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    D Geurin says:

    I thought maybe it would be an App but evidently it is not unless you can tell me different. I also noticed that purchases made on my iPhone do not show up on my MacBook. I also have an iPad and spent a lot of time trying to find the App in the App Store. It must only work if one goes to the website. Just wondering.

  12. Jeanne S
    Jeanne S says:

    Thanks for doing this! The computer is hurting my neck.

  13. dyzzybishop
    dyzzybishop says:

    Thanks for making this site easy to find on my phone!I bead/design beaded jewelry, such as my profile pic, as my hobby, & finding easier access to finding beading equipment to do them WITH,& even access to converse with other fellow beadwork ARTISTS, well that’s just AWESOME!! Thanks again!!
    - Erin =)


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