I have the original installer discs for an old Cs3 version of inDesign. I ran it on an older iMac, but it did not transfer properly to my new iMac with Mavericks OS. Can I install the older version of inDesign from the disc on the new machine, and then upgrade it as necessary?
Well with that version, there is no upgrade path that you can take which will require the install of CS3. The chances of it working on OSX10.9.1 are minimal. You will have to opt for either the Creative Cloud (Adobe's subscription version) or purchase a new version of CS6 if you want a licensed version.
The Creative Cloud version is a monthly (or annual) fee version, is that correct? Whereas if you straight out buy CS6 ir's one single (big) payment?