Which version of InDesign, and which operating system?
Have you tried resetting your InDesign preferences:
Close and relaunch InDesign, and IMMEDIATELY hold down Ctrl + Alt + Shift (Windows) or Cmd + Ctrl + Opt + Shift (Mac), and respond in the affirmative to the dialog asking if you really want to replace the preferences. You must be extremely fast on the keyboard (if you don’t see the confirmation prompt, you were too slow!)
I've tried your suggestion below, but it's still crashing. We are 6 users who all experience the same problem constantly and it's affecting our productivity.
I'm using InDesign CC2015 (2015.2 Release/126.96.36.199 Build) on Mac OS El Capitan 10.11.3.
Please see error report below:
Process: Adobe InDesign CC 2015 
Path: /Applications/Adobe InDesign CC 2015/Adobe InDesign CC 2015.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe InDesign CC 2015
Version: 188.8.131.52 (11200)
Code Type: X86-64 (Native)
Parent Process: ??? 
Responsible: Adobe InDesign CC 2015 
User ID: 501
Date/Time: 2016-04-13 10:34:16.929 +0200
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.11.3 (15D21)
Report Version: 11
Anonymous UUID: 4A429C73-E14A-539D-E3F0-8F7FC17FA1EA
Time Awake Since Boot: 7400 seconds
System Integrity Protection: enabled
Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)
Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x0000000000000000
Exception Note: EXC_CORPSE_NOTIFY
VM Regions Near 0:
__TEXT 0000000105dee000-0000000105df3000 [ 20K] r-x/rwx SM=COW /Applications/Adobe InDesign CC 2015/Adobe InDesign CC 2015.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe InDesign CC 2015
Application Specific Information:
Performing @selector(dispatchMenuSelection:) from sender DVAMacMenuItem 0x7f9cf3623090
Global Trace Buffer (reverse chronological seconds):
14.624465 CFNetwork 0x00007fff89800a5b TCP Conn 0x7f9cd90ebee0 SSL Handshake DONE
15.344815 CFNetwork 0x00007fff89800937 TCP Conn 0x7f9cd90ebee0 starting SSL negotiation
15.345027 CFNetwork 0x00007fff897ff303 TCP Conn 0x7f9cd90ebee0 complete. fd: 69, err: 0
15.345179 CFNetwork 0x00007fff8988db1d TCP Conn 0x7f9cd90ebee0 event 1. err: 0
15.707076 CFNetwork 0x00007fff897fe5d3 TCP Conn 0x7f9cd90ebee0 started
16.142349 CFNetwork 0x00007fff89800a5b TCP Conn 0x7f9cdb554ab0 SSL Handshake DONE
16.862659 CFNetwork 0x00007fff89800937 TCP Conn 0x7f9cdb554ab0 starting SSL negotiation
16.862799 CFNetwork 0x00007fff897ff303 TCP Conn 0x7f9cdb554ab0 complete. fd: 69, err: 0
16.863041 CFNetwork 0x00007fff8988db1d TCP Conn 0x7f9cdb554ab0 event 1. err: 0
17.457137 CFNetwork 0x00007fff897fe5d3 TCP Conn 0x7f9cdb554ab0 started
322.470944 CFNetwork 0x00007fff89800a5b TCP Conn 0x7f9cf695d8a0 SSL Handshake DONE
322.878591 CFNetwork 0x00007fff89800937 TCP Conn 0x7f9cf695d8a0 starting SSL negotiation
322.878711 CFNetwork 0x00007fff897ff303 TCP Conn 0x7f9cf695d8a0 complete. fd: 64, err: 0
322.878977 CFNetwork 0x00007fff8988db1d TCP Conn 0x7f9cf695d8a0 event 1. err: 0
323.437506 CFNetwork 0x00007fff897fe5d3 TCP Conn 0x7f9cf695d8a0 started
480.082539 CFNetwork 0x00007fff89800a5b TCP Conn 0x7f9cf37da740 SSL Handshake DONE
480.662292 CFNetwork 0x00007fff89800937 TCP Conn 0x7f9cf37da740 starting SSL negotiation
480.662467 CFNetwork 0x00007fff897ff303 TCP Conn 0x7f9cf37da740 complete. fd: 66, err: 0
480.662590 CFNetwork 0x00007fff8988db1d TCP Conn 0x7f9cf37da740 event 1. err: 0
480.948851 CFNetwork 0x00007fff897fe5d3 TCP Conn 0x7f9cf37da740 started
504.201451 CFNetwork 0x00007fff89800a5b TCP Conn 0x7f9ced5ac390 SSL Handshake DONE
504.679263 CFNetwork 0x00007fff89800a5b TCP Conn 0x7f9ced6303f0 SSL Handshake DONE
Thread 0 Crashed:: Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
0 com.adobe.InDesign.Font Manager 0x000000011a1528cd 0x11a121000 + 202957
1 com.adobe.InDesign.Font Manager 0x000000011a153430 0x11a121000 + 205872
2 com.adobe.InDesign.Font Manager 0x000000011a1533a6 0x11a121000 + 205734
3 com.adobe.InDesign.Font Manager 0x000000011a17c29e 0x11a121000 + 373406
4 com.adobe.InDesign.AppFramework 0x00000001110b7b7d 0x111086000 + 203645
5 com.adobe.InDesign.AppFramework 0x00000001110b7f35 0x111086000 + 204597
6 com.adobe.InDesign.Document Actions 0x000000011a8c4310 0x11a8c1000 + 13072
7 com.adobe.InDesign.Document Actions 0x000000011a8c3b68 0x11a8c1000 + 11112
8 PublicLib.dylib 0x0000000107217991 Command::DoImmediate(short) + 65
9 com.adobe.InDesign.Utilities 0x0000000112936f87 0x112935000 + 8071
10 com.adobe.InDesign.Utilities 0x0000000112937135 0x112935000 + 8501
11 com.adobe.InDesign.AppFramework 0x00000001110943d5 0x111086000 + 58325
12 PublicLib.dylib 0x00000001072168b0 CmdUtils::ProcessCommand(ICommand*) + 64
13 com.adobe.InDesign.Document Actions 0x000000011a8cac75 0x11a8c1000 + 40053
14 com.adobe.InDesign.Open Place 0x00000001196a49df 0x119699000 + 47583
15 com.adobe.InDesign.Open Place 0x00000001196a3f8e 0x119699000 + 44942
16 com.adobe.InDesign.Open Place 0x0000000119699e4c 0x119699000 + 3660
17 com.adobe.InDesign.Open Place 0x000000011969ae7f 0x119699000 + 7807
18 PublicLib.dylib 0x0000000107217991 Command::DoImmediate(short) + 65
19 com.adobe.InDesign.Utilities 0x0000000112936f87 0x112935000 + 8071
20 com.adobe.InDesign.Utilities 0x0000000112937135 0x112935000 + 8501
21 com.adobe.InDesign.AppFramework 0x00000001110943d5 0x111086000 + 58325
22 PublicLib.dylib 0x00000001072168b0 CmdUtils::ProcessCommand(ICommand*) + 64
23 com.adobe.InDesign.Import Export UI 0x0000000112683703 0x112679000 + 42755
24 PublicLib.dylib 0x0000000107217991 Command::DoImmediate(short) + 65
25 com.adobe.InDesign.Utilities 0x0000000112936f87 0x112935000 + 8071
26 com.adobe.InDesign.Utilities 0x0000000112937135 0x112935000 + 8501
27 com.adobe.InDesign.AppFramework 0x00000001110943d5 0x111086000 + 58325
28 PublicLib.dylib 0x00000001072168b0 CmdUtils::ProcessCommand(ICommand*) + 64
29 com.adobe.InDesign.Document UI 0x0000000122704f72 0x1226ff000 + 24434
30 com.adobe.InDesign.Actions 0x000000011c141714 0x11c12b000 + 91924
31 com.adobe.InDesign.Actions 0x000000011c147dbe 0x11c12b000 + 118206
32 com.adobe.InDesign.Application UI 0x0000000112f64789 0x112dd8000 + 1623945
33 com.adobe.InDesign.Application UI 0x0000000112f64830 0x112dd8000 + 1624112
34 com.adobe.exo.framework 0x00000001088c7a7c exo::uisupport::CommandHandler::HandleCommand(int) + 220
35 com.adobe.exo.framework 0x00000001088c7cb8 exo::uisupport::CommandHandler::DoCallMyCommandChain(int) + 24
36 com.adobe.exo.framework 0x00000001088c75a8 exo::uisupport::CommandHandlerBase::CallCommandChain(int) + 56
37 com.adobe.exo.framework 0x000000010885ded6 exo::app::OS_AppBase::DispatchMenuCommand(int) + 134
38 com.adobe.dvacore.framework 0x00000001064beebc int dvacore::config::ErrorManager::ExecuteFunction<void>(boost::function0<void>*, void*) + 28
39 com.adobe.InDesign.Application UI 0x0000000112f58f02 0x112dd8000 + 1576706
40 com.adobe.dvacore.framework 0x00000001064bf010 void dvacore::config::ErrorManager::ExecuteFunctionWithTopLevelExceptionHandler<void>(boost::f unction0<void>, bool*) + 144
41 com.adobe.dvacore.framework 0x00000001064c0505 void dvacore::config::ExecuteTopLevelFunction<void>(boost::function0<void>, bool*) + 165
42 com.adobe.exo.framework 0x000000010885f098 exo::app::OS_AppBase::SetResetMenuShortcutsOnClose(bool) + 2664
43 libsystem_trace.dylib 0x00007fff861bb07a _os_activity_initiate + 75
44 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff97fb551d -[NSApplication sendAction:to:from:] + 460
45 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff97fb52b7 -[NSMenuItem _corePerformAction] + 336
46 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff97fb5017 -[NSCarbonMenuImpl performActionWithHighlightingForItemAtIndex:] + 114
47 libsystem_trace.dylib 0x00007fff861bb07a _os_activity_initiate + 75
48 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff980751f0 -[NSMenu performActionForItemAtIndex:] + 131
49 com.adobe.dvaui.framework 0x0000000106bde954 dvaui::utility::OS_Menu_MAC::DoPopupMenu(dvaui::utility::OS_Menu_MAC&, dvaui::ui::UI_Node const*, dvacore::geom::RectT<float> const&, bool, bool) + 1748
50 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff98075163 -[NSMenu _internalPerformActionForItemAtIndex:] + 35
51 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff98074fbb -[NSCarbonMenuImpl _carbonCommandProcessEvent:handlerCallRef:] + 107
52 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff97f9dea1 NSSLMMenuEventHandler + 708
53 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x00007fff89a627be DispatchEventToHandlers(EventTargetRec*, OpaqueEventRef*, HandlerCallRec*) + 1231
54 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x00007fff89a61c48 SendEventToEventTargetInternal(OpaqueEventRef*, OpaqueEventTargetRef*, HandlerCallRec*) + 404
55 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x00007fff89a779e6 SendEventToEventTarget + 40
56 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x00007fff89ac199a SendHICommandEvent(unsigned int, HICommand const*, unsigned int, unsigned int, unsigned char, void const*, OpaqueEventTargetRef*, OpaqueEventTargetRef*, OpaqueEventRef**) + 411
57 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x00007fff89aecd5b SendMenuCommandWithContextAndModifiers + 59
58 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x00007fff89aecd0c SendMenuItemSelectedEvent + 188
59 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x00007fff89aecbe8 FinishMenuSelection(SelectionData*, MenuResult*, MenuResult*) + 96
60 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x00007fff89aed596 MenuSelectCore(MenuData*, Point, double, unsigned int, OpaqueMenuRef**, unsigned short*) + 711
61 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x00007fff89aed230 _HandleMenuSelection2 + 460
62 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff97ec875e _NSHandleCarbonMenuEvent + 277
63 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff97e08435 _DPSNextEvent + 1906
64 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff981d4943 -[NSApplication _nextEventMatchingEventMask:untilDate:inMode:dequeue:] + 454
65 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff97dfdfc8 -[NSApplication run] + 682
66 com.adobe.exo.framework 0x000000010885e3a8 exo::app::OS_AppBase::RunEventLoop() + 56
67 com.adobe.InDesign.AppFramework 0x00000001111d7ad3 0x111086000 + 1383123
68 com.adobe.InDesign.AppFramework 0x00000001111d688e 0x111086000 + 1378446
69 com.adobe.InDesign 0x0000000105def68d main + 285
70 libdyld.dylib 0x00007fff9234f5ad start + 1
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In future please put crash reports on an external server, such as pastebin.com, and provide a link here. Long reports make it difficult to navigate your thread.
Very sorry, noted for next time.
This has been done already, any other suggestions?
You could have a third-party product which is conflicting (especially since this is happening on more than one comptuer). Create a new user on your comptuer. Launch InDesign before any other software and see if it runs.
I have created a new login 2 weeks ago for a new user on that Mac and the problem still persists. It was also doing that before the creation of the new login.
The only software that is installed is Microsoft Office and the adobe CC apps. No additional apps. I have also uninstalled all user fonts to see if it's not a font problem, however that also did not solve the problem.
Other possible software conflict problems can include font manager plugins for ID and browser plugins for Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
That is very vague. There is no way that I as a user can fix this problem myself from that recommendation.
We've tried to reset the preferences, we've deleted the caches and we have cleaned up all font errors.
Is there any way that someone can remotely connect to me to see the crash as it happening on all of our 6 licensed users.
We can not continue like this. It's taking an hour to do something that's suppose to take 15 min.
Often bad network connections are causing crashes. Does it make a difference, if you copy all files to your local drive and work without a remote server? If this is the case, you have to work on your network system, like idle time or other interrupting causes.
We do work on a network, but I just packaged the files to a design to my desktop just now and worked on that and it still crashed again. Nothing was referencing from the network.
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Please email your InDesign file to email@example.com and I will take a look at the document.
If the file is larger than 10 Mb, you can zip (and password protect) the file and upload to Creative Cloud account (or Dropbox) and send us the document link.
I have just mailed the file.
I have mailed you the repaired IDML.
Are you able to tell us the cause of the problem?
Can we post that email in other threads where users are having similar corrupt document problems?
The OP wrote: We are 6 users who all experience the same problem constantly . . .
Apparently this is happening with multiple files for 6 different users.
Repairing a single file via IDML is not a solution to their problem.
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There are multiple factors both internal and external to InDesign application that can lead to document corruption which we are addressing time to time as we progress and would recommend you to be on latest InDesign version. If documents are still getting corrupt, there are 2 action item for the same
1. Try to recover the corrupt document - Please email your InDesign file to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will take a look at the document. If the file is larger than 10 Mb, you can zip (and password protect) the file and upload to Creative Cloud account (or Dropbox) and send us the document link.
2. Identify the cause of issue - Lets know the actions being performed when the document got corrupt.
We are constantly addressing the issue time to time.
Hi there, I just emailed you a document that will not open for me. Could you take a look and tell me whats going on with this please?
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Upgrade to 2015.4 - It directly addresses server related crashes.
We had the exact same issue you are experiencing until the update.
As stated before, you should try to work locally as much as possible but the upgrade definitely fixed this issue for us.
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This can effect multiple users (we would crash 30+ people at one time) when you are connected to a server.
InDesign requires a constant live connection to a document, even if it is in the background and not being live edited.
If there is any hiccup in the connection prior to 2015.4 - InDesign would force quit/crash as a "safety measure" and could corrupt the open documents.
In our case, it was less than a microsecond blip that IT couldn't even see unless they were monitoring live - the connection was never truly lost, but it did hiccup causing ID to freak out.
That worked! Thanks so much that really saved my day.