First theing you need to do is Update ID to the 7.5.3 patch and try that.
Well, as you may know, that didn't work. I next uninstalled and then reinstalled InDesign. That didn't work.
At this point, I had been holding for three hours at Adobe phone support, and someone finally answered. They told me that CS5.5 is incompatible with the new Apple operating system. Wow. I cannot believe I had to spend seven hours struggling with this issue, jumping through every hoop imaginable, including three hours on phone hold with Adobe, to discover something that should have been shared with Adobe product users BEFORE those users opted to install that new system.
I installed the trial version of InDesign CS6 and that indeed does appear to have resolved the issue. This is no way for Adobe (or Apple, for that matter) to conduct business -- basically using me as an unwitting tester of their programs. And, incredibly, Adobe wanted to CHARGE me for the phone call. Unbelievable.
I still appreciate your help, Peter, but what a disfunctional system. Unbelievable.
Phone support gave you very bad information. CS5.5 works fine.
If you want to repair your CS5.5 install by reinstalling you will need to uninstall both that and the CS6 trial (which may make it impossible for you to run the trial again), then run the cleaner tool (CS Cleaner Tool for installation problems | CCM, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4, CS3) before reinstalling. Indesign versions should be installed in chronological order, and deleting an older version after installing a newer one is often a source of trouble.
Your first problem was inteh graphics module, but there's no guarantee that it's still there, so before you do anything that drastic, please post new crash reports.
As I read it it's trying to create an alpha channel transparency and can't do it. Does this happen with all files or just some?
Okay, I see that this original post was in 2012 and never answered? I tried to login to chat with Adobe, and an hour went by without a response. Why are we(I) paying for this poor service?!