EDA for CAD-less design flow

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Joined Feb 24, 2017
Which EDA would be best for a scripting based workflow that minimizes the use of CAD?

I'm exploring a CAD-less PCB design work flow. Currently, I'm using SKiDL and importing the netlist into KiCAD. Then I'm using XESS Hierarchical Placement Plugin to auto place the components closer to where they need to be, and finally 'KiCad PCB Renumbering Utility' to renumber all the parts logically.

Would Altium allow for the same capabilities mentioned above if I wrote my own scripts? Or is KiCAD easier to use scripts with? Or is there another EDA I'm not considering that may be better than KiCAD/Altium?