I’d like to scan a list I found in a magazine and convert the text, so that it can be entered into a xls format. I’m guessing an OCR utility might be needed.
If you are willing to pay for OCR software, get Nuance Omnipage or Abbyy FineReader (I prefer the latter) and use them to scan & OCR the document. They should automatically detect the table, but if they don't, you can manually highlight the area and designate it as a table. You will get the option to save the document as an Excel file or some other format readable by excel.
oh yes, there are a lot of ocr options available.
upload the image here and get your Text, ready to be copied or choose output as an excel, word or text file.
other options :
1. import picture in microsoft one note. select get text from the image option by right clicking on the image.
2. upload image to doc.google.com.
check get text from iamge/pdf option
How do I scan a document into Excel?
Import Text into Excel 2007