Prefs are scriptable. You can explore Harbs' free preference manager script at http://in-tools.com/article/scripts-blog/preference-manager-script/ (says CS4/5 only, but it may still work) as one possibility, or you can explore the paid Blatner Tools, which does a lot of other things as well, or yoou can write (or ask for help over in scripting) a custom script taht will run on application start. InDesign Scripting
Yuck hate scripting.....appreciate the info though. I did find out that InDesign is Applescriptable and that was a huge help and thinking I have it nailed down. Testing it now......
Would be nice to be able to simply copy over prefs to the User Tempate like other apps. Got lucky with it working this long over the years, but sucks that it stopped working with CS6.
tell application "Adobe InDesign CS6"
tell view preferences
--Measurement unit choices are:
--picas, points, inches, inches decimal, millimeters, centimeters, or ciceros
--Set horizontal and vertical measurement units to points.
set ruler origin to page origin
set horizontal measurement units to inches
set vertical measurement units to inches