After looking for a fool proof solution - and the many software solutions out there that promised this and didn't deliver - I realized that in fact I was looking too far. Google Docs does and did exactly what I was looking for with the “Upload” feature. I have used this before to transfer Word and Pages documents into Google Docs, but never a PDF. Thanks to Google's back end technology it can do the conversion f
rom PDF to text for you quickly and easily.
Here’s how you would do it:
1.) Go to your Gmail account and click on the Docs tab at the top.
2.) Once in Docs you will notice next to your "Create new" drop down there is a button called "Upload." Click on that:
3.) This brings you to an Upload files page. Click the blue text that says "Upload files." Follow the steps to upload your file. This is very similar to attaching a file to an e-mail.