PCBmodE gives the designer the freedome to place any arbitrary shape on any layer, as it is natively vector-based. Much of the design is done in a text editor -- editing JSON -- with viewing and some editing -- routing mostly -- done with Inkscape.
PCBmodE is developed and tested under Linux, so it may or may not work under other OSs.
The 'mod' in PCBmodE has a double meaning. The first is short for 'modern' (in contrast to tired old EDA tools). The second is a play on the familiar 'modifications' or 'mods' done to imperfect PCBs. Call it 'PCB mode' or 'PCB mod E', whichever you prefer.
PCBmodE versions 3.0 and above are licensed under the MIT License. Previous versions were licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.