This sounds like a problem on the home machine, perhaps a font issue. Do you get any sort of error message or a crash log? What's the OS? Do you run a font manager?
Its OS X 10.6.8
I have FontExplorer X Pro
In my old machine I used to have a problem related to fonts and it would always crash as well. On this (relatively) new machine it does not ever say anything in relation to fonts, but it also crashes so I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same thing.
I do get a crash log and here is the beginning of it:
Process: Adobe InDesign CS4 
Path: /Applications/Adobe InDesign CS4/Adobe InDesign CS4.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe InDesign CS4
Version: 22.214.171.1242 (6060)
Code Type: X86 (Native)
Parent Process: launchd 
Date/Time: 2011-09-24 10:05:55.873 -0400
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549)
Report Version: 6
Interval Since Last Report: 15852 sec
Crashes Since Last Report: 26
Per-App Interval Since Last Report: 4741 sec
Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 20
Anonymous UUID: 8547924E-DD1D-406F-8D0D-88CF71CFC8CA
Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)
Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x000000006e676973
Is there something that can be done? Thank you for your help.
John is pretty good at analyzing the crash logs, but you haven't given quite enough. You can put the whole thing on Pastebin.com and then link to it here (don't attempt topate the entire thing here), or giv it a go yourself withteh help of this article: Guide to Interpreting InDesign Crash Reports | InDesignSecrets
Indeed, the full log is much better. It's somewhat ironic that your abbreviated post stopped with line 19; the first useful part of the log begins on line 22 with the meat on 24:
1 AdobePDFL 0x2671982c CosDocEnumEOFs + 27326 2 AdobePDFL 0x26717bab CosDocEnumEOFs + 20029 3 AdobePDFL 0x26719fea CosDocEnumEOFs + 29308 4 AdobePDFL 0x26627a26 ASTextIsEmpty + 1146 5 AdobePDFL 0x264d1a1f PDFontPSFlushIncrGlyphList + 65853 6 AdobePDFL 0x264d1be6 PDFontPSFlushIncrGlyphList + 66308 7 AdobePDFL 0x264d4213 PDFontPSFlushIncrGlyphList + 76081 8 AdobePDFL 0x264d6d66 PDFontPSFlushIncrGlyphList + 87172 9 AdobePDFL 0x264bbda6 PDFLPrintDoc + 6322 10 AdobePDFL 0x26586f50 PDSetHostEncoding + 2412 11 AdobePDFL 0x265870a6 PDSetHostEncoding + 2754 12 AdobePDFL 0x264bf13a PDFLInitFriends + 2122 13 AdobePDFL 0x264bec48 PDFLInitFriends + 856 14 com.adobe.InDesign.PDF 0x2627dfe6 GetPlugIn + 1086038
So, the crash is in the Adobe PDF Library (AdobePDFL), in a function called CosDocEnumEOFs.
I would tend to assume you have a placed PDF in your document, and that is somehow the cause of the problem.
I would try moving aside whatever PDF file is linked from the document [I realize this might be tricky to determine!].
I'm not sure what CosDocEnumENOFs. It's presumably "something enumerate document end-of-file-markers", though Cos. is probably not Cosine, but maybe it is.
There is certainly something about fonts, since PDFontPSFlushIncrGlyphList() is called. Presumably that is "PDF: Flush the Incremental Glyph List associated with a PostScript Font." So it would be a good idea to disable your font management software and remove all non-system fonts and see
if the problem still occurs.
Looking further down, it appears that the problematic PDF is perhaps part of a group that is affected by transparency...
If this is a short-term need, you might consider installing a 30-day free trial of CS5.5.
Have you tried opening the IDML at home, rather than the INDD saved from it?
Thank you so much for your help. I can't begin to tell you how thankful I am- I have spent so many hours doing everything I could think of and nothing worked, but at last it has opened! I deleted all pdfs related to the file (didn't really need them, had the eps) and deactived all fonts (some 18,000!, don't know how so many came to be active).
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Thank you as well Peter!
I am now having same issues importing IDML CS6 Mac into CS5 Mac. All windows work until it finds two missing links, I hit OK and then the task bar goes to 1/2 way and then hangs. I have deleted prefs and the like but nothing after trying for 1.5 hours. Any solutions? The application has not crashed just hangs so no crash log is available other than the one Apple wants to be sent to them. I used cmd+escape to break the hang - I had let it run for 30 minutes but nothing either.
Could be corrupt. Try exporting it from CS6 again.
Wish I had the original - I requested and received a PDF already. Thanks for the reply - I guessed at corrupt already.