Try also deleting the files in John's list at Adobe Forums: InDesign crashes at startup
Force quitting is not healthy for ID as a long term solution. Make sure the InDesign Recovery folder is empty so that you aren't in a cycle of trying to auto-recover a bad file. If it continues to hang, follow the directions at Adobe Forums: InDesign CS5.5 Not Responding to generate the Hang report and then conver the hang to a crash so we can get that report as well.
The reports aren't telling me anything, but I'm not expert at reading them. I do see, though, that you need to install the 8.0.1 update....
downloaded and installed update but still same problem. Is it relevant that InDesign Recovery folder keeps on making new files as you said to make sure it was empty (which it was)
ID will build new recovery data on each startup. You should post new reports in case something cahnged after the update.
It does look like the same thing....
Does it work if you create a new user on the Mac and log in with that?
We've had a bunch of reports this week of users who had crashing after a migration or Time Machine restore, and for one of them it turned out to be the Adobe InDesign folder inthe user preferences library lacked write permission.
It would also be worthwhile to try starting in Safe mode (hold down Shift while booting) to eliminate the possibility of some third-party software conflict.
I had the same problem with InDesign. Here is how I fixed it.
CS6 Suite on Mac. When I originally installed it under OSX 10.7.x Everythign worked fine I finished a project for a client and was cleaning house of temporary work and decied to take the plunge and upgrade the OS to 10.8.3
InDesign stopped working.
I deleted the temporary & cache files in the Library like posts in other forums suggested, but it did not resolve. I read the posts above and it seemed to drastic to do. It had to be simple.
It was a 2 step process
1) Remove the temporary files in the library created by InDesign (Preferences | Adobe InDesign | 8.0 | en-US | InDesign Defaults) and the folder (Caches | Adobe InDesign | Version 8.0)
If you have some special defaults or settings just move these files to a folder on the desktop so you might be able to recover them later.
2 ) Run the Disk Utility | Repair permissions on the entire volume.
That's it. Now InDesign works fine for me and I hope it resolves your problem also.
I was more concerned about getting InDesign to function rather than some specific preferences which could recreate.