Any error messages?
Post your crash report on pastebin.com and provide a link to it here.
No 'error message' as such. Just a very long 'report! I need to make it do it again to get the report!
What version of Mac O/S are you running?
Good question OS X v10.8.5 ???
AFAIK, CS4 is unsupported under 10.8
But this isn't under 10.8…it's 10.8.5!!
I urge you to look at the system requirements for InDesign CS4 System requirements | InDesign
According to system requirements, the supported OS versions are
- Mac OS X v10.4.11–10.5.4
What this means is that InDesign CS4 has not been tested on the version of the OS on your computer, and it is possible that you will run into unexpected issues. Also, according to policy, Adobe support is available for versions that are currently being sold. For versions previous to CS6, we do our best to assist our users over this forum.
Also try the solution in this doc Troubleshooting 101: Replace, or "trash" your InDesign preferences .