Seriously in either windows or linux (pref windows) that can take as input jpg/png or tiff and REALLY return the text embedded in supplied image.

I have poked around in windows and have been very disappointing with returns from the supplied windows OCR. Also same deal with supplied package for python (Tesseract wrap), and some scattered utilities (trial and freeware).

The one package I know that will work starts at $5,000 which is just plain crazy. Has anyone dealt with a utility that can convert something like this:

(admittedly a tad tough but really there SHOULD be something that can deal with this)